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,, 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,, 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.

Israel is at war on two fronts. This is the simple reality

It is doubtful that many reading this are unaware of the basics of what is transpiring. The situation is in flux and will continue...

The Palestinian Authority: Facing Genuine Financial Crisis or Not?

Children are begging on the streets. The medical system is on the verge of collapse. The Palestinian Authority appears to be facing a humanitarian...

Rafah Agreement: Israel Signs Away Sovereignty

With the Rafah agreement, which has not yet been signed, Israel is signing away her status as a sovereign nation. A sovereign nation has two...

UNHCR will not Handle the Descendants of Refugees… Unlike UNRWA

This information was secured from Brenda Goddard, who is with the legal department at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva: If a refugee situation continues for a...

The UN’s Palestinian Refugee Problem

In the aftermath of World War II, when it became apparent that millions of destitute refugees were not going to be attended to by...

A Hard Look at an Agency in Trouble

UNRWA, founded as a humanitarian agency over half a century ago, has subordinated its role as a service provider to a political agenda. The only UN...

Why Does the Israeli Government Persist in Spreading The Word that “All is Well”

News reports today indicated that contrary to what was stated in an earlier government policy (designed to make the residents of Gush Katif move...

The Situation of the Evacuees from Katif

Sources Information for this report has been acquired from authoritative sources: The Israel Legal Forum - the group of more than 50 lawyers working pro-bono...

Not Quite What We Are Led to Believe

Now that the residents of the Katif district of Gaza have been forcibly expelled from their homes, a picture - promoted by the Palestinian...

A Government Devoid of Humanitarian Considerations

Dr. Miriam Billing and Professor Yossi Katz, of the Florsheimer Center for Policy Studies, anticipated the government disregard for the wellbeing of those being...