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Anne Roiphe Biography

Title:
Novelist and Journalist
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“We here in America are waiting as of this writing for a government to emerge in Jerusalem and most of us keep on hoping that its shape will not preclude the peace process, will not doom a two-state solution, will not destroy the hope that our new President brings to the table. As American Jews without a vote in Israel, we can’t do more than point out what many Israelis understand: Solve this problem or the Jewish state will disappear in a tsunami of Palestinian births; or it will become a theocracy, a thugocracy, an apartheid, anti-democratic state that will then disappear in a wave of world anger. There is nothing normal about a state that cannot tolerate a minority within its borders and treat them as it would have wished its people to have been treated in the centuries of Diaspora life. I would call it pathological that Israel is listening to leaders who don’t understand that the entire West Bank cannot belong to Israel without making it a pariah nation, without violating the spirit of the Torah, and the scared memory of the Jewish people.”

“Two Minutes to Armageddon (Extract),” Jerusalem Report, Apr. 3, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Novelist and Journalist, 1967-present
  • Contributing Editor, The Jerusalem Report
  • Columnist, New York Observer, 1997-2002
Education:
  • BA, Sarah Lawrence College, 1957
Other:
  • Born on Dec. 25, 1935 in New York, NY
  • Has been published in Vogue, New York Times Magazine, Elle, Tikkun, Present Tense, and Tablet
  • Was awarded the Jewish Cultural Achievement Award for Literary Arts by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture on June 7, 2004