Jacob Plitman

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    On an Emerging Diasporism

    April 16, 2018Jacob Plitman

    The simultaneous crises of the Trump presidency in America and the ongoing rightward radicalization of Israel are fueling a Diasporic revival. Where might it take us?

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  • Essay

    On an Emerging Diasporism

    April 16, 2018Jacob Plitman

    The simultaneous crises of the Trump presidency in America and the ongoing rightward radicalization of Israel are fueling a Diasporic revival. Where might it take us?

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    Police Surround St. Louis Temple, Nazis Tweet "#GasTheSynagogue"

    September 16, 2017Jacob Plitman

      LAST NIGHT, former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. The decision sparked protests across the city. Police reacted with significant force, trampling protestors and spraying mace. Some protestors, fleeing the police, arrived at Central Reform Congregation (CRC), where according to twitter Rabbi Susan Talve welcomed them into the building. Rabbi Talve is a longtime supporter of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Tweets and video ...

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    Diasporism

    April 14, 2018Jacob Plitman

    The simultaneous crises of the Trump presidency in America and the ongoing rightward radicalization of Israel present left-leaning American Jews with a conundrum.

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    Exclusive: Two New Women Accuse Ari Shavit of Sexual Misconduct Amid Attempted Comeback

    December 23, 2017Jacob Plitman

    Ari Shavit (right) stands with former Ambassador Dan Shapiro (center) and Julie Fisher (left) at the U.S. Embassy in Israel in 2015. by Jacob Plitman   IN EARLY OCTOBER 2016, Ari Shavit -- Israeli journalist and author of My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel -- seemed to have secured himself a lofty place in the liberal Zionist conversation, including a then-planned HBO documentary based on his work. Then, a female journalist posted a chilling account of sexual assau...

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    These homemade hanukiyahs are perfect

    December 13, 2017Jacob Plitman

    by Jacob Plitman Banner credit: Alex Foley   LIKE OUR COUSINS the Elves, we Jews are a crafty, clever and resourceful people.  Marooned as many of us are within a Christian-hegemonic superpower, we reach for what is at hand -- ritually, by turning a minor holiday about the Jewish Taliban into a major celebration, and literally, by turning any old piece of shit into a good dang hannukiyah. Let us celebrate some of them good dang hanukiyahs here. – 1) (((beer))) - 2) Pai...

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    Linda Sarsour, Anti-Antisemitism, and Some Unintelligible Yelling

    November 29, 2017Jacob Plitman

    My Evening at the New School by Jacob Plitman   MORE THAN AN HOUR into last night's event at the New School, a protester stood up from the audience and began to shout at Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour. “How can you say that!” the protester shouted as security moved closer. Sarsour, who had just finished speaking about her work raising money for a destitute Jewish cemetery in Colorado, looked genuinely confused. “Hypocrisy!” he shouted over his shoulder as he was escorted...

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    Who Deserves a Holiday More than Columbus?

    October 8, 2017Jacob Plitman

    by Jacob Plitman   Christopher Columbus was an extremely bad guy who should not be celebrated by anyone at any time. So creating a full list of people that deserve a national holiday more than Columbus is tough, because theoretically it should include nearly every single person ever born. Like, think of everyone you know that, for example, did not encounter the friendly and giving Arawak tribe and then proceed to enslave and exterminate them. Wow, I can think of a lot of people who di...

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    Call for Bund-Related Submissions! Deadline 10/23

    October 7, 2017Jacob Plitman

    THIS YEAR MARKS the 120th anniversary of the Jewish Labor Bund. What was the Bund? In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Bund was a mass-membership Jewish Socialist organization dedicated to class struggle. At its peak, it boasted 40,000 active members, schools, gymnasiums, and Jewish self defense units. Though its relationship to other Leftist movements was complicated, the Bund was committed to fighting for revolution in solidarity with their goyishe compatriots in Poland, Russia and ...

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    Stanford Study: Campus Antisemitism Greatly Exaggerated

    October 6, 2017Jacob Plitman

    by Jacob Plitman   A NEW STUDY by the Stanford Graduate School of Education finds that most Jewish students do not experience widespread antisemitism on campus, that they chafe at the conflation of Zionism and Judaism, and that they struggle with their relationship to Israel and its policies. "Contrary to alarmist reports that describe colleges and universities as 'hotspots of antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment,' we found that students do not experience campuses this way," the ...

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    Exclusive: Swastikas Spark Backlash at History Festival

    September 26, 2017Jacob Plitman

    AT TAXPAYER-FUNDED REENACTMENT IN MICHIGAN by Jacob Plitman   ON SUNDAY, a yearly historical reenactment event in Bay City, Michigan drew men wearing Nazi and SS uniforms who built a Nazi camp and posed with a swastika-emblazoned flag. The presence of Nazi reenactors at the River of Time event, which is sponsored by the taxpayer- funded Bay County Historical Society, has sparked backlash from state officials, the Jewish community, and activists. The annual event, held at Veterans ...

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    Reform Movement Considering Endorsement of Bernie Sanders “Medicare For All” Bill

    September 13, 2017Jacob Plitman

      TODAY, Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled his long-awaited “Medicare for all” health plan. The proposal would establish a universal system of health coverage for all Americans and entail enormous reform to the profit-driven health system as currently exists. While questions regarding funding of the program remain, the bill now boasts the support of nearly a third of the Senate’s Democratic caucus. According to the Religious Action Center’s (RAC) Associate Director Barbara Weinstein, th...

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    Of Course the ZOA Loves Steve Bannon -- They're Fascists

    September 8, 2017Jacob Plitman

    by Jacob Plitman   IN AN OP-ED in the Forward this week, Zionist Organization of America president Mort Klein argued that fired Trump advisor and architect of hate site Breitbart Steve Bannon was a “friend of Israel and the Jewish people.” The truth is that like all those who peddle hate and support fascism, Bannon is no friend to the Jews. And by endorsing him, Klein reveals himself not as an advocate for our people, but a supporter of the fascism that fills the White House today...

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    "Outraged and Unafraid" Undocumented Youth and Allies Shut Down Trump Tower

    September 5, 2017Jacob Plitman

    by Jacob Plitman THIS AFTERNOON, 9 undocumented youth activists and around a dozen allies were arrested in front of Trump Tower. The action, planned by Movimiento Cosecha (Harvest Movement), was in protest of the planned cancellation of DACA permits by the Trump administration. [caption id="attachment_63179" align="alignright" width="300"] Juan Pablo Orjuela[/caption] The action was planned by Cosecha, a decentralized organization of immigrants and allies across the United States. Accor...

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    A BDS Endorsement from a Resurgent DSA

    August 25, 2017Jacob Plitman

    A REPORT FROM CHICAGO  by Jacob Plitman   DURING THEIR CONVENTION in Chicago last weekend, the resurgent 25,000-member Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement by a resounding majority. The bill and vote have been misconstrued and misrepresented by some in our Jewish community in an effort, intentional or otherwise, that keeps our community away from solidarity with a renewed left. In fact, the BDS bill passed isn’t antisemi...

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