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End the Occupation

Criticizing the occupation and Israeli policies towards the Palestinians

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Addressing unfair and inaccurate attacks from the far left

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Seeking a fair and just final status two-state solution to the Middle East conflict

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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, ...

My Zionism is Personal and Complicated

By Ralph SeligerThis is being posted on the eve of Israel’s Independence Day.  Most ...

Security Abuses at B-G Airport

By Ameinu OfficeThe following is taken from The Third Narrative’s Facebook page: Ameinu, the ...

Let Omar Barghouti Into US

By Alliance for Academic FreedomThe following statement is a reaction to the news that the United ...

Joint Letter Against West Bank Annexations

By Ameinu OfficeLast week Ameinu joined with nine other American Jewish organizations in a ...

JVP is Anti-Zionist? Who Knew?

By Ralph SeligerThe only surprise regarding Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)—a group that fully ...

Baskin: Netanyahu Wants Hamas State in Gaza

By TTNVeteran Israeli-American analyst and peace advocate Gershon Baskin recalls Ariel Sharon’s 2005 ...

Open Letter to University of Cape Town

By Alliance for Academic FreedomFrom: Prof. Cary Nelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and AAF Chair  To: ...

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