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Alex Kane is a senior reporter for Jewish Currents.

Newsletter
What the FBI’s Investigation of Shireen Abu Akleh’s Killing Won’t Resolve
The probe is the first by a US agency into the death of the Palestinian American journalist.
Alex Kane November 29, 2022
Newsletter
AIPAC Spent Big to Defeat Progressives This Election Cycle
The lobbying group’s $28.5 million blitz could make Democrats think twice about criticizing Israel.
Alex Kane November 15, 2022
Newsletter
Four Takeaways From the 2022 Midterms
What do election results mean for Israel/Palestine policy, youth politics, policing, and reproductive justice?
Alex Kane, Matthew Miles Goodrich, Akela Lacy, and Amy Littlefield November 10, 2022
Newsletter
ACLU Asks Supreme Court to Take Up Right to Boycott
If the top court does hear the case, it would lead to an unprecedented ruling on whether anti-boycott laws violate the First Amendment.
Alex Kane November 1, 2022
Newsletter
When Is Violence “Terrorism”?
The use of the term to condemn Palestinian armed struggle raises questions about who gets to define it.
Alex Kane October 25, 2022
Report
In Internal Memo, American Jewish Committee Blasts Op-Ed on “Jewish-Free Zones” at Berkeley Law
The group’s disavowal of an article written by Israel advocate Kenneth Marcus revealed tension over the best strategy to combat campus Palestine activism.
Mari Cohen and Alex Kane October 14, 2022
Newsletter
The PA’s Faltering Authority
Palestinian opposition to the PA’s security coordination with Israel has risen to a level of intensity unseen since the Second Intifada.
Alex Kane October 11, 2022
Newsletter
How Social Media Companies Silence Palestinians
A new report shows how Facebook and Instagram harm Palestinian freedom of expression—but leaves out the role of Israel’s Cyber Unit.
Alex Kane October 4, 2022
Newsletter
Israel’s Repressive Toolkit Ensnares a Palestinian Human Rights Lawyer
Salah Hammouri has been jailed without trial for six months. If he’s ever released, he also faces deportation.
Alex Kane September 20, 2022
Newsletter
How the IDF Ignores Its Own Rules of Engagement
Experts say revising the IDF’s open-fire regulations may accomplish little in a context where soldiers often ignore existing limits.
Alex Kane September 13, 2022
Newsletter
As Israel Raids Palestinian Human Rights Groups, US Response Is Muted
Advocates say the State Department’s lack of condemnation emboldened Israel to launch unprecedented assaults on civil society organizations.
Alex Kane August 23, 2022
Newsletter
What a Bureaucratic Pentagon Decision Says About Biden’s Palestine Policy
By keeping the US Security Coordinator’s military rank the same, Biden doubled down on the pre-Trump status quo: supporting the Palestinian Authority, but doing little to end Israel’s occupation.
Alex Kane August 16, 2022
Newsletter
Israel’s Gaza Offensive: An Explainer
A closer look at an operation that killed dozens of Palestinians.
Alex Kane and Mari Cohen August 9, 2022
Newsletter
Republicans Are Helping New York Democrats Target the Left’s Israel Criticism
The New York Solidarity Network is the latest example of a national trend: members of both parties joining together to squash progressive scrutiny of Israel.
Alex Kane August 2, 2022
Newsletter
Ben & Jerry’s Path to Boycotting Israeli Settlements
The president of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation speaks about the impact of visits to the occupied territories.
Alex Kane July 26, 2022
Newsletter
“We Want Accountability”
As Biden visits Israel, the slain Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh’s family pushes for justice.
Alex Kane July 12, 2022
Report
Progressives Introduce Amendment to Force US Investigation into Israel’s Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh
The amendment comes after the State Department released a waffling statement on the death of the Palestinian American journalist.
Alex Kane July 6, 2022
Newsletter
Ben & Jerry’s Clashes With Unilever Over BDS
The ice cream maker is suing its parent company for selling off its business interests in Israel to a local company that plans to sell in West Bank settlements.
Alex Kane July 5, 2022
Report
What the Fossil Fuel Industry Learned from Anti-BDS Laws
Attacks on Israel’s critics have become the template for efforts to suppress climate activism, gun control advocacy, and other progressive movements.
Alex Kane April 4, 2022
Newsletter
How the War in Ukraine Is Changing Israel’s Refugee Policies
Rules are changing in a hurry for non-Jewish Ukrainian refugees, but refugees from other regions haven’t yet benefited.
Alex Kane March 29, 2022
Report
Internal ADL Memo Recommended Ending Police Delegations to Israel Amid Backlash
The controversial program, now on pause, was characterized by senior staff as high cost and low reward.
Alex Kane and Sam Levin March 17, 2022
Newsletter
Knesset Renews Permanent Residency Ban for Palestinian Spouses of Israeli Citizens
The controversial law is intended to protect a Jewish demographic majority.
Alex Kane March 16, 2022
Newsletter
A Progressive Foreign Policy Response to the War in Ukraine
An interview with Matt Duss, Bernie Sanders’s foreign policy adviser, on Russia’s invasion.
Alex Kane March 1, 2022
Newsletter
How the Seattle Jewish Federation Blocked a Donation to B’Tselem
Donor-advised funds have legal discretion to deny gifts to groups that criticize Israel.
Alex Kane February 23, 2022
Newsletter
Deutsche Welle Firings Set Chilling Precedent for Free Speech in Germany
Seven Arab and Muslim journalists have lost their jobs for the alleged “antisemitism” of criticizing Israel.
Alex Kane February 16, 2022
Report
Jamaal Bowman Withdraws Co-Sponsorship of Bill Backing Israel’s Abraham Accords
Bowman’s reversal on the Israel Relations Normalization Act points toward growing opposition to the diplomatic agreements within the broader progressive movement.
Alex Kane February 15, 2022
Photo of printed copies of Amnesty International's report on a table.
Report
Why Liberal Zionist Groups Won’t Say “Apartheid”
Pressed for specific disagreements with the use of the term, leaders of several prominent Jewish organizations focused on how its application might alienate their constituencies.
Mari Cohen and Alex Kane February 10, 2022
Newsletter
The Amnesty Report on Israeli Apartheid: An Explainer
Responses to common questions about the human rights organization’s decision to recognize the nature of the occupation.
Alex Kane February 9, 2022
Newsletter
No Justice for a Palestinian American Who Died in IDF Custody
The soldiers responsible for Omar Assad’s death at 78 have faced no meaningful consequences.
Alex Kane February 2, 2022
Conversation
Activestills and the Making of a Decolonial Archive
Members of the Israel/Palestine-based photo collective explain their approach to their work.
Alex Kane January 28, 2022
Newsletter
A Brooklyn Rally Against Antisemitism Offers Right-Wing Solutions
After a Jewish man was attacked for wearing an IDF hoodie, demonstrators responded with calls for more cops.
Alex Kane January 5, 2022
Newsletter
Desmond Tutu’s Lifelong Struggle Against Apartheid
South Africa’s moral leader frequently clashed with Israel and the American Jewish establishment.
Alex Kane December 29, 2021
Newsletter
AIPAC’s New PACs Signal a Strategic Shift
Washington’s flagship Israel lobby is turning to a more explicit fundraising model.
Alex Kane December 22, 2021
Newsletter
Middle East Studies Association Votes to Consider Endorsing BDS
An endorsement of the BDS movement would be another indicator of just how much Israel’s apartheid system disquiets academia in the US.
Alex Kane December 9, 2021
Report
Jamaal Bowman’s Trip to Israel Sparks Debate in DSA Over Electoral Strategy
The congressman’s divergence from DSA’s line on Israel/Palestine has led the socialist group to reexamine its approach to endorsements.
Alex Kane December 7, 2021
Report
George Washington University Employees Offered Support to Palestinian Students. Now They Say They’re Paying the Price.
After criticizing “Israeli apartheid” and offering a processing space to Palestinian students in June, a campus office has been prevented from serving its regular functions, according to a civil rights complaint.
Alex Kane November 16, 2021
Conversation
“I Campaigned on Right, Not on Fear”
If he loses due to his support for BDS, Florida congressional candidate Omari Hardy says his “conscience will be clear.”
Alex Kane October 25, 2021
Feature
Ritchie Torres Is the Future of “Pro-Israel” Politics
While lawmakers of color have challenged the Democratic consensus on Israel, the Bronx congressman has become a powerful voice for upholding the status quo.
Alex Kane October 18, 2021
Report
Philanthropist Michael Leven Donated to Canary Mission Blacklist
The revelation makes him the third major American Jewish funder associated with the project.
Abby Seitz and Alex Kane October 14, 2021
Report
Sanders Pushes Gaza Aid in Exchange for “Yes” Vote on Iron Dome Funds
The Senate’s most prominent Israel critic will join the rest of the Democratic caucus in voting for aid for the anti-missile system.
Alex Kane October 7, 2021
Analysis
A Guide to the Fight Over Iron Dome Funding
We answer readers’ questions about the vote to fund Israel’s anti-missile system that has exposed sharp divisions among Democrats.
Alex Kane September 28, 2021
Report
House Progressives Renew Effort to Block Bomb Deliveries to Israel
An exclusive report on a long-shot push—led by Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, and Pocan—to stop the export of US-made weapons.
Alex Kane September 14, 2021
Report
Days Before Approving Humanitarian Aid to Gaza, State Department Agreed to Contentious Bomb Sale to Israel
Days after progressive legislators attempted to block the sale, the administration quietly granted the export license.
Alex Kane May 25, 2021
Report
Progressive Legislators to Introduce Resolution Blocking Bomb Sale to Israel
The resolution is a rebuke of the Biden administration’s Middle East policy, and a stark signal of progressive Democrats’ anger over Israel’s punishing assault on Gaza.
Alex Kane May 19, 2021
Newsletter
“They Have Never Lived One Day of Freedom”
An interview with Rep. Betty McCollum, author of a bill that would restrict US military aid in support of the occupation.
Alex Kane May 14, 2021
Analysis
A Guide to the Current Crisis in Israel/Palestine
We asked our readers what they needed to know about the situation in Israel/Palestine. Our staff is compiling a developing set of answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Mari Cohen, Joshua Leifer, and Alex Kane May 13, 2021
Report
Former AIPAC Senior Operative Launches Group to Cultivate Democratic Support for Israel
Jonathan Kessler wants to offer progressives “a channel for their dissatisfaction that’s not disruptive of the US-Israel alliance.”
Alex Kane March 18, 2021
Report
How the ADL’s Israel Advocacy Undermines Its Civil Rights Work
Interviews with eight former ADL employees found that CEO Jonathan Greenblatt has repeatedly chosen to support crackdowns on criticism of Israel over protecting civil liberties, putting him in conflict with his own civil rights office.
Alex Kane and Jacob Hutt February 8, 2021
Report
The Settlers’ Man in Florida
The Republican Party in the era of Trump has become the party of the Israeli settler right, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis its most devoted champion.
Alex Kane July 30, 2020
Conversation
From Bad to Worse
Ghada Majadle of Physicians for Human Rights fears that Israel’s restrictive policies could exacerbate the effects of a coronavirus outbreak in the West Bank and Gaza.
Alex Kane March 20, 2020
Josh Block
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The Rise and Fall of The Israel Project
A leaked cache of documents reveals how the pro-Israel media advocacy group operated—and the factors that led to its demise.
Alex Kane February 18, 2020
Report
IfNotNow’s Primary Strategy
The anti-occupation group is holding the 2020 contenders accountable on Israel/Palestine.
Alex Kane July 3, 2019
Dispatch
Protesters Shut Down Pro-Palestine Event
A commemoration of the Nakba in Queens was canceled over threats.
Alex Kane May 23, 2019
Report
Netanyahu’s Cynical Betrayal of Holocaust History
Israel has made a Faustian bargain with the Central European far right.
Alex Kane February 28, 2019
Report
The Left is Demanding “Abolish ICE.” But Jewish Groups Are Less Sure.
Left-leaning pillars of the American Jewish community are split on the newest progressive rallying cry.
Alex Kane July 5, 2018