On Israel’s relations with its’ Arab minority

On Israel’s relations with its’ Arab minority

by Nadav Tamir

The heartbreaking scenes of violence between Jews and Arabs in our mixed cities are already seared in our consciousness. Just in the last couple of weeks, we participated in the traditional Iftar meals with our Arab neighbors and friends and planned more projects to strengthen the delicate human tissue of majority and minority relations in our country.

Solution to Violence Must Be Strategic

Solution to Violence Must Be Strategic

by Nadav Tamir

I have no interest in the blame game, I have an expectation that we as the strong and sovereign side will take responsibility. The Israeli government should have a comprehensive policy for the Palestinian issue, centered on strategic diplomacy with the Palestinian leadership dedicated to finding a solution to the conflict that will free us from repetitive futile patterns. At the same time, we must promote true equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel. Otherwise, the vacuum that our government creates will be once again filled by the extremists.

Kiev, Capital of European Memory

Kiev, Capital of European Memory

by Simone Zoppellaro

I couldn't find a better image to describe the crisis of today's Europe, its unresolved contradictions. Fractures that were thought to be buried with the end of the Second World War, and that re-emerge today in all their ferocity, here as in the Caucasus. Contradictions ignored, with obstinate blindness, even by many in Brussels and in our governments.

Armenia Lost the Peace, not the War

Armenia Lost the Peace, not the War

by Simone Zoppellaro

I would like to write to the Armenians, as a friend, some uncomfortable words. Words that are not easy to write or hear – all the more so after a defeat, that of November, that has produced thousands of deaths, tens of thousands of refugees and displaced persons, and a humanitarian and political catastrophe that has no end in sight. It was not the first war in Karabakh, as we know, and it risks not being the last (according to many, this is almost a certainty). I would like to write as a friend, because friends, in the most difficult moments, do not only help and console us, but also make us think - without sparing us criticism.

The Jerusalem Post on Gariwo and the Universal Value of the Righteous

The Jerusalem Post on Gariwo and the Universal Value of the Righteous

The editorial by Nadav Tamir on Gariwo, Israel, and the Memory of the Righteous

In Israel, we should pay great attention to a cultural movement that was born in Italy and is now spreading across Europe and the rest of the world. Gabriele Nissim, an Italian Jew, created an organization called Gariwo. Gariwo universalized the notion of the Righteous among the Nations – originated in Yad Vashem to honor those who saved the life of a Jew – by uniting Jews, Armenians, Rwandans, Bosnians, and the survivors of other genocides. With Gariwo, the memory of the Righteous gains double significance, becoming both Jewish and universal.

The Righteous are the Key to the Prevention of Genocide

The Righteous are the Key to the Prevention of Genocide

by Simone Zoppellaro

The prevention of genocide is one of the most important challenges for our generation. The path indicated by the Righteous and by Raphael Lemkin represents a fundamental starting point to get out of this prehistory of barbarism in which some men, from the dawn of time until today, aim not only to kill, but also to erase entire peoples and cultures. This is a universal challenge, which must involve us all regardless of national or political affiliation, because a genocide – this must become a moral imperative – does not concern only the people who suffer it, but the whole of humanity.

Defeating Auschwitz: the example of Albert Bourla and Liliana Segre

Defeating Auschwitz: the example of Albert Bourla and Liliana Segre

by Gabriele Nissim

What is the most radical response to the extreme evil suffered by the Jews and humanity during Nazism? To imagine a future that breaks down barriers, walls, prejudices, and reconciles the divisions between people, turning the sharing of a common destiny into a drive to face every new challenge together.

The universal value of the Righteous and the fight against anti-Semitism

The universal value of the Righteous and the fight against anti-Semitism

by Gabriele Nissim

Remembering the Righteous of the Shoah is central to Gariwo, which was the first to introduce a new concept in the narration of genocides. That is, the remembrance of rescuers and opponents as moral exemplars for humanity's future in the fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of hate that could reawaken the vast abyss of evil unprecedently described in Primo Levi's The Drowned and The Saved.

Saluting the Biden Administration decision to embrace rather than Codify the IHRA's definition of anti-Semitism as a law

Saluting the Biden Administration decision to embrace rather than Codify the IHRA's definition of anti-Semitism as a law

by Nadav Tamir

We should feel comfortable using the IHRA definition of antisemitism as a tool where appropriate, but not push for it to be codified into foreign governmental laws in a way that will harm our commitment to liberal democracy, or undermine our efforts to form strong partnerships that benefit Israel and the Jewish people.

The impact of the Trump era on political correctness, freedom of expression and everything in between

The impact of the Trump era on political correctness, freedom of expression and everything in between

by Nadav Tamir

In a democracy, freedom of expression is an essential value. Legislation limiting this freedom should be avoided as much as possible. However, demanding non-abusive discourse and self-restraint is completely justified. We must be mindful that words can be offensive and lead to discrimination, especially of minorities and vulnerable groups.

I Have No Enemies - My Final Statement

I Have No Enemies - My Final Statement

by Liu Xiaobo

I look forward to [the day] when my country is a land with freedom of expression, where the speech of every citizen will be treated equally well; where different values, ideas, beliefs, and political views … can both compete with each other and peacefully coexist; where every citizen can state political views without fear, and where no one can under any circumstances suffer political persecution for voicing divergent political views. I hope that I will be the last victim of China’s endless literary inquisitions and that from now on no one will be incriminated because of speech.

The Face of the Other

The Face of the Other

by Mordecai Paldiel

Most rescuers when asked what prompted them to respond positively to the call for help find it hard to come up with reasonable explanations. None quote statements by the world’s great philosophers, but simply state that it was the most natural thing for them to do, to help out a fleeing Jew, or the Jew’s entire family.

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