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<a href="http://www.counterpunch.org/" target="new"> Click here for full essay </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> xxx on the <img src="images/JStreet-s.jpg" align="right" > </span> </center> <p> xxxxx &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.counterpunch.org/" target="new"> Click here for full essay </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> xxx on the <img src="images/JStreet-s.jpg" align="right" > </span> </center> <p> xxxxx &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.counterpunch.org/" target="new"> Click here for full essay </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> xxx on the <img src="images/JStreet-s.jpg" align="right" > </span> </center> <p> xxxxx &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.counterpunch.org/" target="new"> Click here for full essay </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> xxx on the <img src="images/JStreet-s.jpg" align="right" > </span> </center> <p> xxxxx &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.counterpunch.org/" target="new"> Click here for full essay </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> xxx on the <img src="images/JStreet-s.jpg" align="right" > </span> </center> <p> xxxxx &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.counterpunch.org/" target="new"> Click here for full essay </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> xxx on the <img src="images/JStreet-s.jpg" align="right" > </span> </center> <p> xxxxx &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.counterpunch.org/" target="new"> Click here for full essay </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> xxx on the <img src="images/JStreet-s.jpg" align="right" > </span> </center> <p> xxxxx &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.counterpunch.org/" target="new"> Click here for full essay </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> xxx on the <img src="images/JStreet-s.jpg" align="right" > </span> </center> <p> xxxxx &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.counterpunch.org/" target="new"> Click here for full essay </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> xxx on the <img src="images/JStreet-s.jpg" align="right" > </span> </center> <p> xxxxx &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.counterpunch.org/" target="new"> Click here for full essay </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr--><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Endorses the August 2, 2018 Statement by Twenty Academic Specialists to Bring Peace to the Middle East. </span> </center> <p> The statement points to several circumstances that perpetuate the current state of affairs: <li> Hawkish attitude towards the Middle East by President Trump. <li> Israel s lack of peace treaties with its neighbors in spite of it s military superiority. <li> United States government financial and military support of Israel maintained by AIPAC. <li> Israel s military occupation of the West Bank and oppression of Palestinians. <li> Israel s nuclear arsenal. <p>The statement calls for immediate steps: <li> End the military occupation of the West Bank. <li> End the siege of the Gaza Strip. <li> Restore the Iran nuclear deal. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2018-Peace.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full essay </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace calls on Israel to<br> Reverse Dareen Tatour s conviction for reading a poem </span><br> <span class="styleH2b"> LA Jews for Peace Policy Statement, August 4, 2018 </span> </center> <p> Tatour was convicted of inciting violence and supporting a "terror organization." She says there was no call for violence in her poem, rather it calls for a non-violent struggle. But Israeli authorities interpreted it to be violent. <p>If Tatour s conviction is enforced while rabbis and Jewish political leaders and settlers make equivalent or worse statements and are not even indicted, it demonstrates that Israel has different laws for Jews and others, and this case is just another Palestinian writer persecuted by Israel for her speech. That is apartheid. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2018-DareenTatour.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full essay </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2b"> <i>Open Letter to Southern California Democratic Representatives:</i></span><br> <span class="styleH2">Endorse the May 22, 2018 Congressional Letter to Netanyahu<br> Opposing Demolitions of West Bank Communities </span> </center> <p> LA Jews for Peace urges our Southern California Congressional Representatives to endorse the Schakowsky Yarmouth letter to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu urging him not to allow the Israeli government  to demolish the Palestinian village of Susiya and other similarly situated Palestinian communities in the West Bank. This request is based on the Democrat support of human rights. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2018-76CongressmanLetter.pdf" target="new"> Click here for the Open Letter </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2b"> <i>Open Letter to Democratic representatives from Southern California:</i></span><br> <span class="styleH2b">Speak Out About Israel s Use of Excessive Force Using U.S. Government-supplied Weapons Against Civilians<br> By LA Jews for Peace, June 18, 2018 </span> </center> <p> LA Jews for Peace urges our Southern California Congressional Representatives to speak out about the Israeli army shooting and killing 125 unarmed, non-violent Palestinian protesters at the Israel-Gaza fences over the past three months. The request is based on human rights, the rule of law, and even adds a political twist. Click here for &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2018-RepresentativeLetter.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full Open Letter</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Why the Emerging Apartheid State in Israel-Palestine is not Sustainable <br> or How Much More of Netanyahu s Chest Thumping Cen We Take?<br> by Victor Rothman and Jeff Warner, May 17 & 24, 2018 </span> </center> <p> This article examines Israel's ongoing project to build an apartheid state across Israel-Palestine. The article sets out about 20 tactics that Israel uses to accomplish its goal of permanent occupation. Then the article asks how long Israel can continue to use these methods, and will they actually sustain an apartheid state. The article then responds by examining seven weaknesses, any of which could cause Israel's apartheid state to collapse, and the collapse could come quickly. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2018-NetanyahuChest-CityW.pdf" target="new"> Click here for CityWatchLA version </a> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; or &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2018-Emerging-CounterPunch.pdf" target="new"> Click here for CounterPunch version </a> <p> </td> </tr><tr--><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2b"> <i>Open letter to California Senator Kamala Harris:</i></span><br> <span class="styleH2"> Speak Out About Israel s Use of Excessive Force Using<br> U.S. Government-supplied Weapons Against Civilians </span> </center> <p> Thirteen signed members of LA Jews for Peace urge Senator Kamala Harris to speak out about the Israeli army shooting and killing 110 unarmed, non-violent Palestinian protesters at the Israel-Gaza fences over the past two months. The request is based on human rights, the rule of law, and even adds a political twist. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2018-Harris-OpenLetter.pdf" target="new"> Click here for original letter</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; or &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://citywatchla.com/index.php/important-reads/15581-speak-out-on-israeli-excessive-force-using-u-s-supplied-weapons-against-gaza-civilians" target="new"> Click here for Updated version published on CityWatchLA</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr--><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Supports Amnesty International's Call <br>for an Arms Embargo Against Israel <br>for Shooting and Killing Unarmed, Non-Violent Protesters </span> </center> <p> On April 6, 2018, LA Jews for Peace called for the United States government to vigorously Enforce the Leahy Law that restricts transfer of American weapons to countries that use them to violate human rights and/or engage in aggressive military action. This was a call for limited U.S. government sanctions against Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. <P> Since then we have seen Israel use American weapons to shoot unarmed, non-violent Palestinian protesters on the Gaza-Israel border. Thus far, about 45 Palestinians were killed and over 5,000 were wounded. In contrast, no Israeli suffered any injury. <P> In an attempt to stem this slaughter, Amnesty International called on "governments worldwide to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel following the country s disproportionate response to mass demonstrations along the fence that separates the Gaza Strip from Israel." <P> LA Jews for Peace supports the Amnesty International call for an arms embargo against Israel, and renews its call for the U.S. government to promptly enforce the Leahy Law. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/israel-arms-embargo-needed-as-military-unlawfully-kills-and-maims-gaza-protesters/" target="new"> Click here for Amnesty International Statement </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> The United States Must Enforce the Leahy Law<br> LA Jews for Peace Policy Statement , April 6, 2018 </span> </center> <p> LA Jews for Peace supports and encourages Congressional actions to restrict American arms sales to countries that violate human rights and/or engage in aggressive military action. We stand on the moral principle that the United States government must not support or enable other government violations of human rights or unilateral aggressive military attacks on their neighbors. The United States must work to stop killing innocent civilians and abide by its own laws barring these actions. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/EnforceLeahyLaw.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full statement</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr--><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> An Exchange on Best Path To Peace for Israel/Palestine, March 6, 2018<p> Ending the Occupation is the Path to Peace <br> By Jeff Warner and Yossi Khen, Feb. 27, 2017 <p></span> </center> Jeff Warner and Yossi Khen take issue with Richard Falk's assertion that ending the occupation is not enough to bring peace to Israel-Palestine, and that the path to peace starts with ending apartheid. We argue that a generous end-of-occupation, as approached at the 2001 Taba Summmit, will in fact go a long way to ending apartheid. Warner and Khen point out that by focusing on apartheid rather than the occupation will destroy the international consensus that will be required to pressure Israel to make peace.<P> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Response by Richard Falk March 5, 2018 <p></span> </center> Falk responds that the ending the occupation leaves an inherently unstable situation. And since nothing is about to happen, it is better to aim for a full resolution of Palestinian oppression, rather than settle for a partial fix that leads to peace. <p> <a href="https://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/debate-on-best-path-for-israelpalestine" target="new"> Click here for both full essays </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Documents from the Falk-Tilley Report on Apartheid in Israel </span> </center> <p> A pdf file that contains two documents: <p> 1. Executive Summary of the Falk-Tilley report to the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia titled  lsraeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid, (Title page plus 5 pages of text). <P>2. Article in The Nation by Richard Falk  The Inside Story on Our UN Report Calling Israel an Apartheid State (3 pages). &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2017-Falk-Tilley.pdf" target="new"> Click here for document </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> On Relinquishing Hope for a Palestinian State Alongside Israel <br> by Jeff Warner and Eric Gordon <br> <a href="http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/relinquishing-hope-for-a-2-state-solution" target="new"> Published in Tikkun, Jan. 21, 2017 </a> </span> </center> <p> Warner and Gordon write that "Donald Trump s December 6, 2017, decision on Jerusalem  to establish the United States Embassy there against our own past policy and world consensus  and his following tweets, supported by Congress, have implications for U.S. Middle East policy that have finally convinced us that the two-state solution, a Palestinian state alongside Israel, is indeed a fantasy." <p> They continur, "We deeply regret the loss of the two-state solution because we know that whatever happens, there will be many years of Israeli oppression that creates massive suffering, mostly on the Palestinian side, but also of the Israelis. We also fear that opposition to Israeli apartheid will lead to ever more heightened anti-Semitism, partly triggered by Israel and its supporters irreducibly conflating Judaism, Zionism, and Israel government policy." &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/relinquishing-hope-for-a-2-state-solution" target="new"> Click here for full article </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr--><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> The Case for U.S. Government Sanctions on Israel <br> by Dick Platkin and Jeff Warner<BR> <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2017/12/case-government-sanctions-israel/" target="new"> Published in Mondoweiss, Dec. 20, 2017 </a> </span> </center> <p> Argues that now is the time to push the U.S. government for sanctions on Israel because nearly half of the U.S. public supports sanctions on Israel  including a majority of self-identifying Democrats. <br> A key leg of the case for sanctions is that Israel has become an apartheid state, and apartheid is a war crime according to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. As a signatory to this statue, the United States is compelled to act against Israeli apartheid. Another leg is the Leahy Law and several other American laws that limit American arms to peaceful purposes. <br> Sanctions can include conditions on military aid and full blown sanctions similar to the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986 that was directed against South African apartheid. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2017/12/case-government-sanctions-israel/" target="new"> Click here for full article</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Statement Urging Congress <br>to Protect the Iran Deal, October 17, 2017 </span> </center> <p> LA Jews for Peace calls on United States Senators to assure that The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action commonly known as the  Iran deal or  Iran nuclear deal remains in effect because the deal is working as planned by stopping every Iranian pathway to a nuclear bomb. The deal is important to protect peace and security for the world community as affirmed by top security officials in the United States, Europe, the United Nations, and even Israel. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2017-ProtectIranDeal.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full essay </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Statement in Opposition to <br>the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, S-570 & HR-1697, August 3, 2017 </span> </center> <p> LA Jews for Peace supports Israel s right to exist, but opposes the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S-570 & HR-1697). <p> The ACLU argues the proposed bills violate the First Amendment because they criminalize boycotts that are a form of political speech. <P> The proposed bills are meant to protect Israel, but they target boycotts rather than the occupation that is the root cause of Israel's tarnished reputation. Better than punishing BDS activists, Congress should enact sanctions against Israel until Israel end its occupation. <P> Finally, the proposed bills blur the distinction between Israel itself, and illegal settlements built in occupied territory. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2017-OpposeAntiBoycottAct.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full statement</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Oppose Proposed $110 billion Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia <br>LA Jews for Peace Policy Statement, June 4, 2017 </span> </center> <p> LA Jews for Peace urges Congress to restrict and/or cancel the $110 billion arms sale agreement that President Donald Trump signed with Saudi Arabia on May 20 in Riyadh. Selling weapons to Saudi Arabia will only worsen the war in Yemen, further arm Saudi-sponsored terrorist groups like Daesh (Islamic State) and al-Qaeda fighting in Iraq and Syria, and enable a war with Iran. <p> LA Jews for Peace strongly encourage Congress to apply the same scrutiny to other countries in the Middle East, especially Israel and Egypt. The U.S. government sells them the same arms they sell Saudi Arabia, and they too are guilty of the same violations of the U.S. Arms Export Act and the Leahy act because they use these U.S.-supplied arms against civilians. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2017-OpposeSaudiArmsSale.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full statement</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Diaspora Jews Go to Palestine to Fight the Occupation </span> </center> <p> Jeff Warner traveled to the West Bank with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence's nine-day summer work camp where 133 Diaspora Jews participated in projects across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, "The very existence of the CJNV delegation, perhaps the largest group of Diaspora Jews ever to come together in Palestine to fight the occupation, makes a powerful statement to American and Israeli political leaders. It is another illustration that Jewish American and Diaspora Jews do not support Israel s occupation of Palestine, and are ready to stand up and fight for that principle." &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2017/05/diaspora-palestine-occupation/" target="new"> Click here for full essay </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Condemns CSULB President s <br> Attempt to Interfere with Student Divestment Resolution </span> </center> <p> LA Jews for Peace condemns California State University Long Beach President Jane Conoley opposition to Associated Students resolution SR #2017-37. SR #2017-37 recommends that the university divests from companies that profit from human rights violations against Palestinian people. Conoley was wrong to attempt to divert student attention from Israel's 50 occupation of Palestine, and denying over 4 million Palestinians all rights, and point students at Russia for its mistreatment of LGBTQ people. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2017-CSULB.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full statement</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Welcomes U.N. Security Council <br> Resolution 2334 Bolstering the Two-State Solution </span> </center> <p> LA Jews for Peace welcomes United Nations Security Council resolution 2334, Dec. 23, 2016, demanding the cessation of Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank, immediate steps by the parties to end terror and incitement, and reaffirming the international community's support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2016-UN-Resolution.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full statement</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr--><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace endorses Ralph Nader's <br>  An Open Letter To President Obama: Decision Time For Israeli-Palestinian Peace. </span> </center> <p> Nader urges Obama to follow President Carter s advice (Nov. 28, 2016 NY Times Op-Ed) to recognize Palestine before he leaves office. Says that if Obama takes such a step he will  have the support of the active peacemakers on both sides including numerous former heads of the Israeli domestic and foreign intelligence agencies & , former cabinet ministers, mayors and public intellectuals, not to mention stalwart Israeli human rights organizations, such as B Tselem, as well as the American people including Jewish and Arab Americans. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ralph-nader/an-open-letter-to-preside_b_13732780.html" target="new"> Click here for full letter</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Taking a Stand Against Hatred: An Open Letter to LA Jewish Community <br> <span class="styleH3">from IfNotNow, Endorsed by LA Jews for Peace </span> </span> </center> <p> "In the wake of this election, which has catapulted Donald Trump to the presidency, it is important that we stand together as a community and protest a series of his appointments, beginning with Stephen K. Bannon. ... <P>"[We] denounce Trump s appointment of Bannon, and resist the normalization of white supremacy and state-sanctioned hate. We affirm the basic values of freedom and dignity for all and believe that we must build this world with love." &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://medium.com/ifnotnoworg/taking-a-stand-against-hatred-a7d45a9c5ff7#.ghpxzy473" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Determined to Protect Muslims and <br> People of Color from Attack by the Trump Administration <Br><span class="styleH3">LA Jews for Peace Policy Statement; November 27, 2016. </span> </span> </center> <p> LA Jews for Peace is determined to stand in solidarity with Muslim Americans, Blacks, Latinos and Latinas, immigrants, and all other groups, including Jews, who may be isolated, identified, brutalized, criminalized, or subjected to registration and mass detention or deportation due to the Trump administration enacting a white supremacist agenda. We intend to speak out and stand up along with allied civil rights and human rights organizations. If the government institutes a Muslim registery, we will join other civil rights leaders like ADL director Jonathan Greenblatt and register as Muslims. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2016-ProtectingMinorities.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full statement</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Applauds the UNESCO Resolution on  Occupied Palestine <Br><span class="styleH3">LA Jews for Peace Policy Statement; October 23, 2016. </span></span> </center> <P>The resolution starts by  affirming the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem for the three monotheistic religions  Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It is unfortunate that the resolution refers to the  Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram AlSharif eighteen times, but never as the  Temple Mount, its Israeli name. <p> LA Jews for Peace condemns the Israeli response that falsely claims that the resolution denies a Jewish connection to the Temple Mount. Unfortunately, LA Jews for Peace fears that Israeli PM Netanyahu will continue to criticize the UNESCO resolution as a distraction from Israel s Greater Israel project. Rather, the resolution should be used as a guide to correct its violations of humanitarian international law as a step towards peace, and in accord with Jewish values. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2016-UNESCO.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full Statement</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Letter Demanding Governor Brown veto anti-BDS bill AB-2844 <br> <span class="styleH3">LA Jews for Peace, 30 August, 2016 </span> </span> </center> <p> AB-2844 says it will protect California from companies that may discriminate if the boycott Israel. But anti-discrimination laws already exist so AB-2844 will not provide any added protections, yet it will cost thousands of dollars, and perhaps millions. <p> What AB-2844 will do is punish companies who use their First Amendment right who follow their customers demand that they boycott Israel to protest the occupation and well-documented abuses of Palestinians. <P> AB-2844 is part of a national campaign by pro-Israel forces to stop any criticism of Israeli government abuses. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/AB-2844-Brown.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full letter</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Why Assemblymember Richard Bloom s Legislation to Block Criticism of Israel will Fail<br> by VICTOR ROTHMAN AND JEFF WARNER, 15 AUGUST 2016 </span> </center> <p> Assemblymember Richard Bloom's bill that attempts to legislate against BDS will be another factor that allows AIPAC to dictate U.S. policy in Israel-Palestine in the short run. But in the long run it will be irrelevant because of four geo-political trends: (1) Declining American influence in the Middle East and the inability of American-armed Israel to offer any help in accomplishing American goals, (2) Israel's increasing need for U.S. arms and protection as it deepens the occupation and builds an apartheid state, (3) Jewish disenchantment with Israel, and (4) the weakening Israel lobby. <p> These together mean that Israel s need for protection from accountability and opposition will eventually exceed the United States capacity or commitment. At that point, Israel will have to adjust to a new reality with dramatic political changes. The best option for a non-violent resolution is for the moribund Israeli peace forces to regain strength and, together with Palestinian movements, find a way to end the occupation and establish a viable, sovereign Palestinian state alongside Israel. All other options will trigger war. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://citywatchla.com/index.php/the-la-beat/11646-why-assemblymember-richard-bloom-s-legislation-to-block-criticism-of-israel-will-fail" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Endorses <br> The Platform of the Movement for Black Lives </span> </center> <p> LA Jews for Peace endorses  A Vision for Black Lives, Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom, and Justice, the Platform of the Movement for Black Lives. The Platform is a strong and comprehensive statement for social, racial, political, and economic justice. We would very much like to live in the society it describes. <p> Platform accuses Israel of genocide. LA Jews for Peace rejects that accusation, but points out several types of Israeli oppression that has destroyed Palestinian lives. <p> LA Jews for Peace does not believe that the Movement for Black Lives Platform s incorrect use of the term  genocide negates an otherwise powerful statement for social, racial, political, and economic justice enunciated in the Platform s other 37,000 words. That is why LA Jews for Peace proudly endorses the Platform of the Movement for Black Lives. <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2016-Platform-BlackLives.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full endorsement</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace letter to California Assemblyman Richard Bloom <br> in Opposition to Anti-BDS Bill AB-2844 </span> </center> <p> Letter follows a meeting with Assemblyman Richard Bloom elaborating that the greatest threat to Israel s existence is not the return of Palestinian refugees or BDS, but endless conflict with Palestinians resulting from the elimination of the two-state solution through expanding West Bank Jewish-only colonization (that is, the settlements), and the double-standard of Israeli laws (one version for Jews and a different version for Palestinians) in Israel and in the occupied territories. Letter opposes AB-2844, an anti-BDS bill, 2844 because it impedes, rather than supports, the concerted, but so far ineffective efforts by the international community, the US government, and progressive Israeli and Palestinian groups to establish a two-state solution in lieu of the widespread discrimination and the incremental construction of an apartheid state that is the Israeli status quo. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/BloomLetter.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full letter</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Thank You Letter to Senator Patrick Leahy et al. <br> For Their Letter to Secretary of State Kerry Asking About Any Connection Between American Weapons to Israel and Egypt and Human Rights Abuses </span> </center> <p> Senator Leahy and ten Congresspersons wrote to Secretary of State Kerry asking for an investigation to determine if Israel and Egypt use American arms for human rights abuses. The letter suggests that the US State Department and Department of Defense may be in breach of the Leahy Law that prohibits the provision of military assistance to foreign military units that violate human rights with impunity. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/LeahyThankYou.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full letter</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr--><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Critique of the <br>UC Regents Working Group proposed Principles of Intolerance </span> </center> <p> LA Jews for Peace is disappointed in the Report of the Regents Working Group on Principles Against Intolerance. The report purports to provide broad-based guidelines against discrimination and bigotry. But the Report does not do that. Rather, it focuses almost exclusively on anti-Semitism (giving short-shrift to other issues) and also conflates anti-Semitism with any political discussion or critique of Zionism. That is a mistaken and an unfortunate position. <p> That is the essence of a letter LA Jews for Peace send to the UC Regents. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2016-RegentsLetter.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full letter</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> PHONY CLAIMS OF ANTI-SEMITISM AT UC CAMPUSES <BR> By Jeff Warner and Dick Platkin, November 15, 2015; <br> <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/PhonyClaims.pdf" target="new"> http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/PhonyClaims.pdf</a> </span> </center> <p> Essay expanding talk pesented at UC Riversite "Conference on Palestine, Israel and the Assault on Academic Freedom." Argues there is not a rash of anti_semitism on college campuses. Most claims of anti-Semitism are simply criticism of the Israeli government policy of occupation that deprives Palestinians of rights. The few isolated anti-Semitic incidents are connected with Israel-Palestine debate on campus, and are likely blowback to the aggressive tactics of the pro-Israel student groups, and deliberate blurring of the line between the Israel government and Judaism. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/PhonyClaims.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace written testimony submitted, October 22, 2015, to the <br> UC Regents Working Group to Consider Principles Against Intolerance<BR> <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/UCRegentsLetter.pdf" target="new"> http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/UCRegentsLetter.pdf</a> </span> </center> <p> Letter makes many of the same points as the below talk at UCR by Warner and Platkin. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/UCRegentsLetter.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full letter</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> BLOWBACK AND CAMPUS ANTI-SEMITISM<BR> By Jeff Warner and Dick Platkin, October 22, 2015; <br> <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/Blowback-UCR.pdf" target="new"> http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/Blowback-UCR.pdf</a> </span> </center> <p> Talk pesented at UC Riversite "Conference on Palestine, Israel and the Assault on Academic Freedom." Argues there is not a rash of anti_semitism on college campuses. Most claims of anti-Semitism are simply criticism of the Israeli government policy of occupation that deprives Palestinians of rights. The few isolated anti-Semitic incidents are connected with Israel-Palestine debate on campus, and are likely blowback to the aggressive tactics of the pro-Israel student groups, and deliberate blurring of the line between the Israel government and Judaism. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/Blowback-UCR.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. See "Phony Claims of Anti-Semitism at UC Campuses" entry, above for updated essay. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Supports Iran Nuclear Deal <br><a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2015-IranDeal-HO.pdf" target="new"> http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2015-IranDeal-HO.pdf</a>; August 2, 2015. </span> </center> <p> The Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the P5+1 and Iran in Vienna on July 14, 2015 is a good deal because it diplomatically achieves a halt to Iran s real or imagined nuclear bomb program for ten to fifteen years. It offers assurances based on the most intrusive international inspections ever devised. In exchange, the UN will incrementally drop sanctions related to Iran s nuclear program. <p> No alternative to the present deal will stop an Iranian bomb and bring security to Americans, Israelis, and the world. If the deal is rejected, the consequences could be a regional war and unimaginable human suffering. This is not an acceptable option. <p>The agreement marks a break in the 36 year cold war between Iran and the West and could lead to Iran rejoining the community of nations and a more peaceful world. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2015-IranDeal-HO.pdf" target="new"> Click for full statement</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> THE CASE FOR U.S. GOVERNMENT SANCTIONS ON ISRAEL <BR> By Jeff Warner and Dick Platkin, July 11, 2015; <br> <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2015/07/government-sanctions-israel" target="new"> http://mondoweiss.net/2015/07/government-sanctions-israel</a> </span> </center> <p> Presents and expands on LA Jews for Peace call for U.S. government sanctions on Israel (see below post). <p> The BDS movement celebrates its 10th anniversary with 100 victories, but those victories have failed to change Israeli policy, except to focus on defeating the BDS movement. Article points out that government sanctions have considerably more power than civilian boycotts or institutional divestment, and it was government sanctions that played a critical role in ending apartheid in South Africa. <p> Article admits to getting the U.S. government to enact sanctions on Israel will be a long and difficult road. Article says "it is nevertheless worth waging this critical fight because sanctions would not only end U.S. government bias towards Israel, but also become a critical policy change to end the occupation" &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2015/07/government-sanctions-israel" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Calls for Sanctions on Israel <br><a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2015-SanctionsStatement.pdf" target="new"> http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2015-SanctionsStatement.pdf</a>; June 24, 2015. </span> </center> <p> Decades of United States efforts have failed to end Israel s occupation of Palestinian areas and failed to establish a Palestinian state alongside Israel, with both sides living in peace, security, and prosperity. For the good of all parties  Palestinians, Israelis, and Americans  we call on the United States government to impose sanctions on Israel until the conflict is resolved through compliance with United Nations resolutions. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2015-SanctionsStatement.pdf" target="new"> Click for full statement</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Letter to California Assembly Higher Education Committee in Opposition to SCR-35 <br> <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2015-SCR-35Letter.pdf" target="new"> http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/2015-SCR-35Letter.pdf </a> </span> </center> <p> LA Jews for Peace endorses David Mandel and others June 8, 2015 letter to the California Assembly Higher Education Committee. LA Jews for Peace, and the Mandel letter, demand that the Committee "shelve" SCR-35, or if not they must replace the present State Department definition of Anti-Semitism that makes criticism of Israel anti-Semitic, with a standard dictionery definitin that does not conflate anti-Israel with anti-Semitism. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> UNDERSTANDING THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL<br> PowerPoint by Jeff Warner and Dick Platkin, May 29, 2015 </span> </center> <p> Placed the P5+1 - Iran nuclear negotiations in a historical context of international efforts to control nuclear weapons. Touches on nuclear engineering to help understand negotiating points. Reviews objections to deal and shows they have no substance. Then asserts that the back-story, the situation that is driving opposition to the deal, is that the deal will likely bring Iran into the community of states, and an Iran more on the world stage will constrain the opponents freedom to act with impunity &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.LAJewsforPeace.org/Essays/IranDeal-PPT.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full PowerPoint</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> DEFENDING THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL FROM ISRAEL AND ITS SUPPORTERS <br> by Jeff Warner and Dick Platkin, published April 22, 2015 <br> <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2015/04/defending-nuclear-supporters" target="new"> http://mondoweiss.net/2015/04/defending-nuclear-supporters</a> </span> </center> </span> </center> <p> The article examines the national debate by presenting a point-by-point rebuttal of David Suissa's April 10 column in the <i>Jewish Journal</i> that calls the nuclear deal "a dangerous lemon." <p> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/opinion/thomas-friedman-deal-or-no-deal.html/" target="new"> Tom Friedman's column in April 22 <i>NY Times</i></a> is an interesting parallel read. Friedman supports the framework and set out goals for the final agreement. </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> DEFENDING THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL -- DEBATE IN LOS ANGELES MIRRORS THE NATIONAL DEBATE <br> by Jeff Warner, published April 21, 2015 <br> <a href="http://www.citywatchla.com/lead-stories-hidden/8854-defending-the-iran-nuclear-dealdebate-in-los-angeles-mirrors-the-national-debate" target="new"> http://www.citywatchla.com/lead-stories-hidden/8854-defending-the-iran-nuclear-dealdebate-in-los-angeles-mirrors-the-national-debate</a> </span> </center> </span> </center> <p> Article defending the Iran framework nuclear deal by rebuting David Suissa's recent column that suggests the deal is "a dangerous lemon." &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/DefendDeal-1.pdf" target="new"> Click here for an updated version of the article</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2">  NEW ANTI-SEMITISM AT UCLA IS LARGELY BLOWBACK AGAINST ORCHESTRATED ISRAEL ADVOCACY <br> <br>by Jeff Warner and Dick Platkin; published April 7, 2015 <br> <a href="http://www.citywatchla.com/lead-stories-hidden/8775-new-anti-semitism-at-ucla-is-largely-blowback-against-orchestrated-israel-advocacy" target="new"> http://www.citywatchla.com/lead-stories-hidden/8775-new-anti-semitism-at-ucla-is-largely-blowback-against-orchestrated-israel-advocacy</a> </span> </center> <p> Version of "'NEW ANTI-SEMITISM' ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES ..." with emphasis on UCLA incident. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> 'NEW ANTI-SEMITISM' ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES IS LARGELY BLOWBACK AGAINST ORCHESTRATED ISRAEL ADVOCACY <br>by Jeff Warner and Dick Platkin; published March 26, 2015 <br> <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/blowback-orchestrated-advocacy" target="new"> http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/blowback-orchestrated-advocacy</a> </span> </center> <p> We write that two incidents of alleged anti-Semitism at University of California campuses are blowback against the aggressive pro-Israel policies of campus groups financed and directed by the Israel lobby and Israel itself. Contrary to reports in the NY Times and the LA Times, these incidents do not represent a national trend of revived campus anti-Semitism. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> THE GROWTH SCHISM: GREATER ISRAEL AT ODDS WITH U.S. DECLINE IN THE MIDDLE EAST<br> By Dick Platkin and Jeff Warner; Published March 13, 2015 <br> <a href="http://www.countercurrents.org/warner130315.htm" target="new"> http://www.countercurrents.org/warner130315.htm</a> </span> </center> <p> Update of our article The Slow Collision Published in Levantine Review March 2, 2015 and LA City Watch March 10, 2015 (links below). This article explains why the current situation in Israel-Palestine is unsustainable. We start by pointing out that Israel apartheid relies on the unwavering financial, diplomatic, and military support of the United States. We note that the U.S. empire is in decline and will reach a point when it is unable and/or unwilling to continue its unwavering support of Israel. We further note the decline in the Israel lobby makes it harder and harder for the lobby to maintain America's unwavering commitment to Israel. And finally we note that Netanyahu's excesses have created a rift between the U.S. and Israel that might trigger the start of the end sooner than expected. We conclude with an examination of what the end of Israeli apartheid might look like. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> THE IMPORTANCE OF PALESTINIAN RECOGNITION by Jeff Warner, Eric A. Gordon, and Yossi Khen <br> published February 23, 2015 <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2015/02/importance-palestinian-recognition" target="new"> http://mondoweiss.net/2015/02/importance-palestinian-recognition</a> </span> </center> <p> The article concludes that the United States  should support recognition of the state of Palestine" because that is the most efficient way to reduce Palestinian suffering. The article urges U.S. citizens to put pressure on the Obama Administration to accept a Palestinian state when it is debated at the United Nations. The article pitched the petition we sponsored in December. <a href="http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/president-obama-accept" target="new"> Click here to sign the petition </a> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> THE SLOW COLLISION: GREATER ISRAEL AT ODDS WITH U.S. DECLINE IN THE MIDDLE EAST <br> Updated; Published in Levantine Review March 2, 2015 and LA City Watch March 10, 2015 <br>by Dick Platkin and Jeff Warner, LA Jews for Peace </span> </center> <p> Article elaborates the same points made in the presentation on ICAHD Reframing at the U.S Campaign s End the Occupation Conference (third below post). This update incorporates some things we predicted are already happening. <p> The U.S.'s foremost regional ally in the Middle East, Israel, has been unwilling to use its vast arsenal of American military hardware to assist the U.S. in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, or other areas of Sunni Jihadist activity, most notably the Islamic State in Syria. For that matter, Israel has not even succeeded in defeating two small Islamic forces in adjacent areas, Hezbollah and Hamas, despite inflicting enormous death and destruction on Lebanon and Gaza. As  gratitude for continued U.S support of these assaults, the Israeli government has openly disparaged the U.S. President, Vice President, and Secretary of State. It even attempted to interfere in American elections, supporting Republican Mitt Romney for President in the 2012. And, most recently Israel bypassed traditional diplomatic protocol by wangling an invitation for Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak directly to Congress without first contacting the White House. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.levantinecenter.org/levantine-review/articles/slow-collision-greater-israel-odds-us-decline-middle-east" target="new"> Click here for full essay in Levantine Review</a> and in <a href="http://citywatchla.com/8br-hidden/8604-the-slow-collision-greater-israel-at-odds-with-u-s-decline-in-the-middle-east" target="new"> LA City Watch</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> British Parliament Debate on Advisory Resolution to Recognize Palestine. </span> </center> <table width="99%" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" align="center"> <tr> <td width="35%"> <script src="http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Embed/js.ashx?16013 460x322"></script> </td> <td> U.K. parliament passed a non-binding motion to recognize a Palestinian state alongside Israel. The vote was 274 to 12, with more than half of Parliament members not voting. The Conservative Prime Minister abstained. The debate went on from over four hours starting at 17:44:45 and extending to a vote at 21:59:00 that got resolved by tally at 22:10:40. <p> </td> </tr></table> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> THE SLOW COLLISION: GREATER ISRAEL AT ODDS WITH U.S. DECLINE IN THE MIDDLE EAST <br> by Dick Platkin and Jeff Warner, LA Jews for Peace, Nov. 9, 2014 </span> </center> <p> Article elaborates the same points made in the presentation on ICAHD Reframing at the U.S Campaign s End the Occupation Conference (below post). An updated version is posted on Feb. 17, 2015. <p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/SlowCollision.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. Click on the link in the below post for a PowerPoint presentation of talk. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> ICAHD's Reframing of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Dick Platkin and Jeff Warner, LA Jews for Peace<br> Presented at a workshop on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, <br> at the U.S Campaign s End the Occupation Conference </center></span> <p> Ten point summary: <br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Israel is constructing apartheid Greater Israel, and this makes a Palestinian state alongside Israel impossible. <br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Greater Israel critically relies on U.S. diplomatic, military, and financial support. <br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; U.S. hegemony in the Middle East that supports Israel is degrading (just like the prior Ottoman and British empires degraded and then disappeared). <br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Once the U.S. empire decays, even AIPAC s political influence will not be able to maintain American support for an apartheid Greater Israel. <br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Evidence of the decline of the U.S. Empire includes its inability to shape the Arab Spring, desperate use of drone attacks, growth of Al Quada, Israel s inability to destroy Hamas, and growth of the Islamic State. <br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Too many factors will determine the timing of U.S. decay to predict its timeline. <br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The U.S. may respond to its decline by attempts to maintain  stability , engage in an orderly retreat, or resort to a last violent gasp. <br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Israel may react peacefully to its loss of U.S. support by: <ol><li> Transforming apartheid Greater Israel into a single democratic state. <li> Dismantling Greater Israel in favor of a Palestinian state alongside itself. </ol> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Israel may react violently to its loss of U.S. support and pursue regional wars and/or civil war between Israelis and Palestinians <br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Civic grass roots efforts can affect how the U.S. deals with its decline, and how that decline affects Israel-Palestine and the region. Some suggestions include: <ol><li> Emphasize sanctions in BDS actions, specifically ending U.S. arms sales the entire Middle East, including Israel. <li> Lobby Congress to enforce the Arms Export Control Act and the Foreign Assistance Act, building on Josh Ruebner s work and the October 2012 Christian Clergy letter to Congress. <li> Integrate Israel-Palestine peace activities with broad-based anti-war actions. <li> Always emphasize that Israel-Palestine is just one component of a sensible Middle East policy. </ol> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/ICAHD-Reframing.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full PowerPoint presentation</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Statement, August 13, 2014, Opposing <br> LA City Council Resolution in support of Israel </span> </center> <p> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> opposes the resolution being considered by the LA City Council condemning Hamas for using human shields. But this accusation is likely false. <p> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> will present this statement to CityCouncil on Friday, August 15, 2014 at the 9 AM Rules Committee hearing. <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/LACityCouncil-2014.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full statement </a>. </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> DEMONSTRATION TO END WAR AND BLOCKADE IN GAZA </span> </center> When: Friday, August 15, noon  2 PM <br> Where: Israel Consulate 11766 Wilshire (between Bundy and Barrington) Los Angeles, California<p> <table width="99%" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" align="center"> <tr> <td><span class="styleH2b"> LA Jews for Peace </span>Invites you to join us at a<br> <span class="styleH2"> PEACE DEMONSTRATION <br> END WAR and BLOCKADE of GAZA</span> in front of the Israeli Consulate<p> Messages:<br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PERMANENT CEASE-FIRE & OPEN GAZA NOW<br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;STOP KILLING: ONLY PEACE GIVES SECURITY<br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ISRAEL BOMBING, NOT IN OUR NAMES<br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;JEWS & ARABS ARE NOT ENEMIES<br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;END U.S. SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL S WAR & BLOCKADE OF GAZA<br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;THIS JEW OPPOSES U.S. SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL S WAR ON GAZA<br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ONLY PEACE WILL CEASE THE FIRE (image of protest in Tel Aviv)<br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;STOP BOMBING, STOP ROCKETS, CEASE-FIRE NOW<br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;SUPPORT U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS INVESTIGATION OF WAR CRIMES<p> All peace-loving people are welcome<p> We request: no flags<p> Sponsors: LA Jews for Peace, Friends of Sabeel  LA, Office of the Americas, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, United Methodists' Holy Land Task Force, Students for Justice in Palestine-Berkeley, more<p> Information:<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;email:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; info@LAJewsforPeace.org <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;web:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; http://http://lajewsforpeace.org/<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Facebook:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; https://www.facebook.com/LAJP.org <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Twitter:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; @LAJews4Peace/ <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;phone:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jeff at 213-405-1494 <td> <img src="images/Marcy-July2014.jpg" ></td> <td> <img src="images/Jordan-July2014.jpg" ></td></tr></table> <p> <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Statement, August 10, 2014, calls for <br> Cease-Fire Now and End Gaza Blockade </span> </center> <p> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> Statement on current war, updated to Aug. 10, 2014, calls for a Cease-Fire Now and to End the Gaza Blockade. Its main points are: <p> <b>LA Jews for Peace </b>joins 7,000 Israelis and the world community in demanding a cease-fire now to stop the killing of civilians. The killing of Palestinian civilians is not being done in our name. <p> <b> LA Jews for Peace</b> calls for a just peace as the only way to security to both people. <p> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> demands that Israel and Egypt end their blockade of the Gaza Strip that is the root cause of resistance. <p> <b>LA Jew for Peace </b>supports the U.N. investigation of war crimes and joins Israeli human rights organizations in calling for Israel to follow the rules of war. <p> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> demands an end to U.S. government s unconditional diplomatic, financial, and military support of Israel that enables the occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza. <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/GazaWar4.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full statement/a>. </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Statement, July 30, 2014, calls for <br> Cease-Fire Now and End Gaza Blockade </span> </center> <p> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> Peace joins 7,000 Israelis and the world community in demanding a cease-fire now to stop the killing of civilians. The killing of Palestinian civilians is not being done in our name. <p> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> demands that Israel and Egypt end their blockade of the Gaza Strip. <p> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> calls for a just peace as the only way to bring security to all people. <p> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> joins Israeli human rights organizations in calling for Israel to follow the rules of war. <p> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> demands an end to U.S. government s unconditional diplomatic, financial, and military support of Israel that enables the occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza. <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/GazaWar3-July2014.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full statement/a>. </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Statement, July 24, 2014, calls for <br> Cease-Fire Now and End Gaza Blockade </span> </center> <p> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> joins the world community in demanding a cease-fire now to stop the killing of civilians. The killing of Palestinian civilians is not being done in our name. <p> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> demands that Israel and Egypt end their blockade of the Gaza Strip. <p> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> demands an end to U.S. government s unconditional diplomatic, financial, and military support of Israel that enables the occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza. <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/GazaWar2-July2014.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full statement/a>. </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> DEMONSTRATION TO END WAR IN GAZA </span> </center> When: July 25, 11:30 AM  2 PM <br> Where: Israel Consulate 11766 Wilshire (between Bundy and Barrington) Los Angeles, California<p> <table width="99%" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" align="center"> <tr> <td><span class="styleH2b"> LA Jews for Peace </span>Invites you to join us at a<br> <span class="styleH2"> PEACE DEMONSTRATION </span> in front of the Israeli Consulate<p> Messages:<br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;CEASE-FIRE & OPEN GAZA, NOW<br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PEACE, NOT WAR, GIVES SECURITY<br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ISRAEL BOMBING, NOT IN OUR NAMES<br> " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;JEWS & ARABS ARE NOT ENEMIES<p> All peace-loving people are welcome<p> We request: dark clothing and no flags<p> Sponsors: LA Jews for Peace, Friends of Sabeel  LA, more<p> Information:<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;email:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; info@LAJewsforPeace.org <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;web:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; http://http://lajewsforpeace.org/<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Facebook:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; https://www.facebook.com/groups/LAJews4Peace/ <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;phone:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jeff at 213-405-1494 <td> <img src="images/Marcy-July2014.jpg" ></td> <td> <img src="images/Jordan-July2014.jpg" ></td></tr></table> <p> <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Gaza War and Presbyterian Divestment <br> ICUJP Reflection by Jeff Warner, July 18, 2014 </span> </center> <p> Calls for an immediate cease-fire. <p> Explains how the Israeli government instigated the present military conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza by having its army rampage through the West Bank after the three Israeli teens were abducted and killed. Also explains how Hamas' fell into Israel's trap by responding to the instigation by shooting rockets deep into Israel. That lost the Palestinian's PR advantage and gave Israel an excuse to escalate its bombardment of Gaza. <p> Deconstructs the Presbyterian Divestment resolution and shows that it calls for divestment while at the same time calling for a Palestinian state alongside Israel. The Presbyterian's show the way to thread the needle between the one-state dreamers of BDS and two-state peace-makers <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/Warner-ICUJPReflection-3.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Statement, July 12, 2014, calls for <br> Cease-Fire Now </span> </center> <p> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> calls for an immediate end of hostilities between Israel and Hamas. The death toll is now over 124  all Palestinians. We call on the U.S. government to facilitate a full cease-fire, now. <p> LA Jews for Peace calls on the Obama Administration to follow its public statements and quickly facilitate a cease-fire. The U.S. must release Jordan s draft cease-fire resolution in the U.N. Security Council as is  the U.S. must not weaken the resolution with a press statement calling for de-escalation. <p> The United States should take notice that Israel is attacking Palestinians using American supplied weapons like F-16 jets and Apache helicopters. Israel has publically stated that its goal is to destroy Hamas  an operation that clearly violates the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act and the U.S. Arms Export Control Act, two laws that restrict American supplied weapons to self-defense and humanitarian purposes. <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/GazaWar-July2014.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Statement on the June 2014<br> Palestinian Unity Government </span> </center> <p> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> welcomes the new unity Palestinian government sworn into office on June 2, 2014. <p> One of the reasons that negotiations between Israel and the PLO repeatedly fail is the unequal power of the two sides. Having a unity government partially reduces the power disparity between the sides, and it is a step to unify the Palestinian struggle for freedom, political and economic equality, and justice. <p> Both are good for the eventual resolution of the Israel-Palestine issue and therefore benefit both Palestinians and Israelis. Furthermore, it gives the United States government an opportunity to resume negotiations, especially if it continues to support the unified Palestinian government despite the objections of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. <p class="styleH3l"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; LA Jews for Peace, June 9, 2014 </td> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Settlement Boycott Yes; BDS No: Does That Let The Perfect Kill The Good? <br> by Jeff Warner, an ICUJP Reflection, March 21, 2014 </span> </center> <p> I economically boycott illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. But I cannot support the BDS movement. I believe I am acting on principled and pragmatic grounds. But I worry I am trapped in self-delusion. Am I allowing the perfect to kill the good? I solicit your feedback &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/Warner-ICUJPReflection-2.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Omar Barghouti on BDS at UCLA </span> </center> <p> Jeff Warner's thoughts after Omar Barghouti's talk on BDS at UCLA, Jan. 15, 2014. Brief review of the talk and some thoughts that the talk brought to mind &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/Barghouti.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Letter to Swarthmore College Hillel </span> </center> <p> LA Jews for Peace sent a letter to the Swarthmore College Hillel on Dec. 11, 2013 to support their declaration of the Swarthmore Hillel as an "Open Hillel." <p>The issue is that International Hillel guidelines forbid individual Hillel chapters from hosting groups or speakers that among other things deny Israel s right to exist or support boycott or divestment from Israel. This rule recently forced Harvard Hillel to cancel an appearance by former Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg because it was co-sponsored by a student group that supports BDS. <p> The Hillel guideline, contrary to free speech and the open speech environment expected at a university, has been faithfully followed by UCLA Hillel. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/Hillel.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full text of letter</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> The Roots of My Activism for Peace in Israel-Palestine <br> by Jeff Warner, an ICUJP Reflection, September 20, 2013 </span> </center> <p> I am a Jewish critic of Israel s treatment of Israel, West Bank, Gazan, and refugee Palestinians as sub-human, and all that follows from that assessment. Most Jewish Israelis, and many Jewish Americans, reject the humanity of Palestinians. How else to explain the ethnic cleansing, violent occupation, and cold-blooded murder of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers during the 2008-09 Gaza bombardment with no subsequent accountability. That said, we must recognize and admire the accomplishments of Israel since 1948; 65 years of building jobs, infrastructure, institutions, family, culture, science, and so forth. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/Warner-ICUJPReflection-1.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Statement on Syria </span> </center> <p> LA Jews for Peace condemns the chemical weapons attack in Syria on August 21, 2013 that resulted in the death of over 1,000 civilians. That said, LA Jews for Peace opposes all direct and indirect military intervention in Syria, including supplying arms, demands that whoever is responsible for the massacre of over 1,000 civilians on August 21, 2013 be held accountable through prosecutions under international law, and urges Congress and the Obama administration to support diplomatic and humanitarian measures to protect civilians in the region, including refugees and displaced Syrians, and to end the Syrian civil war. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/SyriaAttack.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full statement</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> THE NEW ANTI-SEMITISM, AND THE CAMPAIGN TO SILENCE AMERICAN CRITICS OF ISRAEL <br> by Jeff Warner and Dick Platkin, Published August 26, 2013 in Mondoweiss.net <br><a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2013/08/the-new-anti-semitism-and-the-campaign-to-silence-american-critics-of-israel" target="new"> http://mondoweiss.net/2013/08/the-new-anti-semitism-and-the-campaign-to-silence-american-critics-of-israel</a> </span> </center> <p> Despite many assaults, past and present, the First Amendment of the United States constitution broadly guarantees freedom of speech. But it is threatened by a slanderous campaign to discredit or silence American critics of the Israeli government. The Israel Lobby, guided by the Israeli government, with the help of Israeli think tanks, is organizing this effort. In fact, Malcolm Hoenlein, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, has publicly announced this campaign for the 2013-4 school year. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> An early version published under the title "FREE SPEECH AT RISK" <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/FreeSpeechRisk.pdf" target="new"> http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/FreeSpeechRisk.pdf</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Campaign for Palestinian Citizenship in Israel </span> </center> <p> A provocative essay by Jeff Warner and Lilian Laskin. They look beyond the frozen two-state peace process and the abortive one-state movement to ask how the Palestinians attain human and civil rights. They urge for the Palestinians to demand that Israel annex the entire West Bank and that Israel grant Palestinians a path to citizenship. By converting their struggle from one of national sovereignty to one of civil and human rights, Palestinians can reverse the Western bias towards protecting Israel. After all, how can the Western democracies not support the Palestinian's drive for civil and human rights? &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/PalestinianCitizenship.pdf" target="new"> Click here for the complete essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> TThe Bride and the Dowry: Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinians in the Aftermath of the June 1967 War by Avi Raz (2012) </span> </center> <p> The massive conquests by Israel in the June 1967 war provided Israel with an opportunity to trade land for peace and cement its position in the region. But Israel turned away from peace in a quest to keep all the land. This book examines the first year and a half after the war to explain how Israel s policy developed. <p> The title, a phrase Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol used many times, and sums up the main story. As soon as the 1967 war ended Israel had to decide what to do with the land it captured  the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Golan Heights. Basically the Israelis wanted to keep the land ( a beautiful dowry ), but without its Arab inhabitants (an  unwanted bride ). <p> Summary of book by Jeff Warner. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/BrideandDowry.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Joseph Massad says that Zionism is anti-Semitic <img src="images/JosephMassad.jpg" align="right" height="180"></span> </center> <p> Al Jazeera English published and then apparently pulled an essay by Joseph Massad, Columbia University Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History. In the article, Massad argues that European anti-Semites and Zionists shared the same ideology that Jews are a distinct, non-European, racial/ethnic group, whose differences with Europeans meant they could not be assimilated and would always be subjected to prejudice. He argues they both agreed to the solution of getting the Jews out of Europe, although Nazism and political zionism obviously parted ways later on. <p> Massad then argues that in the 1960s there was a discontinuity and Europeans and Jews decided that Jews were white European and transferred their anti-Semiticism to Arabs. Israel became a tool of white Europeans to subjugate Arabs. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/Massad-2013.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full article</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Norman Finkelstein on Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict <img src="images/NormanFinkelstein.jpg" align="right" width="160"></span> </center> <p> Norman Finkelstein argued that there is a  possibility of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the next few years, and presented a methodology for arriving at a solution to the conflict, and enunciated that solution. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/Finkelstein-2013April.pdf" target="new"> Click here for Jeff Warner's summary of Finklelstein's talk</a>. <p> Norman spoke at the Westwood Hills Congegrational Church on Thursday, April 25, in a talk organized by LA Jews for Peace and the Levantine Cultural Center. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> The Gazan state and the West Bank Bantustans by Jeff Warner </span> </center> <p> Warner analyzes the situation in the wake of the 2012 Gaza war and the Palestinian vote in the U.N. making Palestine a non-member observer state. Warner dismisses the importance of the U.N. vote and the prospects of Palestinian unification. Instead he sees Gaza becoming more and more of an independent state leaving Israel free to annex Area C, thus confining most West Bank Palestinians into Bantustans. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2012/12/the-gazan-state-and-the-west-bank-bantustans.html" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Examining Islamophobia by Jeff Warner and Dick Platkin </span> </center> <p> Review and discussion of "<b>Islamophobia, An Interfaith Dialogue</b>." This recent Progressive Conversations in the Middle East event was held on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at the Culver-Palms United Methodist Church in Culver City, California. Over 100 people heard Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak, Shakeel Syed, and Reverend James Lawson discuss the current wave of hatred directed against Muslims spreading across American society. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/IslamophobiaEvent.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Statement on Islamophobia <br> Islamophobia, the New Anti-Semitism</span> </center> <p> As Jews who suffered discrimination and persecution for centuries in the name of Anti-Semitism, we are particularly sensitive to the evils of Islamophobia. We recognize Islamophobia as the new Anti-Semitism. Muslims today are identified as  the other, just as Jews were so identified for a millennium. Fear of  the other, be it Judaism and Jews or Islam and Muslims, is irrational. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/IslamophobiaStatement.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr--><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace Statement on a Possible War with Iran <br> Iran is a Political Challenge, But Not a Military Threat </span> </center> <p> <li>Serious diplomacy is the only way to resolve tensions between Iran and the United States. <li>We oppose a United States and/or Israeli pre-emptive military strike against Iran. <li>We oppose crippling sanctions, sabotage, and assassinations against Iran. <li>All nations must join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) including Israel, India, Pakistan, and North Korea. <li>We support a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East. . &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/IranStatement.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> "One or two states? The status quo is Israel s rational choice" by Noam Sheizaf <img src="http://972mag.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/nomasheizaf_final.jpg" align="right" width="150" > </span> </center> <p> Sheizaf argues that the rational choice for Israelis and Israeli leaders is not withdrawal from the West bank for a two-state solution (2SS) because of unknown risks a Palestinian state may impose, nor is it annexing the West Bank for a one-state solution (1SS), because Israelis want a Jewish and democratic state in which to express their national identity. Since each option has potential negative consequences, Israelis have opted for a third option of maintaining the status quo (military occupation under which a privileged Jewish population lives alongside a Palestinian majority with no civil rights). Sheizaf says this explains why Israelis say they want a 2SS while in practice they are creating a 1SS. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://972mag.com/one-or-two-states-the-status-quo-is-israels-rational-third-choice/39169/" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> J Street 2012 Convention <img src="images/JStreet-s.jpg" align="right" > </span> </center> <p> Videos (from 4 to 120 minutes) of 12 sessions at the March 24-26 J Street Conference in Washington, DC. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://conference.jstreet.org/2012videos" target="new"> Click here </a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There are many highlights. Some particularly recommended include: <ul><li> Video 11 (10-17 minutes): Gershom Gorenberg examines the impossibility of a OSS. <li> Video 11 (27-29 minutes): Menachem Klein predicts that if a TSS agreement is reached, settlers will violently resist. <li> Send your favorate highlighs and I will post it. </ul>  J Street Looking less and less like a Potential Game-Changer, by Mitchell Plitnik gives a pessimistic but clear-eyed view of J Street's potential to change the Israeli-Palestine discussion in Washington, DC.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lobelog.com/j-street-looking-less-and-less-like-a-potential-game-changer/" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>.<p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Jewish Establishment Intellectuals Move the Conversation Forward </span> </center> <img src="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/images/PeterBeinart-s.jpg" align="left" > <p> <b>Peter Beinart:</b> in his March 19 Op-Ed in the <i> NY Times</i>, "To Save Israel, Boycott the Settlements," Peter Beinart takes an outstanding step forward in the Israel-Palestine conversation by calling for boycott of settelments with clear and defined boundaries. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/opinion/to-save-israel-boycott-the-settlements.html/" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> Adam Horowitz shows how big a step this is by quoting a Beinart interview with Jeffrey Goldberg in 2010 and a Beinart piece in from March 2012 in the <i>Daily Beast</i> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2012/03/the-evolution-of-peter-beinart.html" target="new"> Click here</a>. <img src="images/DavidRemnick-s.jpg" align="right" ><p> Rebuttal by Adam Horowitz on Mondoweiss.net "The flaw of Beinart s conception of Israel s  flawed but genuine democracy " &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2012/03/the-flaw-of-beinarts-conception-of-israels-flawed-but-genuine-democracy.html" target="new"> Click here</a>. <p> <b>David Remnick:</b> in a talk of the Town piece in the March 12, 2012 <i>New Yorker</i>, on Becoming Democratic David Remnick contrasts Anerica's long struggle to expand democracy, with Israel's flight from democracy &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2012/03/12/120312taco_talk_remnick" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <img src="images/BernardAvishai-s.jpg" align="right" > <center> <span class="styleH2"> Bernard Avashai </span> </center> <p> xxx &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.xxx" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <img src="images/JohnTirman.jpg" align="right" width="150"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> "The Real Existential Threat to Israel: Itself" by John Tirman </span> </center> <p> Ends with "When Palestinian statehood prospects are a shambles and a Greater Israel is a fact on the ground, the global community -- minus Washington, of course -- will insist that Palestinians be given citizenship in Israel. Thus a one-state solution is indeed unfolding before our eyes, a creation ... [of] the State of Israel itself." &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.alternet.org/story/154513/the_real_existential_threat_to_israel%3A_itself/" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> JLWarner responded that Tirman may be correct, but that one-state will likely maintain the existing economic inequalities, would likely be arranged to maintain Jewish political power, and may not honor easily the right of return. See coments at end of article for full comment. <!-- LIKE BUTTON --> <br> <div class="fb-like" data-href="http://www.facebook.com/groups/LAJews4Peace/" data-send="false" data-width="450" data-show-faces="false"></div> <p> </td> </tr><tr><td colspan="2"> <img src="images/MitchellPlitnik.jpg" align="right"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Mitchell Plitnik Deconstructs the Drive for War with Iran </span> </center> <p> Plitnik uses Netanyahu's gift to Obama of the biblical <i>Book of Esther</i> to deconstruct the present drive to war with Iran. He extensively quotes Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini, the real power in Iran, that nuclear weapons are a sin, and Iran is not building one. Analyzes the relationship between Obama and Netanyahu. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://souciant.com/2012/03/ahmadinejad-on-purim/" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Obama and Netanyahu at 2012 AIPAC Conference </span> </center> <p> President Obama's speech to AIPAC, March 4, 2012, &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-Addresses-Annual-AIPAC-Conference/10737428706-1/" target="new"> Video from CSPAN.org - click here </a>. <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/04/remarks-president-aipac-policy-conference/" target="new"> Transcript from Whitehouse.gov- click here </a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to AIPAC, March 5, 2012, &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.c-span.org/Events/Israeli-Prime-Minister-Speaks-at-Annual-AIPAC-Conference/10737428742/" target="new"> Video from CSPAN.org (from 1:29 ro 1:58) - click here </a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> Analysis of Obama - Netanyahu confrontation: <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/opinion_romney_defeats_netanyahu_20120306/" target="new"> Obama won: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; MJ Rosenberg in <i>Jewish Journal</i> - click here </a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://ideas.time.com/2012/03/07/how-obama-put-bibi-in-the-corner/" target="new"> Obama won: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Justin Frank on Time.com - click here </a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2012/03/07/we-did-it-check-out-our-ny-times-ad-against-war-with-iran/" target="new"> Obama sold us out: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Rabbi Lerner on TikkunDaily - click here </a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> One State Conference at Harvard, March 3-4, 2012 </span> </center> <p> Conference website with program and list of speakers, <a href="http://onestateconference.org/" target="new"> Click here </a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> Op-Ed in <i>Washington Post</i> by Ahmed Moor, one of the student organizers of the conference, describing why there is a need for the conference. His argument is "informed by the uncontroversial view that all people are created equal." <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/one-state-for-palestinians-and-israelis/2012/03/01/gIQAzOZanR_story.html/" target="new"> Click here for full text </a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> Keynote addresses. Audio of Ali Abunimah's Saturday keynote address, and video of Ilan Papp's Sunday keynote address (Papp's talk similar to his Feb. 24 talk at UCLA - see following entry). <a href="http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/audio-ali-abunimah-and-ilan-pappe-keynote-speeches-harvard-one-state-conference/" target="new"> Click here to link to Electronic Intifada website </a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> "Reflections After the Harvard One State Conference," essay by Jeff Warner describing need for regime change in Israel for any progress toward peace, regardless of solution, exploring types of possible liberal, democratic one-states, and thoughts on a path from here to there. <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/Warner-OneStateConf.pdf/" target="new"> Click here for full text </a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> "Why I m presenting at Harvard s one-state conference," Mondoweiss.net essay by Rabbi Brant Rosen in which he notes the death of the two-state solution, and asks "is it unreasonable that people of good will might desire to open conversations and suggest fresh, creative approaches that might ensure a better future for Israelis and Palestinians?" <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2012/02/why-im-presenting-at-harvards-one-state-conference.html" target="new"> Click here for full text </a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> JTA article describing conference. <a href="http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/03/06/3092023/one-state-conference-at-harvard-signifies-possible-new-front-in-campus-israel-wars" target="new"> Click here for full text </a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> Open letter to president and dean of Harvard to counter pressure for Harvard to cancel the concference, <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2012/02/open-letter-to-harvard-president-charges-that-one-state-conference-is-anti-semitic-are-defamatory-and-serve-to-prevent-rational-discussion-of-ideas.html/" target="new"> Click here for full text </a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> JLWs speaker-by-speaker summary, <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/OneStateSpeakerSummary.pdf" target="new"> Click here for full text </a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <img src="images/IlanPappe-s.jpg" align="right"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Ilan Papp&#233's CSUN and UCLA Lectures, Feb. 20 & 24, 2012 </span> </center> <p> <p> "Ilan Papp Returns to Lecture in Southern California," essay by Tony Litwinko. <br> In two talks in the Los Angeles area on February 20 and 24, 2012, Israeli revisionist historian Ilan Papp, now Professor of History and Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies at Exeter University, called for a "new paradigm" for approaching the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The old paradigm that of a "peace process" between equals, beginning in June 1967, after Israel occupied the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has been shown to be a total failure, and is no longer useful in talking about the long-standing historical situation. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.levantinecenter.org/levantine-review/articles/ilan-papp%C3%A9-returns-lecture-southern-california" target="new"> For full text of Litwinko's essay on the Levantine Cultural Center website, click here</a>. <p> 2-hour audio stream of Papp&#233's lecture at UCLA, including talk and the full Q&A. <a href="http://www.international.ucla.edu/cnes/podcasts/article.asp?parentid=124509" target="new"> Click here</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> 50-minute video of Papp&#233's lecture at the One State Conference (almost the same as his UCLA talk), <a href="http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tufts-sjp-events" target="new"> Click here (from the Tuffs Students for Justice in Palestine)</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Norman Finkelstein on the Palestinian Solidarity Movement, BDS, and Why the Two-State Solution is the Only Possible Resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict </span> </center> <p> <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/36854424?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="350" height="200" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen align="right"></iframe> <p> <!--a href="http://vimeo.com/36854424">Arguing the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign with Norman Finkelstein</a>from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user10453988">HuffPoMonitor</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a--> In a 30 minute video interview with Norman Finkelstein conducted on Feb. 9, 2012 (video (loads slowly) from HuffPostMonitor), Finkelstein explains how and why he differs from the Palestinian Solidarity Movement (PSM) and BDS, and in doing so is quite blunt about fatal flaws in both PSM and BDS as now formulated. <p> Finkelstein argues that the only asset Palestinians have is the people, and the PSM/BDS are wisely using that asset. He says that to effect any change the PSM/BDS will have to get support from the general population in the face of Israel defending itself. He then asserts that the way to get public support is to follow International Law, and International law calls for Israel to exist. He then notes that a subtext in the PSM/BDS essentially includes the elimination of Israel, and until PSM/BDS acknowledges the existence of Israel, they will be marginal movements. <p> Finkelstein says that many people and many nations are "fed up" with Israel, so now is the moment for the PSM/BDS to get in line with International Law by acknowledging Israel and to win an end to the conflict. <p> As expected, there has been a lot of negative reaction to the Finkelstein interview. Much of the criticism focused on Finkelstein's comments on BDS, but that was not Finkelstein's main point. Among other comments, Finkelstein called BDS a "cult." That was a misuse of the word. What Finkelstein means is that BDS is a fringe minority movement that, instead of practical politics understandable by the public, BDS indulges in harboring a utopian goal - <i>e.g.</i> the one-state solution. <p> Mondoweiss.net highlighted three of the critiques <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2012/02/bds-interview-fallout-finkelstein-showed-his-own-fear-of-the-paradigm-shift-in-discourse-on-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict.html?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_campaign=95e4653b03-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email#comments" target="new"> Click here </a> Finkelstein responded to the third, but it was taken down from the website. He made a distinction to what he personally believes or prefers, to what he advocates because it is supported by International Law or is likely to be accepted by the community of nations. <p> Another interesting critique is by Ali Abunimah published in Al Jazeera Feb. 28. <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/02/2012227111759385177.html" target="new"> Click here </a> Abunimah makes an analogy between Israel-Palestine and Northern Ireland and imagines an Israel with equal rights for all, and a Palestinian state also with equal rights for all. He asks if Finkelstein and Zionists would accept such a configeration, and notes that it would be compatible with the BDS call for equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel. Likely Finkelstein would. <p> Palestinians should focus on the real enemy, Zionists, not Finkelstein who supports the Palestinian struggle for freedom but suggests a difference in tactics. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> "A New Language for Peace: Why Words Matter in the Middle East" <br> by JOHN V. WHITBECK; Feb. 7, 2012, <i>CounterPunch</i>. <br> </span> </center> <p> <img src="http://images3.masress.com/en/ahramweekly/14223/thumb" align="right"> Whitbeck cites examples where the pervasive use of Israeli framing has distorted how people and leaders understand the Israeli-Palestinian issue. He says it is high time Israeli-Palestinian issue for all involved to recognize and speak clearly about fundamental realities. This clarity of thought is necessary to achieve either a decent two-state solution or a democratic one-state solution would be greatly enhanced by clarity of language, by taking care to use terminology which both reflects reality and facilitates, rather than hinders, the achievement of both peace and some measure of justice. <p> John V. Whitbeck is an international lawyer who has advised the Palestinian negotiating team in negotiations with Israel. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/02/09/why-words-matter-in-the-middle-east/" target="new"> Click here for full essay</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> "Greater Israel  or Peace?" A Nov. 2011 Discussion between Norman Finkelstein and John Mersheimer, Moderated by Scott McConnell<br> </span> </center> <p> <img src="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/images/NormanFinkelstein.jpg" height="150" align="right" > <img src="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/images/JohnMearsheimer.jpg" height="150" align="left" > Finkelstein is a medium-term optimist. He sees public opinion constraining Israeli actions and slowly moving American policy and Israel will respond by allowing a Palestinian state  a two-state solution. Mearsheimer is a medium-term pessimist, but a long-term optimist. He sees a greater Israel which is an apartheid one-state solution, that evolves into a democratic one-state solution. <p> Some great quotes <p>"The reason that people continue to talk about a two state solution even though I think it s no longer realizable is that many Palestinians don t see a viable alternative; they don t think that a one state solution will work. And in the case of many Israelis and their American supporters, they re basically sticking their heads in the sand because they don t want to talk about a one state solution, because they understand that a one state solution is basically an apartheid state." (Mearsheimer) <p> "Once there is a real mass action and summoning of will, you may see things shift in Israel. It s just not been tried. All that s been tried is this thing called a  peace process. Nothing happens because there was no pressure on them; the Israelis treat the whole thing like a joke." (Finkelstein) <p>"I think sometimes we underestimate just how vulnerable Israel is on the public-relations front. That s why they spend so much money on propaganda. And that s why they panic every time they feel like they re losing the propaganda war. Because they realize just how vulnerable they are and how big the constraints on them are." (Finkelstein) &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theamericanconservative.com/blog/greater-israel-or-peace" target="new"> Click here for full discussion</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> "The Mideast Peace Process in 2011: Hopes and Disillusionment" <br> by Henry Siegman </span> </center> <p> <img src="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/images/Siegman2.jpg" width="150" align="right" > As long as the peace process was based on the illusion that Israel was always ready to return the Occupied Territories in exchange for Palestinian and Arab recognition, and that America would use its leverage to bring Israel into line if it failed to do so, there was no chance that the peace process could lead to a two-state solution. Now that Netanyahu and Obama have put an end to these two illusions, international sanctions fairly applied to both parties for illegal and predatory behavior are no longer inconceivable. If such intervention were now pursued by an international community no longer willing to accept an American Middle East peace policy that is hostage to its Israel lobby, a Palestinian state living in peace alongside an Israel reconciled to its internationally recognized borders may yet be achievable. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/the-mideast-peace-process-2011-hopes-disillusionment-6341"> Click here for article</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <img src="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/images/DickPlatkin.jpg" align="right" > <center> <span class="styleH2"> "The Occupation Movement and U.S. Militarism" <br> by Dick Platkin </span> </center> <p> PowerPoint set that Dick Platkin used at his talk on U.S. Militarism and the future of the Occupy Movement. Platkin and Marcy Winograd spoke at the Levantine Cultural Center on Dec. 11, 2011. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/Platkin-Occupy.pdf"> Click here </a>(note: this is a 2.6 MB pdf file that will take 30 seconds or so to load). <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Nurit Peled-Elhanan on Racism in Israeli Text Books</span> </center> <p> Thirty minute video interview with Israeli academic Nurit Peled-Elhanan, author of the forthcoming book  Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education. Describes distorted image of Palestinians in Israeli text books. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://electronicintifada.net/blog/asa-winstanley/watch-israeli-professor-describes-racist-discourse-official-school-books"> Click here for interview</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> John Kleinheksel Sr on "The Myth of "Resuming Negotiations"</span> </center> <img src="http://www.kintera.org/atf/cf/%7B3482e846-598f-460a-b9a7-386734470eda%7D/JKLEINHEKSEL.JPG" align="right" width="125"> <p> "The current strategy to get both sides to the negotiating table (in the present cultural environment) won t work. And here s why. The Israeli/Jewish state doesn t believe in negotiations. They are wedded to the belief that all of the land belongs to Jews and must not be shared with the  Other . Hard as it may be, it is this cultural constant that has to be changed." <p> Kleinheksel presents a Christian Theology analysis of what must be done. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://friendsofpalestiniansandisraelis.blogspot.com/2011/12/myth-of-resuming-negotiations.html"> click for full article</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Tony Klug on "The two-state solution: where next?"</span> </center> <img src="http://www.LAJewsforPeace.org/images/TonyKlug.jpg" align="right" width="125"> <p> Nov. 6, 2011 article in <i> Open Democracy</i> <p> "Is a two-state framework still feasible and, if not, is the so-called 'one-state solution' the default alternative? Is that what s next? Proponents of a unitary state would certainly claim that it is. However, in my view, there is a fundamental flaw at the heart of their proposal, for it is predicated on the notion that what, at root, is a historical clash of two national movements can, hey presto, be turned into a struggle for civil rights." &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.opendemocracy.net/tony-klug/two-state-solution-where-next/"> click for full article</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Dick Platkin and Marcy Winograd on<br> "The Occupy Movement and U.S. Foreign Policy"</i></span> </center> <img src="http://www.LAJewsforPeace.org/images/marcy-winograd-3.jpg" hspace="15" width="100" align="right"> <img src="http://www.LAJewsforPeace.org/images/DickPlatkin.jpg" hspace="15" align="left"> <p> WHEN: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sunday, December 11, 1 PM <br> WHERE: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Levantine Cultural Center: Bridging Cultures Since 2001; 5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles 310.657.5511 (between Fairfax and La Cienega; park on the street or under the CVS pharmacy across Pico). <p> $10 donation at door; no one turned away <p> The crackdown on many of the Occupy encampments throughout the United States, including Los Angeles, indicates that this protest movement is at a crossroads. Will it grow by improving its analysis and expanding its reach beyond the encampments, or will it stagnate in response to attacks? <p> Some of the critical questions are: <ul> <li> How does the high price of US militarism and wars result in domestic cutbacks and inequality? <li>How can a sharp critique of US foreign policy, especially in the Middle East, be integrated with Occupy's focus on domestic inequality in wealth and income? <li>What specific actions, such as calls for public employee pension funds to engage in socially responsible investment, can better link domestic and foreign policy issues? &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p><a href="http://www.LAJewsforPeace.org/Essays/OccupyDec11.pdf/"> Flyer: click here; </a> distribute freely. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Russell Tribunal on Palestine Rules on Israeli Apartheid </span></center> <p> The 3rd International session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine meet in Cape Town on 5-7 November to examine whether Israel s practices against the Palestinians is in breach of the prohibition on Apartheid under International Law. It's summary dated Nov. 7 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/resources/reports-and-publications/3042-the-russel-tribunal-on-palestine-cape-town-session" >click here for full text</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; has four sections: <ol> <li> APARTHEID: "The Tribunal finds that Israel subjects the Palestinian people to an institutionalised regime of domination amounting to apartheid as defined under international law." <li> Persecution as a Crime against Humanity: The summary enumerates which Israeli actions consist such crimes. <li> Legal consequences: What the crimes entail in terms of Israeli responsibility, and in terms of international obligations. <li> Recommendations. </ol> <p> The press kit describes the Tribunal, and its jourors, members, and witnesses &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/press-kit.pdf" >click here</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Norman Finkelstein and John Mearsheimer Discuss Israel's Future </span> <p> Interview with Scott McConnell in <i>The American Conservative</i>, October, 2011 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.theamericanconservative.com/blog/greater-israel-or-peace/" >click here for full text</a> <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Rebutals to Richard Goldstone's Op-Ed <br> "Israel and the Apartheid Slander" </span> </center> <ul> <li>Original: <i>NY Times</i>, Nov. 1, 2011 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/opinion/israel-and-the-apartheid-slander.html" >click here for full text</a> <p> <li>Rebuttal by Jerome Slater: Nov. 1, 2011 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.jeromeslater.com/2011/11/not-as-bad-as-south-africa-richard.html" >click here for full text</a> <p> <li>Rebuttal by Ali Abumina: <i>Electronic Intifada</i>, Nov. 2, 2011 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://electronicintifada.net/blog/ali-abunimah/answering-judge-goldstones-defense-and-denial-israeli-apartheid" >click here for full text</a> <p> <li>Rebuttal by Udi Aloni: Nov. 9, 2011 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.salon.com/2011/11/09/goldstones_offensive_apartheid_apology/" >click here for full text</a> <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> <i>NY Times</i> Op-Ed by Ronald Krebs "Israel's Occupational Burdens"</i></span> </center> <p> The vast majority of Israelis seem to believe that they can live indefinitely with the status quo. They cannot. The ongoing occupation has fueled an aggressive ethnoreligious nationalism that is destroying Israel s liberal democracy. A centrist governing coalition could still halt Israel s slide toward illiberalism, but Israel must first pull out of the West Bank and resolve the conflict with the Palestinians.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/25/opinion/25iht-edkrebs25.html" >click here for full text</a> <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Samir Twair on "Syrian Spring: Factors and Forces"</i></span> </center> <img src="http://www.LAJewsforPeace.org/images/SamirTwair-3.bmp" align="right"> <p> WHEN: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sunday, November 6, 3 PM <br> WHERE: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Levantine Cultural Center: Bridging Cultures Since 2001; 5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles 310.657.5511 (between Fairfax and La Cienega; park on the street or under the CVS pharmacy across Pico). <p> $10 donation at door; no one turned away <p> Samir Twair is a member of the Syrian Emergency Task Force, past president of the Arab American Press Guild, and, in partnership with Pat Twair, is the Southern California correspondent for Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. His most recent article on the Syrian situation was a September 15 Op-Ed in the Orange County Register titled "Syria s Arab Spring Must Not Fail" <a href="http://articles.ocregister.com/2011-09-15/news/30170435_1_assad-family-syrian-national-council-assad-regime" click here</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <p><a href="http://www.LAJewsforPeace.org/Essays/SamirTwairNov6.pdf/"> Flyer: click here; </a> distribute freely. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <table><tr><td><center> <span class="styleH2"> Noam Chomsky on <br>Israel-Palestine</i></span> <p> Last four minutes of this 12 minute video focuses on Israel-Palestine. Chomsky says that Its up to the people in the advanced industrial countries to assure that Israel and the U.S. go along with the world in allowing a Palestinian state. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </td><td> <object style="height: 212px; width: 350px"><param name="movie" value= "http://www.youtube.com/v/f5pur4-dfiY?version=3"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"> <embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/f5pur4-dfiY?version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen= "true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="350" height="212"></object> </td></tr></table> <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Speeches at the U.N. General Assembly, September 2011 <br> And Palestine's Application for Membership </i></span> <p>Video: <a href="http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/obamas_contratictory_un_speeches_20110921/"> President Barack Obama</a> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Obama's 2010 U.N. speech also posted at this url. <br> Transcript: <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-to-the-United-Nations-General-Assembly/"> President Barack Obama</a> <p>Video: <a href="http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/AbbasU"> Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas </a> <br> Transcript: <a href="http://www.imemc.org/article/62102"> Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas</a> <p>Video: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbeC8CawRAk"> Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu </a> <br>Transcript: <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/full-transcript-of-netanyahu-speech-at-un-general-assembly-1.386464"> Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu </a> <p> <a href="http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/66184173?access_key=key-yvyucbouczscvin89t8"> Click for Palestine application for U.N. membership</a>. Package contains five document: <li>A note from the President of the Security Council transmitting the application to other members; <li>A cover letter from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the President of the Security Council conveying the Palestinian application; <li>A  Declaration of the State of Palestine signed by Mahmoud Abbas; <li>A cover letter for the application to the Secretary-General signed by Mahmoud Abbas; <li>The application itself - a two-page document again signed by Abbas. <p></td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Videos of Diana Buttu's Speech Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011</i></span> <p> <img src="http://www.LAJewsforPeace.org/images/ButtuDiana.jpg" align="right"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br>Culver-Palms United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall <p>Buttu is a Palestinian-Canadian lawyer and former spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization. She was a legal adviser and negotiator on peace negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian organizations <br> <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/ButtuSept25.pdf"> flyer here</a> <p> Videos - coming soon <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Support the Palestinian Bid for U.N. membership</i></span> <p> <img src="http://www.LAJewsforPeace.org/images/Sept16Flyer.jpg" width="40%"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img src="http://www.LAJewsforPeace.org/images/Sept16-2.jpg" width="40%"> <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Dick Platkin's Review of Jeremy Ben-Ami's New Book <i>A New Voice for Israel  Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation</i></span> </center> <p> Jeremy Ben-Ami, the founder and president of J Street, presents a personal and organizational testament. This book serves at least two purposes. First, it is a detailed portrait of Ben Ami s background, including his family s involvement in Zionist politics from the 19th century to the present. Second, the book presents a detailed description of J Street, the Washington, DC lobbying organization he founded in 2008 and now leads. <p> This review contains an analysis of Ben-Ami's "balancing act" in attempting to balance a liberal Zionism with liberalism. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/Platkin-Ben-Ami.pdf"> full text here</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Eyewitness Report of 2011 Gaza Flotilla with Yonatan Shapira and Mary Hughes-Thompson </span> </center> <p> Video of event on Sunday, August 7, 2011, part of the "Progressive Conversations on Israel/Palestine and US Foreign Policy in the Middle East" series co-sponsored by LA Jews for Pece, Jewish Voice for Peace - Los Angeles, Friends of Sabeel - Los Angeles, and Levanrine Cultural Center. Jeff Warner is moderator. <p> Thanks to Billy Norris (billy@daymakers.com) who supplied the video. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd48YdgMqP0"> part 1: Moderator introduction and first part of Yonatan (14:53) </a>. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbbNL8PDOXo"> part 2: Remainder of Yonatan (13:36) </a>. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhHK5xjfvKk"> part 3: First part of Mary (9:36) </a>. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbQhina8j08"> part 4: Remainder of Mary (9:43) </a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> "The Bully is a Coward" by Andrew Levine in <i>CounterPunch</i></span> </center> <p> So two  not three! -- cheers for the two state solution J-Street and its co-thinkers want the United States to make happen. A genuinely democratic state in all of Palestine would be better of course. But in the world as it is and as it is likely to remain for generations, there is, unfortunately, no way from here to there. This is why, important as it is to expose the two state solution's philosophical and political shortcomings, care must be taken not to let the best become the enemy of the better. Palestinians have suffered enough. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.counterpunch.org/levine06102011.html"> full text here</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> The route to Palestinian statehood</span> </center> <p> 4 million Palestinians living under Israeli occupation are seeking the freedom to govern themselves. For them, independence means more than a seat at the United Nations General Aassembly (UNGA). It means being able to decide where in their country they will live, work, and worship. It means knowing that their government is able to keep them safe. And it means having a say in how their country's resources are used and distributed. <span class="pink"> But how can these aims be realized?</span> <p> A legal analysis by Omar Dajani &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/05/24/september_song" target="_new"> click here for a plan</a>. <p> A similar lergal analysis (long) by David Horovitz of the <i>Jerusalem Post</i> &nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=213752" target="_new"> click here</a>. <p> Mitchell Plitnik deconstructs a letter from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs to the U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon. The letter purports to prove that the Palestinian effort to gain recognition of statehood is illegal under international law. Plitnik demonstrates that the Israeli argument is quite weak. &nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://mitchellplitnick.com/2011/05/29/leading-israeli-lawyers-make-a-weak-argument-against-palestinians-un-push/" target="_new"> click here</a>. <p> <i>Ha'aretz"</i> article describing a Palestinian political - tactical plan &nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/palestinians-plan-to-approach-un-security-council-about-statehood-in-july-1.365035" target="_new"> click here</a>. <p> U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has a FAQ page analyzing possible U.N. actions and what will be a proper role for the U.S. &nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=3022" target="_new"> click here</a>. </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> President Obama's Speech on the Middle East, <br> Netanyahu's reaction, Obama at AIPAC, <br>and Netanyahu at AIPAC and Congress</span> </center><p> <span class="styleH2b">President Obama's May 19, 2011 speech: </span> <a href="http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/19/full-text-of-president-obamas-middle-east-speech/" target="_new"> click here for full transcript</a> or <a href="http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/19/video-of-obamas-middle-east-speech/" target="_new"> the complete video</a> <p> Here is a selection of comments from across the peace camp. <p> ---<i> Democracy Now</i> discussion with Jeremy Ben-Ami, Norman Finkelstein, and Noura Erakat; <a href="http://www.democracynow.org/2011/5/20/did_obamas_mideast_speech_signal_us" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- J Street is sees progress; <a href="http://jstreet.org/blog/j-street-commends-president-obamas-middle-east-speech/" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Americans for Peace Now does also; <a href="http://www.peacenow.org/entries/apn_applauds_israel-palestinian_vision_in_obamas_middle_east_speech" target="_new"> click here</a> <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; additional analysis from APN pointing out omissions from the speech <a href="http://peacenow.org/entries/additional_observations_on_the_very_positive_elements_omissions_in_the_obama_speech" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Roger Cohen of the <i>NY Times</i> says the speech hit exactly the right mark; <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/21/opinion/21iht-edcohen21.html" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Joshua Holland of <i>AlterNet</i> sees the speech as neutral; <a href="http://www.alternet.org/story/151012/obama%27s_big_mideast_speech%3A_hits_the_right_notes%2C_not_a_whole_lot_of_substance" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Adam Keller, writing for Gush Shalom, says Natanyahu's extreme reaction puts Obama in a trap; <a href="http://toibillboard.info/1967.htm" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Mitchell Plitnik thinks the speech was a disservice to Palestinian; <a href="http://mitchellplitnick.com/2011/05/19/obamas-speech-not-cairo-2009/" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Gideon Levy of Ha'aretz does also; <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/obama-demolished-palestinian-chances-for-statehood-1.362895/" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Jewish Voice for Peace was dissappointed; <a href="http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/blog/jewish-voice-for-peace-response-to-obama-s-speech-on-the-middle-east" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- The Israeli Left thinks it was worse; <a href="http://israelleft.com/2011/05/19/obama-just-lost-the-palestinians/" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Seham on <i> Mondoweiss.net</i> says Obama was disingenous; <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2011/05/obama-the-racist-sectarian.html" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Nahida Halaby Gordon says Obama is a racist sectarian; <a href="http://miftah.org/PrinterF.cfm?DocId=23504" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Henry Siegman in <i>The Nation</i> says Obama was setting out red lines; <a href="http://www.thenation.com/article/160952/can-obama-beat-israel-lobby" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- President Obaba called on the Palestinians to explain why a unity government that includes Hamas is helpful for peace. Here is his answer, written by Mustafa Barghouthi and published before the President's speech; <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/opinion/20iht-edbarghouthi20.html" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> <span class="styleH2b">Netanyahu's reaction: </span> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2011/05/20/president-obama-meets-prime-minister-netanyahu" target="_new"> click here for the complete video of news conference</a> <p> --- Mitchell Plitnik thinks the Netanyahu killed any hope to restart of the peace process; <a href="http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=55725" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Mitchell Plitnik thinks deeper <a href="http://mitchellplitnick.com/2011/05/21/bibi-tries-to-give-obama-his-marching-orders/" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Gideon Levy of <i>Ha'aretz</i> says Netanyahu does not want peace; <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/netanyahu-has-invited-america-to-punish-israel-1.363226" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- ML Rosenberg thinks Obama is too condesending towards Netanyahu and his supporters; <a href="http://politicalcorrection.org/fpmatters/201105200015" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Bernard Avishai of <i>TPM</i> pokes holes in Netanyahu's objection to the 1967 borders as the basis for negotiations; <a href="http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/05/21/abbas_and_the_1967_border_in_his_own_words/" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> <span class="styleH2b">President Obama's May 22 speech to AIPAC: </span> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2011/05/22/president-obama-2011-aipac-policy-conference" target="_new"> click here for the complete video</a> <p> --- <i>NY Times</i> report says Obama Doubled-down; <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/23/world/middleeast/23aipac.html" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- MJ Rosenberg of <i>TPM Cafe</i> says Obama did a great job; <a href="http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/05/22/great_job_obama_endorses_two_states_for_two_people/" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Philip Weiss of <i>Mondoweiss.net</i> says Obama was angry, but he was great; <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2011/05/an-angry-obama-warns-the-lobby-that-the-world-is-moving-too-fast-to-preserve-a-jewish-state.html" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Bernard Avishai of <i>TPM</i> tells us the back story behind Obama's words; <a href="http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/05/23/decoding_the_speech/" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> <span class="styleH2b">Netanyahu's May 23 speech to AIPAC: </span> <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/news/prime-minister-benjamin-netanyahu-s-speech-to-aipac-conference-1.265227" target="_new"> click here for full transcript</a> <p> --- <p> <span class="styleH2b">Netanyahu's May 24 speech to Congress: </span> <p> --- <i>NY Times</i> report says Netanyahu gave no ground; <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/25/world/middleeast/25diplo.html" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- <i>JTAs</i> report says no compromise on Jerusalem, refugees or Jordan River presence; <a href="http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/05/24/3087855/bibi-to-congress-no-compromise-on-jerusalem-refugees-or-jordan-river-presence" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- MJ Rosenberg of <i>TPM Cafe</i> Netanyahu told Congress that all Palestinians are terrorists who haven't earned a state, and probably never will; <a href="http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/05/24/congress_to_palestinians_drop_dead/" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Gideon Levy of <i>Ha'aretz</i> "Netanyahu's 'speech of his life' was the speech of the death of peace;" <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/netanyahu-s-speech-to-congress-shows-america-will-buy-anything-1.363897" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Uri Avnery equates Congress to Stalin s Supreme Soviet for cheering "the most outrageous lies and distortions of Binyamin Netanyahu;" <a href="http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1306359471" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Jerome Slater explains why the Democrats cheered; <a href="http://www.jeromeslater.com/2011/05/half-hearted-defense-of-congressional_26.html" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- <i>Ha'aretz</i> editorial says Netanyahu is leading Israel and the Palestinians into a new round of violence; <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/netanyahu-wasted-his-chance-to-present-a-vision-for-peace-1.363926" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Stephen Walt on <i>Foreign Policy</i> says Congress is cheered for apartheid ; <a href="http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/05/25/the_smallest_minds_and_cowardliest_hearts_is_congress_clapping_for_apartheid" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Paul Pillar on <i>National Interest</i> says Netanyahu's speechs confirms his position is to oppose creation of a Palestinian state in any part of the West Bank; <a href="http://nationalinterest.org/blog/paul-pillar/exposing-netanyahu-5353" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- APN, in mild and measured words, says Netanyahu is against peace; <a href="http://peacenow.org/entries/netanyahus_speech_to_congress_a_step_backward_from_peace" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Mustafa Bargouthi on <i>Democracy Now</i>; <a href="http://www.democracynow.org/2011/5/25/netanyahus_speech_to_congress_dashes_palestinian" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Fareed Zakaria on <i>CNN</i> says Palestinians should wait for citizenship; <a href="http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/29/fareeds-take-netanyahu-doesnt-want-a-deal-with-the-palestinians/" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- Ira Chernus says American failure is due to buying into the Israeli myths;" <a href="http://www.alternet.org/story/151097/ass-backward_reality%3A_the_myths_that_underpin_the_failure_of_american_policy_in_the_middle_east" target="_new"> click here</a> <p> --- <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Support Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians <br> Protest the Israeli anti-Nakba law</span> <p><span class="styleH2b">Join LA Jews for Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace, Friends of Sabeel, <span class="pink">CodePink</span>, and others </span> <br> <span class="styleH2b"> Sunday afternoon, May 15, 2-4 PM, at the Museum of Tolerance</span> <br> (Pico Blvd between Robertson and Overland)</center> <p> <span class="green">Second demonstration on al-Nakba law organized by al-Awda, also May 15, noon - 2 PM; Israel Consulate (6380 Wilshire Blvd.)</span> <p>There can never be peace as long as Jews and Arabs don t recognize the other s narrative. But Israel has just made a central part of the Palestinian narrative illegal. <p> A core issue for the Palestinians is Al-Nakba, Arabic for the catastrophe, the Palestinian name for the 1948 events in which over 80% of Palestinians lost their homes and farms. Some left under threat and some were expelled by the Jewish Israeli army. However they became refugees, for 63 years the Israeli army has refused to allow any of them to return to their homes and land. <p>This winter the Israeli Knesset passed a law making it illegal to commemorate Al-Nakba, and any village or institution that does will lose government funding for education and infrastructure. <p>In the interest of peace, the Israeli anti-Nakba law must be withdrawn. <p>Information: info@LAJewsforPeace.org </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Charles Freeman at The Palestine Center</span> </center><p> In a May 4, 2011 speech, Ambassador Chas Freeman discusses the impact of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the region, and what it means in a revolutionary Arab World. &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/d/EventDetails/i/27962/pid/2254" target="_new"> click here for full video</a>. </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> What s In It for Us, Mr. Obama? by Philip Giralda</span> </center> <p> "How Israel treats its own minority citizens, Gazans, and residents of the West Bank, and its neighbors might be significant from a humanitarian point of view, but it is not a vital interest of the United States. That Washington has become a victim of the internal politics of the Middle East is largely due to manipulation by Israel and its lobby, which has turned all Americans into enablers of Israeli policies, no matter how short-sighted or ill-conceived. It is the US national interest that has been sacrificed in the process. " <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2011/04/27/whats-in-it-for-us-mr-obama/"> click here for full article on AntiWar.com, April 28, 2011</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Letter to President Obama </span> </center> <p> LA Jews for Peace, along with millions of peace loving Americans and world citizens, are horrified at the American veto in the United Nations Security Council February 23, 2011. Why are we continually supporting the Israeli apartheid regime in the face of current Middle East democratic revolutions? Our democratic principles are becoming false rhetoric. LA Jews for Peace is ashamed of Israel's actions in our Jewish name. A million peace promoting Jews are rising up against the hardliners that Congress thinks is the "Jewish voice." That the U.S. backs Israel carte blanche is atrocious! <p> For full letter, <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/Obama-April2011.pdf"> click here</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Thoughts on Goldstone's Op-Ed </span> </center> <p>Richard Goldstone wrote an Op-Ed in the <i>Washington Post</i> Friday, April 1 (April Fools Day). "Reconsidering the Goldstone Report on Israel and war crimes" <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/reconsidering-the-goldstone-report-on-israel-and-war-crimes/2011/04/01/AFg111JC_story.html"> click here</a>. Goldstone says "civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy" by the Israeli army during the 2008-09 Gaza Bombardment. He also praised Israel for investigating war crimes aleged in the Goldstone Report, and dissed Hamas for not doing any investigations. <p> There has been a flurry of articles responding to Goldstone's Op-Ed. Israel and its supporters claim Goldstone's Op-Ed means the Goldstone Report is wrong and should be recinded by the U.N. Here is a typical report. <br>-- Ron Kampeas, <i>The Forward</i><a href="http://www.forward.com/articles/136687/"> click here</a>. <p> Goldstone Report supporters point out that Goldstone's Op-Ed means no such thing. They say the report's accusation that Israel intentionally killed civilians was never supported by data, that the Israeli investigatuions are not up to standards and look like a white-wash, that the Goldstone Report had seven major accusations against Israel, and they remain standing, etc. There is also quite a bit of speculation as to what new information Goldstoen actually has to write his Op-Ed, and why he did it. Here are our favorate essays. <br>-- Uri Avnery, "The Gold and the Stone"<a href="http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1302352602"> click here</a>. <br>-- Roger Cohen, "The Goldstone Chronicles,"<i>NY Times</i><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/08/opinion/08iht-edcohen08.html"> click here</a>. <br>-- Jonathan Cook, "Goldstone's Rethink," <i>CounterPunch</i><a href="http://www.counterpunch.org/cook04052011.html"> click here</a>. <br>-- John Dugard, "Where now for the Goldstone report," <i>NewStatesman</i><a href="http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2011/04/goldstone-report-israel-rights"> click here</a>. <br>-- Akiva Eldar, "What exactly did Goldstone 'retract' from his report on Gaza?," <i>Ha'aretz</i><a href="http://www.forward.com/articles/136752"> click here</a>. <br>-- Laila El-Haddada "Palestinians betrayed by Judge Goldstone," <i>Baltimore Sun</i><a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-goldstone-20110418,0,4063345.story"> click here</a>. <br>-- Richard Falk "Goldstone breathes new life into Gaza report," <i>Al-Jazeera</i><a href="http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/04/2011417115920432106.html"> click here</a>. <br>-- Norman Finkelstein interviewed by Philip Weiss "Finkelstein says Goldstone restored Israel s only faculty (aggression) based on a claimed drone image it has never produced," <i>Mondopweiss.net</i><a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2011/04/finkelstein-says-goldstone-restored-israels-only-faculty-aggression-based-on-a-claimed-drone-image-it-has-never-produced.html"> click here</a>. <br>-- Adam Horowitz, "Goldstone op-ed praises Israeli investigation of Gaza war crimes, but UN committee paints a different picture," <i>Mondopweiss.net</i> <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2011/04/goldstone-op-ed-praises-israeli-investigation-of-gaza-war-crimes-but-un-committee-paints-a-different-picture.html"> click here</a>. <br>-- <i>LA Times</i> editorial "What's behind Goldstone's flip-flop?,"<a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-goldstone-20110404,0,4784231.story"> click here</a>. <br>-- Gideon Levy, "Goldstone Has Paved the WPath for a Second Gaza War," <i>Ha'aretz</i><a href="http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/goldstone-has-paved-the-path-for-a-second-gaza-war-1.354550"> click here</a>. <br>-- Jessica Montell (head B'Tselem), "Op-Ed Doesn't Close the Book on Cast Lead," <i>The Forward</i><a href="http://www.forward.com/articles/136752"> click here</a>. <br>-- Ilan Pappe, "Goldstone's shameful U-turn," <i>Electronic Intifada</i><a href="http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11895.shtml"> click here</a>. <br>-- Jerome Slater, "The Goldstone Retraction," <a href="http://www.jeromeslater.com/2011/04/goldstone-retraction.html"> click here</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> "Who is afraid of Julian Schnabel?" -- Jordan Elgrably on <i>Miral</i> </span> </center> <p><i>Jews who embrace narratives other than those sanctioned by the pro-Israel community often inflame others.</i> <p> <i>Miral</i>, currently in theatres, portrays the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from an entirely Palestinian perspective. It is nothing earth-shattering, except that it was made by a Jewish filmmaker. <p> For full essay in Al Jezeera, <a href="http://aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/03/2011326111542254656.html"> click here</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Jordan Elgrably Responds to David Suissa </span> </center> <p> Jordan Elgrably has an opinion piece, "We are not the enemy" on the <i>Jewish Journal</i> website <a href="http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/we_are_not_the_enemy_20110223/"> here</a>. He concludes "If Israel wants to preach peace, it should walk the walk. Apologize for its wartime mistakes and missteps; compensate its victims; and reform its military and occupation policies as well as laws in Israel that discriminate against non-Jews. In other words, let s help Israel get on the same page as Americans who could never live under the kind of oppression Palestinians experience on a daily basis." <p> Elgrably wrote in response to a David Suissa column, "A King's Speech" <a href="http://www.jewishjournal.com/david_suissa/article/a_kings_speech_20110222/"> here</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Jeff Halper's Los Angeles Speaking Tour <br> Saturday, Feb. 5 through Wednesday, Feb. 9 </span> </center> <p> <table width="80%" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" align="center"> <tr> <td> Jeff Halper is Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), an Israeli-Palestinian NGO that works on the ground to resist the Israeli occupation of the West Bank including East Jerusalem. ICAHD rebuilds some of the 24,000 Palestinian homes that have been destroyed by the Israeli occupation authorities. The American Friends Service Committee nominated Halper, along with Palestinian activist Ghassan Andoni, for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. For a more complete Jeff Halper biography, <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Halper2011/JeffHalperBio.htm" target="_new"> Click here.</a> <p> <img src="http://www.LAJewsforPeace.org/Halper2011/JeffHalper-3.jpg" align="right"> <li> Link to <b>all Jeff Halper's presentations </b>in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Halper2011/JeffHalper-2011Talks.pdf" target="_new"> Click here.</a> <p> Links to audio of Jeff Halper radio interviews. <p> <ul><li> Feb. 6, 2011 interview with Don Bustany on <i>Middle East in Focus </i> <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Halper2011/audio/MEinFocus6Feb2011.mp3" target="_new"> Click here.</a> <p> <li> Feb. 7, 2011 interview with Lila Garrett on <i>Connect the Dots </i> <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Halper2011/audio/ConnectDots7Feb2011.mp3" target="_new"> Click here.</a> <p> <li> Feb. 7, 2011 interview with Sonali Kolhatkar on <i>Uprising </i> <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Halper2011/audio/Uprising7Feb2011.mp3" target="_new"> Click here.</a> <p> </ul> Links to Jeff Halper speaking events Sunday-Wednesday, Feb. 6-9, and Wednesday, Feb. 9 donor dinner. <p> <ul><li> Flyer for Feb. 7 talk at UCLA Law School "Looking Up from the Occupation: Israel and the Global Pacification Industry" <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Halper2011/UCLA.pdf" target="_new"> Click here.</a> <p> <li> Flyer for Feb. 7 talk at Ismanic Center of Hawthorne "Looking Up from the Occupation: Israel and the Global Pacification Industry" <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Halper2011/Hawthorne.pdf" target="_new"> Click here.</a> <p> <li> Flyer for Feb. 9 talk at Cal State University Long Beach "Israel-Palestine: Towards Peace, Apartheid, or Warehousing?" <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Halper2011/CSULB.pdf" target="_new"> Click here</a> (slow to load). <p> <li> Flyer for Feb. 9 donor dinner at Marriott adjacent to Cal State Fullerton <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Halper2011/FullertonDinner.pdf" target="_new"> Click here.</a> <p> <li> Flyer for Feb. 9 talk at Cal State Fullerton <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Halper2011/FullertonTalk.pdf" target="_new"> Click here.</a> </ul> <p> Links to Saturday, Feb. 5 discussion between Jeff Halper and Richard Falk <b>"What's Next for Israel-Palestine: Peace, War, or More Occupation?" </b> and following donor dinner. Both at Iman Center, 3376 Motor Ave., Los Angeles <ul><p> <li> <b>Flyer for Falk plus Halper discussion and donor dinner.</b> <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Halper2011/ImanCenterTalk-Dinner.pdf" target="_new"> Click here.</a> <p> <li> Flyer for Falk & Halper discussion. <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Halper2011/ImanCenterTalk.pdf" target="_new"> Click here.</a> <p> <li> Google Map to Iman Center. <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Halper2011/ImanGoogleMap.pdf" target="_new"> Click here.</a> <p> <li> Levantine Cultural Center page on discussion. <a href="http://www.levantinecenter.org/event/whats-next-road-peace" target="_new"> Click here.</a> <p> <li> Press release about discussion. <a href="http://www.levantinecenter.org/arts/authors/richard-falk-and-jeff-halper-discuss-road-peace" target="_new"> Click here.</a> <p> <li> Flyer for donor dinner. <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Halper2011/ImanCenterDinner.pdf" target="_new"> Click here.</a> <p> <li> Levantine Cultural Center page on donor dinner - register and pre-pay here. <a href="http://www.levantinecenter.org/event/benefit-dinner-richard-falk-jeff-halper" target="_new"> Click here.</a> </ul> <p> <li> Link to synopsis of Jeff Halper forthcoming book "Looking Up from the Occupation." <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Halper2011/JeffHalper-LookingUp.htm" target="_new"> Click here.</a> </td> <td> </td> </tr></table> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> US  Incentive Package Demeans and Insults Palestinians </span> </center> <p> This Oct. 10, 2010 essay in <i>Wallwritings</i> is one of the more insightful pieces analyzing the proposals made by Obama to get an extra month of the "settlement freeze." The package includes military hardware, support for a long-term Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley, help with enforcing a ban on the smuggling of weapons through a Palestinian state, a promise to veto Security Council resolutions critical of Israel during the talks and a pledge to forge a regional security agreement for the Middle East. <p> This gives away the store in a deal that cheats the original store owner. <a href="http://wallwritings.wordpress.com/2010/10/10/us-incentive-package-for-bibi-demeans-and-insults-palestinians/"> more</a> <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <table><tr><td><center> <span class="styleH2"> The Arc: Rand's Proposal for Palestinian Economic Development</span> </center><p> Nine-minute video outlines Rand's proposal for a utility corridor connecting all major Palestinian cities from Rafah in Gaza in the south to Jenin in the northern West Bank. Facilities will include transportation, freight road, water, tellacommunications, and a strip-like national park. </td><td> <object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/N1d75lMTy7Q?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"> </param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"> </param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/N1d75lMTy7Q?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="350" height="212"></embed></object> </td></tr></table> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Interview with Gideon levy </span> </center> <p> In this long interview Gideon Levy describes how Isarelis have been taught from childhood that: <li> Israelis are the ultimate and only victims. <li> That the Palestinians are born to kill, and their hatred is irrational. <li> That the Palestinians are not human beings like Israelis. <br> Levy says that is why Israeli society has no moral doubts or any questions marks, with hardly public debate, about how they treat Palestinians. There are many more insights. <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/is-gideon-levy-the-most-hated-man-in-israel-or-just-the-most-heroic-2087909.html" target=" _new"> more</a> <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Statement Supporting CAIR </span> </center> <p> LA Jews for Peace condemns the recent smear campaign against Muslims and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) by the Republican Jewish Committee (RJC). CAIR is an American civil rights and advocacy institution that works to defeat religious discrimination in the U.S. and to uphold the U.S. Constitution. To those ends, LA Jews for Peace has worked in partnership with CAIR over the years, and we have jointly sponsored lectures and other civil rights events. <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/CAIR-Sept2010.pdf" target=" _new"> more</a> <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Loyalty and the State by Neve Gordon</span> </center> <p> "As Israeli citizens, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman want us to prove our loyalty to the flag by supporting a policy of oppression and humiliation. We must champion the separation barrier in Bi lin and in other places throughout the West Bank. We have to defend the brutal destruction of unrecognized Bedouin villages, and the ongoing land grab both inside Israel and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We must support the checkpoints and the silent transfer in East Jerusalem. We are also expected to bow our heads and remain silent every time government ministers, Knesset members and public officials make racist statements against Arab citizens. We must support the neo-liberal policies that continuously oppress Israel s poor, and we are obliged to give our blessing to the imprisonment of Gaza Strip s 1.5 million residents." <a href="http://www.countercurrents.org/gordon180810.htm" target=" _new"> more</a><p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <table><tr><td><center> <span class="styleH2"> Cordoba House Statements by LA Jews for Pece and Keith Olbermann</span> </center><p> LA Jews for Peace supports the Cordoba Initiative in their project to build an Islamic Center in downtown Manhattan. The Cordoba Initiative is dedicated to bridging gaps between Muslims and the West, and has received legal permission to build on the site in question. <p> We agree with President Obama who said on Friday, August 13, 2010: "As a citizen and as President I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country." <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/CordobaHouse.pdf" target=" _new"> more</a><p> </td><td> <object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/QZpT2Muxoo0?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"> </param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"> </param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/QZpT2Muxoo0?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="350" height="212"></embed></object> </td></tr></table> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Chris Hedges Interviews Richard Falk </span> </center><p> Falk, UN special rapporteur for the Occupied Palestinian Territories and former Princeton Univ. professor of international law, will issue a report to the United Nations this fall in which he will assert that the Israeli process of colonialism and apartheid has accelerated over the past three years. He will call in the report for the U.N. to consider unilaterally declaring Palestine an independent state, as it did with Kosovo. <a href="http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/formalizing_israels_land_grab_20100816/" target=" _new"> more</a> <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Essays on BDS </span> </center><p> LA Jews for Peace is discussing how we should take part in the BDS movement. Here are two essays by members addressing the issue: <p> <li> <span class="styleH2b">Jeff Warner </span>worries that BDS is aimed at Israel but the real target should be United States foreign policy. He argues that a retail boycott of Motorola can help to change U.S. policy. </span>, <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/JLW-onBDS.pdf">click here</a>. <br> <p> <li> <span class="styleH2b">Dick Platkin </span>argues that BDS won't work, and even if it did it would not bring economic equality to the people of the region </span>, <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/Platkin-onBDS.pdf">click here</a>. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Videos of Interest </span> </center><p> <li> <span class="styleH2b">Israel-Palestine - the Flotilla & Future Prospects with Richard Falk </span>, <a href="http://vimeo.com/13280811">click here</a>, <br> 53-minute interview with Richard Falk, Special UN Rapporteur on Palestine. Discusses the attack of Israel on the humanitarian flotilla bound for Gaza at the end of May and future prospects for the Middle East, the U.S., Israel and Palestine. Video by Cindy Piester of Pulse TV in Montecito, CA on July 9, 2010. <p> <li> <span class="styleH2b">L.A. Jews demonstrate in support of Gaza-bound flotilla </span>, <a href="http://vimeo.com/13279048">click here</a>, <br> The first 11 minutes of this 30 minute video is the Cultures of Resistance video of the start of the attack on the Freedom Flotilla. The remaining 20 minutes are interviews of attendees at the LA Jews for Peace demonstration at the Westwood Federal Building on June 6, 2010. <p> Videos from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user1936947">Maverick Media</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>. </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <table><tr><td> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Protest at Israel Dance Concert </span> <p> Jews for a Just Peace - North Carolina and friends set-up a simulated demolished house at an Israel Rebranding Dance recital in Durham. 3 minutes. </td><td> <object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/izsl8ynGrfU&hl=en_US&fs=1&"> </param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"> </param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/izsl8ynGrfU&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="350" height="212"></embed></object> </td></tr></table> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <table><tr><td> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Eyewitness Report on Israeli Attack of the Freedom Flotilla</span><p> "Witness to State Terror: Abord the Mavi Marmara" is a 10-minute video with an eyewitness account by Fatima Mohammadi, a passenger abord the Mavi Marmara when it was attacked by the Israeli nave in the pre-dawn hours of May 31, 2010. This is one of the best eyewitness reports. Includes raw video footage smuggeled off the Mavi Marmara by Iara Lee and Cultures Of Resistance. </td><td> <object width="640" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HUP5NftOjwo&hl=en_US&fs=1&"> </param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"> </param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/HUP5NftOjwo&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="310" height="200"></embed></object> </td></tr></table> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Demonstration to Protest Israeli Piracy of Freedom Flotilla <br> Wednesday, June 2, 5 - 7 PM; Westwood Federal Building (Wilshire at the 405-freeway)</span> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> is organizing a demonstration to protest the Israeli piracy of the Freedom Flotilla. <br> Bring signs calling attention to US complicity in incident (due to its support of Israel) and calls for Obama to condemn the attack and/or take other action. <br>Wednesday, June 2, 5 - 7 PM; Westwood Federal Building (Wilshire at the 405-freeway) <p></td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> Statement on United States Complicity in the Freedom Flotilla Priacy</center></span> <p> June 2, 2010: &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> condemns Israel's piracy of the Freedom Flotilla in international waters, a clear violation of International Law, and the killing civilian members of the Flotilla who were bringing humanitarian supplies to the 1.5 million people living in the besieged Gaza Strip. &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/FlotillaAttack.pdf"> complete statement </a><p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Norman Finkelstein Visit to Los Angeles, March 2010 </center></span> <p> Norman Finkelstein visited Los Angeles in mid March 2010 to deliver a lecture to the Students for Justice in Palestine at USC on his new book "This Time We Went Too Far" about lastr winter's Gaza bombardment, and do a Q&A after a screening of "American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein." Finkelstein's comments during the Q&A were elaborated during a private meeting with LA Jews for Peace. Summary of Finkelstein's visit is divided into four parts: (1) Finkelstein's chief points about the Gaza Bombardment, (2) Finkelstein's take on the present political situation in Israel-Palestine, and how to fight for justice and peace, (3) Rick Chertoff's optimistic viewpoint based on Finkelstein's comments, (4) Duncan MacKay's detailed summary of Finkelstein's talk about the Gaza Bombardment, and (5) Dick Platkin's critique of Finkelstein's comments. &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="http://lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/Finkelstein.htm"> click here </a><p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <table><tr><td> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Jeff Halper Interview </span> <p> Feb. 2010 interview titled "The Global Pacification Industry," including the key role that Israel plays and its relation to Americandomestic security. 56 minutes. </td><td> <object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/SVa0QbH8YcA&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param> <embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/SVa0QbH8YcA&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="350" height="212"></embed></object> </td></tr></table> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <table><tr><td> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Videos Illustrating Goldstone Findings </span> <p> Series of videos illustrating findings of the Goldstone Report by www.GoldstoneFacts.org. The first installment is on Chapter 11 - "Deliberate Attacks against the Civilian Population," is 20 minutes long. Future videos on other chapters will be &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="http://goldstonefacts.org/"> here </a> </td><td> <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/jIpA6sXksNw&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/jIpA6sXksNw&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="350" height="212"></embed></object> </td></tr></table> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <table><tr><td> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Link to "Breaking the Vessels" <br>by Jeff Halper (ICAHD), Wednesday, November 19, 2009 <br> <a href="http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/halper191109.html" target=" _new">click here</a></center></span> <p> Halper argues that the Palestinians plan to declare a Palestinian state alongside Israel with the pre-1967 borders, and ask the U.S. to recognize that state, is perhaps the best option for the Palestinians. Halper says that given the occupation and Israel's unwillingness to negotiate seriously, "something must be done, and given the failure of the international community to either protect the Palestinians or rein in Israel, I [Halper], for one, am at a loss to suggest alternatives that address the urgency of a way out of Israel's growingly genocidal occupation." </td><td> <span class="styleH2">Click to sign petition </span> <br> <a href="http://enddemolitionsnow.org/petition"><img src="http://enddemolitionsnow.org/banners/180x150-petition.jpg" alt="Sign the petition to End Demolitions Now!" title="Sign the petition to End Demolitions Now!" width="240" height="200" /></a> </td> </td></tr></table> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <table><tr><td> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Al-Jazeera video (3 minutes) showing Israeli settlers evicting a Palestinian family in East Jerusalem. </span> </td><td align="center"> <object width="260" height="158" hspace="5" vspace="5" align="right"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/EISikrLcSw8&hl=en_US&fs=1&showinfo=0"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/EISikrLcSw8&hl=en_US&fs=1&showinfo=0" width="350" height="212" hspace="5" vspace="5" align="right" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object> </td> </td></tr></table> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <table><tr><td> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Jeff Halper (ICAHD) and Misha Kurz (Breaking the Silence) discuss Goldstone reporton <br> on <i>Democracy Now</i>, Nov. 3, 2009 <br></span> </td><td align="center"> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.democracynow.org/embed_show_v1/300/2009/11/3/segment/2"></script> </td> </td></tr></table> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Link to "A progressive Jewish American is Ambivalent to BDS" <br>Jeff Warner, November 11, 2009 <br> <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/Ambivalent.pdf" target=" _new">click here</a></center></span> <p> Warner argues that BDS does not work in changing government policy, although BDS may educate Israelis that their treatment of Palestinians is not normal, and Americans that their government is working to preserve the status quo. </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Link to "NO PARTNER FOR PEACE: OUR AMERICAN PROBLEM" <br>by Jeff Halper (ICAHD), Wednesday, November 04, 2009 <br> <a href="http://icahd.org/eng/articles.asp?menu=6&submenu=2&article=552" target=" _new">click here</a></center></span> <p> Halper argues that recent United States foreign policy related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict around settlements and the Goldstone report have the effect of "deminishing American Credibility." <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <table><tr><td> <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Vzy0ECg9nWA&hl=en&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Vzy0ECg9nWA&hl=en&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="318" height="258"></embed></object> </td><td><center> <span class="styleH2"> J Street Convention - Analysis</span><p> <span class="styleH3"> <a href="http://www.examiner.com/x-24957-Progressive-Examiner~y2009m11d1-J-Street-arrives-on-Capital-Hill-proAmerica-proIsrael-and-propeace" target=" _new">A positive summary by Byron DeLear</a> <p> <a href="http://www.lajewsforpeace.org/Essays/JStreetCnf.pdf" target=" _new"> Analysis by Jeff Warner, LA Jews for Peace</a> <p> <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2009/10/squaring-the-circle-and-erasing-the-margins.html" target=" _new"> Analysis by Adam Horowitz, <i> Mondoweiss.net</i></a> <p> <a href="http://mondoweiss.net/2009/10/praise-for-j-street.html" target=" _new"> Analysis by Philip Weiss, <i> Mondoweiss.net</i></a> </td></tr></table> <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Link to "THE CASE FOR A MIDDLE EAST UNION TO ADDRESS THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT," by Dick Platkin, ICUJP, July 30, 2009 <br> <a href="Essays/NoStateSolution.pdf" target=" _new">click here</a></center></span> <p> Regional approaches -- sometimes called the no-state solution -- to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not new. For example, in the mid-1950s the Eisenhower Administration proposed a regional water management union to address the water issues of Israel and Jordan, although Syria and Egypt were also involved in his administration s failed initiative. <p> This article sets out the case for a regional solution to end the conflict. <p> </td> </tr><tr> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Link to "Healing and Reality in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict," by Rafael Reuvenyi, published in <i>Tikkun</i>, June 6, 2009. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.tikkun.org/article.php/may_jun_09_reuveny" target=" _new">click here</a></center></span> <p> While many will be dissatisfied with the author s implicit  legitimatization of Israel, there is much to his analysis that would go toward explaining why it is that the  Walt & Mearsheimer wing of the US foreign policy establishment are apparently succeeding in the Obama White House, as evidenced by the Cairo speech and the incipient confrontation over settlement expansion between Obama & the Israeli government. <p> We don't need to prognosticate the exact direction of this new turn of policy to notice an immediate degree of  change - if not necessarily one we can  believe in . But equating the suffering of the Palestinians to the Holocaust in a major address, and publicly contradicting the PM of Israel in their DC press conference signals a new direction of some kind. This is the first display (alas!) of the much advertized  audacity along with the equally touted  hope we heard so much about, and we can t ignore it. This does not imply that a viable Palestinian state is immediately in the offing, but with a suicidal US policy in Afghanistan, maybe Obama needs a <i>modus vivendi </i>with Iran, and is willing to tamp down the Israeli land grab lunacy in the Palestinian territories as a token. <p> </td> </tr><tr> <td> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Jeff Warner's report on the <br> VIVA PALESTINA USA Humanitarian Convoy to break the Israeli siege of Gaza. </span> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="Essays/VivaPalestina.pdf" target=" _new">click here</a></center> </td> <td> <center> <span class="styleH2"> Link to a review of Patrick Taylor's book <i>A World of Trouble, The White House and the Middle East - From the Cold War to the War on Terror</i>, by Bernard Avishai, published in <i>The Nation</i>, June 6, 2009.</span> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090706/avishai" target=" _new">click here</a></center> </td> </tr><tr> <td > <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace statement on the May 18, 2009 White House meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. </span> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="Essays/Obama-NetanyahuMeet.pdf" target=" _new">click here</a></center> </td> <td> <center> <span class="styleH2"> LA Jews for Peace statement on the Gaza situation, May 26, 2009 </span> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="Essays/GazaStatement.pdf" target=" _new">click here</a></center> </td> </tr><tr> <td> <center> <span class="styleH2"><i> LA Jews for Peace Action Plan to promote Middle East peace <br></span> <p> <a href="Essays/ActionPlan.pdf" target=" _new">click here</a></center> <br> </td> <td> <center> <span class="styleH2"><i> LA Jews for Peace Mission Statement <br></span> <p> <a href="Essays/LAJewsMission.pdf" target=" _new">click here</a></center> <br> </td><p> </tr><tr> <td colspan="2"> <hr width="75%" align="center" > <span class="styleH2"><center>Resources on the 2008-09 Gaza War </span><p> <a href="GazaBombardment.html" target="_new">click here</a></center> <p> <!-- START OLD VIGIL CALL ####################### <span class="styleH2"><center>Join LA Jews for Peace <font size="-1"> together with </font><BR> The American Friends Service Committee and the Islamic Shura Council<BR> in a Vigil to protest Israel's Continued Siege of Gaza <br>Sunday, Feb. 8, 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Westwood Federal Building <br></span></center> <p> <a href="Actions.html" target="_new"><img src="images/Westwood-3a.jpg" align="right" hspace="15"></a> <span class="styleH3"><span class="red">Main messages: End Siege, Negotiate a Just Peace.</span></span><br> The Gaza War is hopefully over. The toll is: <li> Dead: over 1,300 Palestinians (410 children & 104 women); 5,300 wounded (half civilians); 13 Israelis (3 civilians; 4 from friendly fire). <li> Wounded: 5,300 Palestinians, perhaps many more. <li>Gaza infrastructure demolished (roads, utilities, medical system, education system, government buildings, etc.). <li>Gaza housing stock demolished (21,000 building). <li> Cost of rebuilding: $2 billion or more. <li><span class="red"> Siege continues.</span> <p> There are two, fragile, unilateral cease-fires. Israel for 3-weeks, is withdrawing its troops and tanks. Israel wants Hamas to stop smuggling rockets. Hamas for 1-week. Hamas wants Israel to completely withdraw and to end the siege. <p> The world community is talking about stopping smuggling. Because the smuggling tunnels also carry food and items essential for life, smuggling can not stop until Israel ends the siege and opens the crossings. Also, to avoid a double standard, Israel should not be allowed to rearm. <p> The chief message of this vigil is to open the crossings to maintain the cease-fire. <p> <!--span class="styleH3"><span class="red"> Saturday, Jan. 17; noon-2:30 PM, Westwood Federal Building, 11000 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (corner of Veteran). </span></span> LA Jews for Peace and the Shura Council will have signs and banners; bring your own; but no flags please since our message is internationalism and humanism, not nationalism. <p> <br><br><br><br><br><br><br> END OLD VIGIL CALL ################################ --> <!-- START BENEFIT ANNOUNCEMENT OLD ########################### <hr width="75%" align="center" > <br> <center> <span class="styleH3"><i> Join LA Jews for Peace on <br>Sunday afternoon, September 13, 2009, for a <br></span> <span class="styleH2"> Benefit for Jeff Halper and ICAHD, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions </span> <br> <p> <a href="ICAHDbenefit.pdf" target=" _new">click for invitation and details</a></center> END BENEFITR ANNOUNCEMENT OLD ################### --> <p> <hr width="75%" align="center" > <br> <center>Review of Michael Klare's <br> <span class="styleH2"><i> Rising Powers - Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy </i></span> <br>By Dick Platkin, LA Jews for Peace</center> <p> In his new movie W, a biopic about outgoing president George W. Bush, Oliver Stone presents a mad scientist scene in which Vice President Dick Cheney, played by actor Richard Dreyfuss, narrates a series of massive slides demonstrating how the countries adjacent to the Persian Gulf and Caspian Sea contain most of this world s proven oil and gas reserves. As the Cheney-Dreyfuss presentation unfolds, we see the locations where the U.S. government has constructed dozens upon dozens of Middle East military installations since the first Gulf. We are also told that the country which controls these Middle Eastern oil and gas reserves will control the Eurasian continent. This, in turn, will become key for the U.S. to maintain its dominant position in the global economy. <p> Much of Cheney s program for the United States to retain its imperial role as the hegemonic world power can be understood in detail from Michael Klare's most recent book, Rising Powers Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy, (Metropolitan Books, 2008) albeit with a context left out of the movie. For those not familiar with Klare, he is The Nation s Defense Editor and also a professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. <a href="Essays/Dick-Klare.html" target=" _new">click for complete essay</a> <p> <hr width="75%" align="center" > <br> <Table border="0" align="center"><tr> <td width="40%"> <span class="styleH2"><center>A Plea from Israel, Come, Obama, Change My Life </span></center> <p> an essay by Edna Canetti,<i> Counterpunch</i>, November 6, 2008 <p> Obama my dear, they tell me that you are going to change the world. Do me a favor, come and change my life personally. <p> Come to Israel, grab its stupid leadership by the throat and take its foot off the neck of another people. Come and force us to do what is clear, and written, and fitting, and necessary, come and get us out of the Territories, if necessary do it with a smile that reveals million-dollar teeth. If necessary bare your teeth and force us to do it. -- <a href="http://www.counterpunch.org/canetti11062008.html" target=" _new">click for complete essay</a> </td> <td width="15"></td> <td> <span class="styleH2"><center>The Case for Putting a Mideast Peace Agreement First</span><br> Barack Obama should address the need for an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement sooner rather than later. </center> <p> an essay by Gershom Gorenberg,<i> The American Prospect</i>, November 14, 2008 <p> Time's up. Despite the bluster at George W. Bush's Potemkin peace conference in Annapolis one year ago, Israel and the Palestinians will not reach a peace agreement by the end of 2008. Please folks, don't all faint at once from surprise. <p> Barack Obama will inherit this mess, along with all the others. Very soon, he must decide how quickly to throw his weight behind Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, what to aim for, and how to succeed where so many others have failed. <p> The answer: Move fast, very fast. Ignore all advice from old diplomatic hands ... -- <a href="http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=the_case_for_putting_a_mideast_peace_agreement_first" target=" _new">click for complete essay</a> </td> </tr></table> <p> <hr width="75%" align="center" > <br> <span class="styleH2"><center>Free Gaza Movement Breaks Siege of Gaza</span></center> <p> <center>"A Bone in America's Throat," <br> an essay by Jeff Halper, Monday, November 10, 2008 </center> <p> Even before the voting began, Israeli politicians and pundits were asking: Will an Obama Administration be good for Israel?  Be good for Israel is our code for  Will the US allow us to keep our settlements and continue to support our efforts to prevent negotiations with the Palestinians from ever bearing fruit? For Americans the question should be: Will the Obama Administration understand that without addressing Palestinian needs it will not be able to disentangle itself from its broader Middle Eastern imbroglios, rejoin the community of nations and rescue its economy? <a href="http://www.icahd.org/eng/articles.asp?menu=6&submenu=2&article=513" target=" _new"> -- click for complete essay</a> <p> <hr width="75%" align="center" > <br> <span class="styleH2"><center>Free Gaza Movement Breaks Siege of Gaza</span></center> <p> The <b>Free Gaza Movement</b> continues to break new ground. In late August they sailed two boats, the SS Liberty and the SS Free Gaza, from Cyprus to Gaza City's small port, thereby breaking the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip. <p> Building on its initial success, and buoyed by a wave of contributions, the <b>Free Gaza Movement</b> purchased a newer and better boat, the SS Dignity. They successfully sailed from Cyprus to Gaza City in late October, and again in early November. Each trip carried humanitarian supplies and international dignitaries. <p> Get more details and see videos at: <a href="http://www.freegaza.org" target=" _new">www.freegaza.org</a>, see a Democracy Now interview with first trip poassengers Huwaida Arraf, Lauren Booth, and Jeff Halper from the boatswhile in transit <a href="http://www.democracynow.org/2008/8/22/free_gaza_boats_set_sail_from" target=" _new"> www.democracynow.org/2008/8/22/free_gaza_boats_set_sail_from</a>, and read essays by <a href="Halper.html"> Jeff Halper</a> and <a href="http://counterpunch.org/gaffney09132008.html" target="_new"> Ed Gaffney</a>. <p> You can still make a tax-deductable contribution. Make checks out to:  The Free Gaza Movement," and mail to <br> <center>The Free Gaza Movement, 405 Vista Heights Road. El Cerrito, CA 94530.</center> <p> <hr width="75%" align="center" > <br> <span class="styleH2"><center>The Palestinians: Warehousing a "surplus people" by Jeff Halper</span></center> <p> Jeff Halper s latest piece titled, The Palestinians: Warehousing a "surplus people." Jeff argues that the situation the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza endure is  worse then South African apartheid. Halper then quotes from Naomi Klein s book The Shock Doctrine to suggest that the real goal of the Israelis, apparently supported by western democracies, is to  warehouse the Palestinians because they are a  surplus population, meaning they have no place and function in the global economy. Finally Halper suggests that Israel s goal is to end the political process with the Palestinians by forcing them into a rump, but temporary state that will last for a  very long time. Halper concludes with, <p> "The term "warehousing," then, is meant as a warning. We must continue our efforts to end the Israeli Occupation, even if this is meant in a wider sense, of creating a genuine Palestine/Israel, or a wider regional confederation, rather than an apartheid-cum-two-state solution or outright warehousing." <p> Read the Halper's essay <i>The Palestinians: Warehousing a "surplus people" </i>at <a href="http://www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/18750" target=" _new">www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/18750</a>. <p> <hr width="75%" align="center" > <br> <span class="styleH2"><center>Special collection of critiques and discussions about: </span></center> <p><!--li> John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt's 2007 book <i>The Israel Lobby</i--> <li> <i>The Israel Lobby</i> by Mearsheimer and Walt; <A HREF="javascript:PopupWin('IsraelLobby.html')">click here</A>. <li> 2008 presidential elections; <a href="Election.html" target="_new"> click here</A>.<p> <p> <hr width="75%" align="center" > <br> <span class="styleH2"><center>Sabeel Conference "From Occupation to Liberation"</span></center> <p> <b>LA Jews for Peace</b> was a co-sponsor of this conference to mark the 60th anniversy of the Nakba. <br> Read <b>LA Jews</b> report on the conference; <a href="Essays/Sabeel.htm" target="_new">click here</a>. <p> <hr width="75%" align="center" > <br> <br><center> <!--------- TRAPPED IN GAZA --------> <a href="http://www.trappedingaza.org/" > <img src="images/Trapped.jpg" height="150" border="1" alt="Trapped in Gaza"></a> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <!--------- REFUSNIK --------> <a href="http://www.refusersolidarity.net/" > <img src="http://oznik.com/b/new_refusenik_watch_eng.gif" height="125" border="1" alt="Refusnik Watch"></a> </center> </td></tr></table> </td> </tr></table> </body> </html>