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“Every bombed village is my hometown”


By Todd Deatherage

During the Vietnam War, James Baldwin said “every bombed village is my hometown.” That profound insight, born of his own experience as a Black man in America, but also rooted in a deep and universal understanding of mutuality, is a call to solidarity with those who are suffering.

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Telos Tuesdays | Jerusalem and the Holy Sites


Today, Jerusalem sits at the center of much of the conflict in Israel/Palestine. As Jerusalem resident and expert Daniel Seidemann says, “What happens in Jerusalem doesn’t stay in Jerusalem.”

What we’re seeing in the region has the potential to escalate dramatically, should tensions move into Jerusalem, a “holy city” for the three Abrahamic faiths.

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Telos Tuesdays | Listening to Understand – Ethnic Cleansing


This briefing was compiled by our team in January 2024. Because of the ever-changing nature of the conflict, some of this information (specifically numbers of displaced, killed, and injured people) may not reflect the most current figures.

Since October 7th we’ve all been watching what has unfolded in Israel/Palestine with horror.

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Telos Tuesdays | Gaza – Before and After October 7, 2023

This briefing was compiled by our team in November 2023 to provide context for what Gaza was like before the October 7th attack on Israel by Hamas, what conditions in Gaza have been like since, and what it means for us as peacemakers to speak out to promote the security, dignity, freedom, and human rights of ALL people.

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A Reflection on Kenneth Roth & Harvard

By Sarah Sturm

Last week the news broke that Kenneth Roth, the former head of Human Rights Watch, was denied a fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School. Dean Douglas Elmendorf refused to approve the fellowship because of the alleged “anti-Israel bias” Human Rights Watch has in their reports. 

While this might seem like an ivory tower issue to some,

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Breakfast with Issa

By Greg Khalil
Telos President and Co-Founder

Almost every day someone will ask me why I bother “wasting” my life on a “hopeless” issue. “Those people [Israelis and Palestinians] have been fighting for thousands of years and they’ll be fighting until the end of days,” the exchange begins.

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Biden and the Real World

 

Todd Deatherage Executive Director

By now, we’ve all seen the Biden-MBS fist bump, a simple gesture of realpolitik, a Covid-era way of saying that “while human dignity may be important, we have real issues to sort out, interests to pursue.” You don’t have to be a purist in believing there should be some coherent connection between U.S.

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