Tag: Zionism

Benjamin Netanyahu and the Death of the Zionist Dream

From the 1920s onward, the Zionist movement was split into two groups that put forward rival ideas of the Jewish state, one liberal, the other right wing. David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s founding father and its longest serving prime minister, was the leader of Labor Zionism, the liberal vision; Zeev Jabotinsky was the founder of Revisionist Zionism […]

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Anti-Zionists Deserve Free Speech

The Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti, one of the founders of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, was supposed to be on a speaking tour of the United States this week, with stops at N.Y.U.’s Washington campus and at Harvard. He was going to attend his daughter’s wedding in Texas. I had plans to interview him […]

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Nonfiction: How the Great Leftist Thinkers of the 20th Century Contended With Zionism

THE LIONS’ DEN Zionism and the Left From Hannah Arendt to Noam ChomskyBy Susie Linfield As discouraging as these times may be for fans of liberal democracy, the mood among liberal friends of Israel — including most American Jews — is more like severe heartbreak. Look one way and there’s Israel’s right wing carousing with […]

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The Case for Aipac

Until recently, if you had asked most Jews, it seemed like playing the Aipac card had gone out of fashion around 2007. That was the year two political scientists published a book called “The Israel Lobby,” with its sensational claim that Aipac, short for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and other Jewish organizations controlled […]

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Netanyahu Stoops to Survive

If Benjamin Netanyahu wins the next Israeli election, scheduled for April 9, he is likely to become the longest-serving prime minister in Israeli history. For that, he seems prepared to make a deal with the devil. Battered by scandals, hounded by corruption investigations and a possible indictment and facing a strong challenge from Benny Gantz, […]

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For U.K.’s Labour, Anti-Semitism Is as Divisive and Damaging as Brexit

LIVERPOOL, England — For the 22 years it has existed, Wavertree, a multiethnic, mostly working-class constituency in the northern city of Liverpool, has voted exclusively for Labour. It has been a safe seat in a strongly socialist city; at the most recent general election, the party’s candidate took four-fifths of the vote. So its local […]

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Ilhan Omar’s Very Bad Tweets

Last October, after a crude mail bomb was found in George Soros’s mailbox, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who is now the House minority leader, tweeted, “We cannot allow Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg to buy this election!” The tweet, since deleted, was referring to Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, both of them, like Soros, […]

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As West Bank Violence Surges, Israeli Government Is Silent

AL MUGHAYIR, West Bank — A gang of a dozen or so armed Jewish settlers descended from a hilltop outpost to the Palestinian village below and opened fire, witnesses said. Israeli soldiers arrived, and instead of stopping the settlers, the witnesses said, they either stood by or clashed with the villagers. In the melee, Hamdy […]

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Time to Break the Silence on Palestine

On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to the lectern at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. The United States had been in active combat in Vietnam for two years and tens of thousands of people had been killed, including some 10,000 American troops. […]

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The Inevitable, Necessary Death of Israel’s Labor Party

TEL AVIV — Political parties have a tendency to hold on for a while even after they are no longer useful. But sometimes, you have to recognize that it’s time to say goodbye. With Israel’s April 9 general election fast approaching, Israelis can finally say farewell to the Labor Party and the Jewish Home Party. […]

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news analysis: American Jews and Israeli Jews Are Headed for a Messy Breakup

The events of past year brought American and Israeli Jews ever closer to a breaking point. President Trump, beloved in Israel and decidedly unloved by a majority of American Jews, moved the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, with the fiery evangelical pastors John Hagee and Robert Jeffress consecrating the ceremony. […]

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Anti-Zionism Isn’t the Same as Anti-Semitism

On Monday, in an interview with The Intercept, Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat who in November became the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress, went public with her support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which seeks to use economic pressure on Israel to secure Palestinian rights. That made her the second incoming member of […]

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A Train Ride Back to the Old Israel

JERUSALEM — Last month, the first section of a new high-speed rail line opened in Israel. When it’s fully operational a few months from now, passengers will board fire-engine-red carriages in Tel Aviv and be whisked on electrified track over the country’s longest bridge, then over its highest, and through the longest tunnel, and finally […]

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Why Is Israel Scared of This Young American?

In March, the writer Andrew Sullivan described each of us as a “Zionist fanatic of near-unhinged proportions.” It was a cheap shot. The word “near” should not have been a part of the sentence. Otherwise, we happily plead guilty as charged. Yet even unhinged Zionists can level criticism at Israeli policies, and the story of […]

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Education Dept. Reopens Rutgers Case Charging Discrimination Against Jewish Students

“It took a leader like Kenneth Marcus to finally decide the ZOA’s appeal and to also make it clear that O.C.R. will finally be using a definition of anti-Semitism that makes sense and that reflects how anti-Semitism is so frequently expressed today, particularly on our college campuses,” they wrote. “Hate groups like Students for Justice […]

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