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FALL 2021

The wrap-around issue cover features Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s 1988 painting “Forbidden Colors,which invites an encounter with the colors of the Palestinian flag. Inside the issue: In the wake of the George Floyd uprising and the recent Israeli assault on Gaza, Hannah Black charts the long history of Black–Palestinian solidarity. To mark the 10th anniversary of Occupy Wall Street—and a remarkable Kol Nidre service in Zuccotti Park—we have a wide-ranging oral history of Jewish organizing at Occupy. Elisheva Goldberg examines the fragility of the Israeli Supreme Court, and Alex Kane explores the career of Ritchie Torres, the charismatic congressman who has emerged as the “pro-Israel” establishment’s answer to the Squad. In a Responsa, Arielle Angel reflects on the value of Jewish leftists refusing excommunication. A comic by JB Brager deconstructs the claim that Jews are indigenous to Israel. In reviews, Vicky Osterweil considers the limitations of Sarah Schulman’s monumental history of ACT UP, Claire Schwartz surveys the aesthetics of empire in George W. Bush’s paintings, and Nathan Goldman assesses Joshua Cohen’s attempt to resuscitate the canonical Jewish American novel. Plus, fiction, poetry, art, and more!

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Table of Contents

On Loving Jews – Arielle Angel
What might be gained by refusing excommunication from our own communities?

Vitaly – interview by Richie Reseda

From Minneapolis to Jerusalem – Hannah Black
On Black–Palestinian solidarity

What the Jewish Left Learned from Occupy

Travesty Show – Nicholas Muellner and Helen Betya Rubinstein
On the present absence of queerness and Jewishness in contemporary Ukraine

“The AIDS Crisis is Still Beginning” – Tausif Noor
Gregg Bordowitz at MoMA PS1

Ritchie Torres Is the Future of “Pro Israel” Politics – Alex Kane
While lawmakers of color have challenged the Democratic consensus on Israel, the Bronx Congressman has become a powerful voice for upholding the status quo.

The Long Reach of Restraint – Elisheva Goldberg
For Israel’s Supreme Court, to exercise power might be to lose it.

What We Did – Dorothy M. Zellner
How the Jewish Communist left failed the Palestinian cause

When Settler Becomes Native – JB Brager
Examining the claim of Jewish indigeneity in the land of Israel

An excerpt from The Passenger – Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz

Museum Piece – Ari Banias


What the Record Doesn’t Show – Vicky Osterweil
On Sarah Schulman’s Let the Record Show

Portraits of Empire – Claire Schwartz
On George W. Bush’s Out of Many, One

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore – Nathan Goldman
On Joshua Cohen’s The Netanyahus