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Activists Confront Diaspora Conference in Tel Aviv

By TTN

Before returning home to an American Jewish community reeling from the mass murder in Pittsburgh, the General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) — known as the GA and usually held in the United States — met for three days in Tel Aviv.  The Times of Israel article, “Diaspora activists protest at GA to […]

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Oslo Remembered — and Forgotten?!

By Ralph Seliger

The initial Oslo agreement was famously signed on the White House Lawn 25 years ago, on Sept. 13, 1993.  Originally, I was intending to write about a conference I attended at New York University on March 25th (“Oslo: 25 Years Later“), but was waiting until this September’s anniversary (forgive my tardiness). An alternative title for this post could be […]

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Israelis Challenge Nation-State Law

By TTN Blog

In discussing the new Jewish Nation-State Law, Third Narrative participants have generally expressed strong sympathy for 180 prominent Israeli artists, writers and intellectuals who have signed a letter calling for the cancellation of the recently passed basic law.  (Novelists David Grossman and Amos Oz, pictured above, are among them.)  In a substantive sense, the law […]

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‘The Loneliness of the Liberal Zionist’

By TTN

The following is excerpted and condensed from a feisty opinion piece in The Forward, “The Loneliness of the Liberal Zionist,” by Jarrod Tanny, an Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington: . . .  To be a liberal Zionist usually means supporting a two-state solution based on the Oslo Accords, so that […]

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Israel’s Jewish? What a Surprise!

By TTN

Seventy years after Israel’s founding, the Knesset has just narrowly passed a new basic law (having constitutional authority) outlining in symbolic terms how Israel is the “Nation State of the Jewish People.”  Arab Members of Knesset loudly proclaimed their outrage.   Liberal-minded defenders of Israel have long referred to this section of its 1948 Declaration of […]

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Minister Compromises Academic Freedom

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

This statement by the executive committee of the Alliance for Academic Freedom (an affiliate of The Third Narrative) protests the decision of Israel’s Science & Technology Minister Ofir Akunis to block the appointment of a top brain researcher, Dr. Yael Amitai, to an international scientific committee because she once signed a petition supporting the right of […]

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Our Concern over ‘Nation-State’ Bill

By Ameinu Office

Ameinu and 13 other liberal American-Jewish organizations* have addressed the following letter to Isaac Herzog, the outgoing Leader of the Opposition in the Knesset, soon to become the new chairperson of the Jewish Agency for Israel: We write to express our strong concerns about the Nation-State Bill, which would enshrine discrimination into Israel’s basic laws. […]

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