Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Selected Publications: Gidon D. Remba

A few of my publications of particular interest

Obama Planned "Ambush" of Israel at U.N.? Fat Chance. http://www.obamasmearbusters.com/, September 2009 (co-author with J Street)

Obama’s policy on Jerusalem and the US Consulate is anti-Jewish and anti-Israel? That’s outrageous, http://www.obamasmearbusters.com/, September 2009 (co-author with J Street)

Removing West Bank Israeli settlements is ethnic cleansing? Nonsense. http://www.obamasmearbusters.com/, August, 2009 (co-author with J Street)

President Obama is trying to make the West Bank “Judenrein”? That’s bunk. http://www.obamasmearbusters.com/, August, 2009 (co-author with J Street)

An Open Letter to Abe Foxman: A Response to Obama's Critics on Arab-Israeli Peace, Jewcy, August 1, 2009

Obama's Grand Plan for the Middle East, Jerusalem Report, May 18, 2009, reprinted online in Jewcy

Bibi, Tzipi and Barack: A Chance for Peace?, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom Email & Website, Feb. 13, 2009

Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf: A Remembrance, Chicago Jewish News, Jan. 2, 2009

Barack Obama, A True Friend of Israel, The Jerusalem Report, June 4, 2008. Only two governments on earth are in shock over the newly revealed Israeli-Syrian dialogue: the Iranian regime and the Bush administration. Obama and McCain bring to this pregnant Mideast moment two sharply divergent conceptions of America's place in the world.

Like Bush, McCain Offers Bluster Instead of Good Advice on Iran, Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) and Washington Jewish Week, April 16, 2008.

Israel Should Negotiate with Syria, in Amanda Hiber, Editor, Should Governments Negotiate with Terrorists?, At Issue: National Security Series (Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press), June 2008; originally published as “Now May Be the Time to Pry Syria from Terrorist Camp,” The Jewish Chronicle, September 7, 2006.

McCain, Obama and the Middle East: What Conservative Mudslingers Don’t Want You To Know, The Jewish Chronicle, March 13, 2008. A defense of Scrowcroft-Brzezinski ‘realism’ on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Israel, Settlements and the “P” Word, The Jewish Chronicle and www.Ameinu.net, January 15, 2008. Kissinger, Ford, Carter and George H.W. Bush all recognized that constructive, judicious U.S. pressure on both sides is often necessary for successful Arab-Israeli peace-making.

What Bush and Olmert Could Learn from Begin and Sadat: Lessons from the 30th Anniversary of Sadat’s Visit to Jerusalem, The Jewish Chronicle and www.Ameinu.net, December 20, 2007 Contrary to popular opinion, which largely credits Sadat with the breakthrough, it was a far-reaching Israeli peace initiative which preceded Sadat's visit, and made successful Arab-Israeli peace talks possible. The tale is retold here, with a contemporary moral.

Genocide, Morality and American Jews (Published as “Don’t Alienate Ankara”), October 29, 2007, The Jerusalem Post.

AIPAC Hijack: With Friends Like These…, www.Ameinu.net and The Jewish Chronicle, March 20, 2007 (Widely reprinted on the web.) After attending the annual AIPAC National Policy Conference and Executive Committee meeting in Washington as the representative of a major American Jewish organization, I issued a press release on behalf of the organization revealing that AIPAC’s 2007 Action Agenda adopted radical hawkish positions on the Palestinians which would have quashed current Palestinian-Israeli peace efforts, placing AIPAC in sharp opposition to the Bush Administration, the Israeli Government and the Israeli public. (Covered in the Forward, JTA and other publications.)

Are We the New Jews of Silence?, The Jewish Chronicle, February 22, 2007 and www.Ameinu.net Reprinted by the American Task Force for Palestine. An account of my recent visit to Hebron and an appeal to American Jews to support the forces in Israel and the American Jewish community working to encourage an end to settlements which endanger both Israel’s security and its moral standing.

Look Who’s Pressuring Israel, The Jewish Chronicle, January 23, 2007. Response to Wendy Singer, AIPAC Israel director’s 500-word letter in Ha'aretz criticizing my Ha’aretz op-ed, “Wanted: A Moderate Pro-Israel Lobby.” A defense of Track II Syrian-Israeli talks and critique of Bush Administration’s and AIPAC’s positions vis-à-vis US opposition to Track I Syria-Israel negotiations.

Carter's “Palestine”: Badly Flawed with a Large Kernel of Truth, Israel Horizons, Meretz USA Quarterly Magazine, Winter 2007. Earlier versions appeared in online magazines and blogs: Engage, Zionism and Israel News Archives, December 11, 2006, and OpinionSource. Generated favorable press coverage in the Forward. Carter's top 10 misrepresentations reveal a systematic anti-Israel bias and a Manichean view of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In Carter’s world, the onus to make peace falls solely on Israel. Palestinians, for Carter, bear no share of responsibility for forging the conditions necessary for successful peacemaking.

Wanted: A Moderate Pro-Israel Lobby, an op-ed in the English edition of Ha'aretz, Nov. 17, 2006. Critiques the sometimes unhelpful role of AIPAC and the pro-Israel lobby in US Arab-Israel policy from a pragmatic pro-Israel perspective; advocates creation of a new moderate pro-Israel lobby to complement AIPAC. Widely reprinted online, by Israel Policy Forum, American Task Force for Palestine Middle East News World Press Roundup, Daily Kos, and elsewhere.

Convergence Towards Peace, The Forward, June 2, 2006, also published as “Moving Israeli Settlers Behind Wall Isn’t a Barrier to Peace,” Op-Ed, Chicago Sun Times, June 8, 2006. Response to right and far left critics of the Israeli government's West Bank “realignment” plan; advocates a negotiated disengagement.

The 'Israel Lobby' and the Persian Gulf Wars, Viewpoint, the Jerusalem Report, June 12, 2006. A rebuttal to Mearsheimer and Walt’s claim that Israel and the American Jewish “Israel Lobby” steered the US into a disastrous war in Iraq. Of the seven major Persian Gulf oil producing states, only two were not US allies, and instead were leaders of the radical anti-American front in the Arab and Muslim worlds: Iraq and Iran. Both have sought to dominate their Muslim Arab neighbors in the Persian Gulf, and Israel, as Mearsheimer’s own theory of regional hegemony predicts.

Progressive Jewish Perspectives on Divestment from Israel, April 17, 2005. Published by Chicago Presbytery Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Work Group (4,000 words). Critique of Presbyterian divestment from Israel as a counter-productive strategy for advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace. Presented as part of a multi-year dialogue between 4 Chicago Jewish leaders and the Chicago Presbyterian leadership.

Republican Jewish Attack Ads Push Spinning into Sinning, Published by Jews for Kerry, www.JewsforKerry.org, October 25, 2004. 4,000 words. Response to attack ad campaign in the American Jewish press by the Republican Jewish Coalition smearing Democratic presidential candidate Senator John Kerry and the Democratic Party. Discusses Democratic and Republican positions on Israel’s security barrier, targeted killing of terrorists, negotiating with Arafat and other Palestinian leaders, US aid to Israel, anti-Semitism and blaming the Jewish community for the war in Iraq.

Follow ‘West Wing’ Script on Mideast Peace, co-authored with Americans for Peace Now Policy Director Mark Rosenblum, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, September 24, 2004: This op-ed was discussed in a front-page story in the Forward, titled "The Peace Process Marches On...Television, at Least," October 29, 2004. Proposes a formula for the next US president to re-invigorate a Palestinian-Israeli negotiation process under the Roadmap.

On Arafat and the Peace Process, Chicago Tribune, November 16, 2004. Corrects the Chicago Tribune’s misrepresentation of my position on Arafat’s legacy in an article on reactions to his death, which at the same time corrects several widely held misperceptions about the Palestinian leader’s positions at Camp David and relationship to terrorism during the Oslo years.

Israel and the New Anti-Semitism, The Nation (April 12, 2004), 1,200 words, published as “Anti-Semitism: New or Old? An Exchange with Brian Klug.” Reprinted on many websites, translated into German and reprinted in a European political journal. Prompted a three-page attack in Virginia Tilly, The One-State Solution: A Breakthrough for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Deadlock (University of Michigan Press, 2005). For my rebuttal to Tilly, see “A Response to Jennifer Tilly,” at Tough Dove Israel.

A Response to the Campaign Against Palestinian Peace Advocate Sari Nusseibeh: An Americans for Peace Now White Paper, September 30, 2002 (3,800 words), published on APN’s website and the subject of a press release, garnered widespread local and international media coverage, including articles in the Jerusalem Post, the Forward, and in other media, at the height of the Palestinian intifada.

What is Zionism? Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State, www.Ameinu.net (2007, 2002), 5,000 words. How Israel can be a Jewish state and a state of equal citizens where the civil, political and economic rights of the non-Jewish Arab minority are accorded fully equal respect. First delivered as a talk at the University of Chicago, “What is Zionism? A Symposium,” co-sponsored by the University’s Human Rights Program and Students for Israel, September 2002.

Mideast Forgiveness: A Reply to Prof. Cherif Bassiouni on International Law and the Definition of Terrorism, Chicago Tribune, August 2, 2001. Argues against politicizing the definition of terrorism and in favor of amnesty (versus criminal prosecution) for Arab-Israeli war crimes to promote conflict resolution and regional stability.

The Canard of Democratic Peace, Viewpoint, Jerusalem Report, September, 25, 2000. Rebuttal to Netanyahu and Sharansky—and subsequently the Bush Administration—view that only democracies can make peace and that therefore the US and Israel should not negotiate with Syria.

Oslo Accord Has Helped Limit Terror Attacks, Letter, New York Times; August 28, 1997. A response to the spurious claims of critics who insist that the rise in terrorism since the Oslo Accords vitiates the value of Arab-Israeli peace agreements.

Jewish Ethics and the Palestinian-Israeli Problem, July-August 1997, Tikkun: A Bi-Monthly Jewish Critique of Politics, Culture and Society, a 6,000 word essay outlining both Jewish and generic moral and pragmatic arguments for the development of Israeli and Palestinian national identities consistent with the duty to promote peace and respect the other; a rebuttal to Jewish fundamentalist religious approaches to ethics and politics.

Are We Now Due for A Stinging Lesson in Scorpion Logic?, a 550-word op-ed length letter in the New York Times, published February 2, 1991, on the eve of Desert Storm. This essay responded to an op-ed by Edward Said comparing Israel's purported violation of U.N. resolutions on the Arab-Israel conflict to Iraq's. At the same time, it offers a just war critique of President George H.W. Bush's failure to sufficiently explore diplomatic alternatives before launching the war.

Books in Progress

The Great Rift: Arab-Israeli War and Peace in the New Middle East, co-author with Prof. Mark Rosenblum

Building on conversations with Israeli, Palestinian and American political leaders and policymakers from the eve of the Lebanon-Gaza wars through their still-unfolding aftermath, this study chronicles the rise and fall of unilateralism as a philosophy of Middle East conflict management. Despite the fatal flaws of unilateralism, the authors show that coordinated unilateral action can reinforce negotiations. The authors make the case that only a regional approach to bargaining with Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinians, the Saudis, the Gulf states, and Iran itself, can lay the groundwork for a more secure political realignment in the Middle East. To prevent the next earthquake, the United States must dramatically change course and lead a diplomatic initiative of a new kind.

The Paradox of Peace: A Jewish Odyssey

Equal parts memoir and political argument, I recount my and my family’s story spanning the founding of Israel through contemporary Arab- and Palestinian-Israeli warfare and peacemaking. Following the saga of Isaac Remba, chief aide to Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the founder of militant Revisionist Zionism, and long-time publicist to Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, I chronicle my father’s life-long battle for peace and security for Israel as a young Haganah fighter, Labor Zionist, American economist and public advocate in Israel and America. I bear witness to a generation of Arab-Israeli peace efforts, in my own work under Prime Minister Begin and Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan during Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s groundbreaking visit to Jerusalem and the negotiation of the Camp David Egyptian-Israeli peace accords, through a quarter century as an American Jewish activist, community leader and progressive Zionist.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf, z"l--"Obama's Rabbi"--A Remembrance, by Doni Remba, Chicago Jewish News



Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf, z”l—“Obama’s Rabbi”—A Remembrance
by Doni Remba, President and Executive Director, the Jewish Alliance for Change
Abridged version published in the Chicago Jewish News

Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf, one of the great religious leaders of our time and a champion of peace and social justice, has left us. I had the privilege of working with Arnie during the 1980’s as a teacher of children and adults for the first six years of his tenure at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. He remained a friend and ally ever since. This is a time to remember him, and the enormous contribution he has made to Jewish and American life.

By the time I had met him in 1980, Arnie had already served as a Navy chaplain during the Korean war, marched with King in Selma during the sixties, founded and led an innovative synagogue, and had been one the primary moving forces behind the creation in 1973 of the first national Jewish organization advocating for Palestinian-Israeli peace based on a two-state solution, at a time when calling for mutual Israeli and Palestinian recognition and rights was seen as high treason within the Jewish community.

In his essay, “A Theology of Activism,” Arnie writes: “I believe that Judaism mandates a quite specific political ethic which is binding upon all Jews. I include among our political obligations the amelioration of inequality, offering sanctuary to those fleeing oppression and tyranny, and a perpetual struggle for peace, even at some risk to our own security and safety…[T]he positive commandment of Judaism is to begin to act again and again, in the face of all doubt and with due consideration of all that negative experience can teach…God will complete our imperfections. She will not forgive our self-defensive cowardice or our fear of failure.”

He thought a rabbi ought to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable”—as one rabbi and close friend put it at his funeral, as his friend Martha Nussbaum, the renowned political philosopher at the University of Chicago Law School, reports in what is perhaps the most evocative remembrance of him. Throughout his life and work, Arnie exemplified “a passion for challenge and argument, a love of the search for truth whatever its inconveniences, a profound respect for dissenting opinions,” in Martha’s apt words.

Contrary to what some hawkish Orthodox critics say, the commitment to the pursuit of peace and social justice of many Jews like Arnie did not flow from some attachment to universalism that was somehow opposed to their Jewishness and their Judaism. For Arnie, it was integral to his understanding of what Jewish tradition demanded of us. Though he was an iconoclast and progressive in his politics, he was among the leaders of the return to tradition in Reform Judaism.

Arnie saw Judaism as defined by the belief that “it is better to do something under command than by choice….Mitzvah [commandment] is in a privileged position….To all of us North Americans,” he noted, “autonomy and choice—freedom and the ability to decide for ourselves—are crucial. But to Judaism, as I understand it, the opposite is the case…All Judaism is mitzvah. There is nothing else.” He maintained, as one of his provocatively titled articles put it, that “There is No Judaism but Orthodoxy—But All Jews are Really Reform.”

He taught that

"Jews are required, so far as they are able, to help other Jews. We have an obligation to support Israel, which by no means is identical to support for any given government policy there or, for that matter, a policy of the United States. We are not allowed to be bland universalists, just as we are not allowed to consider our own family the moral equivalent of all other families. Our ethical tasks begin close to home and then move in ever-widening circles until, in principle, if never in reality, we embrace the whole world. To be a Jew means to love ‘the near one’ (neighbor) as ourselves, hoping to bring near as many as we can."
To a young man who in 1980, having recently lost his 47-year old father, wondered how a just God could have created a universe in which life could be so torn asunder, Arnie responded in the traditional Jewish idiom as God had to Job that we cannot understand the ways of the Creator—a response that left me distinctly unsatisfied. My grappling with God, good and evil inevitably spilled over into my classroom at KAM. After a free-wheeling exchange in which my young students and I alternately challenged and defended the conventional explanations of God and radical evil, I asked them to put their thoughts to paper. Arnie loved the product, even with its dissenting and sometimes slightly heretical notions. In 1981 and again in 1984, he published their ruminations for the whole congregation, presenting their “profound and poignant theological reflections with pride and deep respect.” “When do we lose these youthful insights,” he wondered aloud. “How do we get them back again?”

The Loving Critic: Israel and the American Jewish Community

Arnie was, in so many ways, an exemplar of the rabbinic teaching that “Love unaccompanied by criticism is not love . . . Peace unaccompanied by reproof is not peace.” (Genesis Rabbah 54:3) He lived a life guided by the prophetic ideal of criticism from love. As founding chair of Breira—which means “alternative”—he helped spearhead a Jewish organization which proposed “an alternative to the intransigence of both the PLO and the several governments of Israel,” speaking out for the then-heterodox idea of a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Though Breira had the participation of over a hundred Reform and Conservative rabbis and noted American Jewish writers and intellectuals, the group was subjected to a vicious McCarthyite campaign of calumny in the organized Jewish community. Rabbi Alexander Schindler, then president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, was perhaps the only major leader of a Jewish organization to defend Breira, calling the attacks on the group, and firing by major Jewish organizations of some of its rabbinic supporters, a “witch hunt,” all of which led to Breira’s dissolution by 1977.

While Arnie continued to be a passionate advocate for Israeli-Palestinian peace, I believe he was deeply heartened to see that from the 1980’s on there were so many other American Jews—and mainstream pro-Israel Jewish organizations—who had followed in his footsteps in calling, and working, for a serious and sustained American initiative to help bring about Palestinian-Israeli rapprochement and a comprehensive Arab-Israeli settlement. But Arnie was no uncritical peacenik. He wrote of the obligations of Palestinians to end violence against Israel, and of Israel to work with Palestinians to end the occupation and bring about a secure two-state solution:

"The Palestinians are right to demand their liberation; the Jewish people need look no further than their own history to understand the wrong of the occupation. But it must not be forgotten that Israel is also right to demand the end of violence coming from some segments of the Palestinian community. Liberation is not enough -- we have also the obligation to live ethical lives.

"Both sides, then, must recognize the humanity of the other, and work together toward their mutual freedom, their mutual obligations. We learn in Exodus 12 that the Israelites went up from Egypt with a mixed multitude -- they were not alone as they shook off their oppression, and, we can presume, they were not alone at Sinai.

"God does not speak only to the Jews. The Creator speaks to all Creation, calls on each of us, individually and in our communities, to live in freedom and responsibility. Israel and the Palestinians must talk with each other, in honesty and mutual respect, and achieve a durable peace agreement, if either people is to know real liberation."

When, as president of Chicago Peace Now, the progressive Zionist group I had co-founded in 2001 after the failure of the Oslo peace process, I returned to KAM in 2004 to host a public dialogue with the Senior Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Negotiating Team from the Camp David and Taba talks, and a prominent American Jewish peace advocate, it was at the invitation of KAM’s Cantor Debra Bard. Arnie was there, but I was remiss in not having publicly recognized that we were in the presence of one of the rabbinic giants who had courageously pioneered American Jewish support for Palestinian-Israeli reconciliation.

It had been a few years since I had been back at KAM, though I had continued to visit with Arnie in other places. His eyes twinkled as he asked: “So, does it look the same?” I went up to my old classroom, whose windows gaze out on Barack Obama’s home, and confessed: “It’s as if time has frozen. Nothing has changed!” But so much had, and we both knew it.

Though now the synagogue’s emeritus rabbi, Arnie continued to teach classes, educate Bar and Bat Mitzvah students, deliver the occasional sermon, and engage, as always, in political activism. Last year, Arnie delivered a blistering Yom Kippur sermon titled “Our Sin.” KAM had all at once lost its serving rabbi, its cantor, and its director of education, all extraordinarily talented people each in their own fields. Arnie went on to reprove the congregation, and himself, for their and his own very real failings, which he believed had caused the departure of so many of the synagogue’s senior staff.

“Obama’s Rabbi”

Arnie had been one of Obama’s earliest supporters when Obama first ran for the Illinois State Senate in a district that encompassed Hyde Park and other parts of Chicago. When, over a decade later, late in the presidential race, McCain and Palin sought to discredit Obama through guilt by association with one Professor Bill Ayers, a Hyde Park neighbor, Arnie let it be known that for a host of reasons it was a bum rap. Attempting to tar Obama as “paling around with terrorists,” McCain and Palin claimed that Ayers had “launched Obama’s political career in his living room.” But Arnie pointed out that many people in Hyde Park had hosted coffees for Obama—“there were several every week”—to introduce the candidate to the community and help him build political support. He noted that his wife Grace insisted that their own coffee for Obama had actually been the first—so if anything, Obama’s political career had actually been “launched” in Arnie and Grace’s living room.

In March of this year, Arnie sprang to Obama’s defense when he was under attack for the remarks of his minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. He made clear that he supported Obama’s candidacy not out of “neighborly instinct,” but “because he stands for what I believe, what our tradition demands.” And as a rabbi who had long prized his freedom to take controversial political and religious stands before his congregation, he reminded the American Jewish community that “We sometimes forget, but an integral part of that tradition is dialogue and a willingness to disagree. Certainly many who call me their rabbi have taken political positions far from mine - just as Barack Obama's opinions have differed from those of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.”

Then he reminded us of what was really at stake in this election for Jews and for all Americans, adding his and his family’s testimony to vouch for his friend Barack:

"Obama's strong positions on poverty and the climate, his early and consistent opposition to the Iraq War, his commitment to ending the Darfur genocide - all these speak directly to Jewish concerns. If we're sidetracked by Wright's words, we'll be working against these interests. After all, a preacher speaks to a congregation, not for the congregation.

"I've worked with Obama for more than a decade, as has my son, a lawyer who represents children and people with disabilities. He has admired Obama's dedication and skill as he worked on issues affecting our most vulnerable citizens….Barack Obama is brilliant and open-hearted; he is wiser and more thoughtful than his former minister. He offers what America, Israel, and the Jewish community need: a US President willing to ask hard questions, and grapple with difficult answers. I am very proud to be his neighbor. I hope someday to visit him in the White House."

Soon thereafter, Arnie joined our Board of Advisors, with the encouragement of his (other) political activist and Orthodox son, Jonathan. Arnie was proud to join a Jewish organization which was then sponsoring Jews for Obama, and which, as the Jewish Alliance for Change, continued to advocate for Obama in the Jewish community through Election Day, while espousing a progressive domestic and foreign policy agenda.

President-elect Obama issued the following statement upon learning of Arnie’s passing, which was read at his funeral at KAM:

"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf, who was not just our neighbor, but a dear friend to Michelle and me. We are joined in this time of grief by the entire Hyde Park community, the American Jewish Community, and all those who shared Rabbi Wolf’s passion for learning and profound commitment to serving others.

"Throughout Chicago and in Jewish homes and classrooms across our country, Rabbi Wolf’s name is synonymous with service, social action, and the possibility of change. He will be remembered as a loving husband and father, an engaging teacher, a kindhearted shepherd for the KAM Isaiah community, and a tireless advocate of peace for the United States, Israel and the world."

But Arnie’s long-time vociferous support for Obama did not prevent him from criticizing his friend when he believed he had erred. A few weeks ago, at a public talk at KAM delivered by Abner Mikva, the former federal judge and White House Counsel to President Clinton who is one of Obama’s mentors and advisors, Arnie chastised Obama over some of his cabinet appointments and for his reversal this summer on a civil rights issue: Obama’s decision to support legislation granting legal immunity to telecommunications companies that had cooperated with the Bush administration’s program of wiretapping without warrants. This “pragmatic move to the center” was a reversal of Obama’s prior opposition to President Bush’s effort to expand the government’s domestic spying powers.

Even as he defended Obama in March, Arnie wrote that “I've sometimes found Obama too cautious on Israel. He, like all our politicians, knows he mustn't stray too far from the conventional line, and that can be disappointing. But unlike anyone else on the stump, Obama has also made it clear that he'll broaden the dialogue. He knows what peace entails.”

Had Arnie lived to see the great suffering of Israelis and Palestinians in the current crisis, he would have been among those reminding us that it stems above all else from the woeful absence of real diplomatic leadership on the part of the United States and its allies. He would have been privately urging his friend, the President-elect, to upon taking office launch an unprecedented drive to negotiate a more durable cease-fire, coupled with a bold regional approach to comprehensive Israeli-Arab peace, one which “breaks fundamentally with past efforts.”

Baruch Dayan Emet

Arnie was, as he himself had said of his great teacher Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “a prophet who knew that prophecy was now impossible. But, as he taught us, the prophets and sages are dead. It is only the living who now constitute Israel and will together make its future.” What a hole in the universe has been left, cried Rabbi Arthur Waskow. Arnie will be sorely missed by so many; and we need him now more than ever.

2007 Press Clips about the work of Gidon D. Remba (Excluding My Publications)

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2007 Press Clips (Excluding My Publications)

12/24/2007
Jerusalem Report: Fringe Theater at Annapolis
Busloads of activists gather in the cold winter sunlight of late November outside the gateway to the Naval Academy in the sleepy town of Annapolis, Maryland, to spew vitriol, decry Israeli ... › More Info

12/01/2007
Jerusalem Post: The 'Daily Gevalt' ("The Narrowing of the Jewish Mind")
Like many Jews with an e-mail account and a keen interest in Israel, I receive the "Daily Alert" on the Middle East. The alert, a compendium of Mideast news and opinion, is "prepared for ... › More Info

11/28/2007
JTA: Supporters, opponents stage rallies at Annapolis conference
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (JTA) -- The streets of Annapolis were ringing with the sound of Hebrew folk songs as Jewish organizations of many stripes held rallies either in support of or opposition to the ... › More Info

11/28/2007
Forward: On Summit Sidelines, Jewish Groups Square Off
...Jewish activists took to the streets here Tuesday to express their views on the Middle East peace conference that was taking place at the United States Naval Academy. An estimated 100 ... › More Info

11/27/2007
CBS TV Broadcast of Annapolis Peace Rally
New York's CBS TV sent a camera crew to interview New York rally-goers as they departed on the bus from in front of Beit Shalom at 7:30 am, and again in Annapolis itself. CBS erred in ... › More Info

11/26/2007
Ha'aretz: Dovish U.S. Jewish groups plan pro-Annapolis rally on Tuesday
A coalition of dovish American Jewish organizations are to hold a rally for Israeli-Palestinian Peace to coincide with the Annapolis Middle East peace conference on Tuesday. The rally, ... › More Info

11/21/2007
International Herald Tribune: Peace conference security could cramp Annapolis' style
Wednesday, November 21, 2007 ANNAPOLIS, Maryland: People planning a brisk autumn run or walk at the U.S. Naval Academy face a possible detour past shouting anti-Palestinian ... › More Info

10/29/2007
Jerusalem Post: Genocide, Morality and American Jews
Published as "Don't Alienate Ankara" The Jerusalem Post, Oct. 29, 2007 (Unedited version) Under pressure from the Bush Administration and Turkey, a key US NATO ally, ... › More Info

07/31/2007
JTA: Ban on Leasing Land to Arabs Slammed
NEW YORK (JTA) -- A proposed Israeli law that would uphold the government's refusal to lease land to Israeli Arabs has generated broad opposition among American Jews concerned about the ... › More Info

07/28/2007
Jerusalem Post: US Jewish groups lobby against JNF bill
The Reform Movement and other liberal Jewish groups are urging the Knesset not to move forward with legislation that would prohibit Arab Israelis from leasing land owned by the Jewish National Fund. ... › More Info

07/27/2007
Guardian: The 'right' to discriminate
A fixture in the lives of all children who have ever attended Hebrew school is the blue Jewish National Fund (JNF) pushke (or charity box), into which parents and teachers encouraged us to throw our ... › More Info

07/25/2007
JTA: Some Jews oppose land bill
Some U.S. Jewish groups are protesting a Knesset bill that would permit the Israel Lands Authority to uphold a policy that favors Jewish landowners in Israel. Ameinu, the American affiliate of the ... › More Info

07/25/2007
Forward: Reform Slams Knesset Plan for JNF Land
Some U.S. Jewish groups are protesting a Knesset bill that would permit the Israel Lands Authority to uphold a policy that favors Jewish landowners in Israel. Ameinu, the American affiliate of the ... › More Info

07/06/2007
Jewish Herald-Voice (Houston): Progressive Zionist. Simply a term for a Jewish traitor says the Right. An oxymoron says the Left.
Including Everybody In the Family Conversation Progressive Zionist. Simply a term for a Jewish traitor says the Right. An oxymoron says the Left, since Israel is an apartheid state engaged in ethnic ... › More Info

05/25/2007
The Forward: Amid Rockets and Civil War in Gaza, Israelis Sour on Peace Prospects
Amman, Jordan - Israeli leaders are now scrambling for a strategy to deal with the potential civil war erupting in the Palestinian territories and Hamas rocket attacks on the southern town of Sderot. ... › More Info

05/04/2007
The Forward: Liberal Mideast Newsletter to Launch
Washington - A prominent liberal think tank is launching a new e-mail newsletter following claims that the main daily digest put out by the Jewish community advances a right-wing agenda. The Center ... › More Info

03/14/2007
JTA: Liberal Zionists denounce AIPAC
A liberal Zionist group denounced the America Israel Public Affairs Committee for adopting "radical hawkish positions" at the powerful lobby’s annual policy conference. In a statement Wednesday, ... › More Info

03/13/2007
The Forward: Aipac Conference: Pastor Hailed, Bibi Dissed, Pollard Rejected, While Politicians Preen
Washington - Perhaps the most enthusiastically received speaker at this year’s annual Aipac conference was the fiery evangelical leader Pastor John Hagee. During his speech Sunday night to the 6,000 ... › More Info

2/23/2007
The Forward: Is Community Open to Critics of Zionism? Ira Youdovin
"Doni Remba, a leader of Americans for Peace Now, characterizes Carter’s book as being 'badly flawed but with a large kernel of truth.' In the future, will an author who condemns Carter’s main thesis nevertheless find himself condemned because he accepts some of Carter’s critique?"

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