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Deflection of political criticism leads to unfriendly international neighborhoods

October 30, 2012

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Many of Israel’s ardent defenders would sooner point to injustices taking place in other Middle Eastern countries than entertain the idea of having a discussion about what the Jewish State is doing right and what it is doing wrong. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, the argument goes. In a region of […]

The Olive Tree Initiative’s ‘Month of Ideas’: conflict education through humor, food, and constant debate

September 13, 2012

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Throughout the month of May, the Olive Tree Initiative at UCLA planned a series of events aimed at educating the campus community and offering a forum for civil discourse and debate about international conflict resolution. These events attracted students of various backgrounds, as well as non-student community members. For many of the attendees, discussing controversial, […]

Sikhs, Semites, and the Ignorance Problem

August 7, 2012

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VIDEO: Fox Host Asks About Anti-Semitism At Sikh Temple Following the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Sunday, Fox News host Gregg Jarrett asked a nephew of one of the victims, “Have there been any prior acts of violence against members of the temple? Any anti-Semitic acts?” Was this a side-effect of Fox News’ habitual […]

The Occupation We Choose to Ignore

March 8, 2012

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For thousands of years, my ancestors referred to an arid strip of desert land as our home. Our language bespoke the pain and joy of our national history. We practiced the religion of our ancestors, and we organized our society according to that noble tradition. That is, until the Europeans came. They took our land. […]

SJP and StandWithUs team up to cool campus climate ;)

March 7, 2012

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Had my only contact with Palestine Awareness Week been the formulaic reactions offered by Tammy Rubin and USAC President Emily Resnick, I would have tread carefully across Bruinwalk the following Monday, wary of falling into the gaping wounds in our campus rent by “loud screaming matches between students” and “phrases that were very disrespectful and […]

J Street Director Comes to UCLA

January 10, 2012

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On Monday, J Street U at UCLA kicked off  the quarter with a discussion with Jeremy Ben-Ami — former presidential adviser and president of J Street. The presentation consisted of a summary of J Street’s policies and a Q&A session with students, staff, and faculty. Ben-Ami, who has familial ties to Israel and has lived there himself […]

RCA repudiates position on reparative therapy for queer Jews

December 28, 2011

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Rabbinical Council of America president Rabbi Schmuel Goldin issued a statement on Monday dispelling allegations that the RCA has taken a stand on reparative therapy for Jews with unwanted same-sex attraction. The RCA website has previously listed an organization called JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing) as a therapy resource for Jews with unwanted […]