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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace

Press Coverage 2006
December 19, 2006
The other Israel lobby
Gregory Levey
This past June, on my last day working as a speechwriter for the Israeli government -- first at the United Nations and then in the prime minister's office -- I met with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in his private office at the Israeli parliament to discuss a speech he had just given to the U.S. Congress. What exactly would the new organization do? According to Diane Balser, a board member of the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, one of the small left-wing groups involved in the discussions, the goal is clear: "Organizing systematically to affect U.S. foreign policy." [read more]

December 8, 2006
For pro-Israel crowd, Iraq report has some unwelcome proposals
Ron Kampeas
The Iraq Study Group's near-term recommendations for resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict — international conferences and dealings with Syria and Iran — already are raising hackles in some pro-Israel quarters. Long-term expectations could be more problematic. [read more]

Jewish Week
December 1, 2006
Controversial Minister Gets Pass From Jewish Leaders
Larry Cohler-Esses and James D. Besser
On the eve of his first U.S. visit since becoming deputy prime minister of Israel, Avigdor Lieberman, who calls for stripping Israeli Arabs of their citizenship, has received a provisional pass from much of the Jewish establishment — and a stamp of approval from one leader who denounced him just last May. Diane Balser, vice president of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, a pro-peace process group, said the Jewish community’s credibility is at stake. [read more]

Jewish Advocate
November 16, 2006
Concern Over Olmert Visit
Naomi B. Isler
I am a Jewish American and a supporter of Israel. However, I am concerned about what needs to result from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s visit to Washington. In the past few months, the situation in Gaza has gone from bad to worse to appalling. [read more]

JT News
October 29, 2006
Representative Jim McDermott's Smart Support for Israel
Rainer Waldman Adkins and Marcia Freedman
In keeping with Judaism's long tradition of debate and discourse, American Jews have often expressed a plurality of opinions on how best to support Israel-- never more so than in recent years. As such, many of us in the seventh congressional district feel lucky to be represented by Rep. Jim McDermott, a man firmly committed to Israel's well-being and security, and passionate about the pursuit of peace. [read more]

Jerusalem Post
October 29, 2006
Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace
Diane M. Cantor
By calling on the US government to become "more involved" in ending the "violence and retribution" between Israel and its Arab neighbors, we were not being Orwellian as Leibler suggests. Brit Tzedek is a pro-Israel organization that would never call on the United States to "reverse its support for Israel." [read more]

Highland Park News
October 26, 2006
Lakeside Congregation to host peace activists
Kenneth L R. Patchen
Lakeside Congregation will host two Middle East peace activists to discuss how they were raised and how they came to see beyond the stereotypes they learned of the other's culture. This will be a first-time meeting for Steve Masters and Saffiya Shillo, a Jewish American and a Palestinian American respectively. [read more]

Savannah Morning News
October 24, 2006
Israeli dignitaries and supporters converge on Savannah
Dana Clark Felty
In an editorial Friday in the Savannah Morning News, Diane M. Cantor, the newly appointed executive director of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, and Marcia Freedman, a former board member of the Israeli Knesset, criticized the conference and Benny Davis as "someone whose minority's views are not held by most American Jews and the majority of Israelis who support a negotiated, two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [read more]

Los Angeles Times
October 22, 2006
Never Give Up Trying To Talk
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater
As an American Jewish leader, I believe that dialogue and negotiations are the only way forward toward peace. Will this be easy? Of course not. Will it succeed? We cannot know until we try. [read more]

LA Jewish Journal
October 20, 2006
Two-State Solution ASAP Only Chance For Peace
Steve Masters and Diane Balser
Lebanon held the world's headlines for much of the summer as Hezbollah and Israel waged sudden, furious battle. On the strength of the internationally brokered cease-fire that brought a halt to the violence, Israel has now withdrawn the last of its troops and the world is holding its breath, hoping the cease-fire is sustainable. [read more]

JTA News
October 20, 2006
Third Temple Advocate Backs Event
A number of prominent U.S. Jewish and Israeli leaders are attending a conference in Georgia organized by a woman who wants the Jewish temple rebuilt. [read more]

Jerusalem Post
October 19, 2006
5766: US Jewry, with focus on youth
Chanan Tigay
During Bill Clinton's successful run for the White House in 1992, campaign strategist James Carville famously impressed on campaign staffers that, when it comes to reaching American voters, "It's the economy, stupid." For Jews, 5766 may well be remembered as the year when American Jews looked into the crystal ball and discovered that, "It's the youth, stupid." [read more]

Savannah Morning News
October 19, 2006
Israel conference reflects minority view
Marcia Freeman and Diane Cantor
We are greatly concerned that an upcoming conference in Savannah to explore paths to "peace and security for Israel" is organized by Orly Benny Davis, who has advocated building the third temple in Jerusalem, implicitly calling for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, among the most sacred sites in the Muslim world. [read more]

Jerusalem Post
October 17, 2006
Many ways to be pro-Israel
Marcia Freedman
Sir, - I write regarding Caroline B. Glick's recent commentary discussing the American Jewish peace movement ("Soros moves on to Israel," October 13). As board president of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, I am deeply disturbed by Glick's ease in rejecting any opinion contrary to her own, even when this flies in the face of facts about those who have dedicated their lives to fighting for Israel's well-being. [read more]

Savannah Morning News
October 14, 2006
Diane Cantor to lead Jewish peace movement
Dana Clark Felty
Former school board president Diane Cantor has been named executive director of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, based in Chicago. The national grassroots movement claims more than 35,000 members working to educate and mobilize American Jews in support of a negotiated two-state resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [read more]

Atlanta Jewish Times
October 13, 2006
Ex-Atlantan Leads Peace Movement
Steve Masters and Diane Balser
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the 4-year-old Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, has named Savannah's Diane Cantor as executive director. Cantor grew up in Atlanta during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Her mother, Betty Cantor, was a leading figure in the Southeast office of the Anti-Defimation League. [read more]

Jerusalem Post
September 30, 2006
US blocks further sanctions against PA
Nuthan Guttman
The US administration has stepped in to stop legislation aimed at toughening sanctions against the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority. Congress adjourned Friday for its election recess without taking on a proposed bill which would increase the restrictions on funding non-government groups working in the Palestinian territories.[read more]

Boston Globe
September 28, 2006
PLO liaison says key to peace is in fixing Palestinians' plight
In these bleakest of days for Middle East peace-making, Afif Safieh, the Palestine Liberation Organization's representative in Washington, is crisscrossing the United States with a message that the solution is not that difficult. [read more]

JTA News
September 2006
Jewish Clergy Calls for Turn to Peace
In a statement released late last week by Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, or the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, the clergy said they “hope that hearts that have been closed by hate can turn to compassion.” [read more]

Kansas City Star
August 7, 2006
Deep-Seated Problems Continue to Defy Solutions
Allan Abrams
I've read many well-reasoned articles against a cease-fire, concluding Hezbollah must be rendered powerless. But as logical and sensible as this conclusion is, I?m not so certain I agree. [read more]

JTA News
August 4, 2006
Seattle-Area Jews Rally in Solidarity with Israel
Daniel Levisohn
On July 23, a sweltering summer Sunday, members of the greater Seattle-area Jewish community trickled into Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island for a rally in support of Israel. [read more]

The Jewish Advocate
August 3, 2006
West Coast Murder Puts Boston Jews on High Alert
Jacob Sugerman
The local Jewish community is on high alert and is taking safety precautions following an assault that left one dead and several injured at the Jewish Federation in Seattle near the start of Shabbat last week. [read more]

Newhouse News
August 3, 2006
Some Liberal Jews Break Ranks on Israel
Jonathan Tilove
Since the outbreak of war in Lebanon, leaders of the mainline American Jewish organizations have presented a united front in ardent defense of Israel's military campaign. [read more]

The Boston Globe
August 2, 2006
For Local Jews, Strong Support for Israel but Questions Remain
Irene Sege
In the warehouse of the Greater Boston Food Bank, Joshua Rosmarin, recently back from Israel, sorts cereal alongside 30 other American and Israeli teenagers. He'd anticipated a trip to the Jewish homeland since his family started saving in his Milton synagogue's "Passport to Israel" program eight years ago, but he didn't expect to become a witness to history. [read more]

New York Jewish Week
July 28, 2006
The Liberals' Dilemma
James D. Besser
The tactical dilemma for Americans for Peace Now's Mark Rosenblum, above, is "how to calibrate at what moment the war starts producing diminishing returns, at what point diplomacy should kick in."[read more]

Washington Jewish Week
July 27, 2006
Lonely Voices: A few dissenting Jews question Israel's actions
Paula Amann
Wendy Leibowitz recalls the heady opening days of Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon. "The Israeli soldiers there were welcomed like American GIs in France after World War II; they were liberators," says Leibowitz, who lived in Haifa from that year through 1986. [read more]

Boston Jewish Advocate
July 27, 2006
Rallying for Peace
Beth Wasserman
On July 18, Jews from the Boston area came together for a community rally to support Israel. As an active member of the Boston Jewish community and Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, a national grassroots organization of more than 34,000 supporters, I participated in the rally. [read more]

Fox News
July 24, 2006
Fox News covers Brit Tzedek's message at the Philadelphia Israel solidarity rally
Check out our TV coverage in Philly at the July 24, 2006 Israel solidarity rally. In their coverage of the support Israel rally in downtown Philadelphia today, Fox news included a cut away shot of one of our signs that read: "For Israel's Sake: Ceasefire Now!" and used several seconds of Steve Masters of Brit Tzedek Philadelphia, saying that diplomacy is in the long range interest of Israel!

The Daily Gazette
July 20, 2006
Letter to the Editor
David Coplon
The United States immediately should pursue substantive diplomatic efforts, in concert with the international community, to intervene in the Mideast crisis in order to achieve a ceasefire and the release of Israeli soldiers. [read more]

News Night - Video
July 2006
New England Cable News Interview with Beth Wasserman of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom Boston

New York Jewish Week
July 21, 2006
Marshalling The Pro-Israel Forces
James D. Besser
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi this week called situation in Lebanon "appalling" and called for measures to hold Syria and Iran accountable. [read more]

JTA News
July 21, 2006
Peace Movement Urges Cease-Fire
A dovish Jewish group urged the U.S. government to call for a Mideast cease-fire and the release of three kidnapped Israeli soldiers. [read more]

Kansas City Jewish Chronicle
July 21, 2006
From “Crisis in Israel 2006: Take action”
Barbara Bayer
Allan Abrams, a national board member and local chapter leader of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, said his organization is urging Jews to contact both President Bush and members of Congress. [read more]

Boston Jewish Advocate
July 20, 2006
Israel Crisis Prompts Cry from Boston Community
Jacob Sugerman
As fighting between Israel and Hezbollah intensifies, the Boston Jewish community has reacted to the ongoing crisis in an enormous showing of solidarity with the state of Israel. [read more]

Boston Globe
July 19, 2006
Israel Gets Some Local Backing
Charles A. Radin
More than 2,000 Boston-area Jews and other supporters of Israel held a sometimes solemn, sometimes exuberant demonstration of solidarity with the Jewish state outside Congregation Kehillath Israel last night. [read more]

Washington Post
July 16, 2006
A Beautiful Friendship?
Glenn Frankel
Israel's founding father, one of the indomitable political leaders of the 20th century, came to Washington in December 1941 yearning to present the case for a Jewish state directly to the American president. He took a two-room suite at the old Ambassador Hotel at 14th and K for $1,000 a month and cooled his heels for 10 weeks, writing letters and reports and making passes at Miriam Cohen, his attractive American secretary. But Ben-Gurion didn't get the meeting. Not then, not ever. Not even a pair of presidential cuff links. [read more]

Jewish Review
July 15, 2006
A Voice for Peace
Joel Glick
On June 19 and 20, I had the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., as part of a delegation representing the Portland chapter of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace. The Portland delegation joined 100 other Jewish activists from throughout the United States who were participating in Brit Tzedek's National Advocacy Days. [read more]

Kansas City Jewish Chronicle
July 7, 2006
It Takes Two
Allan Abrams
While pleased that you published JTA's David Silverman's “Dovish group Brit Tzedek still pushing peace talks,” (Chronicle, 6/30/06, p. 11), I was disappointed it did not mention its Kansas City connection, as I was there as both a Brit Tzedek national board member and as Brit Tzedek's Kansas City chapter leader. [read more]

Jerusalem Post
June 24, 2006
Senate Approves Hamas Bill
Nathan Guttman
The US Senate approved on Friday a bill that would ban direct financial aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority and would put limits on humanitarian aid to the Palestinians. [read more]

Washington Jewish Week
June 23, 2006
Taking A Poke At AIPAC
James D. Besser
A congresswoman who got into public spat with the biggest pro-Israel lobby group was feted this week by a Jewish organization that says it wants to offer lawmakers a different slant on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [read more]

Washington Jewish Week
June 22, 2006
Urging New Talks
Eric Fingerhut
Close to 100 activists from Brit Tzedek v'Shalom-The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace came to Capitol Hill this week to urge their representatives and senators to advocate for a renewal of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. [read more]

New York Sun
June 2, 2006
Frank Purdue School of Foreign Affairs
David Twersky
Remember Frank Purdue? Last week's flurry of events surrounding Israel and the Palestinians made me think of Purdue's famous commercial slogan: "It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken." [read more]

Jewish Review
June 1, 2006
Hopes for Bush-Olmert Summit
Rebecca Budner
As an American Jew and supporter of a safe and secure Israel, I deeply hope they explored ways to engage in proactive diplomatic engagement with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian moderates. [read more]

JTA News
May 30, 2006
Effort to Limit Aid to Palestinians Exposes Rifts in Congress, Community
Ron Kampeas
It brought rifts among pro-Israel groups out into the open. It was behind a very public food fight between a congresswoman and the premiere pro-Israel lobby. [read more]

The Oregonian
May 30, 2006
Peace Must Be Negotiated
Joel Glick
Former President Jimmy Carter is correct in his assertion that “depriving the (Palestinian) general public of income, access to the outside world and the necessities of life” is not a path to the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (“U.S., Israel punish a beset people,” May 21). [read more]

The Forward
May 26, 2006
Olmert, Cheered in D.C., Bows to U.S. Call for Talks Opponents Move To Sink Unilateral Plan
Ori Nir
Despite receiving warm embraces in Congress and in the White House this week, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert returned home with mounting opposition and a lack of clear American support for his plan to have Israel determine its borders unilaterally. [read more]

JT News
May 26, 2006
Seattleites Exposed to Two Views of Israeli Politics
Manny Frishberg
During the month of May, two longtime observers of Israeli politics with sharply contrasting perspectives told Seattleites what they see unfolding since the March 28 election that brought the newly formed Kadima Party into office. [read more]

Boston Globe
May 24, 2006
Bush Backs Olmert on Pullout Plan
Bryan Bender
President Bush and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel said yesterday that talks between Israel and the Palestinians remain the best hope for Middle East peace. But Bush gave conditional support to Olmert's plan to pursue a unilateral separation from the Palestinians if the Hamas-dominated government is unwilling to negotiate a peace agreement. [read more]

New York Jewish Week
May 19, 2006
Olmert Seen Not Seeking Aid
James D. Besser
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, due in Washington next week for his inaugural visit as Israel's premier, will focus on building broad support for his controversial plans to withdraw from much of the West Bank, not on winning U.S. aid, which many analysts say is a critical element in the proposal. [read more]

Washington Jewish Week
May 19, 2006
Mideast under Lens Olmert, Bushto Grapple with ‘Convergence’
Ron Kampeas
When the photo-ops are over, Ehud Olmert and George W. Bush will settle down to discuss the big picture. [read more]

JTA News
May 16, 2006
In Initial Meeting, Olmert and Bush To Look at the Big Picture, not Details
Ron Kampeas
When the photo-ops are over, Ehud Olmert and George Bush will settle down to discuss the big picture. [read more]

New York Observer Blog: MondoWeiss
May 15, 2006
A Rabbi Stands Up for a “Compassionate Religion”
Florida Rabbi Bruce Warshal takes on Jewish neocons in the St. Louis Jewish Light, in an article accepting the truth of much of Mearsheimer-Walt’s Israel lobby paper. [read more]

Jerusalem Post
May 10, 2006
AIPAC fights Jews groups over anti-Hamas legislation
Nathan Guttman
While the US House of Representatives is getting ready to vote on the bill limiting aid to the Palestinian Authority, Jewish groups are sending mixed messages to members of congress regarding the bill. [read more]

JTA News
May 9, 2006
On eve of Olmert visit, mixed signals on Palestinian aid confuse Congress
Ron Kampeas
WASHINGTON, May 9 (JTA) When Ehud Olmert gets a rare chance to explain to the combined houses of the U.S. Congress exactly what he wants, legislators will be more attentive than usual. [read more]

The Nation
May 8, 2006
The Israel Divestment Debate
Hasdai Westbrook
This past September, ten days after the last Israeli soldier left the Gaza Strip as part of Ariel Sharon’s disengagement plan, an unusual meeting took place in East Jerusalem. Seventeen representatives from various American Jewish organizations and from several American Protestant denominations filed in to the headquarters of Sabeel—a Palestinian "liberation theology center" headed by Palestinian Christian activist Rev. Naim Ateek, whose activities had become a source of intense controversy among his guests. [read more]

St. Louis Jewish Light
May 2006
‘Israel Lobby’ bad for Israel, the U.S.
Rabbi Bruce Warshal
Oh my God, someone has publicly outed the "Israel Lobby." For those readers who do not closely follow the machinations in academia, let me explain. [read more]

Chicago Jewish Star
April 7-27, 2006
Rabbis’ Letter Stirs Some Testiness
Rabbi Gila Wertheimer
A March 3 letter urging President George Bush to continue humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, signed by nearly 400 American rabbis, has provoked a backlash against some of those rabbis. [read more]

Herald Sun
April 22, 2006
Starving Palestinians Is not a Path to Peace
Rabbi John S. Friedman
In Wednesdays Herald-Sun, Sven Sonneburg, Marlene Appley and Sol Gordon take issue with a letter to President Bush urging him “to maintain determination in the face of those who deny Israel’s right to exist and, at the same time, to leave open the door for those Palestinians who are committed to working for a negotiated, two-state resolution of this conflict.” [read more]

Jewish Advocate
April 20, 2006
Letter to the Editor: Thank You, Janet Tassel
Pinchas Baram
What a relief to read Janet Tassel! She literally cuts through all the politically correct nonsense which left-wing Jews, always spouting “tikkun olam” regardless of the cause, have helped to foist on this country. But notice how after she adroitly makes mincemeat of their arguments, they then play the innocent and cry foul. [read more]

Chicago Jewish News
April 14, 2006
Keep Channels to Hamas Open
Rabbi Maralee Gordon
The Hamas election victory that secured the majority of seats in the Palestinian legislature poses a moral and pragmatic dilemma for the Jewish community. Hamas is committed in its charter to the destruction of Israel and to acts of violence, yet it is the legitimately elected government of the Palestinian Authority. [read more]

Boston Jewish Advocate
April 13, 2006
Letter to the Editor
Beth Wasserman
Regarding Janet Tassel’s April 6 commentary on the Rabbis’ Letter to President Bush, launched by Brit Tzedek v’Shalom and signed by nearly 400 rabbis: A careful reading of the letter shows the rabbis’ horror at Hamas’s election, and concern that President Bush “maintain determination in the face of those who deny Israel’s right to exist.” Brit Tzedek in no way supports aid to this Palestinian government; the rabbis called for HUMANITARIAN aid. [read more]

Boston Jewish Advocate
April 10, 2006
Pending House and Senate Bills Cut Aid to PA
Ted Siefer
With legislation now before Congress that would effectively discontinue all U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority, national and local Jewish leaders are weighing whether the U.S. should completely isolate or maintain some level of assistance to a Palestinian government led by the terrorist group Hamas. [read more]

The Herald Times
April 2, 2006
The Jewish Response to Hamas Should Require “A Clear Sense of Intended Goal”
Sometimes when things seem the clearest, they are the most complex. Such is the case with the recent victory of Hamas in the Palestinian elections. [read more]

The Jewish Review
April 1, 2006
Israelis, Palestinian Consider Election Implications
Deborah Moon Seldner
With the election of the terrorist organization Hamas to lead the Palestinian Authority, at least Israel can be assured that any cease-fire agreement is likely to be upheld, according to two Israelis and one Palestinian now living in Portland. [read more]

The Philadelphia Jewish Voice
April 2006
The Rabbis Respond
Nearly four hundred rabbis from across the country and the denominational spectrum of American Judaism sent a letter Friday to President Bush, urging him to “maintain a cautious approach to the new Palestinian government, so as to preserve the future possibility of bringing Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table, which is the only path to achieve true peace and security for both peoples.” 34 Philadelphia area Conservative, Reconstructionist, Reform and Renewal rabbis signed on to the letter. [read more]

March 24, 2006
So Pro-Israel that It Hurts
Daniel Levy
The new John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt study of “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” should serve as a wake-up call, on both sides of the ocean. [read more]

Jewish Week
March 24, 2006
Divisions on Palestinian Aid
James D. Besser
Rabbis who signed a recent letter to President George W. Bush urging continuing humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people are facing retaliation from right-of-center groups that are complaining to temple boards and officers that the rabbis are anti-Israel. [read more]

The St. Louis Jewish Light
March 22, 2006
Doing the Math on Hamas
Gloria Gordon and Diane Balser
The victory of Hamas in the Palestinian elections is cause for great concern within the American Jewish community. Not only is Hamas on the U.S. State Department’s list of terrorist organizations, but its charter calls for the destruction of Israel and it has repeatedly perpetrated acts of terror and violence that target innocent civilians. [read more]

Jewish Exponent
March 22, 2006
Use Humanitarian Aid to Bring Parties Back to the Table
Rabbi Mordechai Liebling
The recent Hamas election victory that secured the majority of seats in the Palestinian legislature poses a dilemma for the supporters of Israel. Hamas is committed in its charter to the destruction of Israel and to acts of violence, yet it is the legitimate government of the Palestinian Authority. [read more]

Raleigh News and Observer
March 21, 2006
Israel's Stake in the Palestinians
Rabbi John Friedman
Along with nearly 400 of my rabbinic colleagues from all over the United States, I recently signed a letter to President Bush urging him to "maintain constructive engagement with the Palestinians" in spite of the recent success of Hamas in the Palestinian elections. [read more]

Jewish Ledger
March 16, 2006
Rabbis Petition Bush to Aid Palestinians
Judie Jacobson
Nearly 400 American rabbis, including ten from Connecticut, have signed a letter to President George W. Bush, urging him to maintain a "cautious approach" to the new Palestinian government, while continuing ?indirect? financial aid to the Palestinian people. [read more]

Jewish Exponent
March 15, 2006
Rabbis Collaborate on Letter to Push Humanitarian Aid to Palestinians
Joshua Runyan
As hundreds of activists with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee descended on Capitol Hill last week to push for a ban on U.S. outlays to the Palestinian Authority, a group of some 400 rabbis was touting its own response to Hamas' ascendancy in a letter to the White House. [read more]

The Jewish Advocate
March 10, 2006
Local Rabbis Sign Letter for Peace
Nearly 50 New England rabbis signed a letter with 400 rabbis across the country urging President George W. Bush to “maintain a cautious approach to the new Palestinian government, so as to preserve the future possibility of bringing Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table, which is the only path to achieve true peace and security for both peoples.” [read more]

Jerusalem Post Internet Edition
March 9, 2006
Washington: Splitting Hairs or Hair-Raising Splits?
Nathan Guttman
The mega-spectacle put on this week at the Washington Convention Center by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee demonstrated, above all, that AIPAC is not one for subtle messages. The stage was flooded with red lights and video screens, welcoming participants on the opening day of the annual policy conference with a dazzling display of frightening events across the globe - from Ahmadinejad in Iran, to Hamas reign in the Palestinian Authority, to the terror attacks in London and the riots in Paris. [read more]

Daily Star
March 8, 2006
Bush is Herding Cats in the Jewish American Community
William Fisher
On the heels of the surprise victory of Hamas in the Palestinian parliamentary elections, President George W. Bush is discovering just how difficult it is to try to herd a bunch of cats. Some members of his ordinarily supportive Jewish-American pro-Israel constituency are distinctly unhappy that Bush insisted on holding elections on time in the Palestinian territories, producing what they consider to be disastrous results. [read more]

March 6, 2006
Rabbis Press Bush on Palestinians
Nearly 400 rabbis signed a letter to President Bush urging him to maintain indirect assistance to the Palestinians and "constructive engagement" with the Palestinian government. [read more]

Los Angeles Jewish Journal
February 24, 2006
Spectator - Anchorman in a Foreign Land
Avner Hofstein
For 40 years, Chaim Yavin was the symbol of objective journalism in Israel, the figure people looked up to in time of crisis, despair or political change. As the anchorman of Channel One’s IBA news, for years the only legal TV network operating in the Israeli media arena, Yavin was the Israeli Walter Cronkite, the man behind the news. [read more]

Jerusalem Post
February 17, 2006
Congress Moving Toward Ban on Aid to Hamas-led PA
Nathan Gutman
In an letter to Bush, rabbis affiliated with Brith Tzedek V'Shalom, a grassroots organization working to promote Arab- Israeli peace, stressed the fact that Hamas is a murderous terror organization, but at the same time called upon the administration to work for a continuation of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. [read more]

The Jewish Advocate
February 17, 2006
CAMERA calls for Brandeis to investigate professor
Shayndi Raice
After the Zionist Organization of America urged donors to stop giving money to Brandeis University because of possible connections between Shikaki and the terrorist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad, numerous Jewish organizations in the Greater Boston area have stood firmly behind Brandeis in support of the professor. [read more]

Washington Jewish Week
February 15, 2006
Rabbinical Advice for Bush
A number of well-known American rabbis have signed on to a Brit Tzedek v'Shalom letter urging President George W. Bush to demand that the new Hamas-led Palestinian government disarm and recognize Israel, while also using "constructive engagement" with that new government "in ways that bolster moderates ... and sustain the ceasefire." [read more]

February 10, 2006
Congress Differs With Israel, Bush Over Aid to Palestinians
Ori Nir
Israeli and American officials are seeking to boost Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in an attempt to curb the influence of Hamas. But Congress, with the support of Jewish groups, is pushing legislation that could hinder such efforts. With the support of some Arab governments, Washington and Jerusalem are searching for ways to maintain relations with the P.A. and to curtail the power of Hamas after its victory in the recent Palestinian parliamentary elections, according to American, Israeli and other foreign diplomats in Washington. The main goal, these sources said, was to bolster Abbas as he negotiates with Hamas over the makeup and the responsibilities of the Cabinet that it forms. [read more]

Jewish Chronicle
February 10, 2006
Doing the Math: The Hamas Dilemma in Context
Allan Abrams
Not only is Hamas on the U.S. State Department's list of terrorist organizations, but its charter calls for the destruction of Israel and it has repeatedly perpetrated acts of terror and violence that target innocent civilians. For the majority of American Jews who are committed to Israel's well being through a negotiated, two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is difficult not to see this development as a major step backwards. But, as hard as it may be to find hope, there are a number of concrete reasons to mute our despair and to continue with like-minded Palestinians to struggle for peace. [read more]

Boston Jewish Advocate
January 27, 2006
New Web Site Voices Doubt over Accuracy in Middle East Deaths
Shayndi Raice
A Boston University professor has established a Web site devoted to challenging the authenticity of media footage of Palestinians being killed by Israeli soldiers. [read more]

Boston Jewish Advocate
January 26, 2006
Brandeis Professor Accused of Terror Ties
Shayndi Raice
A Brandeis professor has come under fire this week for alleged ties to Palestinian Islamic Jihad, bringing the university under intense scrutiny from the Jewish community. [read more]

Washington Jewish Week
January 25, 2006
Brit Tzedek Goes to Washington: Grassroots Group Seeking Peace in Israel Opens D.C. Office
Eric Fingerhut
Rob Levy says he has been receiving a good reception in his first few weeks as the new Washington representative of Brit Tzedek V'Shalom. One congressional staffer, he reports, told him, "Just you being here has made a difference," while another asked happily, "Where have you been?" Levy says that reaction comes because his group supports the United States' "playing a critical role as a broker" in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations for a two-state solution, something that is not always emphasized by other pro-Israel organizations. [read more]

Jewish Week
January 20, 2006
Worry Over Lobby Reform
James D. Besser
Jewish and pro-Israel groups were increasingly panicky this week as congressional leaders from both parties prepared competing proposals for lobbying reform, and backers of bills already in the hopper were getting ready for the return of lawmakers at the end of the month. While pro-Israel groups are not a specific target of the reformers, concern is growing that new revelations in the Jack Abramoff affair could ultimately produce provisions that will hurt issues advocacy groups. [read more]

Jerusalem Post
January 19, 2006
Approaching Zero Tolerance
Nathan Guttman
A small group of congressional staffers gathered this week in a Capitol Hill conference room to welcome the incoming Washington director of a relatively new pro-peace Jewish advocacy group - Brit Tzedek V'Shalom - a grass-roots organization aimed at promoting the idea of negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The small reception concluded a day of intensive lobbying by the group on the Hill. Its message to members of Congress was simple: Sit still - don't jump when you hear the results of the Palestinian parliamentary elections. [read more]

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