Mira Sucharov is Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. A child of the 70s and 80s in two tight-knit Canadian Jewish communities, Mira wrestles with the link between tradition and contemporary values, between narratives and identity in the Israeli-Palestinian domain, and the nature of the Diaspora relationship with Israel. She is the author of The International Self: Psychoanalysis and the Search for Israeli-Palestinian Peace (SUNY Press), is a Provost Fellow at Carleton for outstanding teaching, and in 2010 received a Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. She is currently the country analyst for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza for Freedom House's annual Freedom in the World report.
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As the coup in Egypt unfolds, the debate over Islam and democracy continues apace. Can respectful critique push a community's beliefs toward the universal values of justice, peace and freedom?8 comments
As we've shed save Soviet Jewry bracelets for Save Darfur bracelets, Jewish leaders must recognize that focusing on the outside world does not necessarily come at the expense of Jewish continuity.0 comments
As we send our kids on Birthright, teach them the Hebrew songs and hope they remain attached to Israel, let’s make sure that they cherish Israel’s democracy as well as its existence.9 comments
Saying that religious ritual should be above reproach simply because it is religious is anti-intellectual and obfuscating at best.39 comments
Psychoactive, a group of Israeli mental health professionals, seeks to increase awareness around topics that are often seen as taboo, such as the mental health effects of occupation on Israeli soldiers and the psychological barriers to peace.9 comments
Moments of hypocrisy may tell us something about a person, but they say nothing about the issue at hand: If you are contemptuous of Hawking’s decision to boycott, what alternative to ending the occupation are you proposing?12 comments
With a West Bank Palestinian having been sentenced Thursday to 98 years for throwing a stone that caused Asher Palmer and his infant son to die in a fatal car crash, the issue of Palestinian resistance to occupation has again been thrust into the spotlight.12 comments
The conference organizers have lined up a top-flight array of speakers, including the transgender memoirist and poet Joy Ladin and Jay Michaelson.3 comments
Vaster exploration of religious Zionism may certainly have its value, but to what extent can responsible governance be wrapped up in the scrolls of ancient texts?4 comments
The question of long-term vitality of Judaism may ultimately come down to the question of relevance and whether Orthodox Jews are seen more as keepers of the faith or gatekeepers of the faith.5 comments
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Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind's choice of Purim costume represented a basic inability to listen to the experiences of the African-American community, whose history, like that of the Jews, is plagued with persecution.3 comments
Valentine’s Day presents a perfect admixture of opportunity and challenge when it comes to being Jewish in North America.4 comments
A scene several minutes into the movie transports this writer back to the days of her youth, to Zionist summer camp.3 comments
- When an Oscar drives a wedge between Israeli and American Jews
- The Gatekeepers, 5 Broken Cameras to compete head-to-head at Oscars
- The Gatekeepers director: 'Extreme right more dangerous to Israel than Iranian bomb'
- Does Israel really 'own' its Oscar contenders?
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Two new videos, one a call for action and the other for restraint, both represent an essential of knowing how and when to use the natural gifts we were each given.1 comments
Three North American organizations to conduct parallel protest by delivering letter protesting building plans to Israeli embassy in Washington.9 comments
- Q&A: What is area E-1, anyway?
- More than 400 Jewish clergy in U.S. press Netanyahu on E-1
- UN Security Council members blast Israel over settlement construction plans
- Likud-Beiteinu struggles to reconcile charter with Netanyahu's 'two state' Bar-Ilan speech
- Netanyahu receives letters from more than 700 Jewish clergy protesting settlement expansion
- Diaspora Jews want to be Israel’s partners - not only its donors
Hanukkah is as good a time as any to start a discussion about the kinds of strategic thinking that animates the art of war, and ultimately, the kind of prudence and pragmatism at the heart of peace.1 comments
After a night spent at a David Broza concert in Ottawa, Mira Sucharov says that it's time for Jews in the Diaspora to do more than just listen to Israeli peace songs.0 comments
To mark Transgender Week of Awareness, Mira Sucharov contacted Joy Ladin, poet, writer and professor at Yeshiva University’s Stern College, and author of Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders.2 comments
Many committed Diaspora Jews relish the ability to ask curious questions of our Israeli cousins. As yet another set of Israeli elections approaches, we can only marvel as the answers are being worked out before our very eyes.0 comments
Thoughts on the premier of 'My So-Called Enemy,' a documentary bringing viewers into the lives of six teenage girls from Israel and Palestine.0 comments
A High Holy Day's look at the incredible shrinking tent of Diaspora dialogue.1 comments
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