In the Beginning: The Jewish Peace Movement 1967-69

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Israeli soldiers sit in front of the Western Wall in June 1967 after it was captured during the Six Day War.
This is the first installment of a 50-year timeline of American Jewish and Israeli peace activism since 1967 from the American Jewish Peace Archive (AJPA). Each entry begins with a background section summarizing major regional events during those years.

A special thanks to the many peace pioneers who shared their stories, enabling us to recount the long history of this movement for the first time. The Israeli entries were identified through AJPA interviews, Mordechai Bar-On’s book, In Pursuit of Peace: A History of the Israeli Peace Movement, and recommendations from longtime Israeli peace activist Hillel Schenker, Co-Editor of the Palestine-Israel Journal.

See The Jewish Peace Movement Timeline

Why document 50 years of Jewish peace activism?

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Members of the Radical Jewish Union in Berkeley, California circa 1972-3. Photo provided by David Biale.
For five decades, American Jewish activists have worked through multiple initiatives for a peaceful end to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Hundreds of thousands of Jews have been involved in what I call the American Jewish Peace Movement. As we approach the 50-year anniversary of the occupation, I return to look at what drove me to initiate the American Jewish Peace Archive three years ago.

Why document a movement that has failed to achieve its objective after so many years of noble efforts, and why document this activism through oral history?

Read our six reasons here.