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Weekly Roundup - 2/6/23

This week: From the Rest issue, the Fayer Collective, a group of Jewish anarchists, write on the meaning of the Shmita year, a sabbatical for the land that refuses capital, in the context of their work to defend the Atlanta forest from development. In a new report, senior reporter Alex Kane explores how J Street is straining to bridge the gap between its leftward-shifting constituency and the Democratic establishment. Plus, Mario Chard’s poem, “The Store,” introduced by culture editor Claire Schwartz.

From the newsletter, Alex Kane also reports on how Israel’s ban on the Palestinian flag has played out in recent anti-government demonstrations. And Sasha Senderovich interviews Aleksander Hemon on migration, multilingualism, and nostalgia in Hemon’s new novel, The World and All That It Holds.

Shmita Means Total Destroy
A manifesto from the threatened Atlanta forest
Fayer Collective
J Street’s Balancing Act Comes Under Pressure
The liberal Zionist organization is proving too critical of Israel for the mainstream Democratic establishment it courts—and not critical enough for its own constituency.
Alex Kane
The Store
“the floors we cleaned, / the money we made to pay off / ownable things”
Mario Chard
Planting a Palestinian Flag at Israel’s Anti-Government Protests
A group of activists are pushing weekly pro-democracy protesters to stop ignoring the occupation.
Alex Kane
“My Body Lives in History”
The author Aleksandar Hemon on writing the body at war and his Sarajevan Jewish protagonist.
Sasha Senderovich