Israel/Palestine

From the start Tikkun has taken the view that Jewish morality and prophetic tradition require a challenge to all governments, including that of Israel, to live by the highest ethical standards. The more Israel rejects Jewish morality and the Torah’s injunction to “love the stranger” in its treatment of the Palestinians, the more it loses the support of the most ethically sensitive people in the world and of many younger Jews in the diaspora. We are committed to full and complete reconciliation between Israel and the Palestinian people within the context of social justice for the Palestinians and security for Israel. Our view is that solutions to intractable conflicts begin as increasing numbers on each side can empathize with and tell the other side’s story. That is an exceptionally hard thing to do in this case, given the traumas both Jews and Palestinians have suffered, but we believe it is possible. Our special issue on the 60th anniversary of the state of Israel and of the Nakba is here. See also Michael Lerner's essay "A Jewish Renewal Understanding of the State of Israel," his book Embracing Israel/Palestine, and the Tikkun Israel/Palestine Peace Plan.

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Israel/Palestine

The View from Palestine: American Jewish Journeys into the West Bank
by Sam Sussman
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
by Aaron Madow
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
by Naomi Dann and Aaron Madow
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
by Rachel Unger
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
by Wendy Elisheva Somerson
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
by Shaul Magid
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
by Mark LeVine
“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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Israel/Palestine

Beyond Walls and Checkpoints: The Digital Occupation of Palestine
by Sam Ross-Brown
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
by Roni Finkelstein
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
by Mark Levine and Gil Hochberg
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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