Isaac Deutscher Redux

THE NON-JEWISH JEW REVISITED by Michael Mirer Discussed in this essay: The Non-Jewish Jew, and Other Essays, by Isaac Deutscher. Published in a 50th anniversary edition by Verso, 2017, 176 pages.   WHAT MAKES a Jew a Jew? Are we an ethnic group? Religious? Racial? These questions of identity and politics (if not identity politics) are often […]

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The Lod Airport Terrorist Attack

Lod Airport, today’s Ben Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv, was attacked on this date in 1972 by three members of the Japanese Red Faction who had been recruited and trained by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Dressed conservatively and carrying violin cases, they took out their sawed-off assault rifles from the cases and began […]

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A Palestinian Artist, with Camera

by Joel Schechter AN INVENTIVE response to travel restrictions  imposed on Palestinians by Israel can be seen in Emily Jacir’s photography exhibit, “Where We Come From,” at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. All four walls of one gallery display photographs taken by Jacir in Gaza, Haifa, Jerusalem and other  zones where Palestinians find their […]

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Impressions from J Street, 2017

by Ron Skolnik BERNIE SANDERS, SUPERSTAR EVERY J STREET conference has its rock star, that one figure whose presence elates the crowd and gives them hope amidst the gloomy reality. In 2013, for example, it was VP Joe Biden: The appearance of the man a “heartbeat away from the presidency” signaled to J Street’s activists […]

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Trump and Netanyahu Scramble the Board

by Allan C. Brownfeld AT HIS MEETING with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week, President Trump abandoned decades of bipartisan U.S. policy and declared that the U.S. would no longer insist on the creation of a Palestinian state as part of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. In Trump’s words, either a […]

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