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Weekly Roundup - 12/4/23

This week: In a feature from our Fall issue, associate editor Mari Cohen’s recounts her experience as a hit-and-run victim, and explores whether restorative justice can offer a meaningful answer to traffic violence.

For the newsletter, Aman Abhishek examines how settler rampages have hampered activism to protect Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

In a new essay, contributor Dan Berger outlines how Israeli hostages’ families’ demand to exchange “everyone for everyone” begins to challenge the carceral logic of the ethnostate. And as Jewish fears are funneled into a civil liberties crackdown, a new op-ed by Ben Lorber models a sober assessment of campus antisemitism.

We are also sending a conversation between contributing writer Linda Kinstler and genocide scholars Omer Bartov, Jelena Subotić, and Raz Segal on the weaponization of Holocaust memory in the wake of October 7th.

Finally, we are sharing a new cartoon by contributing writer Eli Valley on the Anti-Defamation League’s response to the death of Henry Kissinger.

After the Hit-and-Run
Can restorative justice offer crash victims like me—and the drivers who harmed us—the healing we need?
Mari Cohen
Amid a Settler Onslaught, Protective Presence Activism Falters
As settlers rampage, Israeli and international activists are struggling to leverage their relative privilege to protect Palestinians in the West Bank.
Aman Abhishek
The Abolitionist Logic of “Everyone for Everyone”
A call from the families of hostages contains the seed of true safety.
Dan Berger
Toward a Sober Assessment of Campus Antisemitism
In a moment when many American Jews are afraid—and their fear is being used to erode civil liberties—we must examine the incidents coming across our screens with calm.
Ben Lorber
“Never Again” After October 7th
Scholars of the Holocaust discuss the mobilization of Jewish memory in the wake of Hamas’s attacks and Israel’s war on Gaza.
Linda Kinstler
ADL Heaven
Eli Valley