Five Days in Palestine

by Dina Heisler and Susan Nobel   PEOPLE around the world and across time crave similar things. They want the chance to raise their families within a peaceful and fair environment, one that affords a decent quality of life without fear of one’s fellow man. This was the main takeaway from our voyage into another world: […]

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Points of Departure — Part 2

Photo above: Palestinian ruins in forest (photo credit: Deborah Bright)   A JEWISH ISRAELI ENCOUNTERS THE NAKBA by Linda Dittmar In Part 1 of “Points of Departure,” as the writer and her touring companion, Deborah, travel through a Jewish National Fund pine forest in Israel’s Gilboa region, they come across stones that might, or might not, […]

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Points of Departure — Part 1

Photo above: Palestinian ruins in forest (photo credit: Deborah Bright) A JEWISH ISRAELI ENCOUNTERS THE NAKBA by Linda Dittmar Editor’s introduction: One hundred years ago, on November 2, 1917, the British government published the Balfour Declaration, a “declaration of sympathy” for the “establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” (which also stipulated […]

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Fifty Years, and No End in Sight

HAS ISRAEL EVER TRULY INTENDED TO WITHDRAW FROM THE WEST BANK? by Ron Skolnik From the Summer 2017 issue of Jewish Currents   ON THE EVENING of November 4, 1995, I walked home happily to my small Tel Aviv apartment, having just been part of the massive crowd that had come out in support of Prime […]

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October 4: Rose Warfman and the French Resistance

Rose Warfman (Gluck), a heroine of the French Resistance who survived internment in Auschwitz, was born in Zurich, Switzerland on this date in 1916. A direct descendant of the Magid Dov Ber of Mezeritch (1704–1772), the hasidic leader who was successor to the Baal Shem Tov, she lived with her Orthodox family in Paris from […]

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Economic Protests in Ramallah: The Word on the Street

by Alyssa Goldstein I’m reporting this week from the Jewish Currents Ramallah office (kidding. I’m just here visiting). I happen to be here at a time when the West Bank is rife with economic protests. People are angry at the rising costs of living, Palestinian Authority employees aren’t being paid their salaries, and taxi drivers […]

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