How lies became facts: The Tantura ‘massacre’ returns  The story—or rather the myth—of Tantura is part of a larger assault on the foundations of Western civilization.
How lies became facts: The Tantura ‘massacre’ returns The story—or rather the myth—of Tantura is part of a larger assault on the foundations of Western civilization.

How lies became facts: The Tantura ‘massacre’ returns The story—or rather the myth—of Tantura is part of a larger assault on the foundations of Western civilization.


How lies became facts: The Tantura ‘massacre’ returns
The story—or rather the myth—of Tantura is part of a larger assault on the foundations of Western civilization.
Statue of the Ink Flag, a a handmade Israeli flag raised during the country’s War of Independence to mark the capture of Eilat. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90.
Statue of the Ink Flag, a a handmade Israeli flag raised during the country’s War of Independence to mark the capture of Eilat. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90.
Meyrav Wurmser

(May 29, 2023 / JNS)
In the democratic West, dates have become cultural battlegrounds. The debate over whether the true founding of the United States was in 1776, as we have been taught for centuries, or 1619, as is the current revisionist vogue, betrays a deeper political message.

The date sets the purpose of the United States either as the beginning of the modern free world (1776) or as a system the very essence of which was the hidden perpetuation of slavery and oppression (1619). The advocates of the latter date have one purpose in mind: the delegitimization of the United States and its system of free enterprise.

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A similar debate has also emerged over Israel’s creation, and is symbolized best by the current controversy surrounding the “massacre of Tantura” in 1948 by Israeli forces.


Legally, the historical attachment of the Jewish people to the land of Israel—a preexisting, indeed more ancient claim than that of any other modern nation—and their resurrection in that land as a modern nation is the foundation for Israel’s legitimacy, as enshrined in the 1917 Balfour Declaration, the 1920 San Remo Conference and the 1922 League of nations Mandate for Palestine.

The Jewish right to the land was thus not granted by the nations in the Mandate for Palestine—which still governs all legal aspects of the disposition of the land—but recognized as never having been broken for thousands of years. The focus of this series of events, and the larger effort surrounding them, thus manifests the Zionist enterprise as an act of liberation and freedom.

As such, nothing that transpired during Israel’s creation in 1948-9 during its War of Independence negates those legal aspects and changes Israel’s status from ancient nation resurrected to artificial nation built through colonialism.

And yet, there is a revisionist attempt to define Israel’s resurrection not as the return of an ancient nation, but as a deliberate European colonial effort to disempower Arabs to establish a European bridgehead in the Middle East.

The events of 1948 thus define a narrative of Israel’s illegitimacy. Revisionists provide an alternative recollection of events of 1948-9—replete with such a level of mass expulsions and massacres that they rise incontrovertibly to the level of a deliberate, ethnic cleansing campaign launched one-sidedly by European invaders (Jews).

These events, they argue, are in fact the more genuine expression of the character of the Zionist enterprise. The essence of Zionism is not liberation, but rather a genocidal and illegitimate effort focused on oppressing a native population. The original sins of Israel’s creation, thus, are not an aberration, but an inherent necessity in order to establish the primacy and victory of the colonial presence.

This, 1948, not 1922, becomes the final word on its legitimacy and belies the modest and defensive claim of Zionism that it is just the return home of a battered, massacred and harassed indigenous people to their only small corner on earth to live under their own sovereignty.

Simply put, the battle of narratives over 1922 versus 1948 was symbolic of the larger debate over whether Israel’s creation is about oppressing Palestinians or liberating Jews.

Such an alternative narrative, of course, will need a historical narrative based exclusively on the sins of Israel’s creation in 1948. According to this narrative, Israel is a deliberate colonial venture focused on oppression, rather than based on the foundations of Jewish history and the Zionist effort at nation building. An effort which culminated in the international decisions regulating the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, which had controlled the area for half a millennium, and the liberation of the Jewish people.

In the new narrative, 1948 was primarily, if not exclusively, about displacing and ethnically cleansing Arabs.

It is in this context—namely the effort to establish that the evils associated with Israel’s birth are so extensive that they prove the primary aim of Israel’s creation was a colonial effort to disempower and displace Arabs, and not an act of resurrecting an ancient indigenous nation (Jews)—that the story of the “massacre of Tantura” emerges.

The massacre of Tantura

In 2022 the movie “Tantura” participated in the Utah Sundance Film Festival, where it received high praise from both critics and audiences. The movie told the story of the battle of Tantura (today the area of Kibbutz Nahsholim and the Dor beach) during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. According to the film, after conquering the village, the IDF’s Alexandroni Brigade soldiers massacred at least 40 (some argue 250) unarmed Arab civilians in Tantura.

Moreover, since this massacre was covered up, it invites suspicion that other similar incidents also occurred in various other locations. Indeed, these allegations darken Israel’s very creation and cover it with a shroud of original sin.

The movie was produced by Adam Raz, a researcher at Akevot. According to NGO Monitor, Akevot, which is largely funded by the Swiss government, is dedicated to “breaking Israel’s founding narrative.” Fulfilling his institute’s mission, Raz described the film in an article by stating that “under the parking lot of one of the most familiar and beloved Israeli resort sites on the Mediterranean, lie the remains of the victims of one of the glaring massacres of the War of Independence.”

Reviews praised the film for unmasking the truth behind Israel’s so-called policy of “ethnic cleansing” at the time of its creation. These reviewers believed that the policy was set by Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, who developed in 1948 a plan for the ethnic cleansing of the Arab population from Israel, known in Hebrew as “Tochnit Dalet” (Plan D). In other words, that it was all part of a colonial master plan whose primary aim was oppression and displacement of the Arabs.

It is an intriguing story, and makes for a dramatic film, but was there, in fact, such a massacre?

Critics of the film argue that no massacre at all took place in Tantura. A leading voice among these was historian Benny Morris, who wrote about it in an article published in Ha’aretz. Morris was himself identified as a leader of the school of history that tried to write more critically of Israel’s founding, a pioneer among the revisionist “new historians.”

And yet, in this article, Morris calls the Tantura massacre a “fraudulent myth.” He argues that it was a fabrication created by Palestinian and pro-Palestinian historians in order to tarnish Israel’s image both internally and internationally. It made no sense, he wrote, that no Palestinian villager ever mentioned the massacre.

He compared the Tantura movie to another modern film, Mohammed Bakri’s “Jenin, Jenin,” about an ostensible massacre of hundreds of Palestinians in the northern Samaria city during Israel’s “Operation Defensive Shield” in 2002. The problem with “Jenin, Jenin” was that the massacre, in which more than 200 hundred Palestinians were supposedly killed, was spun out of whole cloth; there was no massacre.

The movie about the alleged Tantura massacre was likewise no more than a sophisticated act of “historical distortion,” claimed Morris.

In a lengthy interview with The Times of Israel, the film’s director, Alon Schwartz, insisted that it was being criticized not because it was a fabrication, but rather because it unmasked the ugly truth behind the creation of the State of Israel.

The Israeli people, he argued, had been taught to believe in a lie: that the establishment of their country was not at the expense of the Arab population. They were told that the territory of present-day Israel had been almost completely desolate. That it was a land without a people, for a people without a land. According to Schwarz, “It is time to bring the difficult history relating to Israel’s creation to light; to bust the country’s founding myths, as painful as it might be.”

The origins of the Tantura story

To get to the bottom of the matter, one must journey back in time to the origin of the story—to the first study or report that supposedly established the existence of the hitherto unknown massacre.

Although the events (not always the backstory or reasons, but certainly the actual facts) of the War of Independence were well documented, there is no reference to a massacre in Tantura, the later-reported magnitude of which surpasses even the most famous “massacre” of Deir Yassin—which has never been denied by the Israelis.

There were no contemporary reports—Israeli, Arab or third-party— about any such massacre in Tantura in 1948.

The story of Tantura first gained prominence in 2000, after a Masters degree candidate at the University of Haifa, Theodore (Teddy) Katz, whose research was awarded the high grade of 97, told a reporter about his main findings. Katz’s thesis asserted that on May 22-23, 1948, the Israel Defense Forces had killed between 200-250 unarmed inhabitants of the Arab fishing village of Tantura. According to the thesis, this killing was in cold blood and occurred after the village had surrendered.

These findings were astonishing. No massacre had previously been recorded in Tantura; indeed, no massacre of such magnitude had been recorded in all of Israel’s history.

The reporter published an account of the Tantura massacre in the leading Israeli newspaper Maariv on Jan. 21, 2000. Appalled veterans of the Alexandroni Brigade, the unit that had taken the village, sued Katz for libel, denying his account and asserting he had fabricated evidence.

In contrast, leading figures in the Israeli peace camp made Katz’s defense their fund-raising cause du jour. The trial took place in Tel Aviv in December 2000. After two days’ cross-examination in court, Katz admitted he had fabricated the evidence of his thesis, and that the interviews upon which he claimed to have based his findings never in fact happened. He agreed to sign a statement that nullified his research.

In the statement, Katz admitted that “after checking and rechecking the evidence it is clear to me now, beyond any doubt, that there is no basis whatsoever for the allegation that the Alexandroni Brigade, or any other fighting unit of the Jewish forces, committed killing of people in Tantura after the village surrendered.”

Katz had to sign this statement after the trial abundantly exposed the flimsiness or nonexistence of his evidence. To cite just a few examples, Katz quoted a surviving Arab villager, Abu Fahmi ‘Ali Daqnash, as saying that: “While this was happening, soldiers with Bren machine guns walked on both sides and occasionally fired, therein killing and wounding [captured] adult males.” According to Katz, Abu Fahmi also said “they gathered all the inhabitants in the square, lined them up facing the wall and murdered them in cold blood. Some 95 persons were murdered. I wrote down their names.”

But, as Benny Morris pointed out in his review of the case, none of this appears in the recording. Furthermore, even when Katz reportedly pressed the witness by saying in the recording, “Clearly people were shot after they surrendered,” Abu Fahmi said, “We did not see them killing after we raised our hands.”

Katz quoted another villager, Abu Riyaj Muhammad Hatzadiyah, as saying, “I know that they shot young people after the fighting and that there was a big slaughter in the village, even after everyone surrendered and stopped fighting.”

No such statement appeared in either Katz’s recordings or his notes. Katz claimed that the witnesses made these statements after the batteries of his recording device ran out.

In the wake of this case, and after Katz admitted he had fabricated evidence, the University of Haifa suspended Katz’s degree, inviting him to revise his thesis.

Katz’s academic adviser was Ilan Pappé, one of the leading voices in a group of extreme far-left Israeli scholars who rose to prominence in the 1990s and became known as post-Zionist. This group produced scholarly works that were critical of Israel and meant to delegitimize Zionism. The problem they faced was the lack of raw evidence from which to make the case that Zionism was an illegitimate political cause. For them, Teddy Katz’s thesis provided the missing proof.

Despite signing the statement in court, 12 hours later Katz formally retracted it and sought to continue the trial. When the judge refused, he appealed to the district’s high court, but the appeal was dismissed without a hearing. The prosecutor proceeded to urge Haifa University to strip Katz of his degree, whereupon the university set up two committees, one to check the accuracy of Katz’s research and the other to investigate whether his work had been properly supervised.

The first committee found that Katz had “gravely and severely” falsified testimony in 14 different places in his thesis. Nevertheless, Katz’s mentor and close associate, leading post-Zionist historian Ilan Pappé, continued to defend him.

In an article in the Spring 2001 issue of the “Journal of Palestine Studies,” Pappé insisted that Katz’s conclusions were correct, even if his facts may not have been. Katz’s research was valuable regardless, Pappé wrote, since historical research need not be based on facts.

In other words, the idea of “an approximate truth” of a narrative—a “truth” admittedly based not on facts, but fiction—trumps the actual historical, fact-based record.

Katz, Pappé argued, had understood the “murkiness” of the memories of participants many years after traumatic events, but he “was not interested in fine details.” Pappé insisted that Katz simply wished to see the overall picture, “leaving behind, perhaps forever, certainties about exact chronology and names and precise numbers.”

The real story, Pappé contended, was that Israeli forces had indeed massacred a large number of Arab civilians in Tantura—as was typical of the Israeli policy of “ethnic cleansing” in Palestine in 1948. Katz, according to Pappé, only wished to uncover the “pain and suffering” experienced by people in the midst of war.

Pappe compared Katz’s work to the recording of the testimony of Jewish Holocaust survivors. Just as researchers used personal narratives to document the traumas of the Holocaust, so too Katz used testimony from Palestinians to reconstruct the “horrors” of the 1948 Nakba, or “disaster,” as Palestinians call it. The gist of the story was correct, even though the individual tales might not have been true.

Pappé construes the uproar over the Tantura case as a byproduct of the failure of the peace process: hardening attitudes in Israel have silenced the nation’s conscience. Pappé maintains that “poor” Katz’s problem was simply his timing. Had his work been completed in the optimistic days of the Oslo process, public and academic reactions would have been entirely different.

Far from being a mere accident of timing, the Tantura affair exposed a problem of genuine gravity in Israeli historiography: Post-Zionist historians willingly accepted admitted falsehoods as historical evidence.

Not only in political discussion but even in scholarship, truth has become relative. Everyone has his own “narrative.” The line between subjective and objective, between fact and fiction, has been blurred, if not obliterated all together.

Over time, the story of Tantura, which was once a matter of academic debate, has acquired a life of its own. As it turned into an inseparable part of the Palestinian national story, its murky—or even clearly fabricated—origins have been overlooked and turned into ironclad facts. A massacre that until recently the Palestinians were unaware of is now a core element of their national narrative. Israel has to face the “evidence” that challenges the morality of its cause.

Being made into a movie could carry that basic falsification a step further into the consciousness of the world.

Conclusions: What’s going on?

The battle over Israel’s legitimacy, of which this story of the great “massacre of Tantura” is but a chapter, is part of the overall war being waged in the West by the progressive camp to impugn the moral foundations of the West as a civilization advancing freedom.

These revisionist arguments echo the ideas of the founder of the Italian Communist Party, Antonio Gramsci, and his concept of “cultural hegemony.” Progressive thought holds that Western narratives are deliberately constructed around so encompassing a body of myths and so pervasive a structure of institutions that they become the received wisdom and obscure an underlying condition of perpetuated oppression.

Gramsci argued that codes of morality are constructed by dictatorial elites in order to create norms that uphold, validate and deepen the systemic oppression inherent to the capitalist system. Even the concepts of logic, truth and facts—the foundations of Western rational debate—are dismissed as forms of such hidden systems of oppression designed to contain debate into a repressive and misleading straitjacket.

As such, the idea of “approximate truth”—where narratives trump factual records of history—become valid to legitimize a cause or perspective even when the facts would suggest otherwise, because facts are themselves a form of repression.

The story of Tantura—or rather the myth of Tantura—is thus part of this larger assault on Western foundations. It is neither a historical work, a documentary, or even a docu-drama that took some artistic license. It is the intentional obfuscation of fact in an attempt to use the device of the “approximate truth”—something factually wrong but nonetheless representing a desired truth—to actually undermine truth and rewrite the historical narrative of Israel.

It is an attempt through fiction cropped as fact to paint Israel’s creation in such a dark palette that it is exposed as a historic evil born of colonial desire to suppress the Arab and Muslim people rather than as an attempt to correct the historical wrong of the exile of the Jewish people and instead to deliver them finally their liberation and sovereignty after two millennia.

Meyrav Wurmser, PhD, is director of research at the Delphi Global Analysis Group.

Originally published by The Institute for a Secure America.

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After teasing it for weeks, the White House’s unveiling of the “U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism,” last week was a public-relations triumph in more ways than one. It was released just hours before the Jewish holiday of Shavuot and the Memorial Day weekend. Much like the traditional DC Friday-afternoon news dump in which officials release something just as everyone stops paying attention to headlines, this helped the White House manage reactions. With the Jewish world about to be shut down for two days—and then everyone else for two days after that—administration shills succeeded in dominating the conversation about the document.

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) speaks in support of the “No Muslim Ban” bill during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 26, 2023. Credit: Phil Pasquini/Shutterstock.

Don’t call promoting anti-Zionism to Jewish youth ‘dialogue’
Organizing Zoom programs for Jewish students and those seeking Israel’s destruction is anti-Israel activism, not giving youth the information they’re being denied elsewhere.

May 30, 2023, 03:23
Asking the wrong question about Biden’s flawed antisemitism plan
Cheers from failing Jewish leaders enabled the administration to pose as a defender of the Jews even as its policies enable a toxic ideology that spreads Jew-hatred.
May 25, 2023, 17:28
Don’t call promoting anti-Zionism to Jewish youth ‘dialogue’
Organizing Zoom programs for Jewish students and those seeking Israel’s destruction is anti-Israel activism, not giving youth the information they’re being denied elsewhere.
May 24, 2023, 14:48
The diversity bureaucracy weaponizes hate
The fall of an Uber executive exposes the fallacy of trying to use DEI indoctrination to oppose all intolerance. Jews who think it will stop antisemitism should take note.
May 22, 2023, 17:15
‘Bloodsuckers’ slur is at the heart of Israel’s political turmoil
A TV host’s attack on haredim and the anti-Netanyahu demonstrators’ switch to a focus on the budget shows that the political civil war is about tribal conflict, not democracy.
May 19, 2023, 17:10
Trashing nationalism isn’t a defense of the Jews
Demonizing those who march with Israeli flags on “Jerusalem Day” and conservatives who push back against the Marxist war on the West is equally disingenuous and wrong.
May 18, 2023, 23:25
Christiane Amanpour and the institutionalization of media bias
The CNN host called the targeted terrorist murder of the Dee family a “shootout” and the death of a journalist in a real shootout a “targeted” Israeli killing. Apologies for these lies won’t suffice.
May 17, 2023, 13:04
Joe Biden’s empty words about antisemitism
The president’s tribute to Jewish heritage featured a pledge against hate that is undermined by his DEI orders and refusal to mention the IHRA definition.
May 15, 2023, 23:30
The Gaza Strip and learning to live with insoluble problems
It’s not easy to accept that alternatives to the dilemma created by letting it become an independent terrorist state may be worse than the status quo.
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
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Nearly all antisemitism removed from Saudi textbooks
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Israel-Gulf train awaits Saudi normalization
The project would link Haifa to the Saudi Gulf port of Damman, the UAE and Bahrain.
US conditions Israel-Saudi talks on halt to judicial reform
Washington also demands restarting peace talks with the Palestinians in exchange for advancing normalization efforts.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, receives a formal invitation to attend COP28 in Dubai from UAE Ambassador to Israel Mohamed Mahmoud Al Khaja on May 22, 2023 in Jerusalem. Photo by Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)
UAE invites Netanyahu, Herzog to UN climate summit in Dubai
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Amanpour and the institutionalization of media bias
Christiane Amanpour. Source: Facebook.
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Alan Dershowitz in New York City, July 2015. Credit: A Katz/Shutterstock.
Dershowitz: ‘Beneath contempt’ for Amanpour to equate terrorists, victims
Rabbi Leo Dee, who said he is considering suing CNN for $1.3 billion, has retained the attorney and former Harvard Law school professor on a pro bono basis.
Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour, correspondents for CNN, broadcast live from a hill near the southern Israeli town of Sderot overseeing the Gaza strip on Jan 5, 2009. Photo by Kobi Gideon/Flash90.
Amanpour apologizes to Rabbi Leo Dee
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Sarah Bernhardt still ‘immortal’ 100 years after her death
The Jewish-born actress, who had a “truly uncanny” grasp of mass culture, was the Madonna or Lady Gaga of her day, historian Carol Ockman told JNS.
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Chicago’s Hebrew Theological College marks a century-plus of Jewish life
Blending Torah and general studies, the yeshivah sought to incubate a movement to repopulate the Orthodox U.S. rabbinate.
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For RealityCheck CEO Daniel Pomerantz, Jewish identity is a work in progress
The former head of HonestReporting has practiced law, launched “Playboy” in Israel and exposed anti-Israel media bias.
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‘Cowless’ Remilk gets Health Ministry approval
Making a case for phony baloney (and other alternative proteins).
Jews dance outside the Damascus Gate to the Old City during Jerusalem Day celebrations, May 18, 2023. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.
Joy on Jerusalem Day as tens of thousands march in capital
Energy and youth the order of the day as Israelis fete the 1967 liberation of the city’s east.

Trashing nationalism isn’t a defense of the Jews
Demonizing those who march with Israeli flags on “Jerusalem Day” and conservatives who push back against the Marxist war on the West is equally disingenuous and wrong.
Police decry misinformation ahead of Jerusalem flag march
Netanyahu on Jerusalem Day: ‘We have returned to our country’
Israeli soldiers from Netzah Yehuda Battalion and family members attend a swearing-in ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, on May 17, 2023. Photo by Arie Leib Abrams/Flash90
Foreign tourism on the rebound in Jerusalem
On the Temple Mount are, from left, former Jewish Home Party MK Shulamit Mualem-Rafaeli and Likud MKs Dan Illouz, Ariel Kallner and Amit Halevi, May 18, 2023. Credit: Courtesy of Beyadenu.
Knesset members visit Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day
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Jewish Community of Oporto calls on global Jewish community to join it in preserving unique Inquisition records as a key to past and future
The Inquisition’s documentation has become the most reliable historical source for the history of the Jewish community in Portugal.
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End Jew Hatred issues statement on White House antisemitism strategy
True allyship in the fight for social justice for the Jewish people means understanding and addressing our intergenerational trauma on our terms, not imposing the narrative of other struggles onto ours.
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Israeli rights group to Tel Aviv Museum of Art: Cancel upcoming conference with Christie’s on Holocaust restitution properties
Shurat HaDin demands that the museum not legitimize auction house giant after recent sale of Nazi-linked estate jewelry.
May 25, 2023, 11:31
Defining anti-Semitism. Credit: Lobroart/Shutterstock.
Defining antisemitism: A vital step to unite voices against anti-Jewish bigotry
The U.S. government, 40 countries and nearly 1,100 states, counties, city councils and other entities have endorsed or adopted the IHRA definition.
May 24, 2023, 19:02
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The Lawfare Project and Canadian firm Re-Law issue libel notice and cease-and-desist letter to social worker who excludes Zionists
Leading Jewish civil rights organization and Toronto-based law firm are combating antisemitism in the field of social work.
May 24, 2023, 18:46
Momentum’s 100-woman delegation from French-speaking countries visit Jerusalem during their trip to Israel, May 2023. Photo by Aviram Valdman.
100 women tour Israel as part of Momentum’s first French-speaking cohort
“Being in Israel elicited so many positive emotions,” said Dr. Katia Attali-Soussay, an eye surgeon based in Paris.
May 24, 2023, 17:59
The recent gathering that sought to highlight commonalities between indigenous peoples and foster cross-tribal support and cooperation. Credit: Courtesy.
Heartland Initiative and Indigenous Bridges unite in celebration of indigenous success in ancient Shilo and Eli, Israel
The indigenous rights event in Ancient Shilo and Eli served as a launching pad for Indigenous communities to explore collaborations and partnerships with Israel.
May 23, 2023, 14:53
More than 300 Jewish and Arab children celebrated coexistence at the concluding event of the “Under the Same Green Roof” project, May 22, 2023. Credit: Courtesy of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation.
Concluding event of ‘Under the Same Green Roof’ project celebrates coexistence
“I am happy to be here, and send out a message of hope and coexistence from these inspiring young leaders,” said Efrat Duvdevani, director general of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation.
A truck parked outside United Nations headquarters in New York on May 15, 2023, the first official U.N. “Nakba Day.” Courtesy: End Jew Hatred.
#EndJewHatred issues statement following recent protest at United Nations
The recent gathering that sought to highlight commonalities between indigenous peoples and foster cross-tribal support and cooperation. Credit: Courtesy.
Heartland Initiative and Indigenous Bridges unite in celebration of indigenous success in ancient Shilo and Eli, Israel
Har Hazeitim. Courtesy of International Committee for Har Hazeitim.
Har Hazeitim emerges as focal point of Yom Hazikaron (Remembrance Day) in Israel
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