Out Loud

  • The Death of Innocence

    20 November 2014

    Since the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers last June and the revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager, we have known that what we are seeing is not just casual violence. Today, it is necessary to see the current situation as structural, not random.

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  • The End of Our Study Tour

    19 November 2014

    Our final day began differently. We returned to South Tel Aviv for a panel on shared society. After this meeting we had our last tour -- a walking tour of old Jaffa, followed by lunch, free time, our final wrap-up meeting, and our farewell dinner.

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  • Talking Peace with Israelis and Palestinians

    15 November 2014

    Shabbat morning in Jerusalem began with a sumptuous cold breakfast in the hotel dining room. At 10:30, half a dozen of us assembled to follow Itzik in a 4-hour tour of the Old City. In the evening, according to study tour custom, we heard an Israeli and then a Palestinian speaker on prospects for peace. Between the two, Itzik led us in making Havdalah to mark the end of Shabbat. After the talks, the group walked to dinner at the rooftop restaurant in Notre Dame of Jerusalem.

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  • Visting Hebron - A Day for Deep Reflection

    16 November 2014

    Sunday, November 16, was day 6 of our tour, and although the prior five days laid much of the foundation for what we were about to learn, our trip to Hebron deeply affected us, far beyond what most of us may have expected.

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  • An Eventful Day on the NIF Study Tour

    14 November 2014

    This guest post by Benette Phillips gives an overview of a very interesting and intense day: two sessions in the morning, a guided bus tour to three vantage points, a sumptuous lunch, a meeting with three key leaders of KIAH, and a light and sound show at the Tower of David in the Old City.

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Israel's dilemma: Who can be an Israeli?

By Daniel Sokatch and David N. Myers

13 January 2014