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Examine the different aspects of the Israeli Palestinian conflict, its history and pathways to peace.


Gershon Shafir: Signs of Weakness in Settler Movement


One of our own in The Third Narrative community, Gershon Shafir — Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego, a past President of the Israel Studies Association, and author of A Half Century of Occupation: Israel, Palestine, and the World’s Most Intractable Conflict — has just published “The Israeli Settler Movement Isn’t Much of […]

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Must-See Documentary about ‘Combatants for Peace’

By Robert Snyder

With the vanishing prospects of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, it can be difficult to muster energy or optimism. But these are precisely the feelings prompted by the new film “Disturbing the Peace,” which chronicles the struggles of a bi-national organization of Israelis and Palestinians called “Combatants for Peace.” “Combatants for Peace” stages […]

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Richard Gere in Israel

Richard Gere: A Third Narrative Progressive

By Ralph Seliger

In his latest film role, this Philadelphia-born WASP Buddhist plays a Jewish character (not for the first time), who is personally connected to an Israeli prime minister reminiscent of Ehud Olmert.  “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” is directed by Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar; Gere has just visited Israel […]

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Bernie Squares the Circle

By Robert Jennings

Senator Bernie Sanders wowed those assembled at the J Street conference on Monday, Feb. 27. [Click here for the JTA news report, and click here to read his text at] This is from an article by an Arab American impressed with Sen. Sanders’ speech: For so long, the idea that one could condemn Israel’s military […]

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Philip Mendes: ‘Greater Israel Paradigm’ Returns

By TTN Blog

This was originally posted online as “Back to the Future: the Disturbing return of the Greater Israel paradigm” by its author, Philip Mendes.  An Australian colleague of The Third Narrative, Associate Professor Mendes is director of the Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit in the Department of Social Work at Monash University near Melbourne. […]

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Soviet Zionology and today’s Anti-Zionist Left

By Robert Jennings

Please do not treat this piece as “red-baiting.” I am not attacking all “leftists.” When I refer to “The anti-Zionist Left” I am referring to that segment of hard-left activism and academia which is committed to Israel’s destruction as a Jewish national home as a matter of “anti-colonial” principle. What I write below is an […]

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United States House leader Nancy Pelosi, center, and Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison stand with Israel's Deputy Premier and Nobel Laureate Shimon Peres prior to their dinner at a restaurant in Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, March 31, 2007. Earlier in the day Pelosi, the leader of the U.S. House of Representatives toured Jerusalem holy sites , along with a congressional delegation that included Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress. The tour came on the delegation's first full day in Jerusalem, the first stop on their fact-finding trip to the Middle East. (AP Photo)

Rep. Ellison’s Middle East Views Do Not Disqualify Him for Leadership

By Scholars for Israel and Palestine

Scholars for Israel and Palestine condemn the recent attacks on Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) that claim he should be disqualified as a candidate for the position of Chair of the Democratic National Committee because of his attitudes on Israel, Palestine, and Jews. We take no position on who should be selected as DNC Chair. But […]

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