Peace Process

Israeli PM Netanyahu is discussing a Middle East peace strategy with US President Obama at the White House with details coming out soon. Peace is what Israelis have wanted since Israel officially becamef a state in 1948. Since then, Palestinians have rebuffed peace consistently as a tactic to gain more ground. Currently, Israeli PM Netanyahu is asking Palestinian President Abbas for direct talks. Abbas is the roadblock in resuming peace talks with Israel and comes off as uninterested in peacekeeping as he openly mocks the Holocaust as a “Zionist fantasy.”

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  • Take it to the streets Last summer, my Indian friend “Adam” invited me to attend a public Bhagra Punjabi folk dance festival, held in the beautiful World Financial Center Plaza. It was an incredible experience to see people from India, Pakistan, Nepal and Kashmir in their magnificent traditional clothing, dancing together with grace and joy. As I was happily dancing my ...
  • Losing Sleep in South Africa To the Honorable International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, As South Africa is in the news due to the death of Nelson Mandela, I felt it was time to follow his example and speak of social justice. I am sorry that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has caused you to lose sleep.  Obviously, you don’t have larger problems to worry ...
  • Why Not Recognize the State of Palestine? The Palestinian Authority is going to the UN to ask to be recognized as an observer state.  It doesn’t seem like it should be a notable event, but it is fraught with danger.  Something like 100 countries recognize Palestine as a state and most of the Western countries have relations with the Palestinian Authority even ...
  • Four Conversations I am Tired of Having on Israel: Part 1 Working in Hasbara often becomes very repetitive as I am forced to debunk the same myths ad infinitum. Therefore, in the interests of brevity, I have picked the four of the ones that annoy me the most and have put my new elevator pitch that I have prepared and will be using in the future. Boycott, ...
  • Al Jazeera: Where ARE Arafat’s Stolen Billions? It seems Yasir Arafat may be dead physically, but his story has regained new life as new inquiries are raised as to the cause of his death. The inevitable accusation on Al-Jazeera is that the Israeli government secretly murdered him. This accusation would be taken a lot more seriously had Al Jazeera in 2010 not ...
  • What Are You Afraid Of? This week, Algerian author Boualem Sansal was stripped of his $15,000 prize money for winning Editions Gallimard Arabic Novel prize. Paris-based Arab Ambassadors’ Council pulled the plug on this distinguished author. For daring to attend the Jerusalem Writers Festival last May as a guest of honor, Sansal was denounced by Hamas as committing “an act ...
  • To the Man on the 1 train in Manhattan Today Dear Sir, I am sorry we could not finish our conversation on Israel this morning.  Admittedly, you caught me pre-caffeinated this morning and me having to rush off to work made it hard to have a meaningful conversation but I wanted to address the points you made on the rare chance you might find this website ...
  • Stars vs. Stars of David When Alice Walker announced she was banning a Hebrew translation of her book The Color Purple, I was just grateful she was an author I did not happen to enjoy. One of the most painful parts of being Zionist is seeing stars I idolize standing on the other side of the Israel debate. I adore ...
  • A D-Day Wakeup Call for J-Street Endorsees To: Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Sherrod Brown, Representative Tammy Baldwin, Representative Martin Heinrich, and the 55 other House members or candidates receiving endorsements from J-Street Dear Senators and Representatives: Sixty-eight years ago this week, US and allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. On D-Day, more than 9,000 allied soldiers were killed or wounded, but the war turned in our favor. The ...
  • It’s High Time to Examine Israel Hating When Jewish Queer Youth marched openly for the first time in the Celebrate Israel parade, they had expected some backlash from homophobes.  Some were actually afraid. One fine young man actually wrapped himself in an Israeli flag, out of fear of being seen. Yet, the day was an unqualified success. As described by co-director Mordechai Levovitz, ...

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