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If only there were more people who were really pro-Palestinian. . .

There is no widespread international movement to support the Palestinians. It’s a difficult reality to accept, because we see so many protestors, from Australia to the United States, hoisting Palestinian flags and shouting “Free Palestine!” on a daily basis. It’s also sad, because many Palestinians could benefit from a truly pro-Palestinian global network that focused on boosting the West Bank economy or providing aid to the struggling Palestinians in actual… Read Article →

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Calling all every-day current events analysts: Don’t let your ideas go to waste!

Being the diplomacy-junky that I am, I sometimes can’t help but ponder global conflicts, and especially the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in search of solutions. I know that I am not alone in this. I am limited in both experience and perspective, as a teenager and as an American, but there is a much larger community of people of all ages and from all backgrounds who have valuable ideas of their own…. Read Article →

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Fellow Americans: use this post to help me protect Israel

Last night, an interim “Joint Action Plan” was reached between the P5+1 powers (The United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany) and Iran. It details minor sanctions relief in exchange for serious delays in the Iranian nuclear program and drastically increases access at key nuclear sites for international inspectors. The White House released a fact sheet with a summary of the terms of the agreement shortly after… Read Article →

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Supporting LGBTQ rights is a Jewish value

When I toured the Hillel Center of Brown University recently (as part of my senior year college search), I noticed a sign that pointed to a “gender-neutral bathroom.” When I asked a student about it, I was told that the Hillel wanted to create a community in which everyone, regardless of gender or sexuality, felt comfortable. There was even a Brown Queer Hillel group, allowing for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual,… Read Article →

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Not a lion: why support for Obama’s Syria resolution is still relevant and important

I took lessons in Arabic language at the Arabic Summer Academy in Boston, and one of my teachers was Syrian. He didn’t like to talk about the Civil War, and generally refused to answer any questions about his politics. One day, in his class, I noticed a poster on the wall with the names of various animals in Arabic, and noticed that the Arabic word for “lion” is “assad”. “Is… Read Article →

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Selling Israel to a liberal audience

Far too often, staunch liberals withhold their support from the State of Israel because they feel that Zionism is inconsistent with their other views. As a liberal Zionist, I frequently find myself arguing with my liberal friends, trying to convince them that they can support Israel while also staying true to other liberal values. In this post, I will share some of the strategies I have found to be most… Read Article →

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Why more liberal Americans don’t, but should, support Israel

Last year, my high school’s Israel advocacy group (Students Engaged in Pro-Israel Advocacy) tried to obtain the signatures of leaders of the Student Democrats on a pro-Israel leadership statement. I was not expecting this to be a difficult project. So, I was shocked at how many on-line comments among the Student Democrats were against the idea. I watched as students posted everything from articles about citizenship inequality to videos about… Read Article →

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What Prozdor Means to Me

When I first came to Prozdor, I knew that I wanted to think critically about Judaism, but I had no one to talk about it with. My shul is great, but there weren’t a lot of teenagers there and I never got into any youth groups. Prozdor gave me what I had been missing: people who understood me. People I could discuss Judaism with on a serious level. I also… Read Article →