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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

70 Years of Questions :: Lily Tamir-Regev, Hashomer Hatzair

How do we, as left-wing Australian Zionists, confront and balance the commemoration of the Nakba and the celebration of 70 years of Israel’s independence? When looking towards the future, how can we consolidate an egalitarian, but Jewish state? Moreover, how can we decide or discuss anything without hearing the voices of the oppressed?The issues that […]