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  • In order to change Israel activists must disrupt Zionist space
    • It's refreshing to read about the vulnerability of Israelis who know they have been complicit and are questioning it. It's the first step in making change and might be a wake up call for other Israelis to organize more as they process their own role in the occupation.

  • The Israelis
    • Incredibly moving and sad. A brilliant reflection on the reality of what's happening there. Thanks for such amazing--albeit painful--investigative reporting.

  • Intersectional feminism: Wonder Woman, Palestinians, Wakanda and Zionism
    • This piece is one of the best written essays on this site! A beautiful exploration of the need for true intersectionality (and the lack of it). Thanks for it.

  • Triumphalist light show in Jerusalem weaponizes the city walls to celebrate 50th anniversary of Jewish conquest
    • Thanks, Phil, for another amazing reality check of what is happening in Jerusalem these days. And incredible thanks to Mondoweiss for covering what the rest of the press in the US won't.

  • A tale of two cities
    • While it's great that Ms. Rothchild clearly made an impact on the young people and adults in the school she visited, it seems that there are vital observations missing from her piece. There seems to be an assumption that teachers and administrators are not interested in teaching a dual narrative curriculum (except the history teacher who invited her to stay) and that it is up to outsiders to bring in the knowledge. There are plenty of us in schools. Unlike Rothchild who came in as an outside visitor, there are many factors that might prevent us from doing what she wanted to do on her visit. Though the school she visited was private, there are systemic restraints that silence teachers at both private and public schools. As a public high school teacher, I have received threats for trying to teach about the Palestinian narrative. I even received them for publishing in Mondoweiss.

      Many schools are bound by school board members, parents, and budget constraints that are beyond measure, and are having a negative impact on students daily. There are much larger forces at work going on in schools, and it seems more and more that those who visit from the outside seem to be unaware of the truth of the situation of schools on the ground.

      While Rothchild does very important work, the tone of her essay sounds as though she is the only one to bring the knowledge into the school system which had attempted to shut her and her beliefs out. She is not the first to enlighten others to the Palestinian plight. Indeed, Palestinians long before Jews were talking about their experiences. It's a bit fatiguing to read another one of her essays that does not acknowledge work that has become before her, or awareness that there are others doing great work too. This lack of humility borders on Jewish guilt and makes her essay less desirable to read.

  • Remembering Jean Stein
  • I want the world to know
    • What a beautiful and moving piece. Thank you for sharing with us. Please know that despite what the governments are doing, there are many people who support you. We know you are lovers, too.

  • Hey Jews, don't talk about Israel on Passover -- 'New York Times'
    • Thanks so much for this lovely assessment of the Times. This is so typical of liberal Zionism to insist on one day where politics don't interfere with the holiday meal. It's a disgusting amount of privilege and victimhood and an excuse to not talk about what's really going on in the world while passing the haroset and talking about how we were slaves in Egypt.

  • Bearing witness: a review of Alice Rothchild's book 'Condition Critical'
    • Yes, Rothchild is doing great work. Let's also remember that she's not the first to be talking about the goals of Zionism. Indeed, Palestinians long before her have been saying the same things. It's great that Rothchild is using her privilege to be a voice for those who are not been heard, but it gives me a bit of pause when her privilege lifts her voice above others. It might behoove Rothchild to acknowledge this as she weaves in and out of Gaza helping others.

  • Reading Maimonides in Gaza
    • It's true that Ms. Garson's essay shows her Jewish privilege. It would, and has to, given what she's writing about and given her perspective as a Jew who has separated Judaism from Zionism. She is mourning and acknowledging it throughout her essay. Most Jews who were raised Zionist, if they push through the propaganda to shift their thinking, will have such epiphanies. It is unfortunate that we Jews have to go through with this when Palestinians have known all along the truth of Palestine and occupation. The mythology of Israel that Jews are fed is so fierce that many Jews still deny the reality even though the facts and the truth speak for themselves. Palestinians shouldn't have to keep explaining and defending. I want to support Jews like Ms. Garson who own the propaganda they were fed and the efforts made to disentangle the myth from the truth. Jewish privilege is real and unfortunate and it is our calling, for those of us who have shifted from Zionism to anti-Zionism--we are compelled to do so because of our privilege--to shift from Zionism to anti-Zionism and to help other Jews disentangle the mythology from the reality of Israel and Palestine.

  • Banksy's 'Walled Off Hotel' is a form of gentrification
    • While I appreciate this article, I think it's important to remember that political satire and political art is vitally important (especially now, as the Trump administration aims to censor and cut the arts). Banksy is cleverly calling attention to the wall in a nonviolent political way.

  • Michael Ratner was dedicated to radical social change, with humor and humility
    • What a beautiful obit, Philip, for someone with such a beautiful spirit personally and publicly. Thanks for writing this.

  • When 'Broad City' Went On Birthright, and taught us all a lesson about American Jews and Israel
    • I was really disappointed with this episode of Broad City and must say that I think this essay - while really well written - seems more of what one would have hoped to find in the episode. I have to disagree that Abby and Ilana portray what it's like to be Palestinian by being denied entry to the land. At the end, they say they can't wait to go home--and they do go home to their pretty privileged twenty-something lives in NY. They make light of the charges against them. I think it's a stretch to say that the Israeli soldiers who act as buffoons are really showing the militarism of Israel. Ilana and Abby never mention the word Palestine or Palestinians. They are able to board the flight at the last minute. It is true that they mock the over-sexualizing of Birthright, but that's about as far as it went. I think it was a missed opportunity for these young Jewish female stoners.

  • What brought you to be critical of Israel?
    • A really beautiful personal essay about your transformation. And so true: "Peace in historical Palestine is possible, but it requires an address of the paradigm of colonisation, which modern Zionism denies." Thanks for sharing your trajectory.

  • Hanan Al Hroub's 'Global Teacher award' is a victory for all Palestinian educators over Israeli occupation and PA corruption
  • Did dodging foreign policy doom Bernie Sanders?
    • I'm concerned about the direction this piece took on Sanders. More than that, it's been concerning that Sanders continues to be criticized more than Hillary. In his long career, Sanders has done more to highlight issues of systemic racism. Hillary and her husband were responsible for expanding and sustaining the prison industrial complex. Though Hillary says that she is dedicated to dismantling the prison system, Sanders really means it. Coates might have mentioned that.

  • 'Other ways of being Jewish are available' -- a poetic response to expressions of hatred on Facebook
    • What a beautiful nonviolent response to such Facebook violence. Kudos to you for taking it all with humor and creativity. I'm with you about Anne - she'd be horrified at what has happened in the name of Zionism.

  • Did 'Hashomer Hatzair' shape Sanders's views on socialism and Israel?
    • A lot of young people joined Zionist, Socialist movements for the social reasons more than the ideological ones. As Feld states, I too, know a lot of people who I went to Jewish camp with who are "progressive except Palestine." But there are others too, who attended because of the friendships they had. A lot of the young people I knew at camp didn't understand that they were being indoctrinated into a Zionist ethos. As someone who survived Jonestown said, "You don't set out to join a cult."

  • Roger Waters tells France: 'Supporters of BDS, attacked by your judiciary, have my unequivocal respect and love'
  • There is no 'post' traumatic stress in Gaza because the trauma is continuous
    • This article makes a really good and important point about the people in Gaza not having the chance to recover from PTSD because it is continuous. So much so that their trauma becomes continuous and far beyond PTSD. Thanks for writing this.

  • Among the settlers
    • Oh Philip,

      Such a sad and beautiful portrayal of what's happening in the settlements. Thank you for providing such an honest report, something that we could never count on from the mainstream media. From the misguided idealism of the Israeli Jews to the Palestinian and other workers, to the communal dog, thank you for the truth.

  • The world the settlers made
    • Such stellar investigative reporting! What a world it would be to see this run in the New Yorker or the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Thanks to Mondoweiss, and Philip, we can see it here. These thoughts and feelings of the settlers just makes this situation so much sadder because they really believe with all their hearts what they are saying. Their passion and dedication is almost...admirable. I found it especially noteworthy about the settler who was opposed to the Vietnam War while in the U.S., but now carries a gun and fights the fight for the land of Israel. Different standards for different times, and all a big mess.

  • What's the big difference between Israel's 1967 occupation and its 1948 occupation?
    • Superbly written. Thank you for writing this. It captures so well the distinctions between 1948 and 1967, which are so important to be able to distinguish when talking to folks about these issues.

  • Goodbye to all that (my Jewish-WASP shtik)
    • Phil,

      A beautiful post. Thanks for your continued wisdom and leadership on things historically taboo to us former Zionists--intermarriage and Zionism. Thank you!

  • The American colonization of Palestine
  • The way for Americans to take on the Islamic state is to end support for Jewish nationalism
    • Phil,

      This is such a remarkable essay. One of your best, for sure. Difficult things that so badly need to be said.

  • When Palestinian 'protection' stands in the way of equality
    • This reminds me of Barghouti's piece the other day where he talks about "soft" Zionism; the kind of Zionism that criticizes Israel insofar as using the rhetoric that Israel needs to save itself from itself. This soft Zionism and liberal Zionism is fascinating to watch in folks who simply cannot move to the next level of renouncing Zionism. It's an unconsciousness that makes liberals dangerous.

  • You can't save Israel from itself by appropriating BDS
    • This is a superb piece. It really captures how the soft Zionists continue to make Israel about them, to "save Israel from itself." It's an old argument among liberal Zionists, one I find devoid of any real sense of justice. Barghouti does a great job of pointing out that soft Zionists will only defend Palestinians insofar as it is good for the Jews.

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