Op-ed: In Favor of a Two-State Solution

As student leaders of various pro-Israel groups on campus including Tufts Hillel, J Street U Tufts, Tufts Friends of Israel, Tufts American-Israel Alliance and Visions of Peace, we may not always agree on the specifics of how to express our pro-Israel identities, but we stand united in our shared belief in a two-state solution as the most viable […]


Op-Ed: A response to FOI’s Taste of Israel event

We — Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) — are writing in regards to Tufts Friends of Israel’s (FOI) Taste of Israel event planned for today, Oct. 27. According to the Facebook event, Taste of Israel is meant to “showcase the foods that make up Israel and the cultures it represents.” SJP considers this event to be […]


Alt-J offers alternative Jewish space on campus

Among fall 2015 incoming students, 11.2 percent identified as Jewish, according to a survey conducted by the Tufts University Chaplaincy. While Tufts Hillel offers one religious and cultural outlet for these Jewish students, the student group Alt-J (Alternative Jews) aims to provide a different option for Jewish students on campus. Formed in winter 2014, Alt-J began when a number of students at Tufts […]


Visions of Peace hosts bereaved Israeli, Palestinian parents

Tufts Visions of Peace hosted “It Won’t Stop Until We Talk” in Goddard Chapel on Monday night with representatives from The Parents Circle – Families Forum, an organization advocating for peace in Israel and Palestine that is made up of people who have lost family members to the conflict. The event, which was sponsored by Tufts Hillel, the […]


Op-ed: Across the aisle on Bus 548

This op-ed is written in collaboration with a large group of students who participated in Tufts Birthright trips to Israel. We were deeply disturbed with the way that a recent op-ed, “Whose Birthright?” and the accompanying zine of the same title portrayed the nature of our trip and characterized us as participants. Each of us […]


Op-ed: If you want to help, help

Two weeks ago, I confronted a personal dilemma: should I attend Avner Gvaryahu’s lecture at Tufts or should I go to a new initiative whose objective is to improve relations between Israelis and Palestinians in the region? Though the right answer was clear, it was a tough call. As someone who invests considerable effort to […]


Students for Justice in Palestine hold demonstration as part of Israeli Apartheid Week

Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) staged an educational demonstration yesterday on the Tisch Library Patio as a part of its annual Israeli Apartheid Week. The demonstration involved four stations focusing on the city Hebron in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and a Bedouin community in the Negev Desert. Each station represented […]


Op-ed: For Israel/Palestine, take caution with the word “indigenous”

“When we speak our language, we’re resisting. Our languages were destroyed. The Wampanoag had to actually revive their language. That’s resistance.” This is how indigenous dissent manifests itself, according to Mahtowin Munro, co-leader of United American Indians of New England and a panelist at “Settler Colonialism in the Americas and Palestine: A Legacy of Indigenous […]


J Street U Tufts hosts former IDF soldier to discuss Israeli occupation

Over 30 people gathered to hear Avner Gvaryahu from Breaking the Silence (BtS) speak about his experiences as a former soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the occupied West Bank. The event, hosted by J Street U Tufts, featured Gvaryahu’s presentation, titled “Understanding the Israel Occupation.” Co-chair of J Street U Tufts Andrew Goldblatt, […]


Before Sanctioning – Can We Talk?

I often disagree with the American policy, especially toward the Middle East. Sometimes, I believe the American administration acts counter to its own interests, as well as to Israeli interests. For that reason, I am constantly criticizing American policy decisions. Nonetheless, I have never stopped my intellectual efforts to comprehend the drivers behind the American […]


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