Authors / Joshua Leifer

Joshua Leifer is a Jewish Currents contributing editor and a member of the Dissent editorial board. His essays and reporting have also appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, Jacobin, +972 Magazine, and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book about American Jewish identity. He lives in New Haven, CT, where he is a history PhD student.

Analysis
The Rise of the New Settler State
In Lod and other so-called “mixed” cities, recent violence stems in part from the presence of religious Zionist groups that have transposed the settler movement’s methods back inside the Green Line.
Joshua Leifer May 27, 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
Can New York’s Progressives Stop Andrew Yang?
The shape of the mayoral race reveals the limits of the electoral power the left has built in the city since 2018.
Joshua Leifer April 15, 2021
From the Newsletter
The Long History of Anti-Asian Violence
A conversation with writer Mark Tseng-Putterman, who situates the recent attacks on Asian Americans within the structures of white supremacy and imperialism.
Joshua Leifer March 26, 2021
Report
Israel’s Islamists Side with Netanyahu
The prime minister is the main beneficiary of the fracturing of the Joint List.
Joshua Leifer February 16, 2021
Analysis
The Tragedy of Jeremy Corbyn
Corbyn’s leadership augured a new era of left ascendancy in the UK. Instead, it has ended with the left badly defeated and bitterly divided.
Joshua Leifer November 27, 2020
Report
The New Heimish Populism
The protests in Borough Park reflect a shift in Orthodox communities, long in the making, toward a Trumpian style of politics.
Joshua Leifer October 15, 2020
Analysis
Restoring the Bipartisan Consensus
Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris, who has always toed the AIPAC line on Israel/Palestine, is part of the campaign’s pitch that polarization can be undone.
Joshua Leifer September 15, 2020
cori bush
Analysis
Cori Bush’s Message From the Grassroots
Bush’s victory in a St. Louis congressional primary escalates an insurgency from the Democratic Party’s left wing.
Joshua Leifer August 5, 2020
Analysis
The Real War on Free Speech
Some of the Harper’s letter signatories use their defense of “free speech” to silence support for Palestinian rights.
Mari Cohen and Joshua Leifer July 23, 2020
Analysis
The Resilient Fiction of the Two-State Solution
The lack of a viable two-state solution doesn’t mean liberal Zionists will stop believing in one.
Joshua Leifer July 9, 2020
Report
Leaked Memo Details ADL’s Annexation Response
A leaked memo shows the group hopes to maintain a pro-civil-rights veneer while opposing any policy pressure on Israel.
Joshua Leifer June 26, 2020
Analysis
Jamaal Bowman Reminds Progressives They Can Win
The 44-year-old Bronx principal deals a blow to the Democratic establishment—and the hawkish pro-Israel groups that rallied behind his opponent.
Joshua Leifer June 25, 2020
de Blasio
Analysis
Why de Blasio Defends the Police
In a city reliant on real estate capital—and thus, on policing—even a self-professed liberal mayor is still, ultimately, a law-and-order mayor.
Joshua Leifer June 22, 2020
deBlasio
Analysis
An Argument Among Friends
The muted Haredi response to Bill de Blasio’s comments reflects a longstanding relationship.
Joshua Leifer May 1, 2020
Analysis
Orbán’s Illiberalism Tests the EU
After a dramatic power grab by the Hungarian prime minister, will the European Union finally stand up against the nation’s slide into autocracy?
Joshua Leifer April 16, 2020
Analysis
“The Beginning of Breakdown”
Benny Gantz’s capitulation to Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition has left Israel’s constitutional order more vulnerable to right-wing efforts to undermine it.
Joshua Leifer March 31, 2020
Odeh
Analysis
“The Only Left That Is Left”
After its gains in the latest elections, the Joint List has a chance to become Israel’s true opposition: one rooted in Arab–Jewish partnership.
Joshua Leifer March 5, 2020
Analysis
Civic Religion and the Secular Jew
The discourse around Bernie Sanders’s faith highlights the inadequacy of conventional frameworks for understanding American Jewish life.
Joshua Leifer February 14, 2020
Trump Bibi Vision
Analysis
A Threat, Not an Offer
Trump and Netanyahu’s so-called peace plan is designed to be unacceptable to Palestinians, to justify the repression that will follow.
Joshua Leifer January 29, 2020
Brooklyn Bridge
Dispatch
A Missed Opportunity
New York’s march against antisemitism, meant as a show of unity, instead highlighted the deep fissures between the different American Jewish communities.
Joshua Leifer January 7, 2020
Bernie Midwood
Report
Too Close for Comfort
Young Jewish leftists are inspired by Bernie Sanders. Older ones find him painfully familiar.
Joshua Leifer December 17, 2019
Analysis
The Real Target of Trump’s Executive Order
Jews are understandably anxious, but the main threat is toward pro-Palestine activists.
Joshua Leifer December 12, 2019
ADL
Dispatch
The ADL Cannot Lead on Civil Rights
At its annual conference, the organization’s Trump-aligned, right-wing Israel advocacy eclipsed its liberal agenda.
Joshua Leifer November 27, 2019
Report
Trump’s Orthodox Whisperer
How Jeff Ballabon steered a community’s turn to the nationalist right.
Joshua Leifer June 27, 2019
Review
Someday, This Occupation Will End
Two distinct but complementary visions of how to fight for justice in Palestine.
Joshua Leifer November 14, 2018
Essay
The Jerusalem Embassy Ceremony Was Liberal Zionism’s Funeral
America and Israel’s Monday celebration made it clear what supporting Israel looks like in practice.
Joshua Leifer May 17, 2018