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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Am I an activist? :: Sivan Barak

Sivan Barak is a social worker and member of the AJDS committee. Her chapter in beyond tribal loyalties. This is an excerpt from Sivan’s chapter in Beyond Tribal Loyalties.   A Palestinian friend recently responded to this question with the following:”If I conduct in the shower, does that make me a maestro?” My name is Sivan Barak, […]

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 […]

An Open Letter to Nakba Deniers :: Ilana Sumka, Jordy Silverstein and Sahar Vardi

Ilana Sumka lives in Belgium and is an educator, writer and activist working to end the Israeli occupation.Jordy Silverstein lives in Australia and is an historian and writer, and author of Anxious Histories: Narrating the Holocaust in Jewish Communities at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century (Berghahn, 2015).Sahar Vardi is a Jerusalem based activist.Originally published […]