This week: The centerpiece of the Soviet Issue, a section devoted to reconsidering the Soviet Jewry Movement, is now online, featuring an introductory essay by Tova Benjamin and contributions from Anna Shternshis, Hadas Binyamini, Lawrence Bush, Emily Tamkin, Olesya Shayduk-Immerman, and Jonathan Dekel-Chen. Also from the Soviet Issue: an excerpt from Eugene Ostashevsky’s sonnet cycle about the siege of Leningrad, introduced by Claire Schwartz.
Plus, in the latest episode of our staff podcast, On the Nose, Dylan Saba speaks with Dana El Kurd and Fadi Quran about the implications of Israel’s killing of the Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. And from the newsletter, Isaac Scher reports on the lack of any independent investigation into Abu Akleh’s death, and David Klion interviews Tova Benjamin about the origins of the Soviet Jewry Movement section.
Jewish Currents fellow Dylan Saba speaks with political scientist Dana El Kurd and activist Fadi Quran about Israeli media strategy, shifting public opinion outside the region, and the discursive and strategic challenges faced by the Palestine solidarity movement.
An interview with Tova Benjamin, the curator of the Jewish Currents Soviet Issue’s centerpiece section.