Thoughts on Jewish-Muslim Engagement in the Era of Trump

by Benjamin Kweskin I AM very heartened to see several national Jewish organizations across the political and ideological spectrum supporting American Muslims, a community clearly under attack and on the defensive amid the unprecedented McCarthyite witch-hunt by the current presidential administration regime and many of its emboldened supporters. Only ten days after the new US […]

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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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David Friedman’s Embrace of the Occupation

A GREAT RECRUITING TOOL FOR ISIS by Allan C. Brownfeld DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL campaign, Donald Trump took a strong stand against ISIS, which he pledged to defeat. Now he has announced his choice for ambassador to Israel, his bankruptcy attorney, David Friedman. Friedman has strong ties with Israel’s extreme rightwing and is a vocal opponent […]

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Jew-Hatred: Its Rise, Fall, and Resurgence

by Ralph Seliger ANTISEMITISM, the world’s oldest, ongoing hatred, morphed from its earliest days in ancient times as a theological prejudice, with the ascendency of the Christian faith to the status of state religion of the Roman Empire, to the racist doctrines of rightwing 19th- and 20th-century European nationalists. (I prefer the British spelling of […]

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No Palestine? No Problem!

THE GOP VANISHES THE PALESTINIANS AND THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION by Ron Skolnik   IN AN ACT of legerdemain worthy of Criss Angel, David Copperfield, or the legendary illusionist, Harry Houdini, the Republican Party has just pulled off one of the most astounding political magic tricks of our generation: It has made an entire people –- […]

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The Rightwing Bugaboo: Political Correctness

by Ralph Seliger DONALD TRUMP’S demagogic populist candidacy has included bombastic attacks on “Political Correctness” (PC). This concept has had resonance for at least twenty-five years, mostly as a convenient punching bag for Republican politicians and right-leaning commentators — their easy substitute for actually confronting issues. But is “Political Correctness” just a rightwing slur, or […]

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Stat$: Hillary and Bernie on Israel

Comparing Their AIPAC Remarks by Allan Lichtenstein WITH THE DEMOCRATIC presidential candidate still not established, I thought it could be revealing to compare the speech Hillary gave at the recent AIPAC conference with the one Bernie Sanders said he would have given. What follows is commentary referencing verbatim text that pairs Hillary’s and Bernie’s remarks […]

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Dancing in Bethlehem: A Diary

by Nicole Bindler This is a revised and much-expanded version of a piece first published by thINKingDANCE June 9 (2015) I arrive in Tel Aviv at 2:30 a.m. I get through security without a hitch. I was advised to say that I’m going to Israel to hang out with friends because many people (including Diyar’s […]

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July 10: A Jewish Member of the PLO

Ilan Halevi (Georges Alain Albert), a French-born Jewish writer who came to Israel in 1965 to understand and support the Palestinian resistance movement and became a high-ranking member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, died in France at 69 on this date in 2013. Halevi was active in the jazz and avant-garde scene in Paris before […]

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