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Exile and the Prophetic: Judith Butler’s Israel

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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?

A response to Judith Butler: I hear you

Darnell L. Moore on

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.

Academics speak out in support of Judith Butler

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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.

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 […]

Following weeks of controversy, Barghouti and Butler deliver sharp response to critics of BDS movement at Brooklyn College event

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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.

Butler and Greyson to talk boycott in NY tonight at 6

Philip Weiss on

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 […]

Israel and Palestine is not about Jews vs. Palestinians

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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).

Save our village from Israeli bulldozers: an open letter from Susiya

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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.”

The legacy of the Lesbian Feminist Seder for the Palestine solidarity movement

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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.

Indiana lawmakers seek to silence critics of Israel

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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.