“Zionism is Racism”

The United Nations General Assembly declared that “Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination” on this date in 1975 by a vote of 72 to 35, with 32 abstentions. The resolution was passed one year after PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat addressed the General Assembly for the first time, with a holster on his […]

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What Went Wrong? What Now?

by Ralph Seliger NOT FOR THE FIRST TIME, Israeli pollsters utterly failed to predict the result. Even the exit polls, with voters  surveyed after voting, got it wrong this year — reminiscent of Binyamin Netanyahu’s first electoral triumph in 1996, when exit polls predicted a narrow victory for Shimon Peres. I attended an illuminating discourse […]

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Clearing the Threshold

A Look at Israeli Election Dynamics by Nicholas Jahr   BACK IN EARLY MARCH OF LAST YEAR, the Knesset passed an amendment to the Israeli Basic Law increasing the electoral threshold, the minimum percentage of votes a party needs to win to be allotted seats in the Knesset. The amendment was drafted in part by […]

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Sumayl — Tel Aviv’s Shadow Village

by Laurie Winestock After so many years I am here once again. Every year I visit my family, and I am faced with an indelible image that is somehow buried in the heart of Tel Aviv. As a young woman I thought it a strange curiosity: wedged between skyscrapers and three-story apartment houses, a ramshackle […]

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Historical Learnin’ Part 3: Stealing Jewish Women

by Alyssa Goldstein In my last two posts in this series, I’ve invited everyone to join me on my senior thesis adventure of discussing the role of individual bodies within Zionism, which sets up a way of understanding the current Israeli anti-miscegenation movement. In case you were thinking to yourself, after reading my last blog […]

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A Zionist’s Palestinian Friends

by Abram Epstein  Several years ago, I received a call from Ami Dayan, a gifted theatrical director (related to Moshe, but not the immediate family), who had heard about my friendship with various Palestinians. He wanted to know whether I would join an on-stage discussion group after the performance of Masked, then playing in New […]

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Where is the Israeli Left?

by Nicholas Jahr A few weeks ago, the Israeli Knesset wrapped up a profoundly alarming session. It began in October with Netanyahu’s cabinet approving a change to the loyalty oath sworn by new Israeli citizens: instead of simply swearing “to respect the laws of the state of Israel,” new, non-Jewish citizens would now have to […]

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