The Erosion of the Two-State Solution

WITH NOTHING PLAUSIBLE TO TAKE ITS PLACE by Ron Skolnik Published in the Autumn 2017 issue of Jewish Currents   A “REAR PROJECTION EFFECT” is the term used for the old movie-making technique that causes an object — usually a person, often in a car or train — to appear to be in motion when, in […]

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Nir Baram’s Search for an Israeli-Palestinian Solution

by Bennett Muraskin Discussed in this essay: A Land Without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank, by Nir Baram, translated from the Hebrew by Jessica Cohen. Text Publishing, Melbourne, Australia, 2017, 284 pages.   FOR DECADES, Jewish Currents and others on the left have beat the drum for a two-state solution to the […]

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Points of Departure — Part 2

Photo above: Palestinian ruins in forest (photo credit: Deborah Bright)   A JEWISH ISRAELI ENCOUNTERS THE NAKBA by Linda Dittmar In Part 1 of “Points of Departure,” as the writer and her touring companion, Deborah, travel through a Jewish National Fund pine forest in Israel’s Gilboa region, they come across stones that might, or might not, […]

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Points of Departure — Part 1

Photo above: Palestinian ruins in forest (photo credit: Deborah Bright) A JEWISH ISRAELI ENCOUNTERS THE NAKBA by Linda Dittmar Editor’s introduction: One hundred years ago, on November 2, 1917, the British government published the Balfour Declaration, a “declaration of sympathy” for the “establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” (which also stipulated […]

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The Uncivil Servant: Fauda’s Dehumanizing Humanism

by Mitchell Abidor Discussed in this essay: Fauda, a television series by Avi Issacharoff and Lion Raz.   IN HIS EXCELLENT New Yorker article on the Israeli TV series Fauda (the word means “chaos”), which can be streamed on Netflix, David Remnick quotes series producer Avi Issacharoff as saying of the show that it “was an […]

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Jews as an Indigenous People

LET’S PRACTICE SOLIDARITY WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES by Marc Daalder   AMONG ALL the indigenous peoples of the world, the Jewish people have a unique tale. Suffering displacement from their ancestral land twice (the Babylonian captivity in 597 BCE and the diaspora from 135 CE), Jews nonetheless succeeded in retaining their cultural connections to the Land of […]

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A BDS Endorsement from a Resurgent DSA

A REPORT FROM CHICAGO  by Jacob Plitman   DURING THEIR CONVENTION in Chicago last weekend, the resurgent 25,000-member Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement by a resounding majority. The bill and vote have been misconstrued and misrepresented by some in our Jewish community in an effort, intentional or otherwise, that […]

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The King’s Torah: Preemptive Murder of Non-Jews

West Bank settlement leader Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira was arrested by Israeli police on this date in 2010 on suspicion of incitement to violence, several months after the publication of his book, The King’s Torah (Torat Ha’Melech), which defended the killing of non-Jews, who are “uncompassionate by nature,” in order to “curb their evil inclination.” “If we kill a gentile […]

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