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 […]

Palestine, Israel and Birds

In June of 2013, Audubon magazine published an article on a cooperative bird conservation project between Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian schoolchildren. An Israeli zoologist partnered with organizations and schools to bring children together to enjoy nature and local birds and learn about conservation. This is a sociological issue, but let’s take a step back for […]

Israeli-Palestinian conflict: myths and facts

Editor’s Note: The printed version of this op-ed incorrectly listed Hannah Hoang as the author. The piece was in fact written by Chad Kramer. The Daily apologizes for this error. Our buzzword culture continues to thrive. Through its advertisement in the Tufts Disorientation Guide, Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) promotes reckless policies and […]

The betrayal

I’ve written about Arab Israeli columnist and novelist Sayed Kashua recently. It is safe to say he has had less than an easy life. While some of his frustrations with the current Israeli government are grounded, I take issue with a number of his stances. But for all the critique he levels at the country, […]

Israelis, Palestinians and satire

Last week, I spoke about the elusiveness of nuance and the need to devote ourselves to its pursuit. I would argue that the single conflict where it is most lacking is that of the Israelis and Palestinians. A bit more complexity in both discussing and attempting to address this conflict would do the Middle East […]

The pursuit of nuance

As the temperature slowly reaches 50 degrees, the spring holidays are upon us. This past weekend, Christians and Jews celebrated Easter and Passover. As many know, Passover is about retelling a story we have heard a lot, thanks in part to Charlton Heston’s portrayal of Moses in a dated Hollywood epic. We explore the story of […]

The meaning of apartheid

It is undeniable that apartheid has entered mainstream discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Jimmy Carter penned his book “Peace Not Apartheid” in 2006. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many others who experienced South African apartheid have described Israel as an apartheid state. Even Secretary of State John Kerry slipped this past April and said Israel might […]

For Israelis, a special St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day 2015 is a special day not only to the Irish, but also to Israelis. I say so because come March 17, Israelis will go to the polls to select their new government. Though I generally wish the Israeli right wing wielded less power, Israeli elections are pretty fun on the whole. The […]

Faculty participate in Israeli Apartheid Week panel

Tufts professors Souhad Zendah and Thomas Abowd discussed their perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict last night at Faculty Perspectives on Gaza and Jerusalem, the fifth event hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) during Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW).  The two professors addressed the conflict from strikingly different angles, covering not only the legal and […]