Author Archives: Joel Kovel

‘Zionism’s bad conscience’ (Kovel’s first anti-Zionist piece, in 2002)

Joel Kovel on the need to end Zionism and strive for universalism: “The bad conscience of Zionism cannot distinguish between authentic criticism and the mirrored delusions of anti-Semitism lying ready-made in the swamps of our civilization and awakened by the current crisis.”

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More on ‘Israel and the nomination of Chuck Hagel’

I did not use the word Satanic casually, Joel Kovel says

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Israel and the nomination of Chuck Hagel

The breakdown of Zionist legitimacy, watered by tears, now engages young American Jews and will lead to Israel’s transformation. Chuck Hagel is a return to non-Zionist US foreign policy, but he’s an imperialist in the same way that Obama is

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What this moment means

The situation leading up to the UN Palestine vote is fascinatingly indeterminate. So many people, some brilliant, some fools, some saintly, some vicious (even Elliott Abrams!), all weighing in. Each claims to have a unique grip on the truth of … Continue reading

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Kovel: Zionism’s dreary burden on Jewishness

Tony Judt had barely left this world when the Jerusalem Post lashed out at him with a nasty editorial on August 8. Clearly, Judt has never been forgiven for writing in 2003 in the New York Review of Books that … Continue reading

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Rough days ahead

The Times Square "rally" by the fearsome five: Rangel, Maloney, Engel, Nadler and Quinn, made for grim watching, but had its farcical side as well. Watching them on Youtube reminded me of some of the lonelier moments I, and I’m … Continue reading

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Gosh, how to justify stealing someone’s land? (blame, despise, & degrade them)

There has been a lively response to my article of August 28 concerning Naomi Klein and the Durban anti-racism conferences–over 100 posts and counting as of a few hours ago. Perhaps I can select a few themes from the back … Continue reading

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Joel Kovel on Naomi Klein and Durban

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