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Impact of WWI & the British
This video provides important context about how WWI and the actions of the British Empire impacted Zionism and Arab nationalism.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/B8NGe9p6Y_g?list=PLPvkBEWSL5pKi6GPq2euuNnQeCr7HLulZ

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Theodor Herzl and the birth of political Zionism
Check out this video about Theodor Herzl and the birth of modern Zionism, the liberation movement of the Jewish people.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/g8sxNa-E-H0

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Sykes-Picot Agreement and the Balfour Declaration
This video explains how the British made conflicting promises about territory to Jews and Arabs in the early 20th century.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/eIfQ4GfSz3U

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Debate on Israel's Nation State Law
This is an interesting debate about Israel's Nation State Law.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/UnS8HdceRZc

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Perspectives on Israel's Nation State Law
Alan Dershowitz says that Israel should have turned its Declaration of Independence into a Basic Law, arguing that the Nation State bill harms Israel's image.

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Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism
This is a short video explaining the connection between antisemitism and anti-Zionism.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/MIoZvHU3wwg

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Armed forces in pre-state Israel
While the Haganah, Irgun and Lechi all fought British and Arab forces, they disagreed about how best to secure Jewish lives and a Jewish state.

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What is Zionism?
While Zionism is a liberation movement with ancient roots, it is not monolithic. Zionists have many different ideas about what modern Israel could and should be.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/N2zYYQCYUvY?list=PL-DNOnmKkUabmHqdEAhdCAd02JleQjPhA

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Winning the 1948 War of Independence
Israelis won the 1948 War and gained their independence through a combination of ingenuity and luck.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/zdt4L6VTbi4?list=PL-DNOnmKkUabmHqdEAhdCAd02JleQjPhA

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Israel and Colonialism
Criticizing Israeli policies like settlements is perfectly legitimate. Accusing Jews of being colonizers in their own homeland is not.

http://www.trustorysocial.com/app/uploads/41a76e5086814ab0b253858e94ed76ea_IsraelIndigenousRights.jpg

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Israelis Aid Syrian Refugees
For years, the Israeli organization IsraAID has been helping Syrian refugees in Greece and elsewhere. They reach over 750,000 people/year with humanitarian aid, and strive to empower communities rather than making them dependent.

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Access to holy sites in Jerusalem
Jerusalem is the only city in the world with ancient sites that are holy to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Israel safeguards free access to holy places and each religious group’s right to administer its own holy sites.

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA_Graphics/MFA%20Gallery/Israel60/ch6.pdf

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Palestinian refugee crisis
According to historian Benny Morris, the most prominent scholar on this issue, responsibility for the Palestinian refugee crisis in 1948, "is split among [Israel], the Palestinians and the Arab countries – with enormous responsibility lying with the Palestinians who started the conflict."

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.748673

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The "ethnic cleansing" slander
According to Benny Morris, the most prominent historian on this issue, "ethnic cleansing was not carried out in Israel" during the 1948 War.

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.748673

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Perspectives on Israel's Nation State Law
Neil Lazarus offers interesting analysis of Israel's controversial Nation State bill here.

https://www.spreaker.com/user/awesomeseminars/the-nation-state-law?utm_medium=widget&utm_source=user%3A4835590&utm_term=episode_title

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What is a Basic Law?
In the wake of the "Nation-State Law" passed by the Israeli government in 2018, there has been some confusion about what a Basic Law is. Here is an explanation and list of all of Israel's Basic Laws:

https://www.knesset.gov.il/description/eng/eng_mimshal_yesod.htm

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Practical impact of Israel's Nation State Law
Israel's Democracy Institute, which is highly critical of Israel's Nation State Law, says it is problematic but won't change how the country is run.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Jewish-Nation-State-Law-not-a-game-changer-IDI-says-563735

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Israeli opinions about the Nation State Law
According to a poll conducted after the Nation State Law passed, 60% of Israelis believe the law should have included language about equality.

https://en.idi.org.il/articles/24311

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Perspectives on Israel's Nation State Law
The Israel Democracy Institute offers an explanation and critical perspective on Israel's Nation State Law.

https://en.idi.org.il/articles/24241

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Perspectives on Israel's Nation State Law
Eugene Kontorovich argues that Israel's Nation State Law is similar to laws that exist in many democratic European countries, and does not infringe on minority rights.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/get-over-itisrael-is-the-jewish-state-1532039000

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Perspectives on Israel's Nation State Law
Alan Dershowitz says that Israel should have turned its Declaration of Independence into a Basic Law, arguing that the Nation State bill harms Israel's image.

https://www.facebook.com/i24newsEN/videos/1030730163762319/

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Perspectives on Israel's Nation State Law
This article argues that while Israel's other Basic Laws ensure its status as a democracy, the Nation State Law is needed to express its existence as a Jewish state.

https://forward.com/opinion/406355/everything-youve-heard-about-israels-nation-state-bill-is-wrong/

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Perspectives on Israel's Nation State Law
This article criticizes Israel's Nation State Law due to its impact on the Druze community.

https://sethfrantzman.com/2018/07/25/arrogance-and-hubris-led-israels-nation-state-bill-to-perdition-on-druze-issue/

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Perspectives on Israel's Nation State Law
This article argues that Israel's Nation State Law was necessary in light of all the forces which seek to deny Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state.

https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/the-case-for-israels-nation-state-bill/

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JVP, BDS exploitation of Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews
This is a powerful statement about how anti-Israel activists abuse and exploit the voices of Jews of color from the Middle East and North Africa.

http://www.jimena.org/sephardic-and-mizrahi-communal-response-to-jewish-voice-for-peace/?fbclid=IwAR0CjvOY9GS5oyZB0pva280Q4RzPPofYH1ei8T_7e2rjHLUIhgumOzaa_PI

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History of anti-Zionism, Soviet Roots
There are valuable insights and sources about the history of anti-Zionism and its roots in hateful propaganda from the USSR.

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1103138748752150529.html

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Debunking claims that Ashkenazi Jews are Khazars
This article debunks the theory that Ashkenazi Jews are descended from a group called the Khazars, who lived between modern Turkey and Russia. This theory is typically spread by those who seek to deny the connection between Jews and the land of Israel.

https://forward.com/opinion/382967/ashkenazi-jews-are-not-khazars-heres-the-proof/

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Busting the Khazar Myth
According to a scholar of Eastern European Jewish migration, the claim that Ashkenazi Jews are descended from Khazars is a myth.

https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/khazar-myth-busted-1.5253397

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Debunking the Jewish-Khazar Genetic Myth
Ashkenazi Jews do not descend from Khazars. The genetic study often used to justify that claim used poor methodology and is misleading.

https://jewishreviewofbooks.com/articles/802/are-we-all-khazars-now/

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Zionism and Human Rights
Zionists have a rich history of leading in human rights, laying the foundation for the field of human rights law as it exists today.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/14/opinion/zionism-israel-human-rights.html

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"Criticism of Israel is never antisemitic"
While criticism of Israel is not automatically antisemitic, anti-Israel and anti-Zionist rhetoric fuels hatred of Jews far too frequently.

https://antisemitism.adl.org/anti-zionism/

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Rashid Khalidi Hundred Years War on Palestine
"The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine is not a new, revisionist history that challenges both Israeli and Palestinian readers with its reexamination of their respective narratives. It is simply poor history."

https://jewishreviewofbooks.com/articles/7210/the-war-on-history/

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Opinions about annexation
Some security experts believe annexing parts of the West Bank would harm Israel’s security by damaging peaceful relations with Egypt and Jordan, causing the Palestinian Authority to collapse, and sparking war with Hamas, among other reasons.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/04/23/netanyahus-annexation-plan-is-a-threat-to-israels-national-security/?_ga=2.23797875.814764193.1587667209-184997974.1587667209

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Opinions about annexation
Some security experts believe annexing parts of the West Bank would make Israel more secure, because any military withdrawal from those areas would put Israel in grave danger.

https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/annexing-west-bank-area-c/

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Analysis of possible annexation of parts of the West Bank
This article offers critical analysis about why PM Netanyahu may have decided to push for applying Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank in July, 2020.

https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/israels-rush-to-apply-sovereignty-in-the-west-bank-timing-and-potential-con

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Analysis of possible annexation of parts of the West Bank
Some argue that potential Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank is a way to pressure Palestinian leaders to negotiate peace, by showing that time is not on their side.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-us-appears-to-back-west-bank-annexations-is-its-peace-plan-dead-on-arrival/

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