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US Politics

Alon Gotstein responds to Archbishop Tutu about Palestine and Gaza

Editor’s Note: Although I believe that it is Alon Gottstein, not Tutu, who has no willingness to honestly confront the history and present reality of Israel, I believe that the deepest truths emerge from the intellectual struggle between different perspectives and …
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True Wisdom From West Bank Palestinians

Editor’s note: Sami Awad’s statement below provides an immediate and clear answer to those who think that there are no Palestinians with whom Israelis could work to build the preconditions for peace between Israel and Palestine. Awad’s endorsement of Tikkun‘s book Embracing …
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What to Do About ISIS

Start by recognizing where ISIS came from. The U.S. and its junior partners destroyed Iraq, left a sectarian division, poverty, desperation, and an illegitimate government in Baghdad that did not represent Sunnis or other groups. Then the U.S. armed and trained ISIS and allied groups in Syria.
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War & Peace

From Just War to Just Peace–a message from progressive Catholics

From Just War to Just Peace: The Time Is Now “Those who use the sword are sooner or later destroyed by it.” – Matthew 27:52   “If we cannot know from the New Testament that Christ totally rejects violence, then …
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US Politics

Cornel West on Obama, Hillary, Ferguson and mroe

Exclusive: Cornel West talks Ferguson, Hillary, MSNBC — and unloads on the failed promise of Barack Obama an interview by THOMAS FRANK in Salon.com Cornel West teaches at Union Theological Seminary and is the author of Race Matters and (with Rabbi Michael …
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Israel/Palestine

Holocaust Survivors Take Ad in NY Times to Condemn Israeli Assault on Gaza

In a letter published today in The New York Times as an advertisement, 40 survivors of Nazi genocide and hundreds of their children are publicly deploring ”the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza,” Israel’s ongoing occupation, and the troubling rise of systemic racism. The letter, a …
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Israel/Palestine

Lev Grinberg on why Israel needs A New Model for dealing with Palestine

A New Model Required Lev Grinberg* The Israeli government has drawn the IDF and the whole country into an unprecedented complicated situation that the country has seen since the disengagement. This is due to a fundamental misunderstanding:  the model of …
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War & Peace

Focus on the Peacemakers–Thoughts About World War One

The Search for Peace During World War One:  by Neil Hollander A hundred years ago, just after the First World War began, the Danish anti-war film, Lay Down Your Arms, had its world premiere in New York. The film was …
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US Politics

Honoring the Animals With Whom We Share This Planet

Editor’s note: Thanks to Rabbi David Seidenberg for developing this ritual. I would only add one thing: another way to show caring for the animals with whom we share this rapidly shrinking planet is to NOT EAT THEM!–Rabbi Michael Lerner …
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Israel/Palestine

Former Israeli soldier Idan Barir on Why It’s Hard to Believe Israel’s Claim That It Did Its Best to Minimize Civilian Deaths

Why It’s Hard to Believe Israel’s Claim That It Did Its Best to Minimize Civilian Deaths Among the difficult reports streaming in from Gaza over the past few weeks, two especially painful events have captured my attention. The first was …
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Peace Rally in Tel Aviv draws thousands, Eyeless in Gaza by Uri Avnery, and Gush Shalom, chair of the Israeli peace movement

Editor’s Note: For those who think all Israelis are rallying around the war efforts of the Netanyahu government, the big peace rally Saturday night in Tel Aviv comes as an important corrective! See the stories below. Also, please read Uri Avnery’s article …
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Judaism

Israeli Extremists Protest Marriage of a Jewish Woman Who Converted to Islam to Marry Her Arab Husband

Demonstrators face off outside Jewish-Arab wedding Some 200 right-wing protesters demonstrated against what they called ‘assimilation in the Holy Land.’ A counter-demonstration was held by the entrance to the hall. By Ilan Lior | Aug. 18, 2014 | 10:55 AM  RELATED ARTICLES Where …
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Israel/Palestine

Lack of Balance in Critiquing Israel and Hamas?

Lack of Balance in Critiquing Israel vs. Hamas? by Mike Merryman-Lotze August 11 Over the last month, as I have posted my comments and thoughts about what is happening in Gaza on Facebook a number of people have accused me …
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War & Peace

Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Deception by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Editor’s Note: We at Tikkun oppose military solutions to the world’s problems. Please read our proposed Global Marshall Plan at www.tikkun.org/gmp. –Rabbi Michael Lerner Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Deception   Jeffrey D. Sachs August 13, 2014 It’s said that the …
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Israel/Palestine

The P Word a poem by Abby Caplin

“The P Word”   See, I had a hard time writing the word Palestinian. It stops civil discourse for Jews. To say the “P” word during war, means you are a traitor.   In a recent short at the Jewish …
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