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Letter from Birzeit, #9: Picking Olives

by Maya Rose Goldman Maya Rose Goldman is a third-year student at the University of Chicago, where she studies Human Rights, Anthropology, and Arabic. After a visit to Palestine in the Spring of 2012, she became passionate about understanding the situation in the Occupied Territories and the relationship between Israel and Palestine. In August, she […]

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O My America: “Zionism” as a Dirty Word

by Lawrence Bush Lots of folks in the Jewish community are buzzing these days about the Pew survey that shows a high level of irreligiosity among American Jews, as well as a 58 percent rate of intermarriage and other marks of assimilation. Among some in organized secular Jewish circles, there’s almost a celebratory, I-told-you-so feeling: […]

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Letter from Birzeit #6: In Jenin

by Maya Rose Goldman Maya Rose Goldman is a third-year student at the University of Chicago, where she studies Human Rights, Anthropology, and Arabic. After a visit to Palestine in the Spring of 2012, she became passionate about understanding the situation in the Occupied Territories and the relationship between Israel and Palestine. In August, she […]

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Letter from Birzeit, #2: Welcome to Occupation

by Maya Rose Goldman Maya Rose Goldman is a third-year student at the University of Chicago, where she studies Human Rights, Anthropology, and Arabic. After a visit to Palestine in the Spring of 2012, she became passionate about understanding the situation in the Occupied Territories and the relationship between Israel and Palestine. In August, she […]

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The Secret History of Palestinian Nonviolence

by Nicholas Jahr This is a revised and updated version of an article that originally appeared in the Spring, 2013 issue of Jewish Currents and was then republished in the Utne Reader. Photographs by the author SLOWLY, THE SMALL GROUP of demonstrators approaches the soldiers. Around seventy-five people had turned out for this week’s protest, […]

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On Ambulances, Checkpoints, Health Care, and Peaceful Solutions

by Bernard Kabakow, M.D. Ever since 1967, accusations have been made against Israel in regard to long delays for inspection of Palestinian ambulances at Israeli checkpoints and road barriers. But examples of Palestinian ambulances being used for other than sick patient transportation are well documented. In January 2002, a Palestinian Red Cross employee carried out […]

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Deb Reich: No More Enemies #6

Breastfeeding without Borders by Deb Reich In 1987, just after my son Amos was born, when I was married and living in Karkur about fifteen minutes down the road from Wadi Ara, I went back to the old neighborhood for a visit. We were only recently returned from a couple of years overseas and I […]

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December 4: Whistleblower or Spy?

Haaretz reporter Uri Blau published a report on this date in 2008 about Israeli assassinations of West Bank militants, based on a leak of some two thousand classified documents by Anat Kamm, a former Israeli soldier. In 2006, the Israeli Supreme Court had restricted the use of military assassinations, forbidding them in cases in which […]

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