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Feb 19, 2019, 4:50 PM
Jewish Canadian Israel critics aren’t so marginal after all
Jewish organizations that advocate for Palestinian rights like Independent Jewish Voices Canada—the organization for which I work—are often portrayed as small fringe groups by the Jewish establishment. But just how marginal are we and our views? A recent poll demonstrates that,...
Feb 19, 2019, 4:49 PM
Bat Shlomo Vineyards – the Zionist dream is alive
For those of you who do not know, I’m a graduate of the History of the Jewish people from Ben-Gurion University with a specialization in State of Israel studies (yes, I am an admirer of David Ben-Gurion). Why am...
Feb 19, 2019, 9:44 AM
Empathy Has Lost Its Way
A section of the famous mural wall at Sydney’s Bondi Beach was defaced in the last couple of weeks with a row of around 20 swastika symbols, and it made headlines. I wish I were able to say I’m shocked. Swastika...
Feb 18, 2019, 7:29 PM
Israeli identity — IAC conference as case study
Last November I attended to The Israel American Council (IAC) Conference in Florida, and I'm sharing with you my personal expirience (Due diligence, I was at the conference as part of my work and as an active part of...
Feb 18, 2019, 3:47 PM
The Time We Lost the BDS Battle
The battle against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) movement has already been lost. At least the current round has. It was lost the minute it was introduced to college campuses around the United States by those seeking to...
David E. Weisberg
Feb 18, 2019, 7:50 AM
ACLU: Ignorant or dishonest?
The American Civil Liberties Union bills itself as the "premier defender of the rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution." One would certainly expect, if an organization is truly the premier defender of constitutional rights, it would have a comprehensive understanding...
Feb 17, 2019, 11:36 PM
If you can’t defend Israel’s right to exist, don’t call yourself Jewish
Having been very active in political activism during my college years, I know firsthand very well what it means to deeply commit to a cause to the point where it becomes an integral part of who you are. It...
Raymond M. Berger
Feb 17, 2019, 10:11 PM
Jews Who Pressure Israel and the Jews Who Help Them
Anti-occupation advocates never tire of telling us how deeply they care. The on-line encyclopedia, Wikipedia, lists a startling number of “Jewish Anti-Occupation” groups----22 in all. Most of these organizations are based outside Israel, many in the US. These groups reflect...
David H. Levitt
Feb 16, 2019, 9:57 AM
Even Rep. Omar’s Apology Was “Problematic”
Within the last week, Minnesota’s freshman member of the House of Representatives, Ilhan Omar, has been much in the news, and much debated, for her tweet that pro-Israel supporters are paying American politicians to be pro-Israel. After Democratic Party...
Feb 16, 2019, 9:56 AM
An Open Letter from “Pro-Israel Warriors”
My greatest disappointment with the U.S.-Israel relationship is the tone of debates about this issue on some college campuses, including mine. As an Emerson Fellow at Emory University for StandWithUs, a non-profit Israel education organization that believes education is...