Published under ‘onevoice & middle east’

This article scratches the surface of the challenge I have been hearing from Israeli friends across a spectrum of politics from right to left: Netanyahu’s methodical and obsessive effort to dismantle independent journalism and dispirit and intimidate any media critics.   In its annual report released this spring, Freedom House, an American democracy advocacy organization, [...]

Yedioth Ahronoth – May 27, 2016 I met four concerned Israelis this week in a Tel Aviv café: Maj. Gen. (res.) Amnon Reshef was commander of the armored divisions and commander of the 14th Brigade in the Yom Kippur War; Maj. Gen. (res.) Danny Rothschild was director of the IDF Intelligence Research Department and coordinator [...]

In a hair salon in Israel, Arab and Jewish women find common ground… in a sink.

One Call Away – Rachel Lester

Published under Israel Mar 21, 2016

This video about Israel doing humanitarian service makes me so proud.

An Anti-Semitism of the Left

Published under Israel Mar 11, 2016

LONDON — Last month, a co-chairman of the Oxford University Labour Club, Alex Chalmers, quit in protest at what he described as rampant anti-Semitism among members. A “large proportion” of the club “and the student left in Oxford more generally have some kind of problem with Jews,” he said in a statement. Chalmers referred to members [...]

I found this blog post that my sister shared as very human. I didn’t agree with every word shared, but it certainly brought to life the very real way that Israeli human beings feel amidst a barrage of senseless terrorism. I continue to hope and work for a resolution to the Arab Israeli conflict and [...]

Published under Middle East Feb 29, 2016

All of this has served as an excuse for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make no substantial progress in working toward a two-state solution. Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority leader, is Mr. Netanyahu’s mirror image, also doing nothing. A majority of Israelis see a two-state solution as the only feasible way to end [...]

Jews and France

Published under Middle East, Religion Feb 10, 2016

The New York Times opens its story of anti-Semitism in France last week with a terrifying paragraph: “It was the heavy leather-bound volume of the Torah he was carrying that shielded Benjamin Amsellem from the machete blows.” The barbarism and brutality of the attack by an ISIS inspired youth on a Jew brings a feeling [...]

One State or Two?

Published under Middle East Feb 05, 2016

There are three processes taking place in Israel that, if not reversed by 2025, will end this country’s life as a modern Jewish democracy. One process is taking place on the hills. In 1975 there were a few thousand settlers in Judea and Samaria. In 1995 there were around 120,000. Today there are 400,000. Over [...]