The early 1970s was a time when young Jews in the Americas, Western Europe and elsewhere, friends of mine and me among them, would stop at nearly nothing for the sake of Soviet Jewry. It's hard to conceive of it now. Any of it.
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.
American author and philosopher Leon Wieseltier says Israel won't survive much longer as a Jewish state unless the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is solved. But if Netanyahu has indeed managed 'to take the Palestinian question off the table,' as Wieseltier suggests, could the end be nearer than we think?
It could just be that the right boycott, run the right way, could help end Israel's occupation of the Palestinians. Not this boycott.
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The top state secret is conspicuous in its absence; it's camouflaged, hidden in plain sight. But no one knows it, and no one can.
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Here in Israel, where the terrible effects of weaponry are all too evident, I've yet to meet the person who mistakes firearms for liberty and general welfare.