Israelis appear to have returned Netanyahu to Balfour Street, will American Jews stick with him?

In the end a surprise victory for Israel’s most skilled and successful politician, Bibi Netanyahu. The cost? Israel’s standing in the international community, and division domestically. An Israeli friend of mine wrote: Even after so many years away, I’m still crushed by the wasted potential of my homeland. But the country was never really mine. … Continue reading

Youth imagination awakening globally

Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy dubbed the wave of revolt sweeping North Africa and the Middle East an “awakening of the Arab imagination.” I am inclined to agree.
Americans’ imaginations are awakening too.

Video Journalists Reach Across Gaza-Israel Divide

Israeli video journalists Harvey Stein and Palestinian Nasser Najjar team up to report on the Israel-Gaza conflict from both sides of the border.

Gaza, Oakland. A Primer.

The situation in Oakland is clearly deteriorating. Relations between the police and poor or struggling communities have been tense, and the killing of Oscar grant was clearly the last straw.
Gaza is also a deteriorating situation. Following the 1967 war between Israel and the surrounding Arab countries it was under military occupation. In 2005 the Prime minister of Israel withdrew its settlers and military from the Gaza strip, but maintained control over Gazan borders, airspace, coastline, infrastructure, power, and imports-exports.
Comparing Gaza and Oakland is tempting because things that happen there happen here also. But it is a true false analogy because of the vast differences.

Gaza, Oakland. Not the same shit.

While human rights connect many issues facing the world today, it is altogether inaccurate to directly compare police brutality and the police-community relationship in Oakland, and the Israeli-Palestinian relationship in Gaza.

Israeli Navy Clashes with Activist Boat “Flotilla” Headed for Gaza

As reports of tragedy started coming in last night, friends and I debated into the night how this would affect Israel and the Middle East in the following weeks. First we heard that the Israeli Navy opened fire on the boats, then we heard the activists had attacked Israeli troops. In any case, this is not good news for the region. This morning Jeremy Ben-Ami, President of J Street, put out this statement on the J Street Blog:

In Wake of Flotilla Tragedy, J Street Urges Stronger US Leadership to End Conflict Now

Jerusalemite to Bay Area Jews: ‘Your involvement will help bring peace’

For Gershom Gorenberg, author of The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977, Israeli settlements across the Green Line threaten the very existence of the State of Israel.
Sporting a substantial, graying beard, and flashing a trademark Jewish sense of self-deprecating, poignant humor, Gorenberg alternated between comedy and solemnity as he spoke Friday, April 23 to an audience of around 100 mostly Jewish, Bay Area residents at the Downtown campus of San Francisco State University.

UC Divestment from Israel misguided

When the University of California, Berkeley’s Student Senate (ASUC) approved a bill to “Divest from War Crimes” by a 16-4 vote last week, it marked a monumental occasion in college politics.

But the vote was not really about war crimes.

It was the opening round of this years fight over the best path to peace.

Why I am pro-Israel

As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict enters its sixth decade, casual observers may see it as inevitable-a religious quarrel thousands of years old. That is not the case.

The conflict is fundamentally political-two peoples fighting over the same land.

The political solution-a negotiated two-state settlement creating an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel’s 1967 borders, with modifications for current realities is supported by over two-thirds of Israelis and Palestinians

Greetings back from Eretz Yisrael

Dear Friends and Family, As most of you know I was fortunate enough to go to Israel over the American new year and early into January. I returned to New York from the land of my ancestors January 12th in a daze, I left Tel Aviv at 6:15am Thursday morning Israel time, parked myself on … Continue reading