Articles About Gaza

Posted: December, 2011

  • Huffington Post

    In this article, Ahmed Moor, Palestinian American journalist, Ahmed Moor, explores the case for a one state solution. Moor is the guest on the Taanit Tzedek December 2012 conference call.

Posted: September, 2011

  • Foreign Policy

    Henry Siegman addresses the issue of Palestinian application for membership in the United Nations.

  • Dissident Voice

    A critique of the U.S. decision to veto the Palestinian application for membership in the United Nations. The article is written by Josh Ruebner of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Rueber is the guest on Taanit Tzedek's September 2011 phone conference.

  • U.S. Campaign to end Israeli Occupation

    This is a very helpful guide to frequently asked questions about the Palestinian U.N. initiative. It was prepared by Josh Ruebner of the U.S. Campaign to end the Israeli Occupation.

Posted: April, 2011

  • Huffington Post

    In February 2011, the United States vetoed a resolution at the United Nations condemning settlements, and attempted to force Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian authority, to withdraw the resolution, even though official U.S. policy opposes Israeli settlements. Written in the context of the democratic uprisings in Arab countries, Nadia Hijab explains the reasons for the U.S. veto and what this means for Abbas, the peace process, and the future role of the U.S. in promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    Nadia Hijab will be the guest on the May 2011 Taanit Tzedek conference call.

Posted: March, 2011

  • Gisha

    The Israeli government claims that security concerns about the the importation of weapons is the reason that it is refuses to lift the closure on Gaza. This short article by the Israeli human rights organization, Gisha, points out that lifting the closure would in no way endanger Israel's security and suggests that the closure could and should be lifted in three easy steps.

Posted: February, 2011

  • Mondoweiss

    A report by Rae Abileah, one of the five young Jews who interrupted Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech at the the meeting of the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in New Orleans in November 2010. Rae Abileah is a 28-year-old Jewish-American of Israeli descent and is a national organizer with CODEPINK Women for Peace and a member of Jewish Voice for Peace. She is a participant in the February 2011 Taanit Tzedek phone conference on "Young Jews, Zionism and the New Jewish Activism."

Posted: July, 2010

Posted: June, 2010

  • Media Matters

    In this article Mike Rosenberg critiques widespread use of lies by America Israel supporters to defend Israel's attack on the Gaza Flotilla.

  • Jewish Voice for Peace; The Only Democracy

    Jeff Halper, prominent Israeli peace activist, writes an open letter to Israeli Jews urging them to support the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. A very important article that focuses on the immoral siege on Gaza.

Posted: May, 2010

  • HaAretz

    Amira Hass reports on the legal by the Israeli human rights organization, Gisha, for information from Israel about how it decides what can be imported into Gaza. There are many disturbing facts in this article, perhaps most disturbing, is that it is profit by Israeli commercial interests that determines what is allowed and forbidden to be imported into Gaza. That is why Gazans are not allowed to import coriander.

  • Huffington Post

    In this article, Rabbi Brant Rosen, co-founder of Taanit Tzedek - Jewish Fast for Gaza responds to a series of personal attacks by Alan Dershowitz on Jews and rabbis who are critical of Israeli policy. One of the attacks was on 38 rabbis who wrote a public letter in support of Judge Goldstone. Rabbi Rosen explores why Dershowitz is engaging in these desparate ad hominem attacks and how it reflects a sea change in the Jewish community in relation to Israel.

Posted: April, 2010

  • Haaretz

    In this tragic and moving story about the experience of Amal, an 11 year old girl in Gaza, Amira Hass conveys the brutality of Operation Cast Lead and its continuing effects on one child in Gaza. It also points to the indifference of Israeli authorities to the suffering and the impunity that Israel continues to enjoy despite well documented, shocking and immoral actions during the attack on Gaza.

  • Quaker-Palestinian Youth Program

    The second phone conference of our new program, Resisting the Siege: Conversations with Gazans, will be held on our next fast day, Thursday April 15 at 12:00 noon EST. Our guests on the call will be young people in Gaza who have participated in The Popular Achievement program in Gaza, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee. The program that focuses on 14-17 year olds, aims at sustaining the values of youth civic engagement and empowerment of youth to invent/generate creative spaces for democratic participation in order to achieve positive social transformation and
    sustainable development.

    Participant Dialing Instructions:
    Toll Free Number: 1-800-868-1837
    Direct Dial Number: 1-404-920-6440
    Conference Code: 775326#

    Meet Young Gazans:

    Sarah Salipi:
    "I'm 18 years old and I'm studying English Literature at Al-Azhar university in Gaza. I live with my family in Jabalya camp. I'm working as a volunteer in a social and cultural center. I also worked as a volunteer in summer camps for children. I'm interested in social work, folk dancing (dabka), watching movies and listen to music and reading novels".

    Roba Salipi:
    "I’m a 17 old girl at my last year at high school. I live in jablia camp with the best family ever. I’m a member of folk dancing group and a member of social association as well. I participated in popular achievement program twice which gave me a great experience. I like meeting new people, doing voluntary work, writing and reading novels".

    Amal Sabawi, the director of the program, will also join us on the call. It will be a unique opportunity to hear about a remarkable program and to hear directly from young people in Gaza how they grapple with the difficulties of growing up in a community under siege.

    Participant Dialing Instructions:
    Toll Free Number: 1-800-868-1837
    Direct Dial Number: 1-404-920-6440
    Conference Code: 775326#

    For more information about the Public Achievers program, visit their website or watch this video.

Posted: March, 2010

  • Democracy Now

    Amy Goodman of Democracy Now interview Craig and Cindy Corrie.

  • Bitterlemons

    As part of a dialogue in Bitterlemons on the question of whether peace negotiations will resume, Sami Abdel Shafi argues that without international intervention the Palestinians will have to participate in negotations that will lead nowhere.

    "Thus the PA will not be able to resist pressure to return to a process that will lead nowhere as long as Israeli policy remains unchanged and the international community continues to be a shy spectator."

  • The Guardian

    Sami Abdel Shafi, a resident of Gaza and guest on the Ta'Anit Tzedek Jewish Fast for Gaza conference call describes the desperate conditions in Gaza.

    "The US and the EU should come to Gaza; then they could draw their own conclusions on an Israeli policy they have backed and funded without ever witnessing its consequences on ordinary civilians' lives. Surely then they could not fail to see that changing their policy is a moral imperative."

  • The Nation

    In this article, Sara Roy describes the devastation in Gaza. A profoundly shocking and important article detailing the attack on every aspect of life in Gaza. Everyone in America and Israel should read this prophetic article to learn about the suffering inflicted on the people of Gaza by the American and Israeli governments.

Posted: January, 2010

  • Magnes Zionist Blog

    Jeremiah Haber at the Magnes Zionist Blog reports on a letter written by Moshe Halbertal's students in response to his article on the Goldstone Report that appeared in the New Republic.

  • Ha'Aretz

    In this editorial, Ha'Aretz, is the first Israeli newspaper to advocate rethinking Gaza strategy and lifting the siege. Is this the beginning of a change in Israeli public opinion about Gaza?

  • The Israeli newspaper, Ha'Aretz, just printed an editorial calling for the lifting of the siege on Gaza. This is the first such public position by a major Israeli newspaper.

  • Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, one of the rabbinic members of Jewish Fast for Gaza, explains why she participated in the Gaza Freedom March. Her article puts the issues of Gaza within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and presents a non-violent alternative as the only way to resolve that conflict. Her article is courageous, inspiring and challenging. I am sure it will provoke discussion and dialogue on some very important and often unexamined issues.

  • New York Review of Books

    David Schulman, Israeli peace activist, responds to Moshe Halberthal's critique of the Goldstone Report.

  • The New Republic

    Moshe Halberthal, prominent Israeli liberal Orthodox scholar, attacks the Goldstone Report. You will find responses to this article on our website by several of his students who wrote a long public letter expressing their disappointment with his position and arguments. There is also two responses by Magnes Zionist and David Schulman, two Israeli academics who are colleagues of Halberthal, on the website.

  • Moment Magazine

    Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Jewish Feminist leader and author, writes about the villification of Judge Goldstone in the Jewish Community.

  • Media Matters

    M.J. Rosenberg, well known Jewish analyst, argues for the lifting of the siege on Gaza. In his article he draws an editorial in Haaretz, last week in favor of lifting the siege. This article and the Haaretz editorial are important as it indicates a growing number of people in the Jewish community who are publicly advocating for a lifting of the siege.

Posted: November, 2009

  • Al Jazeerah Website

    Rachel Barenblatt, a student in the Aleph Rabbinical Program, wrote this article for the Al Jazeerah website. The article is based on the Rabbinic phone conference call with Judge Goldstone organized by Taanit Tzedek with several co-sponsors: Brit Tzedek Rabbinic Cabinet, Rabbis for Human Rights -North America and Ohalah, the Network of Renewal Rabbis. Transcipt and audio of the call is available under Articles on this website.

Posted: October, 2009

  • Jerusalem Post

    A fairly comprehensive article about the call with Judge Goldstone organized by Taanit Tzedek.

  • Tikkun Olam: Make the World a Better Place Blog of Richard Silverstein

    Richard Silverstein reports on the Rabbinic Call sponsored by Taanit Tzedek with Judge Richard Goldstone

  • Jerusalem Post

    Given his involvement in investigations into human rights violations in many different countries, Judge Richard Goldstone, explains why he accepted the position as chair of the Fact Finding Mission to Gaza. How could he as a human rights advocate investigate violations by all other countries but not Israel?
    After reading this article you may want to listen to the recording of Judge Goldstone's conference call with rabbis on our website.

  • JTA

    Two important ommissions in the JTA article on the Ta'anit Tzedek Goldstone call:

    1. They left out Rabbis for Human Rights - North America and Ohala rabbinic group as co-sponsors of the call.
    2. Goldstone's first response on why the report won't hurt peace was something like, "There can't be peace without justice." His second response referred to Avigdor Lieberman's pronouncement that there would be no peace anytime soon.
  • Velveteen Rabbi Blog

    This isn't quite a verbatim of the conference call with Judge Goldstone... but it comes close. Rachel also adds some of her own reflections after the transcription of her notes.

  • Tikkun Magazine

    Tikkun Magazine editor Rabbi Michael Lerner and Rabbi Brian Walt interview Justice Richard Goldstone about the UN Human Right Council report on Israel's War in Gaza.

Posted: September, 2009

  • Chicago Tribune

    In a Chicago Tribune op-ed, Rabbi Brant Rosen suggests that the Jewish community use Yom Kippur as a time for a collective moral accounting over Israel's actions in Gaza.

  • Jerusalem Post

    An excellent article about Fred Abrahams, senior researcher for Human Rights Watch, who will be participating in a Taanit Tzedek conference call on September 30, 2009. Abrahams describes his work as human rights researcher in different parts of the world and especially in Gaza and Israel during the Gaza War. He points out that in every situation human rights researchers are accused of bias by both sides.

    In all of these conflicts we are constantly accused - by both sides - of being one-sided"
    "But no one has yet stepped forward and said we've got the facts wrong. They might criticize our methods, but all of our critics use polemics, not facts. If you want to criticize us for the reporting, the details, please do it. If there are any factual corrections, please let us know.

  • Btzelem issues a report that contradicts the claims of the Israeli government regarding the number of fatalities in "Operation Cast Lead."

  • United Nations Human Rights Commission Website

    The Goldstone Commission, appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Commission to investigate human rights violations by both parties in the Gaza War released its report. It has a lot of material on the devestating effects of the blockade and the commisision of war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity by Israel and the Hamas Government.

Posted: July, 2009

  • Tikun Olam blog by Richard Silverstein

    Richard Silverstein unpacks some recent articles in the main stream press touting economic improvements in the West Bank. It seems that the most misleading aspects of those articles is in their titles, with lots of critical points inside the articles themselves.

  • BBC

    BBC article on today's publication of a report by Israeli Human Rights Group Shovrim et Ha'shetika (Breaking the Silence) which describes testimony by Israeli soldiers about their experience in the Gaza war. You can download the entire 81 page report on the BBC site.

  • BBC

    Report on the work of the UN Human Rights Council's investigation into the recent conflict in Gaza. Israel is not cooperating with the investigation which is being led by Richard Goldstone, a Jew, and a respected South African war crimes prosecutor. The article was written after the group went to Gaza to see the destruction first hand and listen to testimony.

  • International Committee of the Red Cross

    A devastating report on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza published in June 2009 by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

  • Huffington Post

    Nancy Kanwisher uses extensive and convincing data analysis to assert that it is Israel - and not Hamas - that repeatedly breaks ceasefires in Gaza.

  • London Review of Books

    Harvard's Sara Roy:

    "How can keeping food and medicine from the people of Gaza protect the people of Israel? How can the impoverishment and suffering of Gaza’s children – more than 50 per cent of the population – benefit anyone? International law as well as human decency demands their protection. If Gaza falls, the West Bank will be next."

  • New York Times

    Excellent article by Columbia University's Rashid Khalidi, who lists and explores "a few essential points that seem to be missing from the conversation (about Gaza)."

  • Ha'aretz

    By Israeli journalist Gideon Levy:

    "So it must be said forthrightly, the disengagement is dead...Gaza is occupied, and with greater brutality than before. The fact that it is more convenient for the occupier to control it from outside has nothing to do with the intolerable living conditions of the occupied."

  • The Harvard Crimson

    With attention recently paid to diplomatic activity Sara Roy reminds of the destitution of the residents of Gaza and the suffering caused by the blockade.

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