Fighting Antisemitism Through the Lens of Collective Liberation

Wednesday
December 13, 2023

Co-sponsored by Haymarket Books, PARCEO, and Jewish Voice for Peace:

As Israel’s genocidal war against Palestinians rages with full backing of the United States government, we are witnessing a troubling rise in antisemitism and Islamophobia here at home. Jewish communal spaces have been graffitied with swastikas and neo-Nazis have marched through Madison. Attacks against Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim Americans have also grown, including the murder of a six-year-old Palestinian child in Chicago and the shooting of three Palestinian college students in Vermont.

Meeting this moment requires solidarity as well as a shared commitment to collective liberation. But instead, a coordinated campaign from the Israeli and US governments and organizations like the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) are aiming to divide us further by redefining antisemitism as opposition to the Israeli government’s war crimes. To this end, the House of Representatives has pushed forward dangerous and harmful conflations between antisemitism with criticism of Israel, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has misstated the meaning of antisemitism while largely ignoring the central threat of white nationalism. Challenging these elisions, this event will help participants understand what antisemitism is (and what it is not) so that we can fight it effectively against all forms of injustice.

Upon registration, you will receive a link to the live-streamed video on the day of the event. This event will also be recorded, and captioning will be provided.

A message from Haymarket Books: While all of our events are freely available, we ask that those who are able make a solidarity donation in support of our important publishing and programming work. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Palestine Legal.

Speakers:

nyle fort is an Assistant Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University.

Beth Miller is the Political Director of Jewish Voice for Peace Action.

Barry Trachtenberg is the Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History at Wake Forest University.

Nina Mehta (moderator) is the co-director of PARCEO.

Haymarket Books a radical, independent, nonprofit book publisher based in Chicago. Our mission is to publish books that contribute to struggles for social and economic justice. We strive to make our books a vibrant and organic part of social movements and the education and development of a critical, engaged, and internationalist Left.

PARCEO is a resource and education center that partners​ with community groups and institutions seeking to deepen their organizing and educational work;​ develop new initiatives; form principled, meaningful collaborations; and strengthen their internal processes and commitments.

Jewish Voice for Peace the largest progressive Jewish anti-Zionist organization in the world. We’re organizing a grassroots, multiracial, cross-class, intergenerational movement of US Jews into solidarity with the Palestinian freedom struggle, guided by a vision of justice, equality, and dignity for all people.

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