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Daniel Burston: An Open Letter to Steve Kowit on his poem “Intifada”

Right now, civil conversation on these subjects is difficult to impossible to sustain because both the Zionist and the Palestinian narratives have been carefully curated to highlight the harms that each side inflicted on the other, and to minimize or ignore the harms that they inflicted on their adversaries.

June 16, 2021 · 5 Comments

James L. Gelvin: As the Palestinian minority takes to the streets, Israel is having its own Black Lives Matter moment

As in the United States, a brutalized minority group, facing systemic racism and discriminatory acts has taken to the streets. And, as in the United States, the only way out starts with serious soul searching on the part of the majority.

May 17, 2021 · 3 Comments

Abby Zimet: Connecting the Shots

U.S. Quakers have launched an Israeli arms exports database to help Palestinian victims of “battle proven” weapons and other activists track Israel’s deadly contributions to human rights abuses around the world.

February 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

Daniel Burston: Anti-Semitism on the Left

Many Left wing activists disparage the majority of American Jews, saying that we enjoy all the perks of White privilege, and therefore seek to “uphold”, rather than to oppose or dismantle White Supremacy; the very thing far-Right activists insist that we are secretly intent on destroying.

March 1, 2020 · 4 Comments

Philip Terman: Darwish and Amichai Share Poems in Heaven

the breath of their words
shaping the winds
across the deserts
of their homeland,
which is the same homeland

December 22, 2019 · 1 Comment

Glenn Greenwald: The Greatest Threat to Campus Free Speech

There is no shortage of American pundits who love to denounce “PC” speech codes that restrict and punish the expression of certain ideas on college campuses. What these self-styled campus-free-speech … Continue reading

October 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Gaza — Witnessing The War And Destruction

First published on Jul 16, 2015 When Israel started its invasion of Gaza in the summer of 2014, the pictures of death and destruction were all over the news. Max … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daniel Burston: What is Anti-Semitism?

Anti-Semitism is an old and remarkably persistent form of ethnic and religious prejudice. Scholars have found strong evidence of anti-Semitic attitudes in Hellenistic and Roman authors up to three centuries … Continue reading

May 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

B. Traven: Fire in the Hole: A New American Military Disaster, Yemen

The Unifed States has spent the last twenty-five years pulling Israel’s and Saudi Arabia’s chestnuts out of the fire in the Middle East. First with Desert Storm in Kuwait in … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Michael Winship: Netanyahu’s “Us or Them” Is Nothing But Trouble

For a long time now, American political consultants have benefited from a lucrative sideline, selling their alleged expertise to politicians in Israel. (It was Democratic strategist James Carville who, after … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 3 Comments

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship: Netanyahu Speaks, Money Talks

Everything you need to know about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress Tuesday was the presence in the visitor’s gallery of one man – Sheldon Adelson. The gambling … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Michael Schwartz: The Great Game in the Holy Land

How Gazan Natural Gas Became the Epicenter of An International Power Struggle Guess what? Almost all the current wars, uprisings, and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · 4 Comments

Todd Miller and Gabriel M. Schivone: Gaza in Arizona

How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the U.S.-Mexican Border It was October 2012. Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was explaining his country’s border policing … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Phyllis Chesler: My Jewish Feminist Problem

Why my sisters can’t think straight about Israel. These days, Israel is far too dangerous a word to pronounce in a Western intellectual or social setting. Say it—and you risk … Continue reading

December 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

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