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

Cary Nelson

Defeat for BDS at Modern Language Association


We were advised on June 14, by Prof. Cary Nelson, that the proposal for a boycott of Israeli universities has been defeated at the Modern Language Association (MLA): By a stunning two to one margin, members voted not to endorse a boycott of Israeli universities now or in the future. This sends a message to […]

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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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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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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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