Global eruptions of antisemitism precipitated two conferences at the same venue, over 20 years apart. Although Israel is not to blame for the hatred of Jews, its policies and military actions often trigger it.
Most Jewish students at Occidental were already quite critical of Israel’s policies . . . . But most were unwilling to join a protest that failed to acknowledge Hamas’s responsibility for its massacre of Israeli Jews.
We’re delighted to find new Palestinian voices who, like us, insist on respecting the needs and feeling the pain of people on both sides, denouncing extremists and appreciating the complexities of the conflict.
“Zionism” has become more of an ideological football being kicked around by the pro’s and the anti’s who want to score against each other rather than to reasonably settle this longstanding and increasingly violent conflict. It’s the extremes who are the most vociferous in their Zionism or their anti-Zionism.
Each side has strikingly different perspectives on the deaths and victimization of the other side’s civilians.
To secure a peaceful future, not just Hamas, but also Smotrich, Ben-Gvir and their Israeli allies must be removed from power.
The aspirations of Hamas and its allies … are irreconcilable with any negotiation that Israelis will ever entertain. . . . Still, the rejectionism of the anti-Zionist movement does not preclude crafting a future that a majority of Palestinians and Israelis can live with.