Sunday, August 20, 2017

Arlene Kushner

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When I left the U.S. in 2001, and came to Israel as an olah (a new immigrant) I was eager to share personal impressions and solid information about the situation here. Thus was my listserve born. This list has grown, and its content and style have been refined. Now I do several postings a week, offering both reliable data and analysis.

Shortly after initiating my listserve, I began to work professionally as an investigative journalist for the Center for Near East Policy Research. Today I serve the Center in a consultant capacity. I work, as well, as a freelance writer.

New Jersey born and bred and a resident of Maryland for several years, I have been living in Jerusalem since shortly after my arrival in Israel.

If there has been a constant in my work over time, it has been my writing, but in many ways my background has been eclectic.

My bachelors degree is in psychology and my masters in counseling and human services.  I took up the cause of the Jews of Ethiopia in the 80s and early 90s, via the American Association for Ethiopian Jews; I worked in the field with people newly arrived in Israel, and assisted with relief and rescue efforts from the States.

I then turned to designing softskills software -- training in the computer on diversity, stress reduction and using your whole brain effectively -- and producing Jewish educational software and hard copy materials.  Simultaneously, I conducted live workshops on stress reduction, Jewish identity and more.

For a period of time, I worked with a top non-governmental anti-terrorist in the US.  This led, fairly directly, to my investigative journalism.

My articles have appeared in such venues as Azure MagazineThe Jerusalem Post, FrontPageMagazine.com, American Thinker, Arutz Sheva, YNet, National Review Online, The (Philadelphia) Jewish Exponent,  MidstreamPresent TenseThe New York TimesBaltimore Jewish TimesOutlookAmitThe Evening Bulletin (Philadelphia), and The Aish website.

I have produced several major reports on UNRWA for the Center for Near East Policy Research, as well reports on the true nature of Fatah, the dangers of funding PA security forces, the Israeli NGO Adalah, and more.

I have written three books: Disclosed: Inside the Palestinian Authority and the PLO in 2004, and Falasha No More (for children) andTreacherous Journey: One Man's Escape from Ethiopia, both in 1985.

I have done interviews with BBC online, FrontPageMagazine.com, Voice of America, IBA English News (Israeli TV), and IsraelNationalNewsTV.

I am on the Board of Advisors of EMET, a Washington based organization dedicated to providing policy makers in the US with accurate information.

Inside Adalah, “The Legal Center for Minority Arab Rights in Israel”

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Worse and Worser

The truth: There is no entirely satisfactory resolution to our war with Hamas (the war that is not called a war). Aside, of course, from...

July 31, 2014: Potentially a Huge Turn-Around

Today I am feeling a far greater certainty that our government is going to see through this war to its necessary end. That our...

July 15, 2014: PHEW!

http://www.arlenefromisrael.info/current-postings/ What a rollercoaster ride the last 24 hours has been with regard to our war with Hamas. Yesterday Egypt announced a proposal for a ceasefire:...

No Time to Spare: Talking about Israel’s Legal Grounds

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/arlene-kushner/no-time-to-spare-talking-about-israels-legal-grounds/ If the Israeli building in Judea and Samaria destroys the peace process, then, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, the EU ambassador to Israel, declared just days ago,...
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Is John Kerry Behind European Boycotts of Israel?

http://daledamos.blogspot.co.il/2014/01/arlene-kushner-is-john-kerry-behind.html A Long, Hard Struggle I’m encountering a lot of anger here in Israel, and the depression that often follows. Pit-of-the-stomach anxiety, too. How could it...

January 5, 2014: Where Are We Going?

http://www.arlenefromisrael.info/current-postings/ The date I have written here is 2014, and I am pleased that I remembered. With all honesty, this was the major change that “the...

December 28, 2010: The Jordan Valley

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The Islamic Winter

The big news here in Israel has to do with winter, all right. But most definitely not the Islamic sort (which I'll get to...

December 2, 2013: Strength for the Hard Times

http://arlenefromisrael.squarespace.com/current-postings/2013/12/2/december-2-2013-strength-for-the-hard-times.html Credit: Amit Erez I give thanks for this Chanukah season, which is buoying me - and I hope many of you! - during a difficult...