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American Jewish Community

Bernie Sanders’ spirituality is resonating with young religious ‘None’s

Philip Weiss on
Rally for Bernie Sanders in NY, Jan. 30

Bernie Sanders says his religion tells him “we are all all in this together,” and diminished when someone is sleeping in the street or can’t afford Prescription drugs. By refusing to speak in traditional religious terms, he is connecting with the young, more than a third of whom are Unaffiliated, Religious “None”s.

Biggest loser in Iowa was foreign policy

Philip Weiss on
Bernie Sanders

Anyone with a brain knows that we have to distance ourselves from the Middle East and occupier Israel; but these lessons were nowhere evident in the no-holds-barred political brawls in Iowa. That’s got to change, and Bernie Sanders is the best hope to do so.

‘We are all Jews’ — the Holocaust as imperial export

Marc H. Ellis on
Obama after his speech at Israeli embassy Jan. 27, 2016, on CSPAN

Obama’s speech at the Israeli Embassy saying We are all Jews shows the trajectory of Holocaust thought is Israel, unmindful of the horrific suffering Israel is causing the Palestinian people. Such thought then censors dissent on the consequences of the use of the Holocaust as a blunt instrument against the Palestinian people.

Cultural Zionism good, political Zionism bad

Roland Nikles on
Bernard Avishai, from his twitter feed

Bernard Avishai is right to extol the rebirth of Hebrew culture in Israel, but that does not justify political Zionism’s unending practices of ethnic cleansing and discrimination

How many more orgasms will be had for Zionism?

Liz Rose on
Young people at a Jewish summer camp make a circle round the flagpole to the sound of the Hatikva, Israel's national anthem

At a Zionist summer camp in Michigan in the 1980s, author Liz Rose and other young Jews felt comfortable exploring their sexuality together and looked forward to taking that experience to Israel. It took her years to understand that her community was eroticizing the land of Israel and leaving out the Palestinian story.

Michael Bloomberg has been a fervent supporter of Israel, to a point

Philip Weiss on
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu greets Bloomberg when the former mayor flew to Israel in July 2014 to support Israel's assault on Gaza and oppose the FAA decision to suspend domestic flights to the country

Former NY mayor Bloomberg, who is considering throwing his hat in the presidential race, has sided with Israel in its assaults on Gaza and aided Islamophobic efforts in New York; but he also said those who don’t want to allow a BDS panel at Brooklyn College should go live in North Korea.

‘Little Jewboy’ moment highlights coming divorce between US Jews and Israel

Philip Weiss on
Daniel B. Shapiro, US ambassador to Israel, called a "little Jewboy" by a former aide to Netanyahu

Ambassador Daniel Shapiro’s sharp criticism of Israeli policies earned him the insult “little Jewboy” from a former Netanyahu aide. The flap demonstrates an important sociological trend: American Jews, even mainstream ones indoctrinated to love Israel, are breaking more and more publicly with the Jewish state. The Netanyahu government is proving to be embarrassing to American Jews; they do not want to be associated with rightwing apartheid policies.

Manifesto, 2016

Marc H. Ellis on
Robert Cohen

A non-Zionist new year’s resolution includes, Pursue peace with justice, Support BDS, Occupy Judaism. But maybe we need a new Jewish theology to support it.

Goodbye to all that (my Jewish-WASP shtik)

Philip Weiss on
J Street's Christmas card, based on a Purim celebration in Israel

Phil Weiss used to tell amusing provocative stories every holiday season about the melding of Jewish and Christian culture in my extended family. Now he’s sick of it. It’s just about the cohesion of elites; and other sociological struggles for inclusion are far more compelling.

Infected by atrocity

Marc H. Ellis on
Photo of the Dawabshe family

Jewish life and Judaism is divided between those who want justice and those who commit and celebrate atrocity. When do we admit that errant weeds aren’t errant at all?

Israel’s ambassador taunts the White House (again) with holiday gift of settlement goods

Philip Weiss on
Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer's insulting holiday gift package

Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer announced that his holiday gift package would include many products from the illegal Israeli settlements. He tweeted: “This year I decided to send a gift for the holiday that would also help combat BDS.” His accompanying letter on the subject says that the gifts are all products of “Judea, Samaria, and the Golan Heights.” Dermer’s repeated insults to the White House without rebuke are a measure of the impunity that Israel has in Washington due to the Democratic Party’s reliance on Israel supporters.