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Trump is bulldozing hope for two states

Ben Reiff Just when you think he couldn’t possibly get any more arrogant, ignorant, careless, mindless, insolent, deluded, self-righteous, moronic, reckless, imprudent… Does he actively try to seek out the most provocative actions? Those with ...
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Meet the Candidate: Hannah Rose

There are three candidates vying to be the next President of the Union of Jewish Students. Zionish sent them each ten questions on the key – and not so key – political issues they may face ...
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Meet the Candidate: Annie Cohen

There are three candidates vying to be the next President of the Union of Jewish Students. Zionish sent them each ten questions on the key – and not so key – political issues they may face ...
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Meet the Candidate: Lawrence Rosenberg

There are three candidates vying to be the next President of the Union of Jewish Students. Zionish sent them each ten questions on the key – and not so key – political issues they may face ...
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What is Hidden in Dimona?

Jonathan Shamir President Trump’s disdain for the Iran Nuclear Deal, the inflammatory exchanges with North Korea, and new pressure in Japan to respond to its volatile neighbour, have rewritten the nuclear landscape – and it ...
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For Umm al-Kheir, Awareness is Resistance- By Ben Reiff

Umm al-Kheir is under attack. You probably haven’t heard that the village has been on the receiving end of rocks thrown by settlers for more than 30 consecutive nights, or that Ta’ayush activist Guy Butavia ...
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The Sensible Transgression of Fauda

Jonathan Shamir The symmetrical prostration of Muslim men against the backdrop of the acid-green carpeting. The serene cinematography is suddenly interrupted. An Arabic man in need of medical assistance is dragged into the mosque, but ...
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The Problem with Religion?

Ben Reiff The air over Jerusalem is saturated with prayers and dreams Like the air over industrial cities, It’s hard to breathe. – Yehuda Amichai, Ecology of Jerusalem In November 2014, the Yad B’Yad (“Hand ...
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Building Peace at Givat Haviva

Rose Vennin July 2015: As I am shown around the Givat Haviva campus in Northern Israel, I walk past a three-meter high wooden sculpture similar to a totem pole. Curious, I ask Lydia Aisenburg, educator ...
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A week with family and friends in Israel

Anonymous Jerusalem 11am Glossy orange bags of expensive coffee line the shelf. Underneath, the dreadlocked cashier tongs shiny sufganyot into paper parcels for Chanukah-giddy customers. We’re still sitting with our empty mugs and croissant crumbs ...
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From Jerusalem to Damascus

Jonny Shamir When four Islamic State militants were neutralised and Israeli rockets were fired at targets in Syria last month, Israeli state officials were typically laconic. The events in Syria have been used by various ...
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UJS Elections: Who should get the progressive vote?

Ella Taylor and Bz Gilinsky 2016 is the year of election drama, and if you are a Jewish student in the UK we are by no means done yet. The election for President of the ...
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The Centre-Left Candidate: A Response

Adam Schapira In their analysis of this UJS election, Bz Gilinsky and Ella Taylor argue that there is no centre-left candidate. I am on the right, they argue, and progressive students must choose between centrist ...
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A new generation is stepping forward – help us build Partners to Peace

Jonty Leibowitz Young Brits, Israelis and Palestinians are no longer willing to watch an older generation lead us down a path of violence, polarisation and a stalled peace process. The time for action has come ...
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Pride and Prejudice on Jerusalem Day March – But Mostly Prejudice

Ben Goldstein Jerusalem has become my adopted home over the past few months. Its stones, its people, its diversity, its history and its raw energy combine to make it one of the most unique places ...
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Jewish Celebration Has Multiple Narratives, and Yom Haatzmaut Should Too

Amos Schonfield At Jewish weddings, the groom stamps on and smashes a glass. This custom has several meanings, and you may know the most familiar of them. The argument is that even on supposedly the ...
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For Liberal Zionists, Israel Apartheid Week is Exhausting

Natasha Spreadborough Israel Apartheid Week strikes a significant chord with the Jewish community everywhere. As the cardboard, graffiti-covered walls and faux-checkpoints go up around university campuses, so do the leaflets, tweets and Facebook posts about ...
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A Conversation with a Falafel Vendor

Aaron Simons As I turned down towards Jerusalem’s Ben Hillel Street, a familiar scent floated through the air. “What would you like my friend?” Now I don’t often skip meals, but circumstances meant that I ...
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The (Double) Standards Applied to Israel

Carter Vance One of the most familiar tropes of the hasbara wing of Israel advocacy is the notion that Israel is being “singled-out” in the world for reasons which are implied, if not outright stated, ...
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As Santa Starts Taking Sides, Who Wins from the Decision to Label Settlement Goods?

Carter Vance & Aaron Simons It would seem that no symbol is too sacred in the propaganda drive that fuels the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As Christmas approaches, even Santa is not safe. Last week, a group ...
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We Need to Talk About (Talking About) Israel

Jake Berger Recent events at King’s Jewish Society have reignited the seemingly never-ending debate about the relationship between Jewish Societies and Israel on university campuses. On an issue so prone to polemic, I want to ...
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Coexistence and Hope in the Shadow of Occupation

Emma Brand Last time I wrote for Zionish, I was quite critical of Israel. I received a fair amount of positive feedback from fellow 20-somethings, many of whom had difficulty articulating the conflicting feelings they ...
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What makes a Jewish colonialist?

Carter Vance Conception is powerful in political discourse. When an image about who a group of people are, what their history is and how they came to be where they are is created, it can ...
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Pro-Palestine or Pro-Israel? Why the discourse on Israel-Palestine Desperately Needs To Change.

By Jonathon Leader Before I start the bulk of this article I thought I’d shed some light on who I am and what my background is. I’m a 23 year old Jewish graduate on the ...
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Confused by Netayahu? Look at Likud

Jonathan Shamir and Aaron Simons It has now been fourteen years since the Left were exiled to opposition in Israel. Despite the Zionist Union’s hopeful campaign, Netanyahu showed his political experience as he undercut his ...
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Violence and Moderation in the Tug of War

Aaron Simons Yet another wave of violence engulfs Israel and the Palestinian territories. The illusion of peace has been shattered once more, although perhaps the only surprise is that the illusion existed in the first ...
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Newton’s Third Law of Palestinian Stabbings

Aaron Simons Where there is an action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This has been the line taken in a series of op-eds on the recent wave of violence in Israel and Palestine ...
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What Is Zionism?

Aaron Simons Few words have become as flexible as ‘Zionism’. All at once, Zionism has become synonymous with Israel, nationalism, Jewish liberation, oppression, support for Israel, colonialism, Jewish identity, racism, anti-racism, nation-state theory, ultra-nationalism, ethnic ...
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Dear Mum and Dad

Emma Brand Sometimes, when I talk about Israel, my dad worries that I am becoming an anti-Zionist. And sometimes, when I talk about Israel, my mum worries that I’m going to make Aliyah. Their responses ...
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Why Are Most Jews Zionist?

Noah Lachs and Joel Collick It’s often glibly assumed that most Jews are Zionist simply because it says Jerusalem a few times in the Tanakh, or that Jews want to recreate a civilisation that faded ...
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Think Twice Before Using the Term ‘Zionism’

Noah Lachs and Joel Collick “Zionists are not welcome here” was the statement released in June by the administrators of NoHeterox**, Oxford’s online forum for the Queer and Trans community. NoHeterox** justified their position “because ...
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Demystifying Israel

Chesney Ovsiowitz If you have never been to Israel, this is for you. If you have, this is for you too. If you have a flat in Tel Aviv, cousins in Jerusalem, and grandparents in ...
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From Blindness to Denial: Zionism and Palestinian National Identity

Daniel Rey In an infamous interview with the Sunday Times in 1969, the then Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir, made the claim that “there was no such thing as Palestinians”. This highlighted one of the ...
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The Judaism of Zionism

Ezra Margulies The traditional historiography of Zionism sees Zionism as avowedly modern and secular: the reimagining of Jewish identity away from Judaism as religion, and towards Jewishness as nationality. Yet this narrative of modern transformation ...
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Why I can’t cut myself off from half the Jewish world.

Ben Goldstein “Don’t you know that Judaism and Zionism are not the same? Don’t you know that you can be Jewish and have nothing to do with Israel? Don’t you know that, in fact, there ...
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