Legitimate lobbying or foreign agents? :: Dr. Larry Stillman

Activity in the Chinese and Jewish communities (or to be more exact, by certain well-resourced lobby groups) appears to be reaching a tipping point with respect to political influence in this country.  Chinese food has a peculiar attraction to Jews, and has probably been so for a century or more now, ever since Jews and Chinese […]

The Jewish Fear and the Palestinian Struggle :: Samah Sabawi

by Samah SabawiAustralian singer/song writer Deborah Conway in a recent interview was asked why her support for Zionism increased. ‘I hate bullies and I feel the world is bullying Israel’ she replied adding that the Palestinian-led BDS (Boycotts Divestments and Sanctions) movement to end Israel’s occupation and ongoing human rights violations is ‘horrendous antisemitism.’ For years, I […]

Where will hope come from? :: Bassam Dally

Bassam Dally is a Palestinian-Israeli-Australian academic, advocate and commentator. He is an executive member of AFOPA and Vice President of APAN.   “We should establish a new organisation called Palestine-Israel Liberation Organisation” said Obada in a conference on Palestine, late last year in Adelaide. He explained that Jews and Israel need liberation as well, to the […]

Tribal loyalties: personal stories of Jewish peace activists :: Avigail Abarbanel

There is an expectation in Jewish communities around the world that all Jews embrace Zionism and offer unquestioning support for Israel, ‘right or wrong’. Jewish identity and Zionism are commonly and deliberately blurred. Jews who criticise Israel or question Zionism are often excluded, vilified and threatened. If they express sympathy for the plight of the […]

A more sensible two-state vision for Israel and Palestine :: Dr Said Zeedani

Dr Said Zeedani is an associate professor of philosophy at Al-Quds University.  This article is published in +972.As any political solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict seems to have been pushed beyond the horizon by Israeli government policies designed to perpetuate the status quo, interesting new ideas are emerging. Here is one that is gaining unusual cross […]

FACING THE NAKBA :: Donna Nevel

Donna Nevel is a community psychologist and educator living in the US.  She is a coordinating team member (along with Nava EtShalom, Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark, and Rabbi Alissa Wise) of the Facing the Nakba project.As a Jew living in the US, I know that many, if not most, of us from Jewish communities grew up […]

Why Jews Shouldn’t Be Scared of the Palestinian Right of Return :: Rebecca Vilkomerson

Rebecca Vilkomerson is the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace. (Photo Credit: Christopher Hazou) Originally published in Ha’aretz.Liberal Zionists: If you oppose injustice, white supremacy, Muslim bans and deportations in America, oppose them in Israel as well.I joined Jewish Voice for Peace, then just a small Bay Area organization, in 2002. The first time I wore a […]