Zionism & The Left

October 28, 2021

In October 2021, Sunrise DC’s decision not to participate in a voting rights rally because of the presence of three Jewish Zionist groups opened a larger conversation about how welcoming progressive coalitions should be to pro-Israel groups. Join Yousef Munayyer, Rabbi Jill Jacobs and Peter Beinart for a conversation about Zionism and the American left.

Yousef Munayyer, as a non-resident Fellow at Arab Center Washington DC, writes on the Arab-Israeli conflict. He also serves as a member of the editorial committee of the Journal of Palestine Studies and was previously Executive Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. Some of his published articles can be found in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, Journal of Palestine Studies, Middle East Policy, and others. Dr. Munayyer holds a PhD in International Relations and Comparative Politics from the University of Maryland.

Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the CEO of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, an organization that trains and mobilizes more than 2,000 rabbis and cantors and their communities to bring a moral voice to protecting and advancing human rights in North America, Israel, and the occupied Palestinian territories. She is the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community and There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition, both published by Jewish Lights.

Peter Beinart teaches national reporting and opinion writing at the Newmark J-School and political science at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is editor-at-large for Jewish Currents, a CNN political commentator, and a fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace. He is also a nonfiction author and former Rhodes Scholar.