An Arab Plan that Jews Must Pursue

Peace groups often lack a clear, realistic vision—something tangible to pin their hopes on. That can change now in Israel and Palestine. Many people realize that guns are not going to decide this conflict. And now there is actually something real and concrete to work with.

A Meaningful Democratic Platform on Climate Change

When John Kerry was asked about environmental issues in the second presidential debate leading up to the 2004 election, he initially changed the subject. Kerry has one of the strongest environmental records in the Senate, but instead of highlighting his environmental commitment, he chose to talk about welfare reform, supporting a balanced budget, and his commitment to national security.

Spirituality and Culture

Two pieces of religious literature indicate with special clarity the essential connectedness of spiritual maturity and cultural consciousness. The first call comes from Exodus 3:18. God teaches Moses that his holiness depends on finding holiness where he stands and then by taking that energy to other people for their liberation. The second story of culture and spirituality comes from the tales of the Hasidim: Holiness depends on our choosing the pieties proper to the times. Culture and spirituality, in other words, are of a piece.

Don’t Give Up

One of the casualties of this culture of violence, injustice and war is the loss of our imagination. People across the country cannot even imagine a world without conflict, poverty or nuclear weapons. But our job is announcing a new world of nonviolence.

The Electronic Intifada: Pushing the Envelope with Ali Abunimah

IF YOU LISTEN TO NPR AND THE BBC as frequently as the editorial staff of Tikkun does, in all likelihood you’ve heard the British-accented voice of Ali Abunimah. The editor and publisher of both the Electronic Intifada ( and Electronic Iraq ( since 2001, Abunimah has established himself as one of the single most influential Palestinian intellectuals in North America.

The Art and Ethos of Enduring Peace

We are, at long last, in the midst of a vigorous and comprehensive critique of the U.S. war in Iraq. People throughout the world decry the horrendous loss of lives, both civilian and military, and are critical of the arrogance and poor planning in this administration’s attempt at “regime change” in Iraq.

Replacing the Roadmap

To the end of his political life, Ariel Sharon sought to foster the idea that he was committed to the roadmap. In his last interview before being felled by a brain hemorrhage in January, Sharon told Japanese journalists that his policy toward the Palestinians was based on it.

What Went Wrong in Ohio and Black Box Voting

What Went Wrong in Ohio: The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election, edited by Anita Miller. Academy Chicago Publishers, 2005. Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century, by Bev Harris. Talion Press, 2004. In Black Box Voting and What Went Wrong in Ohio, Bev Harris and Michigan congressman John Conyers present data that are chilling indictments of our election system.

The Real Middle East

Why They Don’t Hate Us: Lifting the Veil on the Axis of Evil
by Mark LeVine. One World Publications, 2005.

The Modern Middle East
by Ilan Pappé. Routledge, 2005.