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Press Coverage 2008

The Jewish Daily Forward
December 31, 2008
Rabbi Arnold Wolf, 84, Was Progressive Leader
By Gabrielle Birkner
Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf, a prominent Chicago spiritual leader and rabbi emeritus of the Reform synagogue situated across the street from President-elect Barack Obama’s house, has died, apparently of a heart attack. He was 84. [Read More]

The Wisconsin Jewish Chronical
December 31, 2008
Will Obama, lawmakers heed critics of Gaza operation?
By Eric Fingerhut
In the first sign of post-election struggle over the American Jewish community’s Middle East agenda, four liberal pro-Israel advocacy groups criticized Israel’s recent attacks against Gaza. [Read More]

The HuffingtonPost.com
December 30, 2008
American Jews Call for Immediate Ceasefire, End of Gaza Blockade
By Robert Naiman
Expressing views that are surely representative of American Jews as a whole, here's what some American Jews are saying about the violence in Gaza. J Street has a petition demanding that the U.S. intervene to bring about an immediate resumption of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas; the petition also calls for lifting the blockade of Gaza. [Read More]

JTA
December 30, 2008
Will Obama, lawmakers listen to liberal pro-Israel groups’ criticism of Gaza operation?
In the first sign of a post-election struggle to set the American Jewish community's Middle East agenda, a quartet of liberal pro-Israel advocacy groups is criticizing Jerusalem's decision to launch retaliatory attacks against Gaza. [Read More]

JTA
December 30, 2008
Liberals push criticism of Israel’s Gaza strikes
By Eric Fingerhut
In the first sign of a post-election struggle to set the American Jewish community's Middle East agenda, a quartet of liberal pro-Israel advocacy groups is criticizing Jerusalem's decision to launch retaliatory attacks against Gaza. [Read More]

JTA
December 29, 2008
Is Gaza conflict a crisis or an opportunity for Obama?
By Rob Kampeas
Does the mini-war underway between Israel and Hamas in and around the Gaza Strip present President-elect Barack Obama's incoming administration with a crisis or an opportunity? [Read More]

JTA
December 29, 2008
Dovish groups criticize Gaza attack
Four dovish pro-Israel groups criticized Israel's airstrikes in Gaza and called for U.S. efforts to end the violence. [Read More]

TMP Cafe
December 12, 2008
Not by any means the end ...
By Patricia DeGennaro
At the end of this discussion on Avraham Burg's book, The Holocaust is Over We Must Rise from the Ashes, we are reminded just how volatile the discussion is around Israel and its survival. We also see that so many want to have and participate in such a discussion. Still the situation remains. [Read More]

The Jerusalem Post
December 5, 2008
Letter to the Editor: ... Could be amazing
By James Adler, Boston Chapter
Sir, - In his book Old/New Land, Theodor Herzl envisioned an Arab prime minister and a Jewish president. I believe Israel's election of a first Arab prime minister would be even more helpful and historic for Israel than Barack Obama's as president already promises to be for America. How could it fail to transform Jewish-Arab, Israeli-Arab and even Israeli Iranian relations? [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
November 28, 2008
Letter to the Editor: Debating reality
By Stan Fleischman, Boston Chapter
In his letter "Enthusiasm vs. reality" (Nov. 21), Rick Blumsack of Cambridge, in responding to Sidney Topol's editorial ("The Time for Peace is Now," Nov. 14), claims that the reality in the middle east is that "...Arab leaders have never agreed to, or even proposed a genuine two-state peace." [Read More]

The Indianapolis Post & Opinion
November 26, 2008
Change of guard is an opportunity for peace
By Sue Swartz, Bloomington Chapter
As I write this, it is not yet two weeks since Americans made our collective voice heard at the ballot box,not yet two weeks since the world stood transfixed as Barack Obama made his first speech as president-elect. With hope, and regardless of which candidate received our individual vote, we are all witness to a historic shift. [Read More]

Winchester Star
November 24, 2008
Winchester Rabbi sends message to President-elect
Winchester rabbi Rim Meirowitz joined 92 rabbis, cantors, and rabbinical students from across the Boston area, and more than 700 from across the country, to call on President-elect Barack Obama to make vigilant U.S. leadership in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a top priority of his administration, reversing eight years of diplomatic neglect. [Read More]

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady
November 24, 2008
Middle East divide not so vast, Palestinian says
By Michael Goot
Aziz Abu Sarah, a Palestinian who grew up in Israel, recalled running away from soldiers and being shot at when he was 7 years old. “There is no normal childhood over there,” he said before about 50 people Sunday at the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary at The College of Saint Rose. [Read More]

The Kansas City Star
November 24, 2008
As I See It: Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be priority for Obama
By Allan Abrams
Resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs to be a top priority of the incoming U.S. administration. The conflict is not intractable, and much of the work has already been done — the Clinton parameters and Geneva Accord have already set the stage and laid out the terms. [Read More]

The Boston Jewish Advocate
November 21, 2008
Editorial: The time for peace is now
By Sidney Topol
I have written before to urge American Jews to not be discouraged and to continue to support the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. With the election of Barack Obama and a new prime minister soon to be elected in Israel, I once more affirm that this is a time for great hope. [Read More]

The Times Union
November 21, 2008
Obama Offers a Chance for Mideast Peace
By Diane Balser
The election of Barack Obama was a moment of great significance for the United States, an indication of our nation's innate ability as a nation to look to the future, rather than the past, and to nurture hope, rather than fear. It was, I believe, a first step toward a much better tomorrow. [Read More]

The New York Jewish Week
November 19, 2008
Jewish Left Pressing Obama On Peace
Inauguration Day is still two months away, but President-Elect Barack Obama is already being pressed by Jewish doves to fulfill his campaign promise to make Israeli-Palestinian peace a top priority from day one of his administration — despite a deepening economic crisis that has swept most other issues off the table. [Read More]

The Jewish Journal
November 19, 2008
Op-ed: Obama administration must pursue Mideast peace
By Rabbi Arnold Rachlis
Across America, the Jewish community is joining with the rest of the nation to congratulate our next president. President-elect Barack Obama ran a campaign promising change, and Americans have made very clear that they are anxious to take him up on that promise. [Read More]

Marblehead Reporter
November 18, 2008
Local rabbis join plea to Obama to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict
In a rabbinic open letter initiated by Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, the country’s largest grassroots Jewish grassroots peace movement, and sent initially to both presidential candidates, the signers pledged to mobilize support within the American Jewish community to the principle that “an American president who dedicates himself to the establishment of a durable Israeli-Palestinian peace acts in the best interests of Israel and the United States.” [Read More]

Canton Journal and Patriot Ledger
November 18, 2008
Canton rabbi joins others in message to President Elect
Canton rabbi Allison Berry joined 98 rabbis, cantors, and rabbinical students in the Boston area, and more than 800 from across the country to call on President-Elect Obama to make vigilant U.S. leadership in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a top priority of his administration, reversing eight years of diplomatic neglect. [Read More]

Haaretz
November 18, 2008
Obama must get involved in peace talks before they atrophy
The election of Barack Obama as the next president of the United States has brought a level of excitement and energy to millions of American college students, unprecedented in our young lifetimes. [Read More]

JTA
November 12, 2008
Brit Tzedek wants a Middle East envoy soon
Another action alert is circulating, this time from a Jewish peace group. Brit Tzedek V'Shalom is urging its supporters to ask the president-elect to appoint a "high-level Middle East envoy in the first 100 days of his administration." [Read More]

Cambridge Chronicle
November 12, 2008
Cambridge rabbis urge Obama to focus on resolving Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Three Cambridge rabbis joined 92 rabbis, cantors and rabbinical students in the Boston area, and almost 750 from across the country in calling on President-Elect Barack Obama to make vigilant U.S. leadership in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a top priority of his administration, reversing eight years of diplomatic neglect. [Read More]

Kansas City Jewish Chronicle
November 11, 2008
Op-ed: Reach out for a two-state solution
By Rabbi John Friedman
Recently the stars began to align for peace in the Middle East. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice proclaimed that this year’s record growth of Israeli settlements on the West Bank is an obstacle to peace. [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
November 7, 2008
Activists to discuss ideas for the next administration
Two leading American peace activists, one Jewish and one Palestinian, will talk to the Boston Chapter of Brit Tzedek v'SHALOM, about mobilizing American Jews to advocate for a pro-Israel, pro-peace agenda for the next congress and administration. [Read More]

Harvard University Gazette
November 6, 2008
Spirited discussion brings some clarity to Obama’s strategy on Middle East
By Ruth Walker
In the final days before the U.S. presidential election, the two leading candidates were too busy dashing from one rally to the next in a few battleground states to make it to the reliably blue Bay State in person. [Read More]

The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
October 31, 2008
Clergy sign Brit Tzedek peace petition
A group of 35 rabbis and three cantors from the Bay Area has joined nearly 700 others from across the country in promising community support for U.S. leadership to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [Read More]

Ambassador Magazine
November 2008
In the Round: Finding an End to Conflict in the Middle East
The most logical opening questions- How is the conflict between Israel and Palestine defined? - starts the conversation, eliciting detailed responses. [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
October 29, 2008
Harvard Hillel, Brit Tzedek Hold 'Election 08' Forum
Harvard Hillel was the site of "Election '08: The Presidential Candidates' Vision of U.S. Foreign Policy," a forum featuring Kerry Healey as surrogate for Senator John McCain and Steve Grossman as surrogate for Senator Barack Obama. [Read More]

The Atlanta Jewish Times
October 17, 2008
Jewish Leaders Send Plea For Peace to Next President
Four rabbis and two cantors from the Atlanta metro-area are joining nearly 700 others from across the country to seize on this traditional time for communal evaluation and reflection in calling on the next president to make vigilant U.S. leadership in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a top priority of his administration, reversing eight years of diplomatic neglect. [Read More]

The News and Observer
October 16, 2008
Op-ed: Reach out for a two-state solution
By Rabbi John Friedman
Recently the stars began to align for peace in the Middle East. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice proclaimed that this year's record growth of Israeli settlements on the West Bank is an obstacle to peace. [Read More]

The Belmont Citizen-Herald
October 16, 2008
Jacoby, others advocate for resolution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Jonathan Jacoby joined a delegation of 12 Boston area activists who traveled to Capitol Hill recently to advocate for vigorous U.S. engagement in facilitating a negotiated, two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [Read More]

The Jewish Review
October 15, 2008
Film tracks women IDF vets
By Yael Bridge
Tamar Yarom ’s controversial documentary “To See If I’m Smiling” will be shown Sunday Nov. 2 as part of the Northwest Film Center’s series, Global Concerns: Human Rights on Film. [Read More]

The Chicago Jewish Star
October 10, 2008
Another Rabbinic Letter, This One For Peace: 700 Rabbis for Chicago’s Brit Tzedek Call for Urgent Focus on Mideast
Following right on the heels of a letter of support issued last montht by the newly-formed Rabbis for Obama, a second rabbinic letter—this one directed to both presidential candidates—was released just prior to Rosh Hashanah. [Read More]

The Belmont Citizen-Herald
October 3, 2008
Rabbis sign peace letter to candidates
Jonathan Jacoby joined a delegation of 12 Boston area activists who traveled to Capitol Hill recently to advocate for vigorous U.S. engagement in facilitating a negotiated, two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [Read More]

JTA
October 3, 2008
Jacoby, others advocate for resolution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Hundreds of U.S. Jewish clergy urged the next president to make Israeli-Palestinian peace a priority. "The consequences of failing to establish a durable peace are grim," said the letter sent this week to Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), the presidential candidates. [Read More]

The Washington Jewish Week
October 2, 2008
Op-ed: We Do Need Change—In U.S. Policy In The Middle East
By Rabbi Marc Gopin
It is settled: The election is about change. Sen. Barack Obama had made that his central motif all along, but now Sen. John McCain is onboard. Now that everyone is using the word “change,” it begs a question. The question is not “Who stands for change?” but rather, “Whose changes are really going to really make a difference, and what are those changes?” [Read More]

Ameinu
September 14, 2008
Op-ed: Resist Being Discouraged
By Sid Topol
Last fall, I wrote in these pages that the time was ripe for American Jews to follow the lead of two unprecedented, bipartisan resolutions of the House of Representatives and the Senate in support of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks about to be re-launched in Annapolis, Maryland. [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
September 12, 2008
Op-ed: Politics as usual hurts Israel
By Jeremy Ben-Ami
In a few months, a new U.S. President will face a fundamental foreign policy choice: step up boldly to assert real leadership in achieving peace and lasting security for Israel or push the issue yet again to the back burner, allowing the parties to fend for themselves and violence and suffering to continue. [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
August 22, 2008
Op-ed: Resist being discouraged
By Sid Topol
Last fall, I wrote in these pages that the time was ripe for American Jews to follow the lead of two unprecedented, bipartisan resolutions of the House of Representatives and the Senate in support of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks about to be re-launched in Annapolis, Maryland. [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
August 8, 2008
Op-ed: A true friend of Israel
By David Strauss
What is a friend? A friend celebrates your joys, stands by you in times of trouble – and lets you know when you’re hurting yourself. A friend will tell you how others see you, even if it’s unpleasant. [Read More]

Kansas City Star
August 9, 2008
Letter to the Editor: Native Palestinian's plight
By Alan Abrams
Recent articles about and by area resident Yaser Wishah demonstrate the suffering endured by Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza from Israel’s occupation. [Read More]

Sommerville Journal/ News
August 6, 2008
Somerville resident advocates on Capitol Hill for resolution of the Israeli-Palestine conflict
Beth Wasserman of Somerville joined a delegation of twelve Boston area activists who traveled to Capitol Hill last week to advocate for vigorous U.S. engagement in facilitating a negotiated, two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [Read More]

Real Clear Politics
August 1, 2008
Obama and the Jewish Vote
By Pierre Atlas
In order to win the "Jewish vote," candidates often try to out-trump each other in demonstrating their support for Israel. [Read More]

Bangor Daily News
July 29, 2008
River City Cinema to Screen 'Promises'
A documentary film about the conflict between Palestinians and Jewish Israelis as seen through the eyes of seven children in Israel will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bangor Opera House. [Read More]

The Jewish Review
July 21, 2008
Portland activists advocate for peace on Capitol Hill
Five members of the Portland chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom visited Capitol Hill on June 24 to advocate for vigorous U.S. engagement in facilitating a negotiated, two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
July 18, 2008
Letter to the Editor: A Wise And Helpful Parshah
By Stan Fleischman
I found Grand Rabbi Korff’s dvar Torah on Parashat Chukas in your July 4 issue, which he titled “Talking to a rock,” extremely enlightening. [Read More]

Episcopal Life Online
July 16, 2008
Churches for Middle East Peace ask Secretary Rice's help for students in Gaza
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) has joined six other American organizations in sending a letter on July 15 to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asking that she urge Israel to permit hundreds of students in Gaza who have been admitted to foreign universities to exit the embattled area. The students are confined to Gaza because of Israel's closure policy. [Read More]

Intermountain Jewish News
July 11, 2008
Colorado delegates for Brit Tzedek v'Shalom negotiate on Capitol Hill
Three Colorado Brit Tzedek v’Shalom steering committee members traveled to Capitol Hill in late June to advocate for a negotiated, two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [Read More]

Ipswich Chronicle
July 10, 2008
Local resident advocates for two-state resolution
Philip Kuhn of Ipswich joined a delegation of twelve Boston area activists who traveled to Capitol Hill last week to advocate for vigorous United States engagement in facilitating a negotiated, two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [Read More]

The Winchester Star
July 2, 2008
Alpert fights for Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution
By Donna Spiegelman/Special to the Star
Bonnie Alpert of Winchester joined a delegation of 12 Boston area activists who traveled to Capitol Hill last week to advocate for vigorous U.S. engagement in facilitating a negotiated, two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [Read More]

The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
June 27, 2008
Op-ed: The wall — where protection ends and collective punishment begins
By Dr. Michael Cooper
These are not easy times to be a duty-abiding doctor in Israel. One could say we’ve hit a wall. When I graduated Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Medical School in 1977, I was given a copy of the oath of Maimonides with my diploma. [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
June 26, 2008
Letter to the Editor: No Absolutes In Israel
By David Albert
In his June 13 letter, “Don’t blame Israel first” in response to my May 30 article “Bittersweet reflections,” the Zionist Organization of America’s Morton Klein took issue with many of the facts that underpin Jewish peace activism, and the efforts of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, the national, grassroots organization of which I am national treasurer. [Read More]

Shalom Rav
June 25, 2008
Brit Tzedek Hits the Hill
By Rabbi Brant Rosen
Just returned from DC and an invigorating few days with Brit Tzedek v’Shalom’s Advocacy Days on Capitol Hill. Anyone who supports a Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace policy should take heart in knowing that more than 150 activists from all over the country devoted themselves to in-depth briefings and advocacy training before fanning across the Hill to visit the offices of House reps and senators, encouraging our leaders to redouble their efforts toward a two-state solution. [Read More]

The Peoria Journal Star
May 31, 2008
Op-ed: Two-state solution is best for Israeli Jews
By Rabbi Brant Rosen
President Bush recently traveled to Israel to celebrate that country's 60th anniversary, a visit attested to by the many pictures of him smiling and shaking hands with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
May 29, 2008
Op-ed: Bittersweet reflections
By David Albert
I suppose the best way to describe my feeling about Israel’s 60th birthday is bittersweet.
I remember experiencing the same feeling 10 years ago on Israel’s 50th birthday. At that time, Hillel at my university held a big birthday celebration on campus while Palestinian students held a counter-protest a few feet away. [Read More]

The News & Observer
May 23, 2008
Op-ed: An urgent need to get beyond nice words
By John Friedman
Israel recently marked its 60th anniversary, and President Bush traveled to the region to celebrate. We American Jews, with our long tradition of standing by Israel in good times and bad, were happy to see our president visiting our spiritual homeland, but many of us are worried. [Read More]

The Jewish Review
May 19, 2008
A ‘baseless’ claim
By Jeremy Gillick
Robert Horenstein’s claim that many American Jews hold a “double standard” when it comes to creating a partnership with Christian Zionists (Jewish Review, May 1) is baseless, and his depiction of progressive Jews who oppose such an alliance as naïve and ill-informed is insulting. [Read More]

The Jewish Review
May 19, 2008
Evangelical leaders on record in support of two-state solution
By Joel Glick
In “Jewish-evangelical Christian alliance good for Israel” (Jewish Review, May 1),Robert Horenstein asserts that evangelicals “generally oppose” any political division of the Holy Land. However, he fails to mention that many prominent evangelical Christians have spoken out in support of a negotiated, two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [Read More]

Barrington Times
May 14, 2008
Letter to the Editor: Israel at 60
By Rabbi James B. Rosenberg
I am almost four years older than the State of Israel.  When I set foot in Israel for the first time in June of 1965, I had recently completed my Junior year at Columbia College.  To be honest, I was a rather naïve 21-year-old, while Israel was an adolescent 17. [Read More]

The Boston Globe
May 14, 2008
Letter to the Editor: A road map, of sorts, to Mideast peace
By Deborah Katz
Jeff Jacoby ("A triumph of life and hope") and Yousef Munayyer ("For Palestinians, mourning") might seem to speak for the two sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ("Israel at sixty," Op-ed, May 11). But I don't think this is true. [Read More]

Jewish Currents
May 2008
A Love Letter to Haifa
By Sue Swartz
Consider this a love letter to Haifa — where the prophet Elijah is buried and Israel’s first modern university was built. City built between the mountains and the sea, Haifa of summertime air advisories and surly Russian-speaking super-market clerks, less-favored cousin of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. [Read More]

The Jewish Review
April 28, 2008
Jewish-evangelical Christian alliance good for Israel
By Robert Horenstein
Of all the other faith communities with which American Jews partner on a wide range of issues, none generates more internal discord than evangelical Christians. [Read More]

The Boston Globe
April 27, 2008
Letter to the Editor: Mideast talks need greater diligence
By Stan Fleishman
I have been futilely searching the Globe daily for some small ember that would indicate that the flame of hope for Mideast peace, lighted at the Annapolis Conference, has not yet been extinguished. [Read More]

The National Journal
April 16, 2008
Pushing Israel From Both Sides
By Julie Kosterlitz
What does it mean to be pro-Israel? With the Bush administration's 11th-hour push for renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the American Jewish community has renewed its soul-searching on this question. [Read More]

The Washington Independent
April 15, 2008
Reframing the Israel Debate
By Spencer Ackerman
Beginning today, a band of liberal Jews intends to transform the terms of the American debate over Israel -- among the most delicate, controversial and combustible topics in politics. And right on time for Passover, the Jewish holiday marking deliverance from bondage .[Read More]

JTA
April 15, 2008
Doves launch J Street initiative
By Ron Kampeas
After years of on-and-off policy wars with the pro-Israel establishment, liberal Jewish advocates for a more aggressive U.S. posture in Middle East peacemaking are taking the fight to the street. K Street, that is. [Read More]

JTA
April 15, 2008
Obama's Jewish surrogate wants balance, pressure in peacemaking
By Ron Kampeas
In recent weeks the Obama campaign has sought to bolster its outreach to Jewish voters with a big name: Daniel Kurtzer, the first Jewish U.S ambassador to Egypt and the first Orthodox Jew to serve as envoy to Israel. [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
April 11, 2008
Letter to the Editor: A Sustainable Peace Treaty
By Steve Masters
Rick Blumsack suggested I was unrealistic to call for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, because Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cannot be trusted. I understand fears, as does anyone who loves Israel, but let us consider the facts. [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
April 11, 2008
Letter to the Editor: Channel Anger Into Change
By Hanna Siniora
As a Palestinian who recently visited your country, I can understand the anger and impatience in some of the letters in this publication, including Rick Blumsack’s letter in the March 21 edition, “No Case for a Cease Fire.” The long-standing conflict between Palestinians and Israelis has been a disaster for Jews and Arabs alike, and of late the level of danger indeed has risen.[Read More]

The Jewish Daily Forward
April 3, 2008
Dovish Lobbying Group Set To Debut
By Nathan Guttman
Although the organizers behind a nascent dovish pro-Israel group known as the J Street Project have steadfastly remained silent ahead of an expected formal launch in mid-April, details have emerged over the past week that paint a clear picture of the group’s goals. [Read More]

In These Times
April 1, 2008
Secular Jews and the ‘Jewish State’
By Ralph Seliger
American Jews remain, along with African Americans, the most left-leaning ethnic community in the country. While many support the State of Israel uncritically, some Jews express their concern for Israel’s welfare by joining organizations and activities that challenge certain policies and promote social change. [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
March 31, 2008
Peace is still within reach
By Donna Spiegelman
Gershon Baskin and Hanna Siniora, the Israeli and Palestinian co-directors of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI), recently told an audience of 120 at Temple Israel in Boston that “a framework agreement for the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is within reach.” [Read More]

The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
March 21, 2008
Can we talk?: Parleys with Hamas aren’t unusual for activists
By Joe Eskenazi
When Hanna Siniora or Gershon Baskin’s phones rings late at night — or even at 3 a.m., Hillary Clinton-style — they never know who’ll be on the other end. [Read More]

The Jewish Voice and Herald
March 21, 2008
Breaking the Silence soldiers tou r U.S.
By Mary Korr
Tel Aviv native Oded Na’aman was an idealist when he entered the Israeli Army during the Second Intifada. His experiences, however, left him numbed, confused, and silent — until he joined Breaking the Silence, a forum for former combat veterans. [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
March 21, 2008
Op-ed: The case for a ceasefire
By Steve Masters
Supporters of Israel are living through painful days. With Israeli-Hamas hostilities in Gaza, and the massacre of eight yeshiva students in Jerusalem, many pin their hopes for conflict resolution on Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority. [Read More]

Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle
March 14, 2008
Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is possible
By Ghaith al-Omari and Steve Masters
Grim news continues to come from the Middle East: Palestinian rockets, Israeli incursions, people running for their lives on both sides.The images of such harsh realities have come to define the conflict, and often serve to polarize people of goodwill who truly want peace. [Read More]

The Atlanta Jewish Times
March 14, 2008
Letter to the Editor: Hope for Peace
By Jan Jaben-Eilon
Atlanta’s Limmud offered the Jewish community an assortment of speakers and presenters, most of who were from our own community. But not all.
Thanks to Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, two speakers came all the way from Jerusalem to share their insights into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [Read More]

Voicesforpeace.blogspot.com
March 11, 2008
"Breaking the Silence" and "Wheels of Justice" speaking tours are underway
Two important speakers' tours are underway, and I have neglected to publicize them. There is still time to make a connection with these witnesses. Brit Tzedek has organized the "Breaking the Silence" tour. "Wheels of Justice" with Mazin Qumsiyeh and other speakers is making its way through western US cities. [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
March 6, 2008
'Breaking the Silence' comes to Harvard Hillel
By Lorne Bell
No military unit is better equipped and trained to protect the Jewish homeland’s borders than the Israel Defense Forces. But guarding against invaders and terrorists from the outside is only part of the mission of Israel’s young soldiers. [Read More]

The Bangor Daily News
March 3, 2008
Rockland, Speaker: Israeli-Palestinian peace a matter of perspective
By Walter Griffin
Finding a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict might be possible if each side looked at its differences from the perspective of the other. That was the observation made by Dr. Aaron Ahuvia of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, the Jewish American Alliance for Justice and Peace, during a talk at Adas Yoshuron Synagogue on Sunday. Once one learns to understand an adversary’s mind, one can hope to win his heart, he said. [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
March 3, 2008
Op-ed: A Presidential Peacemaker
By Gershon Baskin
The upcoming U.S. elections won't affect Israelis and Palestinians as they do American citizens - yet it's undeniable that America's choice for president will have an enormous impact on the lives and struggles of people in the Middle East. [Read More]

Daily Hampshire Gazzette
March 3, 2008
U.S. can help forge Mideast peace
By Gerson Baskin and Hanna Siniora
The upcoming U.S. elections won't affect Israelis and Palestinians as they do American citizens - yet it's undeniable that America's choice for president will have an enormous impact on the lives and struggles of people in the Middle East. [Read More]

The Jewish Daily Forward
February 28, 2008
Photo Essay
Breaking the Silence, a group of Israeli army veterans dedicated to public education about the effect of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, is hosting exhibitions this month in Philadelphia and Boston of images photographed by Israeli soldiers during active duty in the West
Bank. [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
February 28, 2008
Panel To Explore After Annapolis
By Gershon Baskin
Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI), a joint Palestinian-Israeli public policy think tank, will speak at Temple Israel on Monday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. [Read More]

JTA
February 26, 2008
"Breaking the Silence" on Israel's occupation
An Israeli veterans group will tour the U.S. East Coast to talk about the moral price of Israel's occupation of the West Bank. [Read More]

The Brookline Tab Online
February 19, 2008
The future of the Mideast peace process
Gershon Baskin and Hanna Siniora of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information will speak Monday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave., on the Brookline/Boston line. They will discuss whether the peace process is at a dead end, or headed toward success. [Read More]

The Jewish Review
February 16, 2008
Op-ed: Western Negev experience is only a part of the story
By Joel Glick and Sandy Polishuk
Israel is almost 60, a living testament to the Jewish people’s steadfastness and ingenuity, and our ability to overcome adversity, time and again. It’s a source of great sorrow among American Jews that the struggle continues. On a recent trip to Israel, Robert Horenstein was able to view up close the suffering of Israelis in the western Negev. [Read More]

The Jewish Journal
February 15, 2008
Whither the Left?
By Amy Klein
When, after seven years of violence, President George W. Bush brought the Israelis and Palestinians together last November to resume peace talks at Annapolis, right-wing groups in America and Israel mobilized their members in protest. The unified message: Jerusalem should not be divided. [Read More]

The Jewish Daily Forward
February 5, 2008
Peace at the Caucuses
By Marissa Brostoff
Allan Abrams, chair of the Kansas City chapter of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, a left-leaning Jewish advocacy group, arrived at his Kansas caucus prepared to present a resolution calling for the United States “to actively and persistently engage in the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” [Read More]

The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
February 1, 2008
Op-ed: Next year may be too late for peace
By Susie Coliver and Bob Herman
The time is now to conclude an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. Next year may be too late. We spent the past week in Israel and the Palestinian territories as participants in a symposium sponsored by Brit Tzedek v’Shalom and Meretz USA. [Read More]

The Jewish Press
February 2008
Letter to the Editor: Concern for Israel
By Molly Freeman
Congratulations to j. for placing so prominently the comprehensive and astute account by Susie Coliver and Bob Herman of their recent trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Their eloquent letter expresses the deep concern for Israel that drives Brit Tzedek V’Shalom to educate and advocate with members of Congress, the administration and within our Jewish communities a sense of great urgency for the U.S. to play a strong role in bringing the parties to negotiate a just peace so that two states may live side by side. [Read More]

The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
January - February, 2008
Congressional Letter Provided Positive Backdrop to Annapolis Conference
By Shirl McArthur
In a rare display of congressional constructiveness, the Nov. 26-27 Annapolis conference was preceded by a Nov. 19 bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, originated by Reps. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Charles Boustany (R-LA) and signed by 133 other House members. [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
January 31, 2008
Letter to the Editor: Story Headline Is Misleading
By Deborah Fogel
The headline of your recent article about Barack Obama is a perfect example of the rumor-filled and fear-based messages that have been circulating among Jewish groups online with the intent of undermining support for his candidacy among American Jews. [Read More]

The Philadelphia Inquirer
January 29, 2008
Op-ed: Last chance for two states?
By Steve Masters
I recently returned from leading a delegation to Israel and the West Bank whose mission was to express American Jewish support for a negotiated two-state resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Given news reports about recently renewed diplomatic efforts, you might think the trip was almost unnecessary. [Read More]

The Jewish Advocate
January 24, 2008
Letter to the Editor: Peace Process Must Move On
By Stan Fleischman
Paul Sassieni’s “Time for a deep breath” (Jan. 11) rightly points out numerous roadblocks on the road to peace.After seven years of inaction and missteps on both sides – despite Sassieni’s insistence that Israel is wholly blameless, and Israel’s neighbors wholly at fault – it’s easy to be skeptical. [Read More]

The Atlanta Jewish Times
January 21, 2008
Letter to the Editor: Gift of Peace
By Jan Jaben-Eilon
I just returned from Israel, where I had an opportunity to get a sense of the feeling on the ground about the "peace process" and President Bush's trip to Jerusalem. [Read More]

The Jerusalem Report
January 21, 2008
Letter to the Editor: From Fringe to Mainstream
By Steve Masters
We were very pleased to see your coverage of our presence at the Annapolis conference "Fringe Theater at Annapolis," (Dec. 24). The organizations that came out that day in support of a return to substantive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians represent the 87% of American Jews who say they support a two-state solution to the conflict. [Read More]

The Philadelphia Inquirer
January 19, 2008
Letter to the Editor: Israeli-Syria Peace
By Rabbi Marcia Prager
I was very happy to see Sen. Arlen Specter's commentary regarding the possibility of an Israeli-Syrian peace accord ("Israel-Syria treaty the key to Mideast peace," Jan. 14). [Read More]

KansasCity.com
January 11, 2008
Letter to the Editor: Bush, the Middle East
By Allan Abrams
On the heels of November’s Annapolis peace conference, President Bush is making his first-visit to Israel and the West Bank, intending to spur negotiations for a 2008 agreement. [Read More]

Special To The New York Jewish Week
January 9, 2008
Op-ed: Let Us Not Remain The Jews Of Silence
By Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf and Steve Masters
The American Jewish community has been one of Israel’s most stalwart supporters since its foundation. We rightly see the Jewish state as our spiritual home, and in times of trouble, never fail to stand by Israel’s side. [Read More]

The Los Angeles Times
January 8, 2008
Letter to the Editor: Re "Bush will find Israel ambivalent"
By Claire Gorfinkel
After seven years in office, Bush is finally visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories in a bid to move the peace process forward. As an American Jew committed to a negotiated two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I believe that the American government should support efforts to bring about a peace agreement that would result in a secure Israel living alongside a viable Palestinian state.[Read More]

The Chicago Tribune
January 8, 2008
Op-ed: Jewish support crucial now for Middle East peace
By Arnold Jacob Wolf
It was supposed to be different. President Bush is headed for Israel and the West Bank, on a trip meant to coincide with the first real progress toward peace after years of diplomatic neglect. The Annapolis peace conference, held in November, was to have been the start of something new. [Read More]


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