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How extremist Israeli settlers celebrate the harvest festival

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Sukkot, the Jewish holiday that marks the fall harvest festival and also commemorates 40 years of wandering by ancient Jews in the desert, commences at sundown on Wednesday. Jews throughout the world are building their local Sukkah, a temporary shelter that usually takes the form of a tent. So how are extremist Israeli Jewish settlers […]

Thank you for putting J Street on trial

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Last Wednesday, a Knesset Committee met in order to determine whether J Street had the right to call itself “pro-Israel.” The Knesset Member who called for the hearing, Otneil Schneller, “told the Forward that being pro-Israel can only mean defending the policy and conduct of the elected government, whatever one’s personal opinions.” Therefore, J Street […]

When pro-Israel American Jews say, “This is wrong!”

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

More than 2,000 American Jews attended the national J Street conference last weekend in DC, determined to do something to change the discourse within the Jewish community and affect American policy. I’ve waited a week to write about this because I wanted to gauge others’ reactions and sort out what I experienced at the conference. […]

Give me just 1 good reason to oppose UN anti-settlement resolution

Monday, January 24th, 2011

I have yet to hear one good reason why the U.S. should veto a new UN Security Council resolution that condemns Israeli settlements, or why it should try to keep the resolution from coming up for a vote. Oh there have been protests from the usual suspects who support the settlers or object to any […]

The Labor Party’s new flirtation with the settlers

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

I don’t think there is much chance of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict without a revival of the parliamentary left –or at least left-center– in Israel, the development of a powerful and consequential counterweight to the aggressive right. (Of course, there is not much chance of resolving it even if there were such a revival, but […]

Have a strong stomach? Track the settlements on your cell phone

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Americans for Peace Now has just released a “Facts on the Ground” application that gives iPhone and iPad users real-time, digital maps of the West Bank settlements. It’s also available on the web. You can find it here. Interviewed by Ha’aretz, APN’s estimable CEO Debra DeLee said, “One of the things that make this tool […]

Myths and facts about Jerusalem

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Americans for Peace Now has posted an excellent summary of the situation in Jerusalem by Hagit Ofran, the head of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch program. It has been on their web site for awhile but is worth repeating here in the land of realistic doves. It is a scathing critique of the tenure of Jerusalem […]

Dialogue on the Berkeley divestment resolution

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Dan Fleshler #1: Are you crazy? Why say anything positive about the Berkeley Student Senate divestment resolution? It’ll do you more harm than good. Dan Fleshler #2: Sometimes one has to stand on one’s principles. Dan #1: What difference would it make? Nobody reads your blog anymore. Dan #2: There’s still a tiny following. Some […]

Obama should not be afraid of AIPAC

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Despite recent tension with Israel, President Obama’s approval ratings have remained consistently high among American Jews, according to a new J Street poll. He was viewed favorably by 62% in March compared to 64% in October, 2009. That is true even though Americans as a whole are less enamored of him than they used to […]

Americans for Peace Now: Knesset forms “flat earth society”

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

I have been waiting in vain for more than 25 years to hear a coherent answer from Israeli settlers and their supporters to the following questions: “If Israel keeps expanding settlements and closes the door on a two-state solution, how do you propose to prevent it from becoming either a bi-national state or South Africa […]

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