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Weekly Roundup - 11/20/23

This week: In the Tuesday newsletter, Jewish Currents fellow Jonathan Shamir explores how Israel is attempting to justify unprecedented violence against Palestinian journalists by casting them as “terrorists.” In a new report, contributor Maya Rosen takes a close look at how the Israeli government’s pursuit of total war sidelines hostages’ families.

In an episode of our On The Nose podcast, editor-in-chief Arielle Angel talks to leftist intellectual Naomi Klein about her new book Doppelganger, and how the concept of “doubling” sheds light on the politics of trauma and nationalism in Israel/Palestine and beyond.

We are also republishing a Jacobin essay by activist and scholar Hayim Katsman, who was killed by Hamas on October 7th, on charting a new course for the Israeli left.

From the archive, we are sharing Abe Silberstein’s interview with historian Lorenzo Veracini about understanding Zionism as settler colonialism, and what this diagnostic means for a decolonial future.

Israel’s War on Journalists
By casting reporters as Hamas accomplices, Israel seeks to discredit critical coverage—and to justify unprecedented violence against Palestinian journalists.
Jonathan Shamir
Hostages’ Families Fight to Be Heard
The families of those held in Gaza have faced violence and neglect in their quest to retrieve their loved ones.
Maya Rosen
Naomi Klein on Israel’s “Doppelganger Politics”
Hayim Katsman’s Vision of Struggle
In a 2019 paper, a scholar and activist killed by Hamas on October 7th imagined a way forward for the Israeli left.
Hayim Katsman

From the Archive

A Logic of Elimination
Historian Lorenzo Veracini discusses settler colonialism, Zionism, and decolonial futures.
Abe Silberstein

Before you go: As we approach Thanksgiving, we know the question of how to talk to your families who are supportive of Israel’s war on Gaza is weighing on many of you—as it does on many of us. We plan to talk about it, but we need your help. In a collaboration with the podcast Unsettled, we’re collecting your stories of how you’re navigating conversations with your families, friends, and communities in this moment: What has struck you most in these interactions? In conversations about politics, what has worked in getting through to your loved ones, and what hasn’t? How are you managing these relationship, or coping with your feelings about them? Does this feel similar to political arguments you’ve had in the past or like an entirely new challenge? To tell us about this, we hope you’ll leave us a voicemail at 347-878-1359. Please include your first name and location—or neither if you wish to remain completely anonymous. We’ll be taking messages on this subject until Tuesday, November 28th, and we will play and talk through a selection of these messages in a post-Thanksgiving episode of On the Nose.