Ira Chernus

Ira Chernus

Ira Chernus is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of "American Nonviolence: The History of an Idea."

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Monday, February 01, 2010
Israeli Women Soldiers Break the Silence
What's it like to be a woman serving in the Israeli occupation force in the West Bank? Is a woman's experience as an occupier any different than a man's? Yes indeed, say some women who have just broken their silence and offered a glimpse into the grim reality of the occupation.
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Monday, January 18, 2010
Martin Luther King's Legacy and Israel's Future: Stepping Beyond Fear
Every year, apologists for Israel's occupation of Palestine eagerly await Martin Luther King Day. Then they trot out these words, spoken by Dr. King shortly before his death: "When people criticize Zionists they mean Jews; you are talking anti-Semitism."
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Monday, January 11, 2010
Israel Giving Gas Masks to Babies
There’s good news for the children of Israel. Every one of them will soon be getting candy, for free, from their government. Are the Israelis returning to the socialist spirit of their founding fathers? Not quite.
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Monday, November 02, 2009
US Words Thwart Middle East Peace
Two loud wake-up calls came in from the Middle East over the weekend. The next voice you hear will be from the U.S. House of Representatives, which will vote this week (perhaps as soon as Tuesday) on H.R. 867, an AIPAC-sponsored resolution denouncing the Goldstone Report. That's the UN fact-finding mission accusing Israel as well as Hamas of war crimes in Israel's attack on Gaza last December.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Politics Sparks Religious Conflict in Jerusalem
Arabs revere it as the "Noble Sanctuary." Jews revere it as the "Temple Mount." Everyone worries about it -- or should worry about it -- as a potential flashpoint for renewed violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
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Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Obama Trapped Behind Wall of Mideast Containment
Damn the Iranians and full speed ahead. That was the U.S. policy in the Middle East. But the waters have proved treacherous, with torpedoes everywhere. Despite an initial hopeful sit-down with Iranian negotiators, this won't be the October the White House wanted on the foreign policy front. By now, Barack Obama was supposed to have announced -- with ruffles and flourishes -- the beginning of Middle East peace talks, leading to a final status agreement by 2012.
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Thursday, September 17, 2009
Obama's Israel-Palestine Gamble
President Barack Obama boasts that he's a good poker player. On Middle East policy, he seems to be betting all his chips on a high-stakes gamble. It's not clear yet, though, whether the gamble is working or what the ultimate outcome will be.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009
'Socialized Medicine' and Hamas: Big Lies Thrive
When I read two op-eds last week in my local newspaper, warning the public against Obama's plan for "socialized medicine" and a "government takeover of health care," I wasn't surprised. It's a staunchly conservative paper in a traditionally conservative middle-American town. We're used to distortion, misinformation, and outright lies appearing in print, as long as they serve right-wing causes.
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
Israel Not As Powerful As You May Think
Too many peace-and-justice activists are too quick -- even eager, it sometimes seems -- to feel powerless. Did you hear all the wailing and gnashing of teeth the other day from liberals, when the Obama administration hinted that it might give up the public option for health care? You'd have thought they pronounced it dead and buried it. A lot of crusaders for health care reform were so depressed that they were ready to thrown in the towel.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Inching Toward Compromise in the Middle East
I was gliding along the Massachusetts Turnpike, enjoying a summer Sunday in the Berkshires, thinking I was on vacation, when I got an urgent cell phone call from a news anchor at one of the nation's most progressive radio stations. "Will you comment on today's news from Israel?" he asked. "What news?" I was on vacation from the world and its problems.
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