Category Archives: Politics

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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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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Becoming an Ex-Zionist

In the era of a new McCarthyism that has thrown the English-speaking Jewish community into a state of siege, I am technically obligated to begin any piece critical of Israel with a description of my unremarkable background to preempt any accusations … 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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The Booker-Romney Ticket for NJ Senator

I am no lover of New Jersey or New Jersey politics. But after returning to find the Garden State in election-time frenzy I feel obliged to comment on current political landscape. A lot has been said already about Cory Booker’s … Continue reading

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Everyone is talking about Naftali Bennett. Again.

I realize I’m a little late to the game on this (I just got back to the US) but I wanted to just note here that this past week the American Jewish establishment did the unthinkable: it criticized a prominent … Continue reading

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Jewish Mosh: How Do You Say Hardcore in Hebrew?

The afternoon looked like any other day at the port in northern Tel Aviv. The sun shone brightly over the glistening Mediterranean. Buses with smiling square-lettered advertisements filled the parking lot. Large, balding men strode around the promenade speaking gruffly … Continue reading

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Haaretz Supports Ethical Particularism

In this weekend’s Haaretz magazine, Eva Illouz tackles the idea of ethical particularism. While she doesn’t use those words to describe the stance she presents, through her analysis of Sayed Kashua and Moshe Halbertal’s ideas, a clear attempt to synthesize … Continue reading

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What Do We Call Apartheid?

What do we call a country that devises a plan of territorial separation and military occupation for a population living under its control? What do we call a country that requires members of a population under its control to carry … Continue reading

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