Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Arlene Kushner


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.

June 6, 2013: Not Acceptable

http://www.arlenefromisrael.info/current-postings/ On May 16, I had written about plans to establish a new Palestinian Arab city near Jericho, reportedly to be called Nu'aimah, which would...

May 16, 2013: Dead Serious

http://www.arlenefromisrael.info/current-postings/ The NYTimes ran a piece yesterday in which it directly quoted a "senior Israeli official" -- who according to the JPost had contacted the...

May 6, 2012: Following Through

http://www.arlenefromisrael.info/current-postings/ The original expectation that Syria would not retaliate for Israel's hits inside of that country appears to be holding true: A Syrian government official has...

Muslims Not All the Same

http://www.arlenefromisrael.info/current-postings/ I had expected to move today to issues other than the Boston terror attack. Barry Rubin, however, has written an excellent piece on this...

January 3, 2013: Sovereignty Conference

http://www.arlenefromisrael.info/current-postings/ This past Tuesday, here in Jerusalem, the Women in Green -- joined now by some other groups -- sponsored their third annual conference: Application...

January 3, 2013: Sovereignty Conference

http://www.arlenefromisrael.info/current-postings/ This past Tuesday, here in Jerusalem, the Women in Green -- joined now by some other groups -- sponsored their third annual conference: Application...

Data Base – key articles on US military aid to Pal Security Services

Israel Resource Review PSF file THE ABU MAZEN DEFENSE FORCES By Amit Cohen and Barak Ravid Maariv Jericho Sun Oct 15 2006 http://israelbehindthenews.com/bin/content.cgi?ID=2702&q=1 IU.S.-backed militia to include terrorists 'We'll...

Rights Spelled Clear

http://www.arlenefromisrael.info/current-postings/2012/12/6/december-6-2012-rights-spelled-clear.html As promised, a different sort of posting here: legal and historical background that is essential to understanding Jewish rights in the land. This review will...

November 18, 2012: Fighting on All Fronts

http://www.arlenefromisrael.info/current-postings/ I've alluded to some of this already, but want to return to look in some more detail at the various "fronts" we are dealing...

November 15, 2012: Necessary Battle

http://www.arlenefromisrael.info/current-postings/ Current Postings November 15, 2012: Necessary Battle Yesterday, on its FaceBook page, the IDF put up the following message: “We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low...