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Bernie Sanders on Israel and Jewishness

By TTNThere’s a new Jewish Currents article regarding Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Jewishness (“What ...

Trump Envoy: What Settlements? What Occupation?

By TTNIn the wake of the Bahrain conference on the economic phase of ...

Israelis Organizing Palestinian Workers

By Ralph SeligerAssaf Adiv, executive director of the independent Israeli labor union, WAC-MAAN (the ...

10 Groups Launch ‘Progressive Israel Network’

By Ameinu OfficeJune 24, 2019 Today, ten leading organizations representing Americans who are committed ...

A Jewish Trademark on ‘Concentration Camps’?

By TTN BlogOn June 18th, the Jewish Community Council of Greater New York (JCRC) addressed ...

TELL THE SENATE: OPPOSE ANNEXATION!

By Ameinu OfficeBy seeming to endorse unilateral Israeli annexations of Palestinian territory in the ...

Susie Linfield’s Defense of Left-Zionism

By Ralph SeligerSusie Linfield (as she is known professionally as well as personally) is ...

Supporting ‘Partnership Fund for Peace’

By Ameinu OfficeAmericans for Peace Now, J Street, T’ruah, and Ameinu welcome the reintroduction ...

New Salvos in BDS Wars

By TTN BlogTwo colleagues at The Third Narrative, Steven Lubet and Cary Nelson, are ...

How Zionist Left May Revive

By TTNThis article is translated by Efrat Levy from the weekend edition of Makor ...

Madonna at Eurovision: Defies BDS & Supports 2-State Peace

By TTNMadonna defied BDS by performing at this year’s Eurovision contest held in ...

One State, Two State, No State, New State

By TTNIsrael’s independence day is celebrated according to the Hebrew calendar (in 2019, ...

The Third Narrative Blog

Why We Created The Third Narrative (TTN)

Anyone interested in the Middle East these days will be subjected to a relentless barrage of accusations against Israel on the Web, on campus and in other settings. Some of these attacks come from the far left, from activists trying to appeal to Jews and non-Jews who are committed to human rights and social justice. Often, these critics are not just attacking specific, objectionable Israeli policies and behavior. They treat Israel as the epitome of evil. They portray the entire Zionist enterprise, from the 19th century to the present, as nothing more than a racist, colonialist and immoral land theft.

At Ameinu, a North American Jewish organization that supports progressive causes in Israel, the U.S. and Canada, we have often criticized Israeli policies and behavior, including settlement expansion, racism against Arabs and crony capitalism. But we believe too many of Israel’s left-wing critics cross the line that separates legitimate, productive criticism from polemical, inaccurate and unfair attacks.

At the same time, too many voices of those who reflexively support–or passively accept—the Israeli occupation and the morally indefensible status quo in the Palestinian territories are going unanswered.

The Third Narrative initiative is our response to this situation. We hope to engage people on the left who appreciate informed and passionate objections to Israeli policies and behavior, but also suspect that it is wrong to lay all blame for the conflict at the feet of Israelis. Some of what Israel’s most vitriolic critics say is accurate.  Some of what Israel’s traditional defenders say is also accurate. When it comes to this conflict, the truth is rarely black or white; it resides in a gray area where advocates on either side typically don’t like to venture. That is where we try to go with this website and other components of the initiative.

In addition to launching our website, we have produced a booklet that will help progressives to distinguish between the  far-left’s critiques of Israel that are justified and those that are unproductive distortions of a complex reality.

Download a digital copy or request a print copy via the mail