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Israel/Palestine

Wrestling Jerusalem: Great new SF play on Israel and Palestine–a must see!

Loving the Stranger  a theatre review by Corey Fischer About Wrestling Jerusalem  by Aaron Davidman The first sentence that Aaron Davidman speaks in Wrestling Jerusalem, his new solo play at Intersection for the Arts, will have an all-too-familiar ring to …
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War & Peace

Ukrainian Fascism & Anti-Semitism–Not Everyone Agrees

We continue our attempt to provide a wide variety of perspectives on what is happening in the Ukraine. Here we present the perspective of some of the Jewish establishment organizations reassuring us that anti-Semitism is not a big problem in …
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Health

Transformative Medicine as one Part of Emancipatory Spirituality

One of the foci of the interfaith and atheist or secular humanist welcoming Network of Spiritual Progressives (you DO NOT have to be religious or believe in God to be a spiritual progressive) is to build consciousness changing groups in …
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Israel/Palestine

Jews Against Zionism–an intro to their perspective

Editor’s note:  While the article below has a narrow conception of Zionism, equating it with the policies of its most racist and reactionary elements (though not without some foundation, given that these elements are currently dominant in the Zionist movement)–a …
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Israel/Palestine

Peter Beinert on why Israel Has Lost the Moral High Ground

Reprinted from Ha’aretz, Israel’s premier newspaper. View article here. AIPAC speech pits Netanyahu vs. Herzl on the nature of moral divides by Peter Beinart Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech this week to AIPAC was like Havdalah. It was about separation. “The line I want to …
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Israel/Palestine

The verbal assaults on Kerry from Israel

This article from Israel’s premier newspaper, Ha’aretz, reminds us that it’s not just the little guys who get verbal abuse when disagreeing with whatever is the official line of Israel on just about any question. Israeli officials and their cheerleaders …
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Editorial

A Variety of Perspectives on the Ukraine Conflict and the Potential Revival of a Cold War

Some of our readers have objected to us presenting critiques of the coup that overthrew Ukraine’s democratically elected government, which had tilted away from the European Union and toward Russia. We were not seeking to affirm that choice in particular—rather, we were seeking to present a more complex picture of the situation by pointing to the one-sidedness in the media, which made it seem as if the West were obviously innocently interested in promoting human rights and democracy and therefore siding with the coup from the streets.
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US Politics

Challenging the Power of the Banks

The Stone That Brings Down Goliath? Richmond and Eminent Domain Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:09By Ellen Brown, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond, California, in front of a boarded-up house in Richmond, December 20, 2013. Many Richmond residents owe more money on …
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War & Peace

Ukraine: What is Really Happening

Editor’s Note from Rabbi Michael Lerner: One thing I’m sure of is that media accounts available in the United States are so tainted by anti-Russia and U.S. nationalist and capitalist interests that we have no idea of what is really …
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US Politics

Uri Avnery on Germany Trying to Deal with its Nazi Past?

[Editor's Note: Avnery doesn't deal with another important aspect of Germans' continuing feelings of guilt for what their Nazi past did to the world and to the Jewish people: the way that that guilt keeps Germany from actually doing what …
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Israel/Palestine

Avrum Burg on BDS

Avrum Burg was chair of the Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Organization, a member of Knesset, chair of the Knesset, and for a brief moment even served as interim Prime Minister of the State of Israel. Here are his …
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Culture

Pete Seeger: A Personal Remembrance

I could scarcely believe my ears when staff members at Tikkun told me that Pete Seeger had just called to ask if he could perform at the first national Tikkun conference in New York City in 1988. I had raised my son on Seeger’s music, and had myself been moved by some of his radical songs. He was already a legend, and I was already a fan when I was in high school.
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery on Netanyahu’s Demand that Palestinians Recognize Israel not Just as a State, but as a Jewish State

Uri Avnery January 11, 2014                                          Bibi & Libie   PERHAPS I am too stupid, but for the heck of me I cannot understand the sense of the Israeli demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel …
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Israel/Palestine

Boycotting Israeli Universities–The Right Way to Fight the Israeli Occupation?

The Israel Boycott Movement and Controversy – Differing Views  Omar Barghouti; Linda Gordon; Robin D.G. Kelley; Sydney Lev January 4, 2014 Debate over Israeli policy on settlements in the occupied lands, the on-going discrimination against Palestinians and Jews of color …
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Israel/Palestine

A Jewish State Would Not Be Oppressive or Racist Toward the Powerless, the Immigrants, the Homeless, The Other–an essay by Uri Avnery

Editor’s Note: Uri Avnery, a committed atheist and chair of Israel’s peace movement Gush Shalom,  recognizes that the real problem in Israel today is not that it is a Jewish state, but that it is not Jewish at all in the …
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