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The Uses and Abuses of Anti-Semitism

Jason Farbman with Rebecca Vilkomerson, Rabbi Brant Rosen
Jacobin
Campaigns to silence criticism of Israel don’t protect Jews — they endanger them. A national conversation on what antisemitism is — and what it isn’t — is long overdue. Recent reshuffling among the Trump administration may have Steve Bannon on the outs, but we are only weeks removed from a white supremacist as “the shadow president.”

The Stubborn Optimist: Following the Persevering Example of the Writer and Activist Grace Paley

Nicholas Dames
The Atlantic
Writer, poet, college teacher, political activist, peace agitator and feminist,Grace Paley was a well-known and highly respected commodity to those of us active in left protest during the 1960 and much later. This new collection of her writings should remind us of what we justifiably admired most, not just her talent as a writer but her commitment to the struggle and the long haul.

American-turned-Israeli Journalist Crushes Liberal Zionism

(((James North)))
Mondoweiss
A one-time defender of Israeli policy toward the Palestinians, the well-regarded journalist has had an extended and systematic rethink that is part memoir and part scourging critique, concluding that the reigning Israeli consensus, abetted by the U.S. and shared by liberal Zionists, is less a victim and more a provocateur, with a long list of moral and ethical lapses and a compelling case for world censure and well-deserving of boycott, disinvestment and sanctions.

Roundtable on UN Security Council Resolution 2334: Reflections by Noura Erakat, Mouin Rabbani, Sherene Seikaly, Mark LeVine, Daud Abdullah

N. Erakat, M. Rabbani, S. Seikaly, M. LeVine, D. Abdullah
Jadaliyya
The passage of UNSC 2334 marks the first occasion since 1980 that the Security Council has censured Israel's settler-colonialist practices, primarily because the United States had consistently threatened to use or exercised its veto power against similar initiatives for the past thirty-six years.

With New Israel Aid Deal, Obama Is Patron of the Occupation; Hundreds of Israeli Intellectuals Ask World Jewry: `End Occupation for Israel's Sake'

Gideon Levy; Times of Israel; Ravit Hecht
Haaretz (Israel)
U.S. generosity, which costs every American taxpayers $300 a year, is detrimental to Israel and will only push it toward more acts of aggression. Hundreds of Israeli intellectuals appeal to world Jewry: `End Occupation for Israel's Sake'. Signatories of letter include seven high-ranking IDF officers, 20 former ambassadors, authors David Grossman, Amos Oz. As long as U.S. aid isn't in question, Israeli settlements are here to stay.

Why Solidarity Between the Movement for Black Lives and Palestine Makes Sense

David Palumbo-Liu, Truthout News Analysis
Truthout
Critics of solidarity between the Movements for Black Lives and the Palestinian struggle miss how concepts like apartheid are not meant to apply only when there is perfect equivalence between two situations. They also apply when the experiences of two oppressed groups share common features.

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