Browsing All posts tagged under »Middle East«

Israel and apartheid: a lesson in the risks of media bias

October 28, 2012 by


For Israel, a country trapped under the brutally judgmental microscope of global scrutiny, public image is everything. A recent poll published on October 23, 2012 by Haaretz (a leading Israeli news source), and its accompanying piece by Israeli journalist Gideon Levy, is undoubtedly a leap in the wrong direction. The survey, reportedly conducted by the […]

Environmental Christmas Tree Lights and Unites in Haifa

December 25, 2011 by


Haifa Last year, on the same day the forest fires began ravaging the Carmel region of northern Israel, the Haifa municipality erected a Christmas tree sculpture comprised of over 5,000 recycled water bottles in honor of the Christian holiday. The tree, designed by Israeli artist Hadas Itzcovitch and her father Ernest Itzcovitch, is 38 feet tall and is […]

Multinational Initiative Seeks Peace Through Environmental Cooperation

November 1, 2011 by


Friends of the Earth Middle East, (FoEME) founded in 1994 originally under the name EcoPeace, is an organization without national identity because it is run by, and serves, three distinct peoples in the Middle East. Israeli co-director Gidon Bromberg was recently hosted at a meeting with J-Street Uat UCLA, during which he presented the organization’s […]

Surfing for Peace: How One Man Has Made a Difference

October 12, 2011 by


“Surfboard diplomacy” is not a term we often find amidst the sound bytes and jargon used to deliver the Middle East news. For Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, however, it’s a term that guides his vision of the Middle East. The self-proclaimed, “first Jewish surfer”, has taken a unique approach in trying to  ease the political tensions between […]

Modern media sinks claws into healthy Israel-US relationship

October 10, 2011 by


In this age of mounting international tension along cultural, religious, political, and ideological lines, it is more important than ever to pursue objectivity and to avoid subliminal implications in our journalistic endeavors. Unfortunately, many news sources are increasingly providing fanciful opinion pieces instead of straightforward reporting of reality. On September 23rd, The New York Times […]

United Arab Society Opens Arms to Jewish Students at Hookah Session

September 22, 2011 by


Last night, the United Arab Society at UCLA commenced this year’s programming with an event that I didn’t even think was permissible: a gigantic hookah session right outside Covel Commons. As I relaxed on the beach earlier that afternoon, enjoying Hillel’s Beach Blowout with my fellow Jews, I received a text message from Lana, my […]