Larry Derfner


J Street Loses Its Focus With Peace Process Dead

By Larry Derfner

J Street Loses Its Focus With Peace Process Dead
J Street has lost its purpose now that the peace process is dead. Instead of fighting Israel’s occupation, it battles the only tactic that could end the injustice, writes Larry Derfner.Read More


John Kerry 'Deal' Looks Rigged Against Palestinians

By Larry Derfner

John Kerry with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat and Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni at the State Department in Washington / Getty Images Read More


Israel's Everyday Racism — and How American Jews Turn a Blind Eye to It

By Larry Derfner

Israel's Everyday Racism — and How American Jews Turn a Blind Eye to It
Israeli leaders almost never suffer any consequences for making outrageous racist remarks. Why not apply the same standards that we did to Jesse Jackson and ‘Hymie-town’?Read More


Everyday 'Apartheid' and the Liberal Dream

By Larry Derfner

Everyday 'Apartheid' and the Liberal Dream
The following items appeared in the Israeli media this month: Superland, an amusement park outside Tel Aviv, makes a policy of reserving separate days for Israeli Arab high school classes and separate ones for Israeli Jewish classes. A Jewish community pool in the Negev refused to admit a group of Bedouin children with cancer because, in the words of the manager, the patrons have a problem with that “sector.” In a hidden-camera investigation by Channel 10 news, branches of Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s largest bank, refused to allow three out of five Israeli Arab customers to transfer their accounts to a branch in a predominantly Jewish area, while routinely allowing all the Jewish customers to do so.Read More


Who Are the Israeli Centrists and Why Did They Vote for Yair Lapid?

By Larry Derfner

Who Are the Israeli Centrists and Why Did They Vote for Yair Lapid?
The plain vanilla Israeli bedroom community of Modi’in gave Yair Lapid’s centrist party 27 percent of its vote. Now the time has come to ask: What does it want in return?Read More






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