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Building the Occupation — Since 1963

by Marty Roth Discussed in this essay: The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories, by Ilan Pappe. Oneworld, 2017, 304 pages.   ILAN PAPPE’S new book is a history of Israel’s steady absorption and/or constriction of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip after the 1967 war with Jordan, Egypt and Syria. Pappe’s work […]

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Warning: Irrationality

BUT RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISTS AREN’T THE ONLY PROBLEM By Alan Rutkowski   AN UNAPPRECIATED but dangerous consequence of the Trump era is widespread liberal/secular oversimplification of the emerging danger. In their attacks on religion, for example, the so-called New Atheists — Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens (RIP), and Sam Harris — have fostered the notion that […]

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Support for the Two-State Solution in Israel

According to a poll released on this date in 2012 by Blue White Future (Atid Kachol Lavan), a movement co-founded by Ami Ayalon, the former director of Israel’s Shin Bet, nearly half of Israeli Jews support a unilateral withdrawal from large sections of the Palestinian territories based on the pre-1967 borders. Blue White Future believes it to be “imperative that […]

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O My America: Go Ahead and Boycott

by Lawrence Bush   YOU WANT to boycott Israel? You now have my blessing, thanks to Donald Trump. For the many years I’ve been associated with Jewish Currents, and for years before that association began (I was assistant editor 1978-83 and have been editor since 2002), the magazine has defined itself as “non-Zionist, pro-Israel.” This meant that we were […]

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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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Quick Takes: ‘Zionism’ Has Won — Time to Move On

by Ralph Seliger   LIEL LEIBOVITZ, the most frequent contributor to the high-toned online mag Tablet, is very talented as a writer but maddeningly superficial as a thinker. Emotionally seduced by rightwing Zionist arguments, he tends to see things in black and white. In a recent piece, he claims that the left-Zionist Meretz party is […]

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