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  • Ending the occupation is in the interest of Israelis, too

    The occupation is disastrous first and foremost for Palestinians, but it is also disastrous for the Jewish people in Israel. Left-wing politics cannot be based solely on solidarity with the Other. By Uri Weltmann There are left-wing voices in Israel who believe that the very foundation of Israeliness has become inextricably intertwined with the country’s occupation of the Palestinians. One such view, expressed by Inna Michaeli in an oped in these pages, goes so far as to argue that “the end of the occupation will bring about the end of Israel.” Such voices are effectively abandoning the worldview according to which the…

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  • How thousands of Palestinian and Israeli women are waging peace

    The thousands of Palestinian and Israeli women who marched in Jerusalem and Jericho this month are not only demanding peace from their societies, they are reaching through stereotypes and artificial boundaries to find true partners. By Riman Barakat Less than a year ago a group of Palestinian and Israeli women spent a weekend in Tantur, situated between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, brainstorming what we could possibly do to break the cycle of violence and political stagnation. Everyone had their own personal reason for being there, whether it was the Israeli mothers who had to send their children to war or the…

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  • Israelis who live along Gaza border: Stop the next war

    Israelis who live along Gaza border suffer more than anybody in Israel whenever war breaks out. A group of local residents recently marched on the Erez military crossing into the Strip, demanding that leaders from Israel, Hamas, and the world, find a solution to the violence and hope for a normal life. Read more: Palestinian groups present 'war crimes' evidence to the ICC The casualties of the next Gaza war

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  • WATCH: Bringing peace talks to the public square

    Last year, as part of a creative initiative, Israelis and Palestinians met in public spaces in an attempt to wrestle with disagreements and reach reconciliation and a written agreement. Last week, as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were actually holding talks and the Israeli media was busy covering the release of Palestinian prisoners, a delegation of Israelis and Palestinians met in the heart of Jerusalem to speak publicly about peace. Passersby weren't as enthusiastic. http://youtu.be/Xx4L4Uwbo7c

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