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  • PHOTOS: Hundreds protest Trump in Tel Aviv Women's March

    Hundreds of women and men march to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump outside the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. Around 400 people, mostly dual American-Israeli citizens, gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, in solidarity with the Women's March taking place in Washington D.C. following the inauguration of Donald Trump. The Tel Aviv march was one of dozens that took place across the world in solidarity with the march on the U.S. capital, where protestors rallied around issues such as women's rights, reproductive rights, anti-racism and immigration. The march was organized by the local Israeli chapter of Pantsuit Nation,…

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  • ‘There’s a vicious fight in our community’: Simone Zimmerman talks Bernie for the first time

    By Isaac Luria Simone Zimmerman has become an inspiring figure for American Jewish progressives in recent months — and a boogey-woman for the Right. When the Bernie Sanders campaign fired her over a Facebook post — in which she used some “colorful language” to describe the Israeli prime minister — she became one of this campaign season’s proxy battles in the ongoing Jewish argument over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We sat down with Simone earlier this month for her first interview since being fired from the campaign, where she reveals exactly what took place inside the campaign, the right-wing attack that targeted…

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  • 23 young Jews arrested in anti-occupation protests across U.S.

    Hundreds hold 'Liberation Seders' outside (and inside) major Jewish American institutions in five major cities, demanding that the Jewish community take a stand against Israel's occupation. 'The history of Jewish oppression is not an excuse to oppress Palestinians, but rather an imperative to fight for freedom for all people,' one arrestee tells +972. BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — Twenty-three American Jews were arrested over the past week in a series of anti-occupation demonstrations across the United States. The protests, which took place in major American cities ahead of the weekend's Passover holiday, brought out over 500 members of the Jewish anti-occupation collective,…

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  • Time to break the silence: An open letter to American Jews

    The American Jewish establishment, from the Federations to synagogues, must take a look in the mirror and decide whether this is the Israel it identifies with. If it isn't, it should speak up. Urgently.  Dear American Jewish community, I should start off with a full disclosure: I am only tangentially a part of you. I have been living in Israel for the past five years, and before that I was an Israeli-American living in the Bay Area (with a brief stint in Los Angeles), where us Israelis viewed ourselves as a semi-autonomous cultural group. For the most part, we were not…

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  • Hey Hillary Clinton, Palestinian lives matter too

    You claim to support peace, but your words imply that Palestinian lives are less valuable to you than Israeli lives. I implore you: please do better. By Leanne Gale Dear Secretary Clinton, I have faith that you want to stand with the Jewish people as we work toward peace with the Palestinians. But your recent article in The Forward did exactly the opposite. [tmwinpost] You glorified Israel without mentioning its nearly 50-year-old military occupation and outlined how you plan to “reaffirm our unbreakable bond with Israel” without addressing its rightward anti-democratic spiral. This was a faulty political calculation, marginalizing a powerful progressive constituency…

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  • 'As U.S. Jews, we need to figure out what leverage we have in ending the occupation'

    Amid the Gaza war this summer a group of young American Jews formed a new group, 'If Not Now, When?', which aims to challenge the American Jewish establishment's unquestioning support for the occupation. +972 sits down with one of its founding members to find out who the group is and what they hope to accomplish. By Tom Pessah For decades, American Jewry has been dominated by its own “one percent” – a small group of donors and unelected executives who lead organizations like the Jewish Federations of North America, AIPAC, the Anti-Defamation League and Hillel International. Recent surveys have shown…

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  • COMIC: Consensus in the Conference

    By Eli Valley On Monday, July 28th, over 70 Jewish Americans from the new organization #IfNotNow stood outside the offices of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and read the names of Israelis and Palestinians killed during the current round of fighting. Nine of those protesters were arrested while calling on the Conference of Presidents to join their cause. Executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference, Malcolm Hoenlein, sought to discredit the protesters, stating that “They are, unfortunately, Jewish kids who are misguided." Eli Valley is a writer and artist whose work has been published in The Nation, New York Magazine,…

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