Bringing together progressive Americans, progressive Israelis and progressive Palestinians to make all three societies better.
What is Heart of a Nation?
We are Americans, Israelis, and Palestinians building relationships across diverse backgrounds to learn, think, and work together to advance progressive solutions to issues of mutual concern.
These issues include: social and economic justice, gender and racial equality, strengthening civil society, defense of democratic institutions, treatment of migrants and asylum seekers, fighting discrimination and oppression within and between nations, and the vigorous pursuit of peace.
We do this by connecting through shared values, cooperative efforts, and the creation of collaborative content for distribution to thought leaders and activists seeking to better the nations we love.
Embracing Better, Together.
The goal of Heart of a Nation is to bring together progressives of all faiths and backgrounds to form an intentional Community of Purpose that is committed to the ambitious task of bettering not battering the nations we love.
American progressives are drifting away from Israel and Israeli politics is just a shadow of its progressive roots. Progressives in Palestine are challenged by reactionary forces within their own society. These dynamics have set back desired advancements toward equality, justice, and peace. For these reasons, uniting progressives in the US, Israel, and Palestine, in common purpose, is more urgent than ever.
Organizations that focus on the Middle East generally fall into two camps: those that celebrate and promote without acknowledging what needs to be fixed, and those that castigate without acknowledging what deserves to be celebrated and promoted. By engaging Israel, Palestine and America as works in progress, Heart of a Nation seeks to attract those looking to celebrate, promote, and fix.
Progress can never be taken for granted and it will be undercut if Israelis or Palestinians abandon the Democratic Party or if Democrats turn their back on the search for Middle East peace. Our movement will appeal to progressives who want to make things better and who yearn for constructive ways to do so.
When members of a Community of Purpose work together to solve problems, they feel more connected toward one another. Social Scientists call this Bridging and Bonding Capital, and it forges personal connections, fosters durable relationships, and sustains critical alliances.
In its broadest aspirations, Heart of a Nation commits to:
- Provide progressive allies with affinity-building forums.
- Distribute original content and amplify the content of allies.
- Showcase efforts and accomplishments of progressive allies.
- Match new projects and initiatives with committed funders.
- Promote political and policy champions.
Heart of a Nation will produce an online journal under the banner Heart & Soul, focusing on American, Israeli and Palestinian aspirations and efforts related to the quest for Social and Economic Justice, Gender and Racial Equality, the Role of Religion in Society, Catastrophic Climate Change, Civil Discourse in Pluralistic Societies, Police Practices and Criminal Justice Reform, the Treatment of Refugees and Asylum Seekers, as well as Reducing Conflict Within and Between Nations and the Vigorous Pursuit of Peace.
Journal articles will be co-authored by prominent Israeli, Palestinian and American progressives who will explore common challenges, while acknowledging societal distinctions that must be navigated. Each issue of the Journal will be solution-oriented, focusing on a current controversy or topic of concern. Heart and Soul will be a platform for progressives who recognize that Israel, Palestine and America are defined not only by their political currents, but by their robust cultures, judicial systems, media outlets, academic institutions, civic engagement movements, and non-governmental organizations.
Published several times a year, the journal will be distributed to progressive policymakers and opinion-leaders throughout the world. Content will be amplified through podcasts, webinars and other platforms that appeal to progressive activists.
By creating multiple platforms for progressives from the US, Israel, and Palestine to develop and dialogue about solutions to problems we all face, community members will feel they have a stake in each other’s future. With sustained effort over time, the resulting bonds of affinity and appreciation will help ensure an enduring alliance between a progressive America, a progressive Israel, and a progressive Palestine, to the betterment of all three societies.
Jonathan Kessler, Founder/CEO
מה זה HEART OF A NATION "ליבה של אומה"?
אנחנו אמריקאים, ישראלים ופלסטינים אשר בונים ויוצרים קשרים במגמה ללמוד, לחשוב ולעבוד יחד כדי לקדם פתרונות פרוגרסיביים בנושאים החשובים המשותפים לכולנו
נושאים אלה כוללים: צדק חברתי וכלכלי, שוויון מגדרי וגזעי, חיזוק החברה האזרחית, הגנה על מוסדות דמוקרטיים, טיפול במהגרים ומבקשי מקלט, מלחמה באפליה ודיכוי בקרב העמים וכן המרדף הנמרץ למען השלום.
אנו עושים זאת על ידי חיבור הערכים המשותפים, איחוד מאבקים, ויצירת תוכן בשיתוף פעולה להפצה באמצעות מנהיגים ופעילים המחפשים להשפיע על עתיד העמים היקרים לנו.
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ما هو HEART OF A NATION "قلب أمة"؟
نحن أمريكيون وإسرائيليون وفلسطينيون نبني ونكوّن روابط من أجل التعلم والتفكير والمشاركة معًا حتى نشجع الحلول التقدمية بشأن القضايا التي تهمنا جميعًا.
هذه القضايا معقدة: العدالة الاجتماعية والاقتصادية، والمساواة بين الجنسين والعنصرية، وتعزيز المجتمع المدني، وحماية المؤسسات الديمقراطية، ومعاملة المهاجرين وطالبي اللجوء، ومكافحة التمييز والاضطهاد بين الشعوب والسعي الحثيث إلى السلام.
نحن نقوم بذلك بواسطة، ربط القيم المشتركة، وتوحيد النضالات، وإنشاء محتوى بشكل تعاوني لتوزيعه بواسطة القادة والنشطاء الذين يسعون للتأثير على مستقبل شعوبنا.
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Heart of a Nation is delighted to announce the inauguration of a platform for Activists and Amplifiers. HeartForum members will receive HeartBeat quarterly newsletter, participate in online discussions, share content, recruit other members, and much more!
As a member of HeartForum, you can help us in the following ways:
- Share special content on social media
- Recruit additional members
- Donate to Heart of a Nation
- Solicit donations from others
- Host an online forum with friends
- Host an in-person parlor meeting
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Heart of a Nation distributes original and curated content to progressive thought-leaders and activists on a weekly basis. Our entire archive is available on Medium.
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“Has Israel fulfilled its prophetic aspirations? Not yet.” – David Ben-Gurion
“It’s like family – you love them, and also feel the most critical toward them.” – Natalie Portman
“The best response to what’s wrong is to figure out how to do things better.” – Karen Brunwasser
“We should better not batter the nations we love.” – Brian Jaffee
“The aspiration to do better is what unites America and Israel.” – A’shanti Gholar