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Is the Israeli Occupation Moving Towards Apartheid?

by Allan C. Brownfeld Discussed in this essay: Apartheid In Palestine, edited by Ghada Ageel. University of Alberta Press, 263 pages, 2016. ISRAEL’S OCCUPATION of the West Bank and East Jerusalem has come under increased scrutiny since December, when the UN Security Council adopted a resolution that condemned Israeli settlement building. The Obama administration chose to […]

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David Friedman’s Embrace of the Occupation

A GREAT RECRUITING TOOL FOR ISIS by Allan C. Brownfeld DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL campaign, Donald Trump took a strong stand against ISIS, which he pledged to defeat. Now he has announced his choice for ambassador to Israel, his bankruptcy attorney, David Friedman. Friedman has strong ties with Israel’s extreme rightwing and is a vocal opponent […]

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A Homecoming, with Apartheid in Tow

by Allan Lichtenstein OFTEN WITH FRIENDS, when they learn that I grew up in South Africa, lived sixteen years in Israel, then moved to the United States thirty years ago, I joke that with each move, political conditions took a far-reaching change for the worse. Little did I know, until early Wednesday morning November 9, […]

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AIPAC: Harmful to Israel, Harmful to the U.S.

by Allan C. Brownfeld THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE of the American Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has attracted almost 20,000 people to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital. Every presidential candidate — except Bernie Sanders — is appearing as speaker, along with Vice President Joe Biden. As a result of AIPAC’s influence (it […]

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Dancing in Bethlehem: A Diary

by Nicole Bindler This is a revised and much-expanded version of a piece first published by thINKingDANCE June 9 (2015) I arrive in Tel Aviv at 2:30 a.m. I get through security without a hitch. I was advised to say that I’m going to Israel to hang out with friends because many people (including Diyar’s […]

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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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