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.

When the Jewish Defense League Assaulted Breira

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A fight breaks out with the JDL outside the Breira Conference in February 1977. Photo credit Bill Aron.
“The apparent resurgence of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) harkens back to a critical and transitional moment in the history of the American Jewish community.” Renowned educator and former Breira activist Peter Geffen reflects on his own experience with the extremist Jewish organization in 1977, and how the community landscape has changed in the interim. Read more here.