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Differences of opinion on Israel have created a sometimes tense atmosphere in the Jewish community.


Liberal Zionist Education Can Counter BDS & Student Apathy

The following article, “Answer on Campus: Liberal Zionist Education,” was originally published in the Atlanta Jewish Times: In “Offense Not Defense” (Oct. 6), the Center for Israel Education’s Rich Walter thoughtfully explores the role of memory in Jewish tradition and challenges the way the community develops programs as aggressive and defensive forms of Israel advocacy […]

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Black Lives Matter

Constructive Jewish Response to ‘Black Lives Matter’ on Israel

Scholars and activists of The Third Narrative email list have recently discovered that the leadership speaking in the name of “The Movement for Black Lives” has issued a Platform that includes an embrace of BDS and a one-sided pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli perspective.   While legitimately expressing concern for the fate of Palestinians living under occupation, it unreasonably […]

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Anti-Western Ideology Fuels BDS

This commentary is inspired by “When Your Enemy’s Enemy is Your Enemy,” an article written by the liberal American-Israeli journalist, Gershom Gorenberg, for his usual venue, The American Prospect (March 11, 2016). While his piece does not directly address BDS, it analyzes the anti-Western/anti-Imperialist ideology that often accompanies support for BDS. The summary sentence beneath the title reads: “A defense of Hezbollah […]

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Cooper Boyar

Will Federations Side with Israeli Gov’t or Students Fighting BDS?

The author, Cooper Boyar (pictured in Habonim-Dror shirt at a J Street conference) is a junior at Brandeis, where he is president of the J Street U chapter and a new member of the Ameinu TTN committee.  The following article, “Federations Have a Choice to Make: Will They Side With the Israeli Government or Students Fighting BDS?” […]

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As Mideast violence escalates, debate and dialogue shrinks

As hot as things have become in Israel and the West Bank over the last several weeks with escalating violence, here in North America a chill is palpable. It comes in the form of silencing within and across communities – in private homes, on university campuses and in community institutions. It’s coming from both sides: […]

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The Third Narrative’s ‘Pursuing Peace’ Teach-In, Part 2

[Click here for Part 1.]   Following the lunch break, a plenary session featured political theorist Michael Walzer in conversation with sociologist Todd Gitlin, largely centering on how they relate to Israel.  Although their positions on the issues are close, Prof. Walzer (pictured with moderator Prof. Alice Kessler-Harris [photo by Gili Getz]) identifies himself as a Zionist, while […]

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The Third Narrative’s ‘Pursuing Peace’ Teach-In, Part 1

The Third Narrative and Ameinu “Pursuing Peace” Teach-In — Nov. 1, at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism — featured an impressive array of academics and activists who were (in the words of the invitation) “Exploring Progressive Action to Achieve Human Rights, Justice, and Reconciliation in Israel and Palestine.”  Follow the link for YouTube videos online […]

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