An open letter calling on “cultural and educational institutions to have the courage and the principle to stand for, and safeguard, the very principles of free expression and the free exchange of ideas that make those institutions possible.”
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Contemporary formations of Zionism cannot accomplish this task. Butler believes a Jew “cannot be a Zionist and struggle for a just end to colonial subjugation.” From here she is off and running. The question is to where?
Without exile and the prophetic there is no way to understand Judith Butler. She wouldn’t make sense without either, even to herself. Nonetheless, Butler’s vision of Jewishness without state violence is haunting. Once it was taken for granted. Today, it’s almost inconceivable.
A statement from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel celebrating Judith Butler receiving the Theodor Adorno Prize despite pressure from pro-Israel organization to rescind it due to Butler’s support for BDS.
Darnell Moore is reminded by Judith Butler’s Mondoweiss article to speak and push against the many “separation walls” that are constructed to withhold voices and bodies.
Bracha Ettinger writes in support of Judith Butler receiving the Adorno Prize, “If the values of humanistic Judaism are to be kept in Israel, we must have the right to criticize Israel on the grounds of the prevention of Palestinian human rights.”
Letters from Anat Matar, Lynne Segal and Etienne Balibar supporting Judith Butler in response to a campaign to pressure the Adorno Prize to rescind an honor for Butler over her criticism of Israel.
On Sunday the Jerusalem Post published an attack on the awarding of a major international prize to Judith Butler, the philosopher and Berkeley professor of comparative literature, because Butler favors boycotting Israel. Read Butler’s response to the Jerusalem Post article.
Below is an email from Judith Butler to Glennda Testone, the Executive Director of the New York LGBT Community Center, concerning the Center’s decision to cancel a “Party to End Apartheid” under pressure from donors. Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2011 To: [email protected] From: Judith Butler Subject: censorship at the NY LGBT Center Dear Glennda Testone, I am […]
The fight over divestment is coming to a head in Berkeley. The student Senate is expected to vote on Wednesday to possibly override the Student President’s veto of the divestment bill. As can be expected both sides have been rallying their supporters. Following notable endorsements from Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky and Naomi Klein, an ad […]
Here is Judith Butler, interviewed by Udi Aloni in Haaretz, and speaking about the strict construction of Jewish identity and how that process must be taken apart so that people in Israel/Palestine can live together. Note that in the second half of the interview, Butler makes a very strong BDS call. I grew very skeptical […]
It is “astonishing” that no Israeli university has come out against the occupation, Judith Butler says, in saluting the American Studies Association’s resolution for academic boycott of Israel
What a meaningful coincidence this week – the release of a new film on the ever controversial Hannah Arendt and the awarding of an honorary Doctorate to the newly controversial Judith Butler.
Omar Barghouti and Judith Butler delivered a powerful case in favor of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in front of a packed crowd of over 200 people at Brooklyn College last night. They both denounced the efforts by what Barghouti called the “new McCarthyists” to derail the event. Above, Judith Butler speaks on the movement, with Barghouti on the right.
Judith Butler, who has a great piece in the latest LRB on the use by Israel of a portion of Kafka’s papers to seek to cement Jewish nationalism’s presence in the Middle East, will be speaking tonight alongside John Greyson, the filmmaker who triggered the Toronto Declaration of two years ago. Art and action. The […]
Musicians Roger Waters, Thurston Moore and Tunde Adebimpe, poet Michael Rosen, philosopher Judith Butler and political activist Angela Davis are among many high profile figures who have called on Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to cancel their concerts in Tel Aviv on November 19 and 20 this year.
Samantha Brotman shares her remarks from an event called “Zionism & The New McCarthyism: A Conversation with Bruce Robbins” that took place in Champaign-Urbana. It was a canceled University of Illinois event that was rescheduled as an independent event, without university support. Bruce Robbins’s short documentary, Some of My Best Friends are Zionists, interviews influential Jews such as Judith Butler and Tony Kushner who discuss the repression of anti-Zionist viewpoints. His talk addressed the rise of a “new McCarthyism” on college campuses which threatens to shut down criticism of Israel in the guise of “civility.” Brotman was a respondent along with Jodi Byrd (Professor in American Indian Studies) and Bruce Levine (Professor of History).
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Musicians in the Alanwar band were arrested Monday by Israeli forces for creating tunes of incitement.
“We have to remember, it’s a Jewish newspaper,” Israeli author Ben-Dror Yemini says of the New York Times, linking it to the “sickness” of American Jews in seeking meaning by attacking Israel. He spoke at a Reform synagogue on the Upper West Side.
An open letter from Susiya Village Council spokesperson Nasser Nawajaa: “As I write this letter, our village, Susiya, located in the south Hebron Hills of the occupied West Bank of Palestine, is in immediate threat of demolition. The only way to stop the demolition is through international pressure.”
Liz Rose reflects on the JVP membership meeting in Chicago, including a performance by Una Osato and the artist’s ‘Self-Loathing Anti-Zionist’ shirts.
The tradition of the social justice Passover, also called a “freedom seder” or “liberation seder,” has taken hold in grassroots social justice movement networks in the U.S. and beyond. In these movements, Jewish practice emerges as a liberatory spiritual and political force, and becomes intertwined with other traditions that are relevant to communities organized around struggles for justice and freedom—including justice in Palestine, an aspect of social justice seders that has become increasingly popular over the last 25 years.
Ibrahim Baradiya, 50, was killed by Israeli soldiers in an alleged knife attack in occupied West Bank refugee camp, and after his body was returned to his family, Israelis said that was a mistake, going against Netanyahu’s policy
How do we know BDS is working? Because in Indiana as in coastal areas BDS opponents are actively trying to stop the movement. The state legislature is attempting to limit public discussion of BDS, and smear BDS proponents as anti-Semites.