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Despite pressure from pro-Israel organizations, Judith Butler to receive the Adorno Prize today

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Today, Judith Butler will be awarded the Theodor W. Adorno Prize in Frankfurt Germany. The award was established in 1977 and “serves to further and acknowledge outstanding performances in the fields of philosophy, music, theatre and film.”   Pro-Israel advocates has pressured the city of Frankfurt to rescind the prize for Butler due to her support […]

Exile and the Prophetic: Judith Butler’s Israel

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This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Judith Butler’s name is known, almost iconic. As I wrote yesterday, her thoughts on Jewishness and Israel are important. If we’re not careful, though, her thoughts might get lost in translation […]

Exile and the Prophetic: Judith Butler marks the end (and beginning) of the Jewish ethical tradition

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This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Speaking of Judith Butler – and a few days ago Shulamith Firestone – imagine two more similar yet different shooting stars of Jewish thought and action?  Like Firestone, Butler is insistent, relentless.  Unlike […]

A response to Judith Butler: I hear you

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Dear Judith Butler, Thank you for your impassioned and brilliant message, which was recently published in Mondoweiss, in response to the hostile article in the Jerusalem Post denouncing your receipt of the Adorno prize. You noted the following in your response: My actual position is not heard by these detractors, and perhaps that should not […]

Academics speak out in support of Judith Butler

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Yesterday we published a response from Judith Butler to an attack on her published in the Jerusalem Post. The Post article reported on a campaign to pressure the prestigious Theodor Adorno Prize to rescind an honor for Butler over her criticism of Israel. Several fellow academics wrote letters to the Post in support of Butler and […]

Judith Butler: LGBT center refusal to host Israeli Apartheid Week event is ‘to submit to the tactics of intimidation and ignorance’

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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 […]

Judith Butler: Identity ‘allegiance’ stands in the way of peace

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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 […]

Butler and Greyson to talk boycott in NY tonight at 6

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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 […]

Thank you for another year of Mondoweiss

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As always we are humbled and excited to report that we have reached (and exceeded!) our fundraising goal for December. Thank you! We appreciate this vote of confidence and promise to continue full steam ahead in 2013. The last year has been another period of incredible growth for the site. A review of site stats […]

Jewish community commits intellectual suicide before our eyes

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Three acts of censorship in New York demonstrate the desperate pass to which Zionism has brought the American Jewish community: we are walking away from our greatest treasure, literacy. Two days ago I reported that the Museum of Jewish Heritage had spiked a panel featuring John Judis’s book on Truman and Israel because that book, […]

Judith Butler responds to attack: ‘I affirm a Judaism that is not associated with state violence’

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Yesterday 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. Butler wrote this response and, unhopeful that the Post would publish it, sent it to us. –Editors. The Jerusalem Post recently published an article […]

University of Johannesburg to officially sever ties with Israel’s Ben-Gurion University

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The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has officially announced that it will cut ties with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev beginning on April 1. This will affect a joint project between the schools to reduce algae in South Africa’s drinking water. The decision comes after months of debate and lobbying on both sides. Supporters of cutting off […]

Judith Butler, Rashid Khalidi and over 150 other scholars condemn censorship, intimidation of Israel critics

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The following open letter was shared with Mondoweiss: Whether one is for or against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) as a means to change the current situation in Palestine-Israel, it is important to recognize that boycotts are internationally affirmed and constitutionally protected forms of political expression. As non-violent instruments to effect political change, boycotts cannot […]

Exile and the Prophetic: Jew in the Box

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This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Well it has come to this – and how amazing. I was stunned when I saw it. I thought: ‘This is the other side of Wallwashing.’ Then I just gave it […]

Dershowitz said to be trying to quash Brooklyn College role in BDS forum

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A storm in New York: on February 7, Omar Barghouti and Judith Butler are scheduled to discuss the boycott, divestment, sanctions movement aimed at Israel in a forum at Brooklyn College, hosted by the Political Science Department. Well, the media and alumni are now engaged, including the famous Zionist alum, Alan Dershowitz, evidently to question […]

Investigation of Brooklyn College BDS event rejects charges of anti-Semitism

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Judith Butler and Omar Barghouti at Brooklyn College in February (Image via Brooklyn College SJP) An investigation over a high-profile event at Brooklyn College on the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement has absolved student organizers of charges that they were anti-Semitic. The inquiry, undertaken by the City University of New York’s (CUNY) General Counsel […]

Attempt to ban dissent in the Bay Area Jewish community will likely have the opposite effect

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From Muzzlewatch: Here is an embarrassingly McCarthyite response to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s decision to a) screen the film Rachel by Jewish-Israeli filmmaker Simone Bitton, b) invite Cindy Corrie to speak and c) ask Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and the American Friends Service Committee to co-sponsor (as they have for many years). […]

Wesleyan president slams NY Jewish community for suppressing differences over Israel

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Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan University, has a piece at Huffpo criticizing the decision by the Jewish Museum of New York to cancel a talk on Kafka because speaker Judith Butler supports boycott of Israel. (Roth refers to himself in the third person, because the piece is bylined by himself and Sigmund Freud. Long story.) What a […]

Exile and the prophetic: War crimes

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This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Should we hold a coming out party for Judith Butler?  Her new book is raising quite a stir.  Yes, she’s late to the table but there are always extra chairs to […]

Amnesty Int’l collapse: new head is former State Dept official who rationalized Iran sanctions, Gaza onslaught

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A friend writes: Thoughtful and angry piece by Ann Wright and Colleen Rowley about the new head of Amnesty International USA’s contingently defending NATO action in Afghanistan since it helps Afghan women’s rights. (This line of liberal feminist decoy apology for that war was spotted and tagged by Judith Butler in her book Precarious Life.)  […]

On Israeli Independence Day, some Jews break the law of return

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Hannah Mermelstein sent along the following note: Today (April 20) is Israeli Independence Day, which will be celebrated with parades and carnivals around the world. But Israeli "independence" in 1948 meant dispossession, exile, or death for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, for whom the founding of the state of Israel was a personal and collective […]