Israel/Palestine

Israel/Palestine

The View from Palestine: American Jewish Journeys into the West Bank

Extend programs are based on a simple belief that without understanding Palestinian perspectives, we are condemned to see the conflict as a matter of unequivocal good against unequivocal evil, instead of as a tragic cycle from which the overwhelmingly majority of Israelis and Palestinians want to break.
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Israel/Palestine

Assimilation Indeed: Hillel’s Co-optation of Progressive Jewish Students, 1967-2015

For many Jewish students, the Six-Day War constituted the first time they experienced a connection to a Jewish cause recognized by the establishment. Unfortunately, the Hillel International of today has prioritized parroting the hasbara of expansionist Israeli governments over capacious intellectual debate.
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Israel/Palestine

Dispatches from the Open Hillel Movement: An Introduction

This collection of pieces was born out of a gathering of ideas and debate modeled by the Open Hillel conference — a needed intervention in the contemporary echo chamber of Jewish American discourse about Israel.
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Israel/Palestine

Coexistence and its Discontents

The Open Hillel Conference in October was the first place where I could engage in large-scale discussions of issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and their interaction with Jewish identity openly, honestly, and with debate among people from a range of perspectives.
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Israel/Palestine

The Twin Ghosts of Slavery and the Nakba: The Roots that Connect Ferguson and Palestine

Returning to face the violence at the root of a nation state connects the struggle for Palestinian liberation and the struggle for Black liberation in the United States. By squarely turning to face how the past lives in the present of both countries, we can move toward reckoning with the root cause of racialized violence in both the Israel and the United States.
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Analysis of Israel/Palestine

Nakba, Occupation, and the Search for Original Sin: A Response to Wendy Somerson

My approach and Somerson’s should be two examples of dueling alternatives on the American Jewish Left, hopefully beyond the Left, in search of both a correction (tikkun) and a conclusion (siyum) to the injustices of one people dominating another.
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Politics & Society

Angry Jews on the Freedom Bus

“We have to change the way we talk about and relate to the State of Israel. And we have to do it now.” So declared one of the almost dozen Jewish participants in the most recent Freedom Bus ride through …
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Beyond Walls and Checkpoints: The Digital Occupation of Palestine

Even as the Israeli government exerts a more visible rule over the movement of goods and people in the West Bank and Gaza, Israel also exercises tight control over the movement of information between Palestinian landlines, computers, and mobile devices.
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Israel/Palestine

The Missing Connection: Language Learning as a Tool for Peace in Israel/Palestine

Misinterpretation due to language barriers allows Israelis and Palestinians to dehumanize each other. In order to realistically begin a movement toward the creation of more holistic language learning programs, we must draw a tight connection between high-level negotiations and grassroots language programs.
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Israel/Palestine

A Letter to Jon Voight about Gaza and the History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Zionist movement was not an innocent victim of Arab fanaticism and antipathy to Jews. It was an active participant and initiator of an intercommunal conflict which resulted in the expulsion of a million Palestinians in 1948 and then 1967, which has produced a brutal and illegal occupation that continues and even intensifies to this day. Do you think this is fair, Mr. Voight?
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Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel

If we act from a loving and generous place, seeking to overcome behaviors that were previously perceived as disrespectful and humiliating, then the icebergs of anger and hate (some of which our behavior helped to create) can melt away and people’s hearts can once again turn toward love and justice for all.
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Trauma Legacies in the Middle East

What happens when you put a daughter of the Holocaust among Arab trauma workers just back from the Syrian crisis? A powerful personal story.
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Israel in Gaza

We at Tikkun mourn the many tragic deaths of Palestinians and Israelis that have characterized the struggle between Israelis and Palestinians in the past many years, and the escalation of those killings in recent weeks both before Israel’s invasion of …
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Mourning the Dead in Israel/Palestine

We at Tikkun are in mourning for the three teens murdered in the West Bank. We find this act painful and outrageous. And we also know that the revenge/retaliation acts of Israel will only bring about more acts of violence. To end this cycle, Israel must end the Occupation.
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Two Perspectives on Presbyterian Divestment from U.S. Multinationals that Sustain the Occupation

it’s hard to get the two sides in the Jewish world to sit together and discuss the issues, since anyone who supports even the very limited form of divestment proposed by the Presbyterians is, as J Street’s Jeremy Ben Ami said recently in explaining his opposition to any form of Boycotts, Divestments or Sanctions, crossing “a red line” and hence, in the view of the Jewish establishment, automatically suspect of being anti-Semitic. We believe a public debate is a more healthy way to conduct this discussion,
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