What Are You Afraid Of?

By Elke Weiss, July 6, 2012

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 [...]

Stars vs. Stars of David

By Elke Weiss, June 26, 2012

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 [...]

An Open Letter to CUNY

By Elke Weiss, June 15, 2012

I am a CUNY person. I got my undergraduate from CUNY Thomas Hunter Honors program undergraduate,  summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. I triple majored, and even took an English minor because I loved my school so much. I was a member of Hillel, and served on the board of two student groups. Now  [...]

It’s High Time to Examine Israel Hating

By Elke Weiss, June 8, 2012

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 [...]

1 Week to Passover (or How 2 Million Arabs Nearly Pushed Me to the Sea)

By Koby Shamsian, April 12, 2012

March 30, 2012 06:00 I wake up, open my eyes, its one week to Passover, so many things to do, so little time to do them. Passover is the busiest time of the year in Israel. People go crazy with preparations for this holiday: Cleaning houses; dusting; vacuuming; painting the walls with fresh paint; changing [...]

Blood Libel Oozes from Grass

By Jennifer Hanin, April 5, 2012

When you’re a German Nobel Laureate, a member of the Waffen SS, and the worst thing you can say about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is he has a “big mouth,” you might just be an antisemite. Jeff Foxworthy analogy aside, a poem by noted 85-year-old German writer and poet Guenter Grass, published Wednesday in several [...]

Harvard, Don’t Add Hatred to Your Resume

By Jennifer Hanin, February 29, 2012

Dear Dean Ellwood: Phone: 617-495-1122 Fax: 617-495-9118 Email: david_ellwood@Harvard.Edu I am an avid supporter of free speech but must call it out when the intent is to dismantle the Jewish state of Israel. A conference scheduled at HKS on March 3 – 4 is planning to do just that. The anti-Israel groups representing the “One [...]

American Muslims For Palestine Advocate Human Rights But NOT For Gilad Shalit

By Jennifer Hanin, September 22, 2011

Quite interesting that American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) is “outraged” that prominent Muslims dared to call on Hamas to release Gilad Shalit in the name of Islam. Check out AMP’s “Action” Alert below showing their disdain for anyone calling for Shalit’s release. Pro-Israel advocates following American politics are well aware that US Representative Keith Ellison [...]

Tell US Mass Transit STOP Anti-Israel Bus Advertisements

By Jennifer Hanin, September 20, 2011

An anti-Israel group identifying themselves as “Committee for Just Peace in Israel and Palestine” is now trying to affect US policy (think lawfare) by advertising on buses and terminals across the country to end US funding and military support to Israel. Their campaign? “Two Peoples One Future” only they forgot their campaign is unfairly defaming [...]

US Mass Transit Offends Customers by Allowing Anti-Israel Ads

By Jennifer Hanin, September 20, 2011

To: jwalder@mtahq.org, rsarles@wmata.com, tperterson@transitchicago.com, mcfarlanen@trimet.org, robertraburn@covad.net As a pro-Israel advocate, I’m offended and appalled that you would allow Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine or any of its assigns affiliated groups, or campaigns like Two Peoples One Future to place anti-Israel, anti-US advertisements on your buses. Anyone pro-Israel is insulted when rogue, [...]