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This Is No Time to Say “Dayenu”

An Editorial From the Spring, 2013 issue of Jewish Currents   SEVERAL IMPORTANT PROGRESSIVE ANNIVERSARIES are cited in the current issue of our magazine. Dick Flacks observes in his “Viewpoint” article that President Obama’s second inauguration in January was bookmarked by the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the forthcoming 50th anniversary of the […]

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Why the BDS Movement Is Effective and Right

by Donna Nevel and Dorothy M. Zellner As Jewish activists working to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine, we take exception to Philip Mendes’ criticism of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in “Why BDS is Ineffective and Worse: But the Issue of Palestinian National Rights Will Not Go Away” (Summer, 2012). Mendes says not a […]

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Sight & Fog

by Nicholas Jahr This past February and March, editorial board member Nicholas Jahr took his first trip to Israel, and made several visits to the West Bank. What follows are his reflections on his time there. — Ed.   Prelude with Flute . . . . Aeroport Mohammed Cinq, Morocco. We pass through security to […]

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Why the BDS Campaign Is Worse than Ineffective

But the Issue of Palestinian National Rights Will Not Go Away by Philip Mendes The international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel was a by-product of the second Palestinian Intifada and the collapse of the Oslo Peace Process. In April and May, 2002, groups of academics in Europe and Australia urged a boycott […]

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June 13: Purim and Jewish Power

On this date in Biblical history (23rd of Sivan, 357 BCE), the Jews of Persia were issued a decree by Queen Esther and her uncle Mordechai, with King Ahashueras’s approval, giving them permission to rise up against the forces that Hamen had mustered to destroy them. According to the Book of Esther, seventy-five thousand souls […]

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Elliott Abrams on ‘the Settlement Obsession’

by Nicholas Jahr Today brought the news that the Netanyahu administration has approved the construction of 1,600 new apartments in East Jerusalem (with 2,700 more on deck and 930 already given the green light). Lest anyone think this might be a problem, former Bush administration official Elliott Abrams had taken to the pages of the […]

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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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March 16: The Death of Rachel Corrie

Rachel Corrie died on this day in 2003 when she was crushed by demolition debris pushed onto her by an Israeli military bulldozer that she believed was sent to destroy a Palestinian home in Rafah on the Gaza Strip. Corrie, 23 (not Jewish), was an American active with the Palestinian-led International Solidarity Movement and had […]

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