What Kind of Jew is Shlomo Sand? - The new film from Bruce Robbins

Bruce Robbins on why he made a documentary about Shlomo Sand: “If everyone knew what Sand has discovered about the construction of the Jewish story of exile and return, beautiful but false, they would be a little shaken… I hope that American Jews who tend to be liberal will transfer their democratic values to Israel. Let’s be democratic across the board.”

The creation of the modern Hebrew language in Israel built upon romantic and messianic concepts of ‘return’ to the ‘promised land.’ It served a purpose of ethnic cleansing, as it serves the application of apartheid today.

An advertisement for voting in the 2020 US Election for the 38th World Zionist Congress. (Image: American Zionist Movement)

Voting for the 38th World Zionist Congress begins today, and progressive Zionist organizations in the US are encouraging American Jews to vote for their slate. Donna Nevel says the elections themselves illustrate the racism and inequity of Zionism: “Participating in the World Zionist Congress elections under the banner of progressive values effectively whitewashes Zionism’s impact on Palestinians. These elections don’t begin to tackle Israel’s unjust, apartheid system and its underlying Zionist ideology, but, rather, feeds that system and ideology and gives them more roots.”

ews are only safe walking around the West Village because Israel exists, and it’s “insane” not to understand this, says Bari Weiss of the NYT. She also says Jewish donors should stop giving money to “prestige” schools so as to fight for Israel. “The idea that there are very wealthy Jews giving their money to places that actively employ antisemitic professors is astonishing to me,” she says.