Friday, November 16, 2018

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.

Who Threw Israel Under the Bus?

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UNRWA Reform

For years we have been part of a small cadre of determined individuals who saw clearly the damage being done by UNRWA -- the...

Really Missing the Point on ‘Hudna’

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/05/really_missing_the_point_on_hudna.html Abu Marzouk, a key figure of the Hamas politburo, had never spoken with a representa­tive of a Jewish publication before he responded positively in...

Meaning It

http://www.arlenefromisrael.info/current-postings/ Never Forget. Never Again. Words of enormous import that must be addressed with utmost seriousness. Tonight begins Yom Hashoah -- Holocaust Remembrance Day. And so I...

Report from April 2, 2012 speech by Professor Moshe Sharon, professor of early Islamic...

*Arlene Kushner, Research Analyst and Consultant, Center for Near East Policy Research, http://www.arlenefromisrael.info Credit: FrontpageJerusalem Sharon was the only Arabic speaker at the negotiations between Israel...

Islam and Jerusalem

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The Renewed Gaza War on Israel

Last Wednesday, Grad Katyusha rockets were fired into southern Israel from Gaza. On Saturday afternoon, the Israel Air Force hit a terrorist squad in...

UNRWA’s Anti-Israel Bias.

On October 22, 2010, the outgoing director of the New York office of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Andrew...

“Delegitimization and Defense”

"Delegitimization and Defense" The queries/comments of a couple of readers has motivated me to return to the whole issue of delegitimization and how Israel handles...

UNRWA Association with Hamas: An Overview.

A strong case can be made for the fact that the UNRWA policy regarding “right of return” has fomented radicalism in the population it assists. Additional...