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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Why Single Israel Out?

by Alan Rutkowski   WHY SINGLE ISRAEL OUT? This is a question often posed to those of us, Jews and non-Jews, who oppose Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and advocate for Palestinian rights. After all, Israel is, as they say, the “only democracy in the region.” Of course, calling Israel a democracy glosses over the roughly […]

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My Path to Atheism

by Alan Rutkowski I RECENTLY HAD an epiphany: I don’t believe in God. For a very long time — most of my life, actually — I sort of thought I did. Religion has played a big part in my life. For some reason my mother, who was not religious at all, sent my sister and […]

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On Art as Resistance

IN ISRAEL AND THE U.S. by Liya Rechtman WHAT DOES IT MEAN to protest when no one is listening? Or when our act of protest is portrayed as running counter to the “will of the people”? As I sit in Jerusalem watching the age of Trump unfold, it can feel like the walls are closing in. Here […]

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The Dollars and Sense of BDS

IS THE BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS MOVEMENT HAVING IMPACT? by Ron Skolnik from the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents THIS PAST JULY, while American eyes were glued to the commencement of the Democratic Party convention in Philadelphia, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued an unexpectedly triumphalist declaration: Israel, he crowed, had “beaten” the international BDS […]

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August 11: More Settlements

Israeli Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel announced on this date in 2013 that 1,187 new housing units would be built in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. His move was denounced by Meretz MK Zehava Galon as an effort “by the [Israeli] government . . . to assassinate the political negotiations” with the Palestinians, […]

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