Mary Appelman, with the assistance of her husband Evan, founded and was chairperson from 1982 to 2007 of the America-Israel Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace (AICIPP). The group focused “American attention on the existence in Israel of a peace movement that advocates negotiations with the PLO and mutual recognition between Israel and a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.” Gush Shalom spokesperson Adam Keller reflects on his long working relationship with Mary. Read the full piece here.
“A hero arises in each generation to redeem the nation,” we sing in the Hanukkah song “mi y’maleil” (“who can retell”). This has been true of the American peace movement. Since 1967, generations of American Jews have pursued Israeli-Palestinian peace through an array of initiatives. Political setbacks have inspired strong and creative activism. American Jewish peace activists today, like those who preceded them, must adjust their strategy to this new environment and plow ahead. Read entire piece here.