Why should you be concerned? Israel has long promoted itself as the only democracy in the Middle East—Is that really true? Not for the millions of Palestinian people who live under Israeli occupation. Israeli oppression of Palestinians has been long-standing, going back more than 75 years. In 1948, Israel subjected the indigenous population of Palestine… Continue Reading What’s Going On in Israel and Palestine? Why should you be concerned?
We are living at a time of rising instances of virulent anti-Semitism in the United States, endorsed by leading media and political figures. We have just witnessed the reticence of many top Republicans to condemn former President Donald Trump for consorting with rabid Jew haters. In these circumstances, it is natural that people of good… Continue Reading We Should Fight Antisemitism, Not Critics of Israel
At a recent school board meeting in Westfield, NJ, several speakers charged board Vice President Sahar Aziz with antisemitism for a ‘reTweet’ recommending an article that argued that the slogan “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free” was not antisemitic. Aziz is the Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, and Middle… Continue Reading Westfield BoE: Prof. Aziz is not antisemitic.
[Five years ago, the New Jersey State legislature enacted a measure punishing firms that boycotted Israel or Israeli companies. The bill, S1923, was vigorously opposed by Jewish Voice for Peace of Northern New Jersey, NJ Peace Action, and other organizations supporting Palestinian rights. The ACLU of NJ criticized the bill, a revised bill, and the… Continue Reading NJ Punishes Ben & Jerry’s Parent Company for Principled Stance
The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism is a gift to those of us who are fighting for justice in Palestine, and a blow to the knee-jerk defenders of Israel. Crucial to the defense of Israel’s indefensible policies toward Palestinians is the suppression of free speech. When we criticize Israel, they yell “antisemitism” and try to shut… Continue Reading The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism: A Gift to the Pro-Palestine Movement
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to annex some 30% of the occupied West Bank — including the strategic Jordan Valley and dozens of Jewish settlements — starting in July. As this date approaches, it is critical for all those who care about social justice and peace to strongly condemn Israel’s planned immoral, illegal annexation.… Continue Reading No to Annexation & No to Military Aid