Monday, May 17, 2021

Progressive Perspectives on the Ongoing Israeli-Palestinian “Nightmare”

Mel Gurtov is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University, Oregon. He maintains a blog entitled In the Human Interest: Critical Appraisals of Foreign Affairs and Politics from a Global-citizen Perspective. Gurtov’s latest post focuses on the situation in Israel and Gaza. It’s a very worthwhile read as, for one thing, he offers an idea for achieving peace with justice.

I’ve chosen to use an excerpt from Gurtov’s post to begin today's compilation of “progressive perspectives” on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. And what exactly is a “progressive perspective”? Well, the short answer is that it’s an informed viewpoint that is highly unlikely to be heard on Fox News. Of course, such viewpoints are also not often shared by mainstream corporate media outlets, which as journalist Norman Solomon reminds us, are the ruling oligarchy’s biggest and strongest arm.

Along with Mal Gurtov, others whose perspectives I share below include author Seraj Assi, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, writer Abby Zimet, journalist and political commentator Emma Vigeland; Rabbi Michael Adam Latz, writer Shenaz Kermalli, writer, activist, and political commentator Phyllis Bennis, and artist Nikkolas Smith.


The latest violence comes on the heels of two auspicious events: [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu’s inability to form a new government, and a Human Rights Watch report that calls Israeli treatment of Palestinians “crimes against humanity.”

Netanyahu may only be a caretaker, but he is promising an intense military campaign while a raging extremist nationalist mob is attacking Palestinians in city streets. To some observers, the unfolding tragedy is a terrible twist on the story of Germany before the Holocaust.

We can argue all day, as children do, about who started this latest round of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But assigning responsibility is futile: the root causes are what deserve attention, not the proximate causes. And those root causes are well known: the conflict between two nationalisms, the equally legitimate claims of Israeli Jews and Palestinians to territory; the violence of Israel’s superior military might that has led to an oppressive occupation; and the one-sided policies of US presidents in favor of legitimating the occupation with military aid and political support that every Israeli government has manipulated to keep the Palestinians down.

Yes, both sides have resorted to terrorism over the years, but the overall contest for control has never been in doubt – not with Israel having received about $4 billion annually in US military aid since 2016, far more than any other US security partner. Those “bunker busters” you see being dropped by the Israeli air force on Hamas apartment buildings tell the story of disproportionate violence.

. . . The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is often called intractable, when in fact there are plenty of ideas for achieving peace with justice. I cited one such idea in my book, Engaging Adversaries:

In 2011 a virtual who’s-who of the US foreign policy establishment endorsed . . . [the following] proposal that would be the basis for an Israel-Palestine settlement that the US could support. The essence of each point is: first, creation of a viable Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, subject only to minor land swaps; second, resolution of the Palestinian refugee problem on the basis of two states, two peoples, with assistance for their resettlement; third, support for a nonmilitarized, sovereign, and secure Palestine and a secure Israel, with a US-led multinational presence to oversee mutual security; fourth, division of Jerusalem into two sovereign neighborhoods, each controlling holy places that are accessible to both . . .

If political will were in good supply, we would witness two states living in peace and security. But equally necessary is revisiting, and dealing with, the root causes of this unending conflict.

Mel Gurtov
Excerpted from “Getting Back to Basics in Policy on Israel
Common Dreams
May 15, 2021

It has been a brutal week for Palestinians in Jerusalem.

As hard-line Israeli settlers prepared a provocative parade through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, Israeli security forces turned their guns on peaceful Palestinian protesters and worshipers performing Ramadan prayers at the Aqsa mosque, injuring hundreds in yet another brutal crackdown. Videos circulating on social media in recent days have shown Israeli police officers throwing stun grenades and shooting rubber bullets at Palestinians inside the mosque, attacking Palestinian worshippers with tear gas bombs, and viciously beating a Palestinian man in the mosque compound. On Monday, Israeli strikes in Gaza killed twenty Palestinians, including ten children.

Once again, Israel has turned its celebrations of Jerusalem Day, an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City, into an occasion to repress Palestinians and remind the world that it is in fact, as a Human Rights Watch report acknowledged last week, an apartheid state.

. . . What is happening in Jerusalem, then, are not “clashes” between Israelis and Palestinians, as mainstream outlets would have you to believe. What is happening is the brutal daily reality of an occupying power, emboldened by unconditional US support and international apathy, exercising its military might against a stateless people living under its control, stripped of their basic human and civil rights.

Seraj Assi
Excerpted from “Call Israel What It Is: An Apartheid State
Jacobin via In These Times
May 12, 2021

Above: Palestinians evacuate a building targeted by Israeli bombardment in Gaza City. (Photo: Mahmud Hams / AFP via Getty Images)

We have to recognize that there are both long term and immediate reasons for the level of escalation in violence that we’re seeing. One long term reason is to do with [Palestinian] families being evicted from their homes where they’ve lived for more than 60 years in some cases; homes that they built in occupied East Jerusalem, particularly in the neighborhood known as Sheikh Jarrah. In that neighborhood, Israeli settlers have claimed that they have the right to evict the Palestinian families, many with children; the right to throw them out of their homes, in many cases quite violently. [This has] been challenged in the Israeli courts and the courts have so far upheld the [actions] of the settlers to displace the Palestinians from their homes and take over the area.

The other part of East Jerusalem where there’s been an onging crisis involves Palestinian families’ homes being demolished. In some cases they are given only hours to move out what they want and then they have to leave. In some cases they’re even charged money for the cost of demolition of their own homes.

So the situation of what even the Israelis acknowledge is the effort to Judaize the land of Jerusalem and make sure there’s always a majority of Jews means that a Jew like me who has no family ties to the area has the right to arrive and claim immediate citizenship and the right to live wherever I want. Palestinians [on the other hand] can be thrown out of ther homes and have no right to return to visit, let alone return [to live], as they are guaranteed [to do so] under international law.

Phyllis Bennis
From her appearance on The World Tonight
May 10, 2021

We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian residents. Israeli forces are forcing families from their homes during Ramadan and inflicting violence. It is inhumane and the U.S. must show leadership in safeguarding the human rights of Palestinians.

They talk to us about Israel and Palestine like it’s two countries with a border in the middle that’s getting argued about. That’s not what’s happening.

Israel is systematically land grabbing, making up laws and practices (legal or not) that forcibly and all too often violently displace people from their homeland.

It’s ethnic cleansing, y’all. It’s apartheid. It’s racist. It’s settler colonialism. Oh yeah, and it’s a violation of international human rights law (criminal and immoral).

And knowing it requires us to actually do something about it.

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson
via Facebook
May 15, 2021

Let’s be clear. No one is arguing that Israel, or any government, does not have the right to self-defense or to protect its people. [But] why is the question almost never asked: “What are the rights of the Palestinian people?” And why do we only seem to take notice of the violence in Israel and Palestine when rockets are falling on Israel?

In this moment of crisis, the United States should be urging an immediate cease-fire. We should also understand that, while Hamas firing rockets into Israeli communities is absolutely unacceptable, today’s conflict did not begin with those rockets.

Palestinian families in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah have been living under the threat of eviction for many years, navigating a legal system designed to facilitate their forced displacement. And over the past weeks, extremist settlers have intensified their efforts to evict them.

And, tragically, those evictions are just one part of a broader system of political and economic oppression. For years we have seen a deepening Israeli occupation in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and a continuing blockade on Gaza that make life increasingly intolerable for Palestinians. In Gaza, which has about two million inhabitants, 70 percent of young people are unemployed and have little hope for the future.

Further, we have seen Benjamin Netanyahu’s government work to marginalize and demonize Palestinian citizens of Israel, pursue settlement policies designed to foreclose the possibility of a two-state solution and pass laws that entrench systemic inequality between Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel.

None of this excuses the attacks by Hamas, which were an attempt to exploit the unrest in Jerusalem, or the failures of the corrupt and ineffective Palestinian Authority, which recently postponed long-overdue elections. But the fact of the matter is that Israel remains the one sovereign authority in the land of Israel and Palestine, and rather than preparing for peace and justice, it has been entrenching its unequal and undemocratic control.

Over more than a decade of his right-wing rule in Israel, Mr. Netanyahu has cultivated an increasingly intolerant and authoritarian type of racist nationalism. In his frantic effort to stay in power and avoid prosecution for corruption, Mr. Netanyahu has legitimized these forces, including Itamar Ben Gvir and his extremist Jewish Power party, by bringing them into the government. It is shocking and saddening that racist mobs that attack Palestinians on the streets of Jerusalem now have representation in its Knesset.

These dangerous trends are not unique to Israel. Around the world, in Europe, in Asia, in South America and here in the United States, we have seen the rise of similar authoritarian nationalist movements. These movements exploit ethnic and racial hatreds in order to build power for a corrupt few rather than prosperity, justice and peace for the many. For the last four years, these movements had a friend in the White House.

At the same time, we are seeing the rise of a new generation of activists who want to build societies based on human needs and political equality. We saw these activists in American streets last summer in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. We see them in Israel. We see them in the Palestinian territories.

With a new president, the United States now has the opportunity to develop a new approach to the world – one based on justice and democracy. Whether it is helping poor countries get the vaccines they need, leading the world to combat climate change or fighting for democracy and human rights around the globe, the United States must lead by promoting cooperation over conflict.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt)
Excerpted from “The U.S. Must Stop Being
An Apologist for the Netanyahu Government

The New York Times
May 14, 2021

Above: Gaza residents gather at the site of homes destroyed by Israeli air and artillery attacks on May 14, 2015. (Photo: Ahmed Zakot/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Israel’s slaughter goes on.

Marking Eid, the holiest day of the holiest month in the Islamic calender, at least 87 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, including 18 children; over 530 have been wounded, and hundreds have been left homeless after Israeli missiles targeted 17 homes and the 13-stoery al-Hanadi apartment building, which also housed business, medical and media offices.

“Gaza will burn,” vowed right-wing, blood-soaked Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz in an explicit threat to commit war crimes, pledging to exceed the savagery of his 2014 Operation Protective Edge that killed over 2,200 Palestinians, including 550 children. Today, Gantz is the norm in an apartheid Israel no longer shy about declaring, “This is a Jewish country”: A Netanyahu spokesperson posted an old video from Syria to accuse Hamas of using “human shields,” an Israeli lawmaker urged the military to “flatten the Strip,” a Justice Minister supports destroying Palestinian homes because, “Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.” With Israeli troops reportedly massing for a possible ground assault, Gaza is already a hellscape where “the sounds of children screaming are louder than the missiles.”

The victims are random, innocent, beloved: Awad Abuselmya, who was his family’s only survivor when Israeli bombs killed his parents and six siblings in 2006; Munther Abd al-Karim Baraka, 21, and his sister Manar Abd al-Karim Baraka, 18, who were working on their family’s chicken farm; Lina Iyad Shrir, 15, and both her parents; Bashar Ahmad Samour, 17, a farmer who was harvesting parsely with two relatives; a family of six, including four children and their pregnant mother; many in their cars, some in their stores, one in a park; Reema Saad, a 30-year-old journalist, killed in an Israeli airstrike with her 3-year-old daughter, 5-year-old son, and husband Muhammed. She was four months pregnant. She is not a number. None of them are.

“Here is what I want you to understand,” writes one resident of untenable life in the long-besieged Gaza. “We are bleeding here, anyway. Bleeding silently, all the time. Regardless of this or that war. Why do I, why do we, have to choose between a quick death during a time of war, or a silent death under blockade?”

Complicit in the Gazan nightmare, lest we forget, is the U.S. and its almost four billion dollars in military aid to support David Ben-Gurion’s merciless edict for the Zionist project of “maximum territory, minimum Arabs.” That goal is reflected in today’s turmoil in occupied East Jerusalem, most notably in Sheikh Jarrah, where Israeli settlers intent on “Judaizing” the city are seizing homes where Palestinians have lived for decades – an effort funded significantly by American Jews.

President Biden, who’s long supported Israel, has stuck to his narrative: Israel, he says, “has a right to defend itself.” (Against small children and pregnant women?). Many have had enough: “Biden has a right to go fuck himself until he stops funding apartheid and state terrorism. #FreePalestine.” Over 100 Democrats share the sentiment, arguing in a scorching open letter to Biden that, rather than send “hollow Eid greetings . . . we must not allow U.S. tax dollars to be the currency for ethnic cleansing for Israeli apartheid.” They urge Biden to slash a defense budget that now provides more money to Israel than climate change, and above all to “demonstrate actual leadership on human rights instead of turning a blind eye to the suffering of our brothers and sisters.” Their charge: “Hold the missiles, drones, bombs, cages, interrogations, detentions, incarceration, deportations, CIA covert missions, economic sanctions, torture, humiliation, forced evictions, land theft, broken promises, lies, empty gestures, hostilities, and, most recently, the vaccine apartheid.”

The bottom line: “You don’t need to be Muslim to stand for GAZA. You just need to be HUMAN.”

The call to an indifferent world is echoed by one small, ferocious Gazan boy: “All you nations sleeping through our pain – children are dying.”

Abby Zimet
All You Nations Sleeping
Common Dreams
May 12, 2021

Above: Israeli airstrikes hit the Gaza Strip on Monday, May 10, 2021. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

Even as airstrikes continue to strike the already crippled Gaza Strip, Israel still, according to U.S President Joe Biden, “has a right to defend itself” against rockets fired from the coastal Palestinian territory.

Even as mobs of far-right Israelis smash Arab-owned businesses and drag a man who they believe is Arab from his car and beat him unconscious, Israel “has a right to defend itself.”

Even as the UN warns of an all-out war breaking out – a war, that is, between a state-backed by the world’s largest arms supplier and a dispossessed population – Israel still “has the right to defend itself.”

It’s a line we’ve heard over and over from Israeli leaders and their allies. But the death toll tells a different story, as it did after Israel’s last brutal offensive in Gaza in 2014. On the Palestinian side according to a 2015 UN report, 2,251 people, of whom 1,462 were civilians, were killed. On the Israeli side, 67 soldiers were killed along with six civilians.

As of Sunday morning, at least 188 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, including 55 children and 33 women, with 1,230 people wounded. Eight people in Israel have been killed, including a five-year-old boy and a soldier.

“The right to defend itself” argument makes little sense in the context of current realities on the ground. Palestinians living in the occupied territories are not at war with Israel, they live at the mercy of their occupiers. In his book, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Israeli historian Ilan Pappe describes how the foundations of Israel are rooted in a colonial project that continues to subject its Indigenous Palestinian population to military occupation, land dispossession and unequal rights.

Destroy, displace and kill. It’s been the (arguably unofficial) policy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government since he was elected 25 years ago.

Meanwhile, Hamas, the Palestinian group that governs the Gaza Strip, has fired over 1,000 rockets from Gaza towards Israel over the last week, of which 200 have actually landed (most have been intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system). While death and suffering inflicted on Israeli civilians is as troubling as it is on the Palestinian side, any violent retaliation has to be viewed in context: Israel’s Defence Forces (IDF) is supported with billions of dollars of American aid, a powerful air force and intelligence-gathering system.

It’s also hard to believe that the IDF is on a mission to rid the Gaza Strip solely of “violent attackers and terrorists” when they try to use international media to provoke insurgency. Leading Israeli news outlets began reporting on Saturday that an earlier IDF proclamation about Israeli ground troops entering Gaza on Friday – news that made headlines worldwide – was an elaborate ploy to dupe Hamas into thinking that an invasion had begun so they could respond with even more lethal attacks on Palestinians. In fact, no invasion had taken place.

In response, Israel’s military spokesman, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, insisted it was an honest mistake during the fog of war. Was it an honest mistake too, then, when media offices belonging to the Associated Press and Al Jazeera were destroyed Saturday afternoon?

How are we, in a year of racial awakening, still not able to recognize Israel’s half-century military occupation and deepening grip over Palestinian life? Why does a culture of impunity exist when it comes to Israeli aggression?

Shenaz Kermalli
Palestinian Families and Children
Are Being Killed. Why Is It So Quiet?

Common Dreams
May 16, 2021

Saying “but Hamas” or “but what Palestinians did” in this situation is the equivalent of saying “all lives matter.” You’re reflexively obscuring the power dynamics and systemic racism at play, and equating state violence with the retaliation of the powerless.

Emma Vigeland
via Twitter
May 12, 2021

Sheikh Jarrah is a predominantly Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem, whose residents are under constant threat of colonialism and state sanctioned violence. Fact.

40 percent of Palestinians killed in Israeli air strikes are women and children. Fact.

This week's violence has killed over 120 Palestinians, including 31 children, 19 women, and wounded over 900 people. Fact.

Israel is an apartheid state. Fact.

My anti-oppression piece “The Day Freedom Fell” was originally created to highlight America’s violent air strikes overseas, and sadly it didn’t take much to make a quick color edit to mirror almost exactly the recent injustice in Sheikh Jarrah.

Nikkolas Smith
via Facebook
May 16, 2021

Beloved community, a plea from my broken heart:

When I express concern and love for my Israeli loved ones who are sleeping in bomb shelters because of rockets being fired from Hamas in Gaza and Lebanon, I am not diminishing the pain and suffering of Palestinians; I am expressing love and care for people I love and care about, for human beings whose lives are forever entangled in my own.

When I express concern and love for Palestinian loved ones in the West Bank or Gaza whose suffering is enormous and grotesque and unconscionable, I am not challenging Israel’s right to exist or be safe and secure; I am expressing love and care for the people I love and care about, for human beings whose lives are forever entangled in my own.

My broken heart has enough space for loving Israelis and loving Palestinians, for loving Jews and loving Muslims, for holding them accountable, for holding myself and my community and the American Jewish Community accountable, for trying to respond to this violent quagmire with more compassion and more love and the expansion of my heart – not the diminishment of it. When has withholding love ever resulted in good for you? For people you love? For the planet?

Shouting at me, correcting me, belittling me, admonishing me for trying to hold more love, more complexity, more humanity, more absurd hope for peace in the face of despair does not invite me in to your pain, your anguish, your rage, your shake, your despair, your hope, your moral commitments. It simply closes an opportunity for us to connect deeply, humanely, lovingly in a world that is desperate for people who see each other’s humanity and love each other, fiercely.

What if, instead of doing what we’ve done to each other for the past generation or two that has not yielded more dignity, more peace, more security, or more human rights, instead of belittling or shaming or blaming or screaming at one another or posturing about the rightness of our position, we instead weep together – LOUDLY, BRAVELY, HOPEFULLY, WITH GENTLENESS AND TENDERNESS – and just see what might happen if we let our hearts open and hold each other as we tremble and try – IMPOSSIBLY – to be better humans together?

Shabbat Shalom and All My Love

Rabbi Michael Adam Latz
via Facebook
May 14, 2021

Related Off-site Links:
Israel/Palestine Coverage Presents False Equivalency Between Occupied and Occupier – Gregory Shupak (FAIR, May 18, 2021).
Palestinian Civilian Death Toll Mounts as Israel Pounds Gaza with Airstrikes and Heavy ArtilleryDemocracy Now! (May 14, 2021).
Israeli Bombs Destroy Gaza Media Center; Associated Press, Al-Jazeera, and Others Taken OutCommon Dreams (May 16, 2021).
“Shocking and Horrifying”: Israel Destroys Associated Press Office in Gaza – Josef Federman (AP News, May 15, 2021).
Eight Killed in Israel by Palestinian Rocket Fire as Military Chief Threatens “Gaza Will Burn”Democracy Now! (May 14, 2021).
100+ Groups Condemn Israeli Violence in East Jerusalem and Gaza – Brett Wilkins (Common Dreams, May 14, 2021).
Against the Horror, Palestinians Are Still Rising – Amjad Iraqi (+972 Magazine, May 13, 2021).
Palestinian Youth Are Leading a Popular Uprising to End Israeli Apartheid – Dima Khalidi (TruthOut, May 17, 2021).
Israel’s Top Newspapers Aren’t Concerned With the Killing of Palestinian Kids – Edo Konrad (+972 Magazine, May 11, 2021).
Bernie Sanders: U.S. Must Recognize That “Palestinian Rights Matter” – Shawna Chen (Axios, May 14, 2021).
The Israel-Palestine Conflict Isn’t a “Clash of Cultures.” It’s About Colonialism – Bernard Porter (Jacobin, April 28, 2020).
125 Democrats Say Military Aid to Israel Shouldn’t Depend on Human Rights Record Stephen Zunes – (TruthOut, May 5, 2021).
The Israel-Palestine Conflict Isn’t a “Clash of Cultures.” It’s About Colonialism – Bernard Porter (Jacobin, April 28, 2020).
Nathan Thrall on the Historic Palestinian Uprising Against Israeli Control from the River to the SeaDemocracy Now! (May 13, 2021).
Nathan Thrall on “A Day in the Life of Abed Salama” and Reality of Palestinian Life Under Israeli RuleDemocracy Now! (May 13, 2021).
The Present – A Painful Short Film Tells the Whole Story of What It Means to Be Palestinian – Miko Peled (Mint Press News, April 21, 2021). Normalizing Ethnic Supremacy in Israel/Palestine – Jim Naureckas (FAIR, December 8, 2017).
No, Israel Is Not a Democracy – Ilan Pappe (Jacobin, May 5, 2017).
When Does Israel/Palestine Violence Start? – Peter Hart (FAIR, November 15, 2012).
Hannah Arendt: Born in Conflict, Israel Will Degenerate Into Sparta, and American Jews Will Need to Back Away – Philip Weiss (Mondoweiss, January 1, 2012).
Mixed Views of Hamas and Hezbollah in Largely Muslim Nations – Pew Research Center (February 4, 2010).
Muslim Views on Extremist Groups and Conflict – Pew Research Center (February 4, 2010).
Ratng Muslim Leaders – Pew Research Center (February 4, 2010).
Muslim Views of Religious Groups – Pew Research Center (February 4, 2010).

UPDATES: Global Solidarity Protests Against Israeli Apartheid as Palestinians Stage General Strike – Julia Conley (Common Dreams, May 18, 2021).
Gaza Physician: “Israel Is Targeting Doctors and Health Facilities to Overwhelm Our Crumbling System”Democracy Now! (May 18, 2021).
“Genocide”: Palestinian Lawmaker Dr. Mustafa Barghouti Condemns Netanyahu for Bombing Gaza to Stay in Power and Avoid ChargesDemocracy Now! (May 18, 2021).
Israel: Is This the Beginning of the End of Apartheid? – Richard Falk (Middle East Eye, May 18, 2021).
Rep. Ilhan Omar Leads Call to Stop “Appalling” $735 Million U.S. Weapons Sale to Israel Amid Gaza Carnage – Jake Johnson (Common Dreams, May 18, 2021).
Gaza Lives Erased: Israel Is Wiping Out Entire Palestinian Families on Purpose – Amira Hass (Haaretz, May 18, 2021).
State Terrorism as Public Relations – Robert C. Koehler (Common Dreams, May 20, 2021).
Why Israel Blows Up Media Offices and Targets Journalists – Norman Solomon (Common Dreams, May 20, 2021).
Bernie Sanders Introduces Resolution Blocking $735m Weapons Sale to Israel – Joan E. Greve (The Guardian, May 20, 2021).
Israel and Hamas Agree to Ceasefire in Gaza Strip After 11-day Conflict Leaves Hundreds Dead – Associated Press via ABC News (May 20, 2021).
The Biggest Threat to Israel Is the Occupation – Michael Winship and Angela Godfrey-Goldstein (Common Dreams, May 22, 2021).
Amid Gaza Ceasefire, Israel Arrests Hundreds and Continues “Colonial Violence” in Occupied PalestineDemocracy Now! (May 24, 2021).
Israel and Palestine: The Tragedy of Unprocessed Trauma – Marianne Williamson (Newsweek, May 24, 2021).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Something to Think About – July 29, 2018
Noura Erakat: Quote of the Day – May 15, 2018
For Some Jews, Israel’s Treatment of Palestinians is Yet Another Jewish Tragedy
Remembering the Six-Day War and Its Ongoing Aftermath
David Norris: Quote of the Day – August 12, 2014
Something to Think About – July 18, 2014
“We Will Come Together in Our Pain”
Thoughts on Prayer in a “Summer of Strife”

Opening image: Smoke and flames rise after the Israeli military conducts an airstrike west of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, May 11, 2021. (Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

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