Israeli Politics

Meet Ashraf Jabari: The Palestinian populist

He shatters myths about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, finding his greatest Israeli allies in his quest for peace and normalcy among those living in Jewish settlements.

Find The Nazi!

Orit ventured to the Bundestag, the German parliament, to take down those Nazis on the day German lawmakers voted against Israeli plans to apply sovereignty over Israeli-controlled areas. But she ran into some snags. Will the real Nazi please stand up!

Settler Opens Her Home to Peace

“Most of the Palestinians, they’re people who want to live well — that’s what’s important to them,” she said. “And part of the good and simple life is to live in harmony with the Jews. Many of them don’t have extreme political views. If you succeed in having Jews and Palestinians meet each other, and the Palestinian sees the Jew is not the enemy, he’ll break out of his stereotypical view, and vice versa.”

Hanukkah and Christmas lights intertwine in former Nazi hotbed

The bearers of these Hanukkah candles aren’t Jewish. In fact, many of them are descendants of avowed Nazis. They are members of TOS Ministries, a church in Tübingen that for the past 10 years has made it a religious mission to redeem the town, the souls of its residents and the Christian faith by connecting Christianity to its Jewish roots, researching personal family history as it relates to the Holocaust and standing up for Israel.

Milking Israelis for What They’re Worth

“Israel’s not holding onto its citizens, especially new immigrants, because of the low pay and high expenses,” he said, explaining how difficulty in making a living ranks as the No. 1 reason why olim leave.

Team Trump Pulls Tense Jerusalem All-nighter

Jewish Journal, November 11, 2016 An hour before the initial election results came in, attorney Marc Zell, co-chairman of Republicans Overseas Israel, took out a chart of American states and crunched numbers. He predicted Donald Trump would take Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia and South Carolina — that’s 44 electoral votes. “If Georgia is too close to …

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Israel-German Congress aims to ensure support for Jewish state

Shifting Israel-German discourse away from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Holocaust and toward the countries’ common values and interests emerged as a new strategy for Israel advocacy at a time when third-generation offspring of the World War II era are distancing themselves from Nazi crimes.

A tour through the new Berlin

The Magazine ventures to Berlin to learn firsthand how the influx of refugees – and non-refugees – are changing the landscape of the German capital

I’m a potential martyr, too

Orit Arfa’s essay on her personal reaction to the Tel Aviv shooting – a horror that somehow felt different.

A day tour through Rahat

During the recent outbreak of violence in Israel, Orit spends the day in Rahat with a Bedouin young leader.

Interview with Yehudah Glick, the “Smiling Survivor”

Having miraculously survived a late-October assassination attempt, Temple Mount activist Yehudah Glick and his supporters are upbeat, and stronger than ever in his status as an ‘extremist’ – of faith

Israel’s Modern Foremothers

Thrust into the public light after the murder of their sons, Rachel Fraenkel, Bat-Galim Shaer and Iris Yifrah are turning their tragedy into meaning.

10 Observations about Ariel Sharon’s Death

As people awaited the follow-up to my Miley Cyrus parody, “Jews Can’t Stop,” I didn’t imagine that Ariel Sharon would die right before the release of “Gaza Wrecking Ball.” Read my 10 observations about Ariel Sharon’s death.

The AIPAC Obama Drama

Obama’s remarks calling for 1967 borders as the basis for negotiations cause a flurry at the 2011 AIPAC Conference

Israeli and Palestinian shed their armor in ‘Desert Sunrise’

The play opens in the south Hebron hills in the West Bank with Tsahi, an off-duty Israel Defense Forces soldier (Oren Dayan), pointing his gun at Ismail, a Palestinian shepherd (Dominic Rains). Having just broken up with his settler girlfriend, Tsahi is lost and seeking a way back to the main road. Ismail, waiting for his Muslim Palestinian girlfriend, Layla (Miriam Isa), is the only one who can help Tsahi find his way.

Continuing But Not Moving On

After the first few minutes of speaking with Shifra Shomron over the phone, the similarities between this young author and the heroine of her debut novel, Grains of Sand: The Fall of Neve Dekalim, become apparent. She’s busy studying for finals, and she asks to hold the interview when they are over. Shomron, 20, like …

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Engaging the Disengagers

This article appeared in the Jerusalem Post on August 9, 2007. Click here for the original. How were the soldiers who performed the pullout affected by the emotional turmoil? Gil stood on a steaming sidewalk in a row of soldiers awaiting orders, while kids and teenagers darted out of the Kfar Darom homes, randomly approaching …

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Combining fact and fiction confuses peace event

I decided to attend the event with an open mind, to approach it as an opportunity to learn more about the occupation, to show my solidarity with my leftist brethren and to express my appreciation for their humanitarian instincts. While we may disagree on how to end the occupation – I believe in Palestinian disarmament, not reckless Palestinian empowerment –we agree that the status quo is untenable

Pride and Politics

Readers of Emuna Elon’s columns in Ma’ariv and Yediot Aharonot over the past 15 years might find her debut novel, If You Awaken Love, a striking, unlikely diversion from her political crusading. In her novel, political rhetoric is cooled and sympathies are spread over the political Left and Right alike. If You Awaken Love is …

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Losing Their Homes, and Their Religion

It can be argued that the evacuation from Gaza hit the younger generation particularly hard, making them particularly susceptible to rebellion against any type of authority, religious included

Blue Oranges

Last year at the Israel Independence Day Festival in Woodley Park, anti-disengagement activist Shifra Hastings of Los Angeles was clad all over in orange, the color of protest, right down to her painted fingernails. She tirelessly handed out free orange ribbons, bracelets and T-shirts — even orange soda — to passersby at her booth, speaking to them about the dangers of Israel’s planned, unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria.

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