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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

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Press Coverage 2005

Providence Journal
December 26, 2005
Iran's President Doesn't Speak for Palestinians
Philip Rosen
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has once again given aid and comfort to any Muslims or Jews who believe that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be settled until the other side has been annihilated.[read more]

Austin American-Statesman
December 19, 2005
Iran’s Leader not Helping
David Albert
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has given support to extremists on all sides who believe that the only solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is for one side to annihilate the other. [read more]

Jerusalem Post
December 16, 2005
US Initiative
Diane Balser
I commend Nathan Guttman’s nuanced coverage of the growing trend of support within the American Jewish community, and among pro-Israel legislators on Capitol Hill, for US initiatives which engage Israelis and Palestinians in negotiations. [read more]

San Francisco Chronicle
December 16, 2005
Comfort to the Enemy
Molly Freeman
Despite President Ahmadinejad's claims, he represents neither the best interests nor the popular sentiment of the Palestinians, the majority of whom recognize that the viability of the future Palestinian state depends on its ability to coexist with Israel. [read more]

Ha’aretz
December 14, 2005
Reform and Conservative Leaders in U.S. Want Rice Praised as Broker in Middle East
Ori Nir
In an effort to defend Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice against allegations of heavy-handedness in brokering an Israeli-Palestinian border-crossing deal, the heads of America’s two largest synagogue movements are calling on members of the House of Representatives to sign a letter commending her efforts. [read more]

Worcester Telegram
December 13, 2005
Temple Speaker Calls for Peace Talk
Taryn Plumb
Some Jews in the United States won’t even broach the topic of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Others are overly critical. Many more become outraged if Israel is cast in a negative light. At least that’s how Diane Balser, CEO of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, described it. [read more]

The Forward
December 9, 2005
Reform, Conservative Chiefs Praise Rice
Ori Nir
In an effort to defend Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice against allegations of heavy-handedness in brokering an Israeli-Palestinian border-crossing deal, the heads of America’s two largest synagogue movements are calling on members of the House of Representatives to sign a letter commending her efforts. [read more]

Kansas City Star
November 19, 2005
Israel, Palestinians Must Focus on Peace
Allan Abrams
With his recent remarks, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has given aid and comfort to those Muslims and Jews who believe that the Israeli–Palestinian conflict cannot be settled until the other side has been annihilated. [read more]

The Jewish World
November 10, 2005
Brit Tzedek Meets Congressman McNulty
A delegation from the Capital District Chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom met recently with Congressman Michael R. McNulty (D-Green Island) to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian situation. Brit Tzedek is a national organization committed to Israel’s well-being through the achievement of a negotiated two-state solution according to Jack Alexander, chairperson of the local chapter. [read more]

The Herald-Times
November 8, 2005
Work Towards Peace
Jennifer Bass, Julie Bloom and Bruce Solomon
We condemn Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinajad for his recent outrageous statements calling for "Israel to be wiped off the map." In this, we echo our national group, Brit Tzedek v´Shalom, a grassroots organization of American Jews who support a negotiated two–state solution to the Mideast conflict. [read more]

BBC – The World
November 4, 2005
Athena Desai
The World's Athena Desai talks to American Jews about their memories of Yitzak Rabin and their hopes and fears for Israel today. Interview with Steve Masters, Advocacy and Public Policy Co-Chair. [listen here]

The Ausblick
Fall 2005
My Words of Tshuvah
Donna Spiegelman
The Days of Awe come once more. The past year is reviewed, the book for next year is written and sealed. [read more]

Former IDF Soldiers Urge Moral Debate
November 1, 2005
Jewish Review
Deborah Moon Seldner
"I grew up believing the IDF was the most moral army in the world," former IDF soldier Avichay Sharon told a gathering of about 50 Portlanders Oct. 26. "To put a question mark on that is very difficult." [read more]

The Nation
October 24, 2005
Gaza Disengagement
Marcia Freedman
Richard Falk is quick to conclude from his post-disengagement analysis [Gaza Illusions, Sept. 12] that "this disengagement represents a dangerous step backward in the struggle to find a just peace for these two peoples." [read more]

Jewish Review
October 15, 2005
Hope for Peace Seen in Water Experts Working Together
Paul Haist
On the surface, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems largely to be about land disputes—borders, fences, access, security and more—traditional political realities that dominate the news out of the region". [read more]

Atlanta Jewish Times
October 14, 2005
Two States Are 'Common Sense'
Suzi Brozman
Marcia Freedman, the president of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, served in Israel's Knesset from 1973 to 1977. She focused on issues that Israel had not faced openly: domestic violence, breast cancer, rape, incest, teen prostitution and abortion. Today, she divides her time between her home in Berkeley, California, and Israel, though for the past three years she has remained in the United States to serve as the founding president of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom. She visited at the invitation of the Atlanta chapter and recently spoke with Suzi Brozman. [read more]

Kansas City Jewish Cronicle
August 26, 2005
Don't Let Gaza Fail
Allan Abrams
Israel is disengaging. Settlers have departed from 21 Gaza and four West Bank settlements. Some of the infrastructure has already been dismantled. The withdrawal, after 38 years of settlement activity, has been a wrenching and disruptive event, exposing an ideological divide in Israeli society. [read more]

Chicago Jewish Star
August 19, 2005
New Envoy for Gaza
Aliza Becker
The planned Israeli pullout from Gaza is just days away. Hailed by many as a new opportunity for peace and a surprising reversal for Ariel Sharon, a lifelong hawk, the removal of some 9,000 settlers from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements has raised hopes throughout the world. [read more]

International Herald Tribune
August 19, 2005
Leaving Gaza
James Alder
In the early 1980's, Amos Oz's "In the Land of Israel" warned of the growing suspicions of decent people outside the country who had begun to ask whether Jews really wanted only a "strip of land for sanctuary, a homeland, independence, peace and security, as they claimed originally, or are they really cheating, and is their real goal to reconstruct some nationalistic-religious fantasy?" [read more]

Newton Tab
August 17, 2005
Barney Frank's 'vote for peace'
David Strauss
"I'm proud of our Rep. Barney Frank for leading 100 members of Congress (including 7 of the Bay State's 10 reps) to vote for peace in the July 20th Congressional debate on Mideast aid." [read more]

Boston Globe
August 15, 2005
Beyond the Gaza Disengagement
Herbet C. Kelman
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to disengage from the Gaza Strip by evacuating Israeli settlements there and withdrawing troops is scheduled to begin today. Advocates of a negotiated Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, based on a genuine two-state solution, have understandable misgivings about Sharon's ultimate intentions. Nevertheless, they have fully supported the Gaza initiative, and, indeed, they must do everything in their power to ensure its success. [read more]

The American Jewish World
August 12, 2005
New Envoy for Gaza
Aliza Becker
The planned Israeli pullout from Gaza is just days away. Hailed by many as a new opportunity for peace and a surprising reversal for Ariel Sharon, a lifelong hawk, the removal of some 9,000 settlers from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements has raised hopes throughout the world. [read more]

Kansas City Jewish Chronicle
August 12, 2005
Local Man Joins Board of Jewish Peace Group
Rick Hellman
Prairie Village resident Allan Abrams has been named to the board of directors of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, a national group committed to Israel's well-being through the achievement of a negotiated settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [read more]

Boston Jewish Advocate
August 11, 2005
Leaving Gaza, Finding Peace
Diane Balser and Beth Wasserman
The planned Israeli pullout from Gaza will finally take place just after Tisha b'Av, a day associated with a sense of loss for the Jewish people. The original date for removing some 9,000 settlers fell during the traditional 21-day mourning period leading up to Tisha b'Av, a time commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples. [read more]

Seattle Jewish Transcript
August 5, 2005
Don't Let Gaza Fail: Appoint a Presidential Envoy
Rainer Waldman Adkins
The State of Israel is disengaging from Gaza. Settlers will depart and infrastructure be dismantled beginning in mid-August. Israeli friends tell us that withdrawal after nearly forty years of settlement is a wrenching and disruptive event, exposing an ideological divide in Israeli society. [read more]

Jewish Advocate
August 5-11, 2005
US Envoy Needed in Israel
Sanford Goldfless
The last decade has been very emotional for Israel's supporters. The hope for peace has been raised, only to be unfulfilled too many times. Now we are just days away from an important window of opportunity, the Gaza pullout. [read more]

Cambridge Chronicle
August 4, 2005
Balser Named CEO of Brit Tzedek
Diane Balser of Cambridge was recently appointed CEO of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, a national grassroots organization of American Jews committed to promoting a peaceful, negotiated settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A professor of women's studies at Boston University, Balser has a long track record of liberal Jewish activism as well as advocacy on women's issues; she helped found Brit Tzedek in 2002. [read more]

Brookline Tab
August 4, 2005
Our rep leads for peace
Sandy Goldfless
I'm proud of our Rep. Barney Frank for leading 100 members of congress (including 7 of the Bay State's 10 reps) to vote for peace in last week's congressional debate on Mideast aid. These wise 100 representatives understood that in regard to the Israel-Palestine conflict, American and Israeli interests are both served by supporting Palestinian moderates. In the case of the vote Barney bravely led, this meant trying to give the President approval to administer an agreed-on aid amount to the Palestinian Authority on a schedule he determines will be most effective. [read more]

Somerville Tab
August 3, 2005
On the Gaza Withdrawal
Michelle Gawerc
We should thank Rep. Michael Capuano for joining 100 members of Congress (including 7 of the Bay State's 10 reps) in voting for peace in last week's congressional debate on Mideast aid. This vote reflects an understanding that both American and Israeli interests are best served by supporting Palestinian moderates. In the case of last week's vote, this meant trying to give the President approval to administer an agreed-on aid amount to the Palestinian Authority on a schedule he determines will be most effective. [read more]

The Jewish Advocate
July 29-August 4, 2005
Cambridge woman to head U.S. group favoring 'negotiated' pact on Israeli conflict
Diane Balser of Cambridge has been appointed chief executive officer of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, a national grassroots organization of American Jews committed to "promoting a peaceful, negotiated settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." [read more]

The Jewish Advocate
July 29-August 4, 2005
Abbas Needs US Support on Disengagement
Donna Spiegelman
My fellow American Jews and I mourn the loss of life and shedding of blood caused by the terrorist attack in Netanya, Israel, earlier this month. This horrific event demonstrates that the Palestinian use of terror as a political strategy is futile and counterproductive. [read more]

Kansas City Star
July 19, 2005
Gaza First
Allan Abrams
Achieving joint negotiated agreements with the Israelis, backed by nonviolent, grass-roots, popular mobilization, is the only way a lasting peace will be secured. [read more]

The Isthmus
June 10, 2005
Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace!
Michael Gelman and Todd Miller
We deplore the targeting of Israeli civilians by "Arab" terrorists as he does, but the claim that "collateral damage" from Israeli attacks is "never on purpose" does not make civilian deaths acceptable. Nor will such attacks bring peace. [read more]

Forward
June 3, 2005
Pressing Peace in Era of GOP, Pro-Oslo Group Gets New Look
Ori Nir
WASHINGTON -- An upcoming fund-raising dinner of a major pro-Israel organization will honor a top Likud official, Vice Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and a Republican businessman, Gary Heiman. Neither choice would be remarkable except that the organization is the Israel Policy Forum -- long seen as a bastion of liberal support for Israeli peace policies. [read more]

Boston Jewish Advocate
June 3-9, 2005
Fulfilling the Dream of Peace
Raphael Ezekiel and Beth Wasserman
Only two weeks ago, Israel celebrated the 57th anniversary of its independence. As American Jews, we joined Israelis in celebrating the amazing achievements of the Jewish State. [read more]

Boston Jewish Advocate
June 3-9, 2005
Memorial Day Campaign Launched
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom launched a new campaign this week, meeting with local politicians across the country to convey its national platform. [read more]

Atlanta Jewish Times
June 3, 2005
'Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace, Progress'
Richard Breitkopf
When Israel celebrated the 57th anniversary of its independence recently, as American Jews we joined Israelis in celebrating the achievements of this small but powerful country. [read more]

Berkeley Daily Planet
May 27, 2005
Israeli and Palestinian Mothers Help Each Other Cope
Jakob Schiller
When Robi Damelin’s 28-year-old son was killed while serving as an Israeli soldier in the Occupied Territories of Palestine, she didn’t know what to do. She was overcome with a mixture of anger, sadness and confusion. Her son was a peace activist and nev er wanted to serve. She couldn’t figure out who or what to blame. [read more]

New York Jewish Week
May 27, 2005
Push U.S. on Peace
Diane Balser
These two sides of the Omer -- remembering our heritage of victorious struggle and thinking deeply about how we can live righteously in our own age -- have led some Jewish communities to dedicate this time to a close study of the problems faced by the State of Israel today, and to working for a secure peace between Israelis and Palestinians. [read more]

Kansas City Jewish Chronicle
May 27, 2005
Fulfilling the Dream
Allan Abrams
Just two weeks ago, Israel celebrated the 57th anniversary of its independence. As American Jews, we joined Israelis in celebrating the amazing achievements of this small but powerful country. [read more]

Roll Call
May 26, 2005
AIPAC: Big, But Not the Only Game in Town
Luke Mullins
As the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee's super-sized annual conference fills out the Washington Convention Center this week, it is easy to assume that AIPAC is the only pro-Israel advocacy groups in town. [read more]

JTA News
May 24, 2005
City of Brotherly Love
Members of a Philadelphia food cooperative overwhelmingly defeated aresolution to boycott Israeli products. [read more]

JTA News
May 24, 2005
Despite Distaste for Settlements, Philadelphia's Jews Shun Boycott
Jordana Jacobs
You would be hard-pressed to find many members of northwest Philadelphia’s vibrant Jewish community fully in favor of the presence of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. [read more]

Israel Horizons
Summer, 2005
What is Zionism?
Ralph Seliger
Elections loom early next year to select US delegates for the World Zionist Congress, scheduled to convene in Jerusalem in June 2006. According to our own Meretz USA elder statesman, Moshe Kagan, a "Zionist" is distinct from a mere "lover of Israel." The latter may support the existing government of Israel regardless of the wisdom of its policies. A Zionist actively seeks to be a "partner with Israel" in securing the well-being of the Jewish people around the world. Zionism is about the return of the Jewish people to the historical stage as a sovereign actor; it is not about applauding the decisions of the State of Israel regardless of their content. [read more]

Kansas City Jewish Chronicle
May 13, 2005
Virtual Political Tour of Jerusalem Sunday
Kansas City's Brit Tzedek chapter presents the program "Senator Brownback's Peace: Should Congress declare Jerusalem to be the 'Undivided Capital of Israel'?" at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 15, in the boardroom at the Jewish Community Campus. [read more]

Jewish Currents
May-June 2005
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom: Supporting the Peace Process
Joseph Dimow
At this writing in April, new opportunities for peace between Israel and the Palestinians have been created. There is a new, democratically elected leadership in the Palestine Authority. [read more]

The Progressive
April 25, 2005
Ruth Conniff's Blog: Giving Peace a Chance
Ruth Conniff
Remember the Geneva Accord? The unofficial Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement was negotiated by ex-politicians, former peace process negotiators, and cultural figures from both Israel and Palestine, and then mailed or handed out to every single Israeli and Palestinian the negotiators could find. [read more]

Jewish Advocate
April 22-28, 2005
Boston's Far Left-Wing Jews Are Determined not to Be Left Out
Shira Schoenberg
As Cambridge residents join an international day of action against Caterpillar and the Somerville Divestment Campaign heats up, the Jewish Advocate asks: what motivates the Jewish left wing? [read more]

Marquette Tribune
April 21, 2005
Two Sides, Two Peoples, One Hope for Peace
Amanda Sheaffer
It is possible to be both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine, said three speakers looking to build commonality between Palestinians and Israelis in order to bring peace to the Middle East. [read more]

The Badger Herald
April 20, 2005
Officials Talk about Middle East Conflict
John Potratz
Two representatives from Brit Tzedek v'Shalom: Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace spoke to University of Wisconsin students and Madison residents Tuesday in support of possible solutions to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. [read more]

The Madison Observer
April 20, 2005
Progressing Toward Peace
Shira Goldman
On Tuesday, April 19 at 6:00 PM, Daniel Levy, an Israeli, and Rafi Dajani, a Palestinian, will be in Madison together presenting the Geneva Accord. [read more]

Arab American Media Syndicate
April 16, 2005
Palestinian-Israeli Team Urges Renewed Push for Peace
Ray Hanania
Advocates of a two-state solution and an end to the Palestine-Israel conflict need to recognize the benefits from Israel?s evacuation from Gaza and must work to strengthen the government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. That was among the many messages offered in Chicago Friday at a meeting hosted by Yalla Salam! (Palestinians for Peace Now) and Brit Tzedek v'Shalom (Jewish Alliance for Peace) and featuring two speakers, Daniel Levy, a former Israeli peace negotiator, and Rafi Dajani, executive director of the American Task Force on Palestine. [read more]

Portland Jewish Review
April 15, 2005
'He is not a lone voice'
Willa Schneberg
I am a member of Brit Tzedek. I heard Yonatan Shapira's speak at a small gathering the evening before his talk at the MJCC.

JTA News
March 22, 2005
With Withdrawal Approaching, Settler Leaders Work U.S. Ties
Chanan Tigay
Landau, a Likud Knesset member and outspoken opponent of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon?s plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank, is reviewing his notes as he prepares to field questions from the host of a local Jewish-affairs radio program. [read more]

The Capital Times
March 19, 2005
Dissenting Pilot Captures the True Spirit of Israel
Michael Gelman
In the Israel Defense Forces, pilots hold an elite status above that of other soldiers. [read more]

The Palestine Chronicle
March 18, 2005
Up Close and Personal: Israeli Refuser Pilot on US Tour
Sonia Nettnin
From his aerial view, Shapira flew over Israeli settlements and Palestinian refugee camps. While the helicopter?s blades spun, he looked below...[read more]

St. Louis Jewish Light
March 16, 2005
Refuser Pilot Speaks to Crowd at Shaare Emeth
Mitch Schneider
Discussions of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict often stir strong emotions, and such was the case on March 8, when close to 200 people attended a presentation on the subject at Shaare Emeth.[read more]

St. Louis Jewish Light
March 16, 2005
Group Seeks 'Just Peace' in Mideast
Linda Matz Mantle
The three-year-old national organization comprises American Jews who are strongly committed to a negotiated settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the Geneva Accord peace agreement of October 2003. [read more]

Jewish Review
March 15, 2005
Ex-IDF Pilot Tells Why He Said No
Paul Haist
A pilot with 11 years of service in Israel?s air force who publicly declared he would no longer fly missions over the West Bank and Gaza Strip came to Portland this month to tell why he took the action that cost him his job. [read more]

The Progressive
March 7, 2005
An Israeli Refuser's Message for Peace
Ruth Conniff
On Saturday I sat with other members of the conservative synagogue in Madison, Wisconsin, listening to Yonatan Shapira, a pilot in the Israeli Air Force since 1991 before he was dismissed after refusing to serve in the Occupied Territories.[read more]

New York Jewish Week
March 3, 2005
The Left's New Hero: Sharon
Walter Ruby
Some seem not quite able to believe what is happening to them, but many American Jewish peace activists find themselves lining up these days behind the Israeli leader they have most reviled over the years: Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. [read more]

Philadelphia Jewish Exponent
March 3, 2005
Israeli Talks of Why He Refused Army Service
Rachel Zuckerman
A brief lunch-time lecture at the University of Pennsylvania set off a give-and-take last week when a former Israeli air-force pilot came to town to discuss why he once refused to serve in the West Bank and Gaza. [read more]

Oregonian
March 3, 2005
Former Israeli Air Force Pilot Now Delivering Message of Peace
Su-Jin Yim
Some people in his country call Yonatan Shapira a traitor and a coward. The reason: the former Israeli Air Force captain and 26 other pilots sparked a firestorm in 2003 when they signed a letter refusing to carry out bombing missions in the Palestinian territories. [read more]

Berkeley Daily Planet
March 1, 2005
Israeli Pilot Tells Story of His Refusal to Bomb
Jakob Schiller
Israeli Air Force pilot Yonatan Shapira calls himself a patriot. After 11 years as part of a elite helicopter unit, he though he had proved his commitment to his country. [read more]

JT News, the Voice of Jewish Washington
March 2005
Settler vs. Refusenik: A Debate of Conscience
Joshua Rosenstein
The controversial Pilots' Letter was originally signed by 27 Israeli fighter pilots who refused to take part in Air Force attacks on civilian population centers that they said kill innocent people. [read more]

JTA News
February 28, 2005
Surge of Optimism in the Mideastalso Breathes Life into Jewish Left
Chanan Tigay
Leaders of the American Jewish left say that's because the period since the death of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat and the election of Mahmoud Abbas as his successor has seen renewed hope for an end to Israeli-Palestinian violence, a situation that has breathed new life into the once-moribund "peace camp."[read more]

Orlando Sentinel
February 10, 2005
More Support Essential for Peace Breakthrough
Ray Hanania
When Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon reached across the table at Sharm El-Sheikh this week to launch a new peace initiative, they weren't achieving anything new.[read more]

JTA News
February 8, 2005
Pro-Israel Groups Slow to React to New Bush Push for Palestinians
Ron Kampeas
Like any first-born confronted with the end of only-child status, the pro-Israel community in Washington is learning to deal with the Bush administration's new baby: a plan for a viable Palestinian state.[read more]

Newsday
February 8, 2005
Peace Breakthrough Still Needs More Support
Ray Hanania
No single event is more encouraging for peace in the Middle East than the joint declaration yesterday at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon calling for an end to all violence. The cease-fire they announced comes after a four-year war that has killed more than 3,000 Palestinians and 1,000 Israelis.[read more]

Jerusalem Post
January 20, 2005
Critical Currents: Israel as Footnote
Naomi Chazan
Israel is a diminishing item on the agenda of world Jewry. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the US, where the interests of committed Jews obviously lie elsewhere. A history of passionate engagement with Israel is fast being replaced by manifestations of remote curiosity and cackles of polite concern. [read more]

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