I am no fan of Lisa Durden, recently fired from her position as an adjunct professor of communication at Essex County College, a community college in New Jersey. I do not care for commentators who make broad generalizations about “you white people,” and her politics are far to the left of mine. Yet it is precisely as an academic conservative that I must say, to coin a phrase, I’m with her.
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Of all the anniversaries marked in 2017 – a hundred years after the Balfour Declaration, 70 after the UN Partition Resolution – none is remembered with as much ambivalence as the half-century since the 1967 War, and none is embedded as deeply in Israel’s politics and culture. How? Let me count the ways.
In January, I wrote about a surprising and heartening turn of events at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, an academic organization devoted to the study and teaching of language and literature.
If the Jewish people ever needed an icon for their sworn enemies, a litmus test that distinguishes those who oppose the core of Israel’s existence from those who have other reasons to criticize the Jewish state, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has given it to us. It has managed to galvanize the Jewish community into an unprecedented wave of unity in opposition to this threat.
Last April at San Francisco State University, anti-Israel protesters connected with the General Union of Palestine Students to disrupt a public lecture on campus by Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, preventing him from speaking. Protesters yelled at the Jewish students that they should “get the f— off our campus.”
resolution under consideration before the Student Association at George Washington University pushed by a group called Divest This Time calls upon the university to divest from all investments in companies “that contribute to the suffering of Palestinians.” The vote on the resolution is Monday, May 1st. The companies highlighted are Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Elbit Systems Ltd., Caterpillar Inc., CEMEX, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, The Raytheon Company, and Motorola Solutions, Inc.
The Jewish people are not renowned for their unanimity—in yeshivas, politics, board rooms, the media and certainly the Knesset docile acceptance of a single point of view is elusive. Jews embrace a wide variety of opinions on virtually every topic.
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.782066
The professor daughter of a famed Jewish leader of the Civil Rights Movement told The Algemeiner on Friday that the current anti-Israel climate on college campuses is reminiscent of the fight for racial equality in the US.
Susannah Heschel, who teaches Jewish studies at Dartmouth College and is the daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel — who marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, AL — said, “The Civil Rights Movement was in large measure about coming to know people. America had to come to know Martin Luther King, and when it did, the country respected him and was inspired by him. Today, people need to come to know Judaism, Israel and Jewish history in a positive way.”
Whoa! Who decided that feminism and anti-Zionism should be conjoined and expressed through actions such as support for the Boycott Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement?
We, two feminists, offer another perspective.
Both of us have years of experience as successful feminist organizers. We resist the notion that it is necessary to declare oneself anti-Zionist to be pro-Palestinian. We do not support that idea any more than we believe that the Black Lives Matter movement has no room for police safety as some detractors charge. We believe feminism requires us not to deprecate, but to analyze.
Antisemitism is an animus based on a negative portrait of the Jew as an extraordinarily malevolent and powerful being.
The Jew is depicted as extraordinarily malign and influential. Antisemitism also often involves a threat of action. The negative portrait is linked to a program involving policy or action targeting the Jew. Such actions include marking off for special invidious treatment or discrimination, proscribing, excluding, subordinating, expelling, ghettoizing, removing, or, at the extreme, exterminating.