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New program provides ‘birthright’ trips for US evangelicals to visit the holy land

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(Photo: Facebook/ Covenant Journey)

Alice Bach reports on Covenant Journey, a new initiative to take US evangelical Christians on trips to Israel that was inspired by the popular Taglit-Birthright Israel program. In the words of founder and conservative activist Steve Green, “It will create a foundational platform from which they can become goodwill ambassadors for Israel and the Jewish people.”

After a hard week in the news, Israeli gets valentines all weekend from NPR

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Etgar Keret

NPR ignores the Israeli military report whitewashing the country of war crimes against Gaza last summer, including the slaughter of four boys playing soccer on a beach, and features an Israeli writer talking about his son’s fear of rockets. Is this balanced coverage of an international conflict?

Dershowitz spills the beans: Supreme Court’s Jerusalem case impact on Iran deal

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Alan M. Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz says the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in the Jerusalem passport case is “dangerous” because it gives Obama power to “make a bad deal” with Iran, beyond the scrutiny of the Supreme Court. For some, obviously, that’s what this case was always about, and never about a little boy’s passport

The peace process is ‘a savior for war’ — Ari Shavit

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Ari Shavit

Ari Shavit’s realpolitik: the Israeli author says that Israel has been able to gain international immunity for using force against Palestinians on several occasions, from the 1940s to 2009, only because it was seen as sincerely pursuing peace. The failed Camp David peace process “was a failure for peace,” but a “savior for war.”

Munayyer-Beinart debate revealed toothless sentimentalism of liberal Zionism

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June 4 debate. At table, l to r, Sigal Samuel moderator, Yousef Munayyer, Peter Beinart (gesticulating)

Rob Bryan writes, “If I had to point to the exact moment at which Peter Beinart lost last week’s debate with Yousef Munayyer, it was when he uttered the two words “Nakba museum.” Speaking to a packed crowd at the New York City office of the New America Foundation, Beinart lamented the ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of indigenous Palestinians in 1948 as an “enormous historical tragedy” before offering a solution that sums up his brand of liberal Zionism: “I believe there should be a Nakba museum inside Israel.” Though he went on to advocate for “some right of return,” the damage had already been done. Could there be a better symbol for the toothless sentimentalism of liberal Zionism than this imagined “Nakba museum” – a museum that as Munayyer later pointed out, most Palestinian refugees would be unable to visit?”

Untold Stories: First-ever US Nakba Museum opens in Washington DC

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(Image: Nakba Museum Project of Memory and Hope Facebook page)

When Bshara Nassar arrived in Washington, DC, he strolled along the National Mall and passed myriad museums dedicated to exposing the painful history of oppressed peoples: the National Museum of the American Indian, the Holocaust Museum, Laogai Museum, the list goes on. He quickly recognized there was no “place for the Palestinian story to be told,” which inspired him to launch the first-ever Nakba Museum Project of Memory and Hope.

A Jewish reporter in Gaza responds to Jane Eisner

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"Selfie with the greatest threat to Israel" -- Dan Cohen with kids in Gaza. (Photo: Dan Cohen via Twitter)

Dan Cohen responds to Jewish Daily Forward editor in chief Jane Eisner who wrote a piece called “Why the Forward Sent a Brave Reporter to Gaza,” about the decision to send their Middle East correspondent to Gaza for a three day reporting trip. Cohen writes, “As a journalist who happens to be Jewish and having spent almost four months on the ground in Gaza including the last weeks of the war last summer, it is clear to me that Eisner knows nothing of reality on the ground in Gaza. More than anything else, Eisner’s hysteria over sending Zeveloff to a place where journalists – Jewish and gentile — make regular visits, exposes her anti-Palestinian racism.”

Once again, ‘NYT’ fails to tell its readers that many Jews support BDS

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bds

Who says the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign isn’t having an effect? Page 7 of the New York Times today is the Boycott Israel page. Though one article irresponsibly portrays BDS as a threat to Jews, leaving out the sizable support among Jews for the campaign

Munayyer and Beinart’s historic debate on the solution to the conflict

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June 4 debate. At table, l to r, Sigal Samuel moderator, Yousef Munayyer, Peter Beinart (gesticulating)

Peter Beinart and Yousef Munayyer had a debate about the solution of the conflict last night in New York at the New America Foundation. This was a historic encounter in that a mainstream organization was pairing a Zionist with an anti-Zionist; and Beinart, a leading liberal Zionist often asked to debate Zionists to his right, was engaging a Palestinian publicly on this question for the first time.