What message is Berkeley's Jewish Student Union sending if it hails Israel's democracy while refusing to accept other points of view?
Bradley Burston is a Haaretz columnist and Senior Editor of Haaretz.com which publishes his blog, "A Special Place in Hell."
During the first Palestinian uprising, Burston served as Gaza correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, and was the paper's military correspondent in the 1991 Gulf War.
In the mid-1990s he covered Israeli-Arab peace talks for Reuters. In 2006, he received the Eliav-Sartawi Award for Mideast Journalism, presented at the United Nations.
A native of Los Angeles, Burston moved to Israel after graduation from Berkeley. He was part of a group which established Kibbutz Gezer, between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Burston served in the IDF as a combat medic, later studying medicine in Be'er Sheva for two years before turning to journalism. He is married and has two daughters.
In Netanyahu, the Boycott Israel movement has an eloquent new spokesman. So does Iran.
Jews may have come to believe they don't need rabbis like these in their lives. They can be Jewish on their own, with other like-minded people.
At this very moment, Netanyahu is letting history pass him by. He is letting history pass Israel by.
The sages taught that if you come upon a beggar, you are not obligated to give to him, but you are obligated not to look away. Simple, right? Not at all.
On this, the Jewish festival of full disclosure, I have a confession to make. All these years of celebrating Rosh Hashanah, and until this past year came to an end, I didn't know the first thing about it.
I dread what is about to happen. But there are times when evil is such that countering it justifies risk to the townspeople next door.
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His message for North American Jews: You have every right to speak out for the Israel and the peace you want to see. It's your future, too.
The smart money is overwhelmingly betting on two states to lose. But Middle East politics have nothing to do with smart.