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this is basically a note to send you to a piece i’ve written for the latest issue of the Monthly Review on the origins of the current rise to visibility of jewish opposition to zionism. i hope you’ll read and enjoy – and if you disagree with me, argue here. the piece is online, at […]

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In: History, Race, Racial Justice

(Photo by Derek Anderson) Originally posted on Duluth News Tribune Considering that John Hope Franklin was a historian — or rather, very likely the leading historian in America until his death on Wednesday at age 94 — I’m embarrassed to say I can’t recall exactly when or where we met. What I do remember, other […]

now, the statue of limitations on all of our semi-rational exuberance over the symbolism of the current presidency has not yet run out. i figure, based on my friends and family, that it has somewhere between three and nine months left. so i’m not expecting anyone to do anything about this right now. once the memories of the election-night street parties are a little bit more faded, though, it’ll be useful to have these pieces of information ready to hand.

i don’t love posting press releases, but as a new yorker this makes me happy. not as proud as i’d be were i in toronto, montréal, LA or san francisco, but nonetheless. after last week’s demonstration, which brought together the full range of jewish opposition to the israeli government’s war on gaza, from Women in […]

all of the journalistic words have been, are being, said already.

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to me, there’s only one thing worth saying on the journalistic side:
24 israelis have been killed by rocket or mortar attacks from gaza, ever.
more than 300 palestinians have been killed by the israeli blitzkrieg in gaza in the past 2 days.
more than 3,300 palestinians have been killed by the israeli military in gaza since 2000.
and it needs to be said over and over and over again.

beyond the journalistic. words aren’t worth much, or are everything.

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I wrote the statement below about two and half years ago after volunteering in post-Katrina & Rita New Orleans.  Since then, I’ve graduated college and now work at the Progressive Jewish Alliance from its SF Bay Area office.  This passed summer I returned to NOLA with a Jewish folks from the Bay Area through Jewish […]

This week, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a resolution “apologizing” for slavery. And the House should be commended, not criticized, for it. [Editorial note: The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen, a Jewish American representing a majority-black Memphis congressional district.] Unfortunately, ridiculous debates have raged for years amongst political commentators and […]

(apologies to those who aren’t living in new york city – this is an event announcement) (it seems like there are many more radical purim extravaganzas going on all over the country, though, and i’m posting this announcement in part to encourage folks to think big and exciting for next year…) this year’s eighth-or-so edition […]

I’m sure many of you by now have heard about the Jena 6, six young black men potentially facing over twenty years in prison, having their lives ruined by Jim Crow justice in Jena, Louisiana. Last fall, the day after two Black high school students sat beneath the “white tree” on their campus, nooses were […]

“What makes me myself rather than anyone else is the very fact that I am poised between two countries, two or three languages and several cultural traditions. It is precisely this that defines my identity. Would I exist more authentically if I cut off a part of myself?” — Amin Maalouf, In the Name of […]


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