Briefly: Playwright and cultural icon Tony Kushner was kicked off the list of honorees and John Jay College because Jeffrey Weisenfeld is Captain McWitchHunt. Fascinating. Here’s hoping someone throws water on JW so that he melts into a steaming puddle of vindictive intolerance.
Coming of age in Israel and not finding the right table to sit at.
The arc of the moral universe is long, mother-fuckers, but it bends towards JUSTICE.
The inescapable conclusion is that among those who care the most about the future of Israelis and Palestinians (as viewed through the prism of online chatter) are the most likely to enjoy polarized cheer leading and Der-Sturmerish assaults on the character of their opponents.
The winners won’t be those who lost the most in the war. They’ll be the ones best at exploiting the peace. Do we really want to help them?
It was my first time at the GA, and I’m very glad I got to go. But then, I really like conferences. Here are some
Questions I wish I could answer better: 1. What does the decline of COEJL and the rise of HAZON say about the dynamics in Jewish
Palestine solidarity has woven itself into the fabric of the American left to a greater extent than ever before.
Israel should not be the graveyard of Jewish people-hood, as it was for so many specific kinds of Jewish culture. Anti-Zionist Jews that I respect aren’t working primarily as subcontractors for Palestinian liberation, they are embracing a positive vision of Jews, for Jews, and by Jews, for Jewish liberation.
The pro Israel organization Stand With Us is at the center of a controversy around the participation of Zionists at the US Social Forum.