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  • NIF fracas: Defending Israel or destroying democracy?

    A campaign against the New Israel Fund — a U.S.-based organization that funds civil society activists in Israel — has sparked a fierce debate over the limits of free speech, the financing of NGOs, the dictates of loyalty to the state and, ultimately, over the fundamental values of Israel’s Zionist democracy. More ▸

  • The Dersh on Goldstone

    To the editor: Richard Goldstone has repeatedly declined to debate me on the merits of the report. Nor has he responded to my 49 page substantive critique, which is available online at  Instead, Richard Goldstone has generally responded to critics of his report by pointing to his Jewishness, his Zionism, and his connections to… More ▸

  • Opinion: Israel as a Jewish State

    In 1896 Theodor Herzl published Der Judenstaat, his national plan for the Jewish people. The pamphlet has often been mistranslated as The Jewish State. The word “Juden” was used by those who hated and persecuted Jews. Herzl’s point in calling the pamphlet The Jews’ State was to hurl back the epithet by asserting that those… More ▸

  • Op-Ed: Time for Israel Advocacy 2.0

    Adversaries of Israel have gone 2.0 in their battle to delegitimize the Jewish state, so the Jewish community must garner communal resources to train and unleash the next generation of storytellers, bloggers and social media gurus to tell Israel’s full story in compelling ways. More ▸

  • Mahmoud’s rantings

    If you thought what Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had to say about Zionists at the U.N. General Assembly was bad, you should hear what the Iranian president told Iranians: The Zionists are crooks. A small handful of Zionists, with a very intricate organization, have taken over the power centers of the world. According to our estimates, the… More ▸

  • An Israeli’s superiority complex

    When American-born Israeli journalist Judy Siegel-Itzkovich returns to the U.S. for the first time in 26 years, she finds much to disparage – from the materialism to the assimilation to the supposed hypocrisy of American Zionism. She notes that the American Jewish population is shrinking, while Israel’s is growing; she writes of her former neighborhood… More ▸