Out Loud

  • Rabbinic Statement of Concern

    04 February 2014

    I need your help with what’s happening in Jerusalem. Last week, Israeli newspapers reported that Mayor Nir Barkat is backing the candidacy of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu for the post of Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. We need to let Mayor Barkat know that appointing someone with a history of extremist, exclusionary behavior as Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem sends exactly the wrong message.

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  • Stay Tuned

    30 January 2014

    In just a couple of weeks the NIF Board will convene in Tel Aviv for our winter board meeting. As usual, there’s a lot on our plate.

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  • Update on Treatment of African Asylum Seekers in Israel

    15 January 2014

    Israel was always meant to be both a Jewish homeland and a democracy. Its founders were driven by their experience as stateless Jews to guarantee equal rights.

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  • The African Refugee Issue: An Important Test for Israel

    15 January 2014

    The African refugee issue in Israel, like so many other controversial topics that affect the Israeli body-politic, leaves me internally conflicted. On one hand, I have been appalled by the Israeli government's behavior toward this issue: the racist incitement by Israeli politicians like Miri Regev, and the attempts to alleviate the situation through cruel and capricious legal mechanisms like the "Infiltrator law."

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  • Israel's dilemma: Who can be an Israeli?

    14 January 2014

    Recently, Israel has been beset by a pair of controversies relating to its Arab minority: the proposal to resettle Bedouin Arabs against their will and the call to "transfer" Arab citizens to a future Palestinian state.

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Israel's dilemma: Who can be an Israeli?

By Daniel Sokatch and David N. Myers

13 January 2014