Category Archives: Leftism

For Young, Progressive Jews, Opposing the Occupation is an Inter-Generational Struggle

How the last best tactic we have to fight the occupation might be the most difficult to put into most practice. American Jewry is complicit in the occupation. American Jews send millions of dollars and thousands of people across the … Continue reading

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On the war of images and words

I promised myself I wasn’t going to write anything about Israel’s assault on Gaza. And I’m not going to–there is no shortage of articles, polemics, and analysis. But I am going to write a little bit about what others are … Continue reading

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Was the Jewish Left ever really alive?

Writing in The Forward this past monday, Jay Michaelson announced the “Death of the Jewish Left.” Moriel Rothman-Zecher, a friend and comrade, responded to Michaelson’s article saying, to paraphrase somewhat barbarically, that rumors of the Jewish Left’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. … Continue reading

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The New Partisan Says Farewell (at least for now)

It has been a little more than a year since a friend and I started The New Partisan. What was intended as a blog written from a left-liberal, critical perspective about current affairs and political theory transformed into an extended … Continue reading

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The Crisis of Zionists’ Crises (or, Peter Beinart, meet Shlomo Avineri)

Since 2012 Peter Beinart’s declaration that, “for several decades, the Jewish establishment has asked American Jews to check their liberalism at Zionism’s door, and now, to their horror, they are finding that many young Jews have checked their Zionism instead” … Continue reading

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History, Racism, and Identity Politics in Israel: A response to Open Zion

A recent Open Zion article titled, “Israel’s Most Liberal City Introduces Racially Segregated Kindergartens,” does a disservice to both the African and Israeli residents of Tel Aviv’s poorest neighborhoods. Tel Aviv’s school system, like the city itself, has been unofficially … Continue reading

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Pictures from the Social Protest – May 11, 2013

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Refusing to Stand: On Nationalism and Identity

Ever since I became politically conscious (as a kid during the Iraq War) I refused to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. It began as a simple way to protest the behavior of my government – a gesture that forced … Continue reading

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Left-Wing Jews Can Do Better Than Judith Butler

At the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) conference at Brooklyn College, which turned out to be a non-event after an acrimonious media storm, Judith Butler’s speech was riddled with inaccuracies and generalizations. Gershom Gorenberg, in this article at the Daily Beast, … Continue reading

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Politics, the Present, and Isaiah 53: Towards an Ethical Particularism

The primary struggle of our generation is the struggle between the universal and the particular. Global consciousness is polarized between these two subjectivities. On one side is universalism, characterized by the language of human rights and individual liberties. On the … Continue reading

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