Six former secretaries of state are shown shoveling dirt in a photo from Secretaries Day at the State Department. Give it a caption, at Mondoweiss.net
Category Archives: US Politics
Steven Salaita’s firing at the U of Illinois reminds us that the concept of academic freedom began in the early 20th century in response to politically motivated firings at the behest of conservative boards of trustees. The targeted were active outside their schools in labor organizing and socialism. In Salaita’s case, donors exercised pressure on the university after he vociferously supported Palestinian rights on twitter. Marjorie Heins at Mondo
Joan Rivers is being remembered for crossing lines others respected. Sadly, her finale during the Gaza massacre of this summer were rants against Palestinians that political people are not likely to forget.
Katie Mertz reflects on what Rabbi Brant Rosen’s resignation means to her
Artist Sheilah Rechtschaffer covered a stunted tree with plastic shrinkwrap as a sculptural tribute to the Gaza massacre, at a NY art installation. Some visitors to the exhibit strongly disagreed, but like so many other Gaza conversations this summer, they kept their mouths shut
Marc Ellis writes: “Reading Rabbi Rosen’s letter of resignation and the Tribune article I can’t help but think of the Biblical saga. Out of the blue the prophets arise, are shot down, then reappear. It hasn’t changed much in thousands of years. The prophetic is too deeply ingrained in Jewish life to pass quietly into our newly embraced colonial night. Apparently, synagogues are not for prophets. Those who practice the prophetic and attend synagogue, should take note. Your expulsion is inevitable.”
Charlie Stern is an anti-Zionist Mizrahi Jew who, until very recently, was working for a Jewish Community Center. After the JCC held a pro-Israel rally during this summer’s attack on Gaza, Stern was disgusted and called a meeting with the Jewish Federation, which funds the JCC. Here Stern describes how that meeting went.
A letter from Jewish students, faculty, staff and alumni of the University of Illinois to Chancellor Phyllis Wise and members of the Board of Trustees in support of fired Professor Steven Salaita
The Jewish Reconstruction Synagogue in Evanston, Illinois is looking for a new rabbi. Rabbi Brant Rosen is moving on. In a letter to the congregation Rosen wrote: “it has become clear that my [Israel/Palestine] activism has become a lightning rod for division at JRC. This crisis has taken an increasingly emotional toll on our community – and it has taken a considerable toll on my own well being as well. Given the current environment in our congregation, I believe my decision to resign is the healthiest one for all concerned.”
J Street had trouble finding its voice during Israel’s bombardment and invasion of Gaza. Now after some internal infighting and desertions, J Street is back, ostensibly seizing the moment with Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian land on the West Bank. Yes, back it is, but to where is the important question
Longtime Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen has a book coming out in two weeks called Israel: Is It Good for the Jews? a question that Cohen answers in the affirmative. From his publisher, Simon and Schuster: A very personal journey through Jewish history (and Cohen’s own), and a passionate defense of Israel’s legitimacy.Richard Cohen’s book is
Steve Koppman is a playwright and the author of a book on Jewish Folklore. At Huffington Post he has published an anti-Zionist piece that says Jews should be supporting the BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanctions) movement because it epitomizes the best of Jewish values in opposition to the militant Jewish state that oppresses Palestinians. A wonderful
This is an incredible speech about Jewish excommunication and the code of silence on criticizing Israel. On August 6, Arielle Klagsbrun went on to the dais at the St. Louis Central Reform Congregation with a delegation from the non-Zionist group Jewish Voice for Peace. She was introduced by Rabbi Susan Talve with generosity: “She really
Peter Beinart has a column in Haaretz calling on American Jews who believe in the two-state solution to take direct action now and like the Mississippi Freedom Summer go out to the West Bank to oppose the settlement program. He wants those liberal Zionists to march alongside the Palestinian activists and the international BDS types:
Ten days ago Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders yelled at constituents to “shut up” and threatened to call the police when they got angry at him over his stance in support of Israeli massacres. Well, at least Sanders abstained on the vote to give Israel another $225 million during the Gaza onslaught. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren supported that funding, and when she also got it from constituents last week she just mouthed Israel’s talking points in response.
26 August 2014 Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise University of Illinois Dear Chancellor Wise, As a long-time participant in the university world, I implore you to reverse your decision in regard to Professor Steven Salaita and now to recommend the approval of his appointment to the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I write
For a month from July 8th – August 8th, The New York Times inserted a grossly misleading interactive into each of their online stories that included a comparison between “targets in Gaza struck by Israel” and “rockets launched at Israel from Gaza.” The resulting figures suggested near parity in attacks by both sides. They appeared
Adam sent me this photo today from a doctor’s waiting room. The article is all about wine from the Judean Hills around Jerusalem. At least one of the vineyards is in the West Bank, in the illegal settlement of Psagot (and others vaguely alluded to are in the Golan); but the article doesn’t refer to
Last weekend I joined my wife’s extended family on a mountain lake; and every time Gaza came up, my ears pricked up. For instance, someone grabbed The New York Times business section with Bloomberg’s picture on the front and said “What’s Bloomberg up to?” and someone else said snarkily, “Going to Israel.” The article was