Building the Occupation — Since 1963

by Marty Roth Discussed in this essay: The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories, by Ilan Pappe. Oneworld, 2017, 304 pages.   ILAN PAPPE’S new book is a history of Israel’s steady absorption and/or constriction of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip after the 1967 war with Jordan, Egypt and Syria. Pappe’s work […]

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Nir Baram’s Search for an Israeli-Palestinian Solution

by Bennett Muraskin Discussed in this essay: A Land Without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank, by Nir Baram, translated from the Hebrew by Jessica Cohen. Text Publishing, Melbourne, Australia, 2017, 284 pages.   FOR DECADES, Jewish Currents and others on the left have beat the drum for a two-state solution to the […]

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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 Hardliner Who Ended Otherwise

Ariel Sharon, 1928-2014 by Thomas G. Mitchell and Ralph Seliger AFTER ALMOST EXACTLY EIGHT YEARS IN A COMA, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon finally succumbed on January 11th. Known for bold, even reckless moves both as a career military officer and as a politician, he was reviled by the left as a hawk and […]

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Why the BDS Movement Is Effective and Right

by Donna Nevel and Dorothy M. Zellner As Jewish activists working to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine, we take exception to Philip Mendes’ criticism of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in “Why BDS is Ineffective and Worse: But the Issue of Palestinian National Rights Will Not Go Away” (Summer, 2012). Mendes says not a […]

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Bruce H. Bernstein: A “Listening Tour,” #9

It’s 6am Saturday morning here in Jaffa (Yafo in Hebrew), our last day, but I’m writing about yesterday, 11/11/11. I did not know that those numbers had special significance. Restaurants were jammed with people celebrating, and we passed many weddings in the Arab sections. We started the day with breakfast at the Haddad Hotel in […]

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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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