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Is Israel Occupying the West Bank and Gaza Strip?

06/17/24
by By Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director

By Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director

Palestinians describe Israel as an “occupier,” which places the Israel-Palestinian conflict in the context of an oppressor and the oppressed. Palestinian violence is therefore overlooked if not condoned as the legitimate reaction of a victim of...

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Is Zionism “Settler Colonialism”?

05/14/24
by Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director

Israel’s critics and enemies often refer to Zionism as “settler colonialism.” This charge intensified after Hamas broke an existing ceasefire agreement, invaded southern Israel, and brutally murdered more than 1,200 people on October 7, prompting Israel’s declaration of war. Within weeks, rather...

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Pivotal Moments in Jewish-Christian Relations

04/05/24
by Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director

Even a casual observer of history cannot help but notice the astounding relationship that has developed between Jews and Christians over the last 80 years. None of this would have happened without the birth of the modern State of Israel in 1948. Since then, however, other pivotal moments have...

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The Double Standards of the Gaza War

03/14/24
by Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director

The world’s response to Israel’s war with Hamas that began on October 7 is nothing short of a travesty. Not only has Israel had to defend its defensive war against those who carried out the barbaric attack against Israeli civilians and threatened to repeat it, but it has faced a wave of double...

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5 Lies about 1948 and Israel’s Birth as a Nation

02/01/24
by Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director

Since becoming a state in 1948, Israel’s enemies have continually attempted to defeat and discredit the Jewish State using any tactics that stick. For example, they’ve tried to weaken Israel economically with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and diplomatically with the 1975...

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The Big Lie: Who Is Really Committing Genocide?

01/10/24
by Susan Michael

The “big lie” is an expression Adolf Hitler coined to describe his technique of telling a lie so colossal that no one would ever suspect it was false. He first described this concept in his autobiographical manifesto Mein Kampf, which outlined his plans for ruling Germany. He surmised most...

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Seven Tenacious Antisemitic Tropes in Full Force Today

12/18/23
by Susan Michael

(Part 2 in a 2-Part Series)

An antisemitic trope is a myth or sensational report, misrepresentation, or lie defamatory toward Judaism or the Jewish people as an ethnic or religious group. Some tropes date back to the birth of Christianity, like the belief that Jews are collectively...

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What Are Antisemitic Tropes—and Are They Happening Today?

10/26/23
by Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director

(Part 1 in a 2-Part Series)

An antisemitic trope is a myth or sensational report, misrepresentation, or lie defamatory toward Judaism or the Jewish people as an ethnic or religious group. This two-part series will first discuss the critical role these untruths play in increasing...

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Jews and Christians Learning to Relate Part 1: The Return of Christianity to Its Jewish Roots

07/06/23
by Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director

For the first time in almost 2,000 years, Jews and Christians are learning how to be friends and relate to one another with respect and appreciation. To fully understand how new and how delicate this relationship is, we must know our history and what has brought us to this moment. 

If...

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Jews and Christians Learning to Relate Part 2: Since the Holocaust

07/06/23
by Susan Michael, ICEJ USA Director

In Part 1 of this series, we covered the history of Jewish-Christian relations from the book of Acts through the Holocaust. And while it is a very sad tale of...

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