Open Letter to the World Council of Churches and the ecumenical movement

The National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine pleads for Western churches to take a stand: “As we meet this month in Bethlehem in occupied Palestine, we are still suffering from 100 years of injustice and oppression…we need you and we need you now more than ever. We need your costly solidarity…This is no time for shallow diplomacy Christians. We urge you to hear our call.”

Gideon Levy: Thom Yorke, This Is Why You Should Boycott Israel

Ha’aretz’s Gideon Levy writes: Isn’t it time to do away with the artificial distinction between the Israelis who view themselves as nice and just and the brutal occupation they are responsible for? Hasn’t the time come to punish them in a nonviolent manner for the crimes that each and every one of them is party to?

Hedge fund billionaire creates charter schools that teach about Israel, “the Jewish miracle of the 20th century”

JTA reports that Michael Steinhardt, billionaire founder of Birthright Israel (a free, ten-day trip to Israel that is enjoyed by a large percentage of Jewish young adults) considers the state of Israel “the Jewish miracle of the 20th century.” Now he is creating public schools that teach about Israel…

Allan Brownfeld: Israel and American Jews are moving in different directions

The feeling is increasingly widespread among American Jews that Israel’s 50-year occupation, its denial of basic political rights and human rights to Palestinians, and its retreat from democracy, indicate that American Jewish values are not shared by Israeli leadership. Clearly, Israel and American Jews are moving in different directions.