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Sign up for our newsletter! en-us Thu, 01 Dec 2022 19:24:02 -0500 Thu, 01 Dec 2022 19:24:02 -0500 Black Hebrew Israelites in the Spotlight - The journalist Sam Kestenbaum on the history of the religious tradition embraced by Kyrie Irving and Kanye West. https://jewishcurrents.org/black-hebrew-israelites-in-the-spotlight Thu, 01 Dec 2022 19:18:00 -0500 https://jewishcurrents.org/black-hebrew-israelites-in-the-spotlight What the FBI’s Investigation of Shireen Abu Akleh’s Killing Won’t Resolve - The probe is the first by a US agency into the death of the Palestinian American journalist. https://jewishcurrents.org/what-the-fbis-investigation-of-shireen-abu-aklehs-killing-wont-resolve Tue, 29 Nov 2022 18:59:00 -0500 https://jewishcurrents.org/what-the-fbis-investigation-of-shireen-abu-aklehs-killing-wont-resolve The Prophet with Eyes - In Olga Tokarczuk’s <em>The Books of Jacob</em>, based on the real life of a self-proclaimed Jewish messiah in 18th-century Poland, theological energy competes with the liberal novel’s finely wrought machinery. https://jewishcurrents.org/the-prophet-with-eyes Mon, 28 Nov 2022 13:30:00 -0500 https://jewishcurrents.org/the-prophet-with-eyes “Twitter Has Been a Lifeline” - Elon Musk’s takeover of the site could destroy a valuable avenue for Palestinian activism. https://jewishcurrents.org/twitter-has-been-a-lifeline Tue, 22 Nov 2022 19:11:00 -0500 https://jewishcurrents.org/twitter-has-been-a-lifeline Nectarines - “When we asked my grandfather what had happened, he spat out that the person we’d just met was <em>not</em> Andrea Perlitzer. Not <em>his</em> Andrea Perlitzer.” https://jewishcurrents.org/nectarines Mon, 21 Nov 2022 12:30:00 -0500 https://jewishcurrents.org/nectarines Attention Must Be Paid - Tom Stoppard’s <i>Leopoldstadt</i> expects us to shed fresh tears at a worn out conclusion. https://jewishcurrents.org/attention-must-be-paid Fri, 18 Nov 2022 09:19:00 -0500 https://jewishcurrents.org/attention-must-be-paid Under the Hood - A sanitized Philip Guston retrospective tries so hard not to offend that it skirts around the most interesting aspect of Guston’s work: his meditations on the American Jewish relationship to anti-Black violence. https://jewishcurrents.org/under-the-hood Wed, 16 Nov 2022 11:00:00 -0500 https://jewishcurrents.org/under-the-hood AIPAC Spent Big to Defeat Progressives This Election Cycle - The lobbying group’s $28.5 million blitz could make Democrats think twice about criticizing Israel. https://jewishcurrents.org/aipac-spent-big-to-defeat-progressives-this-election-cycle Tue, 15 Nov 2022 19:40:00 -0500 https://jewishcurrents.org/aipac-spent-big-to-defeat-progressives-this-election-cycle Faces of Flight - Ukrainian refugees in Israel cannot be reduced to any single narrative. https://jewishcurrents.org/faces-of-flight Mon, 14 Nov 2022 10:30:00 -0500 https://jewishcurrents.org/faces-of-flight Four Takeaways From the 2022 Midterms - What do election results mean for Israel/Palestine policy, youth politics, policing, and reproductive justice? https://jewishcurrents.org/four-takeaways-midterms Thu, 10 Nov 2022 14:20:00 -0500 https://jewishcurrents.org/four-takeaways-midterms A Pantomimed Reckoning - Forty years after the catastrophic invasion of Lebanon, the films of Israel’s “Lebanon Trilogy”—often understood as works of “anti-war cinema”—appear instead as efforts to sidestep accountability. https://jewishcurrents.org/a-pantomimed-reckoning Thu, 10 Nov 2022 09:00:00 -0500 https://jewishcurrents.org/a-pantomimed-reckoning Israel’s Ascendant Far Right Can’t Be Understood by Analogy - In other countries, the right clashes with the center over the basic nature of the state—but Israel’s Itamar Ben-Gvir and his rivals are on the same page about ethnocracy. https://jewishcurrents.org/israels-ascendant-far-right-cant-be-understood-by-analogy Mon, 07 Nov 2022 08:30:00 -0500 https://jewishcurrents.org/israels-ascendant-far-right-cant-be-understood-by-analogy Language: Replete with Transformative Monsters - "language not assembled embitterment / or ruse / or disjunctive gesture / but alive" https://jewishcurrents.org/language-replete-with-transformative-monsters Fri, 04 Nov 2022 10:00:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/language-replete-with-transformative-monsters The Power and Limits of Israeli Dissident Cinema - The Other Israel Film Festival highlights state violence past and present, but can films funded by the government ever truly hold it to account? https://jewishcurrents.org/other-israel-film-festival Thu, 03 Nov 2022 14:20:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/other-israel-film-festival ACLU Asks Supreme Court to Take Up Right to Boycott - If the top court does hear the case, it would lead to an unprecedented ruling on whether anti-boycott laws violate the First Amendment. https://jewishcurrents.org/aclu-asks-supreme-court-to-take-up-right-to-boycott Tue, 01 Nov 2022 19:12:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/aclu-asks-supreme-court-to-take-up-right-to-boycott Understanding Apartheid - Embracing a radical critique of Israeli apartheid is a precondition for bringing it to a just end. https://jewishcurrents.org/understanding-apartheid Tue, 01 Nov 2022 09:00:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/understanding-apartheid Progressive Groups Need a New Approach to Fighting AIPAC - Unless left-wing groups band together, Congress will grow even more hostile to Palestinian rights and other progressive priorities. https://jewishcurrents.org/progressive-groups-need-a-new-approach-to-fighting-aipac Mon, 31 Oct 2022 12:25:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/progressive-groups-need-a-new-approach-to-fighting-aipac “They’re Destroying Our Support Networks” - Under the guise of Covid protections, prisoners are denied family visits, yet forced to work through outbreaks. https://jewishcurrents.org/covid-prisons-lockdown Thu, 27 Oct 2022 16:30:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/covid-prisons-lockdown When Is Violence “Terrorism”? - The use of the term to condemn Palestinian armed struggle raises questions about who gets to define it. https://jewishcurrents.org/when-is-violence-terrorism Tue, 25 Oct 2022 17:00:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/when-is-violence-terrorism Point of No Return - Palestinians cannot turn back the hands of time. But we might still imagine a world beyond exile. https://jewishcurrents.org/point-of-no-return Mon, 24 Oct 2022 09:00:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/point-of-no-return Everyday People - "Everyday people do impossible things / Bury their child on a warm / Spring day then make / A fresh pot of coffee" https://jewishcurrents.org/everyday-people Fri, 21 Oct 2022 13:30:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/everyday-people The Legal Offensive on the Right to Strike - With a new Supreme Court case, employers are seeking to curb labor’s growing assertiveness on the shop floor. https://jewishcurrents.org/the-legal-offensive-on-the-right-to-strike Thu, 20 Oct 2022 15:00:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/the-legal-offensive-on-the-right-to-strike The Sanitizing of Conservative Judaism - Conservative Judaism’s origins lie in a donor plan to neutralize and refine the radical Jewish immigrant masses. https://jewishcurrents.org/the-sanitizing-of-conservative-judaism Wed, 19 Oct 2022 09:12:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/the-sanitizing-of-conservative-judaism Israeli Settler Violence Surges as Palestinians Turn to Armed Resistance - The increase in settler violence is part of an intensification of Israeli repression—which also includes a closure on Shuafat, preventing Palestinians from leaving for work or study. https://jewishcurrents.org/israeli-settler-violence-surges-as-palestinians-turn-to-armed-resistance Tue, 18 Oct 2022 15:00:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/israeli-settler-violence-surges-as-palestinians-turn-to-armed-resistance <em>Office Hours:</em> Mabel Bellucci - “It was no longer necessary to have one group raise the question of abortion. Abortion became a pillar of all the fronts and coalitions.” https://jewishcurrents.org/office-hours-mabel-bellucci Mon, 17 Oct 2022 09:00:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/office-hours-mabel-bellucci In Internal Memo, American Jewish Committee Blasts Op-Ed on “Jewish-Free Zones” at Berkeley Law - The group’s disavowal of an article written by Israel advocate Kenneth Marcus revealed tension over the best strategy to combat campus Palestine activism. https://jewishcurrents.org/in-internal-memo-american-jewish-committee-blasts-op-ed-on-jewish-free-zones-at-berkeley-law Fri, 14 Oct 2022 14:38:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/in-internal-memo-american-jewish-committee-blasts-op-ed-on-jewish-free-zones-at-berkeley-law A Religious License to Discriminate? - Yeshiva University’s decision to ban a queer student club has sparked a lawsuit about discrimination at religious institutions. https://jewishcurrents.org/a-religious-license-to-discriminate Thu, 13 Oct 2022 15:30:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/a-religious-license-to-discriminate Performative Utterances - In <em>People Love Dead Jews</em> and <em>Jews Don’t Count</em>, Dara Horn and David Baddiel inflame discourses that they claim to find disturbing. https://jewishcurrents.org/performative-utterances Wed, 12 Oct 2022 09:00:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/performative-utterances The PA’s Faltering Authority - Palestinian opposition to the PA’s security coordination with Israel has risen to a level of intensity unseen since the Second Intifada. https://jewishcurrents.org/the-pas-faltering-authority Tue, 11 Oct 2022 16:48:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/the-pas-faltering-authority Red Puncta - "The other girls' bodies / conduct a current of faith but she stands outside / of the circuit." https://jewishcurrents.org/red-puncta Fri, 07 Oct 2022 15:30:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/red-puncta The GOP’s Plan to Build the Third Temple - Republicans are working with Kahanist activists to advance a violent vision of Jewish control over Jerusalem’s holy sites. https://jewishcurrents.org/the-gops-plan-to-build-the-third-temple Fri, 07 Oct 2022 09:30:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/the-gops-plan-to-build-the-third-temple Jewish Studies Draws a Line on Tablet - The field’s largest scholarly association says it has “paused” its advertising relationship with the online magazine after receiving complaints from members. https://jewishcurrents.org/ajs_tablet Thu, 06 Oct 2022 09:45:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/ajs_tablet How Social Media Companies Silence Palestinians - A new report shows how Facebook and Instagram harm Palestinian freedom of expression—but leaves out the role of Israel’s Cyber Unit. https://jewishcurrents.org/how-social-media-companies-silence-palestinians Tue, 04 Oct 2022 12:46:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/how-social-media-companies-silence-palestinians The Political Unconscious - Is psychoanalysis in Israel/Palestine doomed to reinforce the dynamics of the occupation? https://jewishcurrents.org/the-political-unconscious Mon, 03 Oct 2022 09:00:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/the-political-unconscious The Desperate Ones - Ezra Furman on anger, making songs for movements, and her messianic Jewish album about the end of empire. https://jewishcurrents.org/the-desperate-ones Thu, 29 Sep 2022 15:30:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/the-desperate-ones The Fight for the Future of Israel Studies - Donors view Israel studies as a vehicle for countering Palestine activism on campus. But many of the scholars they fund don’t toe the line. https://jewishcurrents.org/the-fight-for-the-future-of-israel-studies Wed, 28 Sep 2022 09:00:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/the-fight-for-the-future-of-israel-studies Kahanism’s Raucous Return - Knesset member Itamar Ben-Gvir, a follower of far-right ideologue Meir Kahane, is surging in popularity on the promise of realizing ideas like the forced expulsion of Palestinians and leftists. https://jewishcurrents.org/kahanisms-raucous-return Fri, 23 Sep 2022 11:30:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/kahanisms-raucous-return A Lingering Division - More than three decades after the Crown Heights riot, the neighborhood’s Hasidic and Caribbean communities are still haunted. https://jewishcurrents.org/a-lingering-division Thu, 22 Sep 2022 17:06:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/a-lingering-division The Embattled Edward Said - Facing attacks on multiple fronts, Said nevertheless continued to challenge Israel’s monopoly on representations of Palestine. https://jewishcurrents.org/the-embattled-edward-said Wed, 21 Sep 2022 09:00:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/the-embattled-edward-said Answering Said’s Call - While discourse on Israel-Palestine has shifted for the better since 1989, meeting Said’s challenge will require American Jewish intellectuals to recognize that Palestinian equality and Jewish safety are ultimately intertwined. https://jewishcurrents.org/answering-saids-call Wed, 21 Sep 2022 09:00:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/answering-saids-call Israel’s Repressive Toolkit Ensnares a Palestinian Human Rights Lawyer - Salah Hammouri has been jailed without trial for six months. If he’s ever released, he also faces deportation. https://jewishcurrents.org/israels-repressive-toolkit-ensnares-a-palestinian-human-rights-lawyer Tue, 20 Sep 2022 13:19:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/israels-repressive-toolkit-ensnares-a-palestinian-human-rights-lawyer Second Language - The Belarusian novel <em>Alindarka’s Children</em>, recently translated into Scots and English, considers the political stakes of linguistic inequity. https://jewishcurrents.org/second-language Tue, 20 Sep 2022 09:00:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/second-language Playing Jewish - The <em>Jewish Currents</em> staff discusses Nathan Fielder’s <em>The Rehearsal</em>. https://jewishcurrents.org/playing-jewish Mon, 19 Sep 2022 09:44:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/playing-jewish Interrogating the “New Antisemitism” - In a new book, Antony Lerman demonstrates how Israel and its advocates have redefined antisemitism to include all criticism of the Jewish State. https://jewishcurrents.org/interrogating-the-new-antisemitism Thu, 15 Sep 2022 16:24:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/interrogating-the-new-antisemitism Therapy Was Never Secular - Reclaiming the religious roots of mental healthcare. https://jewishcurrents.org/therapy-was-never-secular Wed, 14 Sep 2022 09:00:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/therapy-was-never-secular How the IDF Ignores Its Own Rules of Engagement - Experts say revising the IDF’s open-fire regulations may accomplish little in a context where soldiers often ignore existing limits. https://jewishcurrents.org/how-the-idf-ignores-its-own-rules-of-engagement Tue, 13 Sep 2022 18:11:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/how-the-idf-ignores-its-own-rules-of-engagement Terms of Entry - Solmaz Sharif’s <em>Customs</em> probes the boundaries of the social to imagine a <em>we</em> on revolution’s other side. https://jewishcurrents.org/terms-of-entry Mon, 12 Sep 2022 12:30:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/terms-of-entry Growing Up in the Struggle - In a new podcast, Zayd Ayers Dohrn unpacks his family’s radical history. https://jewishcurrents.org/growing-up-in-the-struggle Thu, 08 Sep 2022 16:19:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/growing-up-in-the-struggle World With No Escape - In his final novel, <em>Last Times</em>, Victor Serge achieved the ethical vision that sometimes eluded him in life. https://jewishcurrents.org/world-with-no-escape Wed, 07 Sep 2022 13:20:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/world-with-no-escape Beyond Grievance - Though it may be a potent political tool, grievance can also maintain our investment in our own oppression. https://jewishcurrents.org/beyond-grievance Tue, 06 Sep 2022 08:30:00 -0400 https://jewishcurrents.org/beyond-grievance