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Category Archives: American Jewish Community
An excerpt from Marcy Jane Knopf-Newman’s book The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans which shows that Zionism is relatively new to Hebrew school programs. Its explicit inclusion into curricular materials was principally a post-1967 development.
The Anti-Defamation League’s latest dance with Islamophobia emerged in Arizona in the midst of a debate on a bill enshrining the rights of business owners to deny service to gays and lesbians. The ADL used specter of Muslims using the legislation to discriminate against non-Muslims to help kill the legislation.
Boston University has recently become the headquarters for a new reactionary movement called “Safe Hillel,” which seeks to push back against the growing Open Hillel movement. Their stated goal is to “ensure that Hillel remains a safe place for Jews of all backgrounds to practice Judaism and a safe place for those that support Israel.”
Phil Weiss talks with several of the young Jews who are part of the historic Open Hillel movement that is determined to break down the doors on the official Jewish conversation about Israel. The movement has now won over two college chapters with a call to reject redlines that bar the participation of those who seek to “delegitimize” the Jewish state. And there are signs that Hillel International is respectful of the movement, which could become a wave. Above, Henry Rosen, Vassar freshman and member of the Jewish Union.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s speech to the Israel lobby group AIPAC has stirred up a hornet’s nest. 700 people organized by Jews Say No! slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s speech in a letter delivered yesterday: AIPAC is a “right-wing organization that strong-arms elected and other government officials to support brutal Israeli government policies” that no progressive should support. And on his MSNBC show Chris Hayes questioned de Blasio’s declaration. While the progressive congregation B’nai Jeshurun is said to have divided over the matter.
The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) helped draft the New York legislation aimed at academic organizations that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, the Jewish Daily Forward reported on Friday. While the legislation was withdrawn from the New York Assembly last week, an amended version is back, and the JCRC is strategizing on how to pass it. The JCRC’s involvement in drafting the bill is the latest demonstration of their clout in the state. They are the go-to address for legislators looking to display their pro-Israel bonafides, and have forged close relationships with powerful officials. Above, New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver speaks at a JCRC organized rally in 2009.
StandWithUs, the right-wing pro-Israel group, is gearing up to combat the annual “Israel Apartheid Week” on college campuses. A document Mondoweiss obtained reveals details of the strategy StandWithUs, which works closely with the Israeli government, plans to employ at university campuses. The document offers grants of $200 to pro-Israel groups and suggests holding events like a “Hummus Not Hamas” party.
A reivew of Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide, published by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).
The backlash against New York mayor Bill de Blasio’s secret AIPAC speech continues. A politically diverse group of high-profile New York Jews have issued an open letter to the mayor taking him to task for the speech saying, “AIPAC speaks for Israel’s hard-line government and its right-wing supporters, and for them alone; it does not speak for us.”
Scarlett Johansson is getting some backup for representing SodaStream, a product made in a Jewish colony in the occupied Palestinian territories, and not just from rightwingers. Liberal Zionists have begun to voice their support, or stifle their criticism, in what is becoming a test of the all-new two state solution as envisioned by John Kerry. Above, liberal Democrat NY City Comptroller Scott Stringer who praised Johansson over the weekend.
Seth Morrison reports from the DC JCC where two events presented a new narrative of the events of 1948 for a communal Jewish space.
J Street has emerged as a major Jewish organization. Its positions sound humanistic and fresh. But J Street is adhering to — and working to reinforce — limits on debate about Zionism that major Jewish organizations adopted midway through the 20th century.
In the wake of the American Studies Association’s endorsement of the boycott of Israel, advocates for the Jewish state frequently claimed that the BDS movement seeks the “destruction” of Israel. Cary Nelson, the most prominent scholarly voice against the academic boycott, wrote that the goals of the movement would lead to Jews being “exiled” or killed.” But a survey of some of the leading Palestinian supporters of BDS reveals a starkly different vision: that of a shared future in Israel/Palestine, where the rights of everyone are upheld.
Hillel Ottawa, through its Israel advocacy wing, the ‘Israel Awareness Committee’ (IAC), has recently released its ‘Social Media Code of Conduct’, which bans virtually all posts that are critical of Israel.
Hillel has made headlines in recent weeks over its dispute with Jewish students who reject its stringent guidelines on who they can host or partner with when organizing Israel-related events. But it wasn’t always this way. Hillel used to live up to its promise of being an organization that “welcomes students of all backgrounds.” But with the onset of the Second Intifada, Hillel, helped along by generous pro-Israel donors, transformed itself into an arm of the Israel lobby on campus.
A student at UC San Diego shares her experience of how her student organization was prevented from freely speaking and partnering with organizations that are critical of Israel within Hillel at UCSD.
According to an interview with the Jerusalem Post, Alan Dershowitz has stepped down from Harvard University because he genuinely wants to spend more time with that which he loves most of all: the State of Israel.
Carlos Latuff has created a new cartoon of above following up on The Simon Wiesenthal Center year-end list of the “Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs” for 2013.
Major Jewish groups are criticizing the Modern Language Association over a panel on the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement being held at the group’s conference next week. The American Jewish Committee, Hillel and the Israel on Campus Coalition have slammed the MLA for refusing to include their perspectives at the conference.
Forward writer Josh Nathan-Kazis follows up on our post from last week on the fact that the iconic Jewish National Fund blue box fails to show the green line on its map of Israel.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s has made a year-end list of the “Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs,” citing ASA, Richard Falk, Alice Walker and Max Blumenthal as anti-Semites.
The iconic JNF blue boxes fail to show the green line demarcating Israel’s internationally recognized border.
JNF launches $1 billion program to settle ‘Western’ Jewish immigrants ‘fueled by Zionism’ in the Negev and Galilee
Over the next 10 years the Jewish National Fund aims to inject $1 billion into programs to increase North American immigration to Jewish-only communities in the Negev and Galilee, and bolster Zionist education, including a program for “a young person to bond with a child who perished in the Holocaust as part of his or her B’nai/Bat Mitzvah ceremony.”
As expected, Alan Dershowitz responded to the American Studies Association support of BDS movement’s by smearing the voters as anti-Semitic.
An important argument has broken out between the Electronic Intifada and The Nation over the issue of the left privileging Jewish voices on the conflict and not being hospitable to Palestinians.