This week: A 1989 letter from Edward Said calls on American-Jewish intellectuals to take a stand against Israel’s repression of Palestinians, published for the first time alongside introductions from Nubar Hovsepian and Peter Beinart. Joshua Leifer examines the surging popularity of Kahanist Knesset member Itamar Ben-Gvir. The Jewish Currents staff has a roundtable discussion on The Rehearsal. And from our Summer 2022 issue, Yiyun Li reviews the Belarusian novel Alindarka’s Children.
From the newsletter, Vinson Cunningham interviews Collier Meyerson about her podcast on the Crown Heights riot, and Alex Kane reports on Israel’s targeting of a Palestinian human rights lawyer.
One last thing: Shana Tova to you all!
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.
The Jewish Currents staff discusses Nathan Fielder’s The Rehearsal.
The Belarusian novel Alindarka’s Children, recently translated into Scots and English, considers the political stakes of linguistic inequity.
More than three decades after the Crown Heights riot, the neighborhood’s Hasidic and Caribbean communities are still haunted.
Salah Hammouri has been jailed without trial for six months. If he’s ever released, he also faces deportation.