Zionism, Meet Feminism

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Letty Cottin Pogrebin is a board member and past president of Americans for Peace Now.  (originally published in Peter Beinart's ZION SQUARE blog on The Daily Beast, February 14, 2012).

In Three Guineas, Virginia Woolf wrote, "As a woman my country is the whole world."  I used to believe this; I thought divisions of nation, race, class, and faith could be trumped by a universalist vision of gender equality, justice, and peace.

Then came the UN's Decade for Women. In 1975, its first international conference famously produced the "Zionism is racism" resolution.  Five years later, when the second conference saw virulent anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric, threats, and violence, I asked myself, why am I working to liberate women if they're going to turn around and  attack Jews?
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James Carroll

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Dear Friend of Israel,

Christians of the West have long been the unnamed third party to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Most obviously, the ancient Church assumption that Jewish exile from the Jewish homeland was a proof of claims for Jesus still casts its shadow. Similarly, European colonialism, with its Christsanctioned underpinning, spawned what Edward Said called "Orientalism," a permanent factor in Palestinian dispossession from lands on which they resided for centuries. In effect, Jews and Arabs confront one another in a corner, the walls of which neither created.

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Israelis Reluctant on War with Iran

With the drumbeat of war against Iran growing louder in Washington, and as thousands of hardline activists prepare to flood Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the voice of the Israeli public on this issue is all but lost. A new poll by Maryland University and the leading Israeli Dahaf polling firm shows that Israelis, realizing the dire consequences of a military strike on Iran, are not as gung-ho as one might expect.

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Under the Guise of Legality: Declarations on State Land in the West Bank

B'tselem (March 2012)
Examination of Israel's declarations policy from the aspect of the local land laws, the most important being the Ottoman Land Code of 1858. The analysis shows that Israel's application of its declarations policy has been unlawful, and concludes that a significant percentage of land that Israel has declared as state land is privately owned Palestinian property. Read More >

The Arab Peace Initiative and Israeli-Palestinian Peace: The Political Economy of a New Era

Aix Group (2012)
Reviews the range of economic frontiers which will emerge from the implementation of the Arab Peace Initiative. Four working groups tackled different issues from a regional perspective: trade, labor, and investment; institutions; cooperation in infrastructure; and regional aspects concerning the Palestinian refugees. Read More >

The Most Controversial Israeli Settlements

Oren Kessler / Foreign Policy (February 27, 2012)
Provides a tour and background of the most contested Israeli settlements in the West Bank: Hebron/Kiryat Arba, Ariel, Maale Adumim, Har Homa, and Gilo. Read More >

Biggest West Bank settlement since Netanyahu took power approved

shilo186x140.jpgYesterday the Israeli government sent yet another signal that it when it comes to settlements, rule of law is optional. It also gave another sign that this Israeli government prefers settlements to peace.

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The Perils of Polling in East Jerusalem

Daniel Seidemann / Foreign Policy (February 23, 2012)
Expert analysis of recent polling that purports to show plurality support among East Jerusalem Palestinians for becoming Israeli citizens. Provides detailed explanation of the challenges involved in this polling and the reasons behind its likely inaccuracy. Read More >

Peace Now: Migron Aerial Photos and Legal Docs Revealed


Peace Now today released the 'Migron File' - a comprehensive dossier containing all the facts and figures, aerial photos and copies of legal documents related to the illegal outpost of Migron (which the Netanyahu government is working frantically to find a way to legalize).

The "Migron File" can be viewed online or downloaded here.

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Is Peace Possible?

New America Foundation / Arab-American Institute (2012)
Panel featuring Lara Friedman of Americans for Peace Now and Yousef Munayyer of the Palestine Center, moderated by Peter Beinart, and presented by James Zogby. The event marked the public release of a comprehensive Zogby poll of Israeli Jews and Arabs, Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, and the American Jewish community. (1:36:54) Watch >

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