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A Jew among Christian Peacemakers, Part 5

Hope by Simone Zelitch Read other installments in this series. EARLY IN OUR TRIP to Israel and Palestine, I came up with an imaginary drinking game. We’d take a shot every time someone said the word “hope.” Later, I determined that we’d have better luck if the magic word were “privilege.” In any event, given […]

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A Jew Among Christian Peacemakers, Part 4

Privilege by Simone Zelitch Read other installments in this series. TOWARDS THE END of our time in Hebron, Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) staff member Mona sat us down for a session called “Undoing Oppression.” She joined our delegation leader Amy, who asked us a series of questions. We were told to give a gut-response and […]

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A Jew Among Christian Peacemakers, Part 3

In Hebron by Simone Zelitch Read other installments in this series. THE NIGHT BEFORE the Christian Peacemaker Team interfaith delegation left Jerusalem for the West Bank, a late-arriving Philadelphia delegate was detained at Ben Gurion airport. You could say he was targeted for “davening while black.” I first met Wilbur in 1994, when I’d moved […]

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A Jew Among Christian Peacemakers

Prologue: My Christian Problem by Simone Zelitch August 2nd I’M GOING TO HEBRON with an interfaith delegation of the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT) because my rabbi asked me. Linda Holtzman loves that sort of thing — working with Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Animists — and she’s consistently challenged the Jewish establishment’s positions on Israeli policy […]

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June 9: Joseph’s Tomb

By Jewish calendrical reckoning, today (1 Tammuz, 5773) is both the birthdate (in 1562 BCE) and death date (110 years later) of Joseph, the favored child among the twelve sons and one daughter of Jacob, the grandson of Abraham. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers at age 17, according to both the Torah […]

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August 29: Safed Pogrom

Between eighteen and twenty Jews were killed, eighty were wounded, and some two hundred Jewish homes were burned down in Safed on this date in 1929 when Arabs in Palestine were incited by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem to attack Jewish communities. “Advancing on the street of the Sefardi Jews from Kfar Meron and Ein […]

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Bruce H. Bernstein: A “Listening Tour,” # 3

During the morning circle on Friday we were introduced to our partner/driver for the day, Khamis Ghosheh, peace builder and former manager of the Palestinian Delegation Leaders Program of Seeds of Peace. Tamer, our regular driver was taking a day of training in his learning to be a facilitator. We left for the southern section […]

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August 23: The Hebron Massacres

Sixty-seven Jews were killed in Hebron during two days of Arab rioting in Palestine that began on this date in 1929. The massacre in Hebron, where Jews had been living continuously for centuries (and where the Tomb of the Patriarchs is located), was precipitated by nationalistic demonstrations by rightwing Zionist youth and counter-demonstrations and then […]

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