Tag Archives: Palestine

Academic Freedom & Academic Legitimacy (Israel Palestine at UC Berkeley)

His sound advice is to just “let it go.” David Straub gets it right about the recent commotion about a poorly designed and contentious 1 credit undergraduate course about Israel and “settler colonialism” recently suspended at UC Berkeley. You can … Continue reading

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Statement re: Shimon Dotan, Syracuse University, and the Atlantic Magazine

With great sadness, I am writing in my capacity as director of Jewish Studies and as a close colleague and personal friend of Professor Hamner to share with the public my best assessment of the recent business concerning Syracuse University, … Continue reading

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Two States One Homeland Initiative

As the occupation enters into 50th year, the Two States One Homeland is a new intiative that might be of interest to some. An odd hybrid, it looks a lot a two-state bi-national solution to ending the 1967 occupation. Based on the … Continue reading

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Elie Wiesel & His Critics (Israel & Palestine)

Some of the questioners are malicious, but certainly not all of them. For his critics it is hard to square the image of Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor as witness against God and “man,” as apostle of universal morality with … Continue reading

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(Photographs) Facts on the Ground (Shimon Attie)

My initial thoughts going to see Shimon Attie’s recent show Facts on the Ground were going to be a little unkind. The reproduced images that I saw beforehand looked flat, and the use of text and illuminated light boxes looked gimmicky. And … Continue reading

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This Palestinian Woman (This Place)

This Palestinian woman did not want to be photographed (by Thomas Struth).

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(BDS) UC Regents Report (Free Speech & Intolerance on Campus)

The regents of the University of California passed today the “Regents Policy: Principles Against Intolerance.”  It is a circumspect statement condemning anti-Semitism while upholding in no uncertain terms the principles of free and critical speech. Instead of muddling into the … Continue reading

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Oberlin Students Writing about BDS (Narrow the Difference and Open the Conversation)

Take a deep breath and listen to what students have to say. This piece  by Eli Hovland, Emily Isaacson, and Sarah Keller, which you can read here about and against BDS and anti-semitism on campus, is essential reading. As these students from … Continue reading

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Christianity, Islam, and Judaism at Ansche Chesed (Mary Boys & Abdullah Antepli)

With an open heart and critical eye, the future of liberal Judaism is interfaith, especially between Jews and Muslims, and Christians, especially between Jews and Muslims. That’s what’s important, and difficult. A big crowd came out this past Shabbat at … Continue reading

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The Israeli Labor Party “Security & Peace Plan” (Or Is It Too Late?)

Almost 50 years after the occupation of the West Bank by Israel, this is a peculiar moment in Israeli politics and in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both government ministers and supporters of the rightwing government in Israel as well as critics … Continue reading

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