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Your shiny white emptiness Drips rabid promises From each saccharine fang, Your glittering emerald eyes mocking The singular certainty: This darkness and I must dance and duel Til the factory of your perfect machine Cannibalises me Into the likeness of Some True Form that bears Some True Name- My true name and form, uncodified by […]

Whadya Talk? This Week’s Round-Up

In: JVoices, Politics

This week: A razor-sharp analysis in last week’s Forward by Jay Michaelson on the same ol’ traps the Steinhardt’s of the world continue to fall into in, “Memo to Michael Steinhardt: ‘Duh.’” Jews on First did a great write up of the national, widespread outrage and denunciation of “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week”, which occurred on college […]

whenever i start to get bored with the idea of staying vocal as one of the surprisingly few non-closeted secularists in most of the electronic jewish spaces i frequent, something like this comes up. ruth messinger, former manhattan borough president, american jewish world service president, and makher-in-chief of the current (and problematic as well as […]

And the News Keeps Going

In: ADL, Armenia, Israel, Politics

Two winners: Rep. Emanuel blasts Israel for turning away Darfur refugees A top Jewish Democrat in Congress wrote Israel’s ambassador to express his “disappointment” in Israel for turning away Sudanese refugees. “I am writing today to express my disappointment that Israel would turn away any person fleeing from persecution,” Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), the fourth […]

Grace Paley Passes On

In: Arts and Culture, Poetry, Politics, Social Justice

So sad. I don’t have words just yet for this, but Grace Paley passed yesterday. I’m so glad JFREJ honored her while she was still alive last year. May her memory forever be a blessing. Grace Paley, the celebrated writer and social activist whose acclaimed short stories explored in precise, pungent and tragicomic style the […]

We asked you to join in this effort. Here are the results: You asked, and the candidates have answered! In May more than 8600 people joined together to help create a domestic Jewish agenda for 2008 that reflected our collective priorities. In June, jspot.org, the blog and action center of Jewish Funds for Justice, along […]

one. i’ve been meaning to write something about the destruction of temples, and whether it’s something to mourn. partly because i have a soft spot for some aspects of tisha b’av despite my secularism, and partly inspired by a friend’s experience being told by a progressive jewish organization that a drash she wrote for them […]

Increasing numbers of communities and politicians are calling for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney. At the same time, in the race toward the presidential primaries, the candidates are oh-so-carefully detailing the ways that they plan to redirect our government’s priorities from Iraq and Iran towards healthcare, education and global warming. A number of apparently […]

Apparently it’s perfectly fine to hate some people and not others, according to certain Republicans, among them the president. White House Opposes Hate Crime Bill The White House issued a veto threat Thursday against legislation that would expand federal hate crime law to include attacks motivated by the victims’ gender or sexual orientation. The hate […]

From the introduction:

Two Jews, a crumbling empire, and a struggling resistance movement walk into a bar…

For people who have committed themselves to fundamental social change, the situation we’re stuck in with antisemitism is like a bad joke.

From one side, progressive and radical activists and scholars are being attacked by organized campaigns to brand us antisemites. In particular, it’s virtually impossible to speak out critically about Israel without being charged with antisemitism.

At the same time, we face real currents of unchallenged anti-Jewish oppression in our movements and the world. This endangers Jews, corrupts our political integrity, and sabotages our ability to create the effective resistance our times demand. …

Among the contents:

-Antisemitism is still a world problem
-How could Jews be oppressed?
-But Arabs are Semites!
-Meet the amazing, disappearing oppression
-Let’s look at an example of how antisemitism works.
-If you liked COINTELPRO, you’ll LOVE the Protocols of the Elders of Zion
-The Revolution, the Jews and the “Generous Offer”
-Time Out! (A Word to Jews)
-Innoculate your Palestine work against antisemitism
-Tips for every activist

…and more.


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