New Israel Fund
“I feel it emboldens extremists on both sides.”
By passing the "transparency" bill, Israel risks joining the ranks of countries like Russia, China and Iran that stifle voices of opposition and view human rights organizations as foreign agents and threats to be eliminated.
On a late Tuesday afternoon, April 8, 2014, I attended a rally sponsored by the JCC protesting UJA's inclusion of "extremist anti-Israel organizations" to march in the Celebrate Israel Parade on June 1 in NYC.
The outrage in some American, Jewish, and Israeli circles over the NIF's inclusion in the highly visible parade, formerly known as the Israel Day Parade, may be more than just a passing horn blast.
At a time when boycott, divestment and sanctions is seen as a viable threat to Israel, many are asking where the oxygen for the BDS movement is coming from.
Can we embrace the numerous challenges Israel faces on behalf of the Global Jewish People, knowing that our disagreements are part of Zionism in-progress? Said simply, is it possible for Jews who disagree to see each other as partners in building our people's home?
Israeli democracy is greatly endangered, and those who will suffer will be the Palestinians, the secular, the foreign workers, the leftists; in short, everyone who isn't haredi, secular nationalist, or religious nationalist.
Is peace ever a possibility? As Shmuel Katz writes in his 1973 classic Battleground, "Peace will not come as long as the
What do you do if an annoying and exasperating friend gets in trouble and really needs your help? And what do you do if that
There is much more that our people, progressive American Jews, can and should do to demonstrate humanist concern on this side of the border.
When dozens of Israeli ultra-Orthodox rabbis signed a formal edict prohibiting Jews from renting or selling real estate to non-Jews, the ensuing uproar was reassuring to those of us working for a democratic, pluralist Israel.
This week, New York City's Jewish community is riven by protests, counterprotests, and now, threats of Jew-on-Jew intimidation over the question of Israel and the Palestinians.
Suggesting that criticism will lead to the end of the Jewish people not only sows paranoia and division, it also shares a totalitarian logic with a wide array of past dictators. It's a sure way to lose a war.
Im Tirtzu,a new Zionist group, and its followers seek to delegitimize the New Israel Fund, and sixteen organizations the fund supports, as well as to intimidate these types of groups from exposing misconduct.
What seems to have slipped under the radar overseas is a siege of a totally different kind: the siege on Israeli democracy itself.
While Palin intended her jab to belittle Obama's experience, it in fact helped galvanize those of us who know just how critical, challenging and imperative a role community organizers play.