They reject the ‘naïve delusion’ and ‘propaganda’ they were taught about Israel and Zionism. But Hasia Diner and Marjorie Feld have adopted just as facile arguments and incendiary claims against Zionism.
Member Writings and Interviews
It’s getting harder to tell the difference between real news about colleges and the Onion’s parodies. Take an incident at the University of Northern Colorado. A couple of professors, eager to promote discussion in class, asked their students to read a popular magazine article, written by two free-speech advocates. “The Coddling of the American Mind” delivers its punch line in the subtitle: “In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.”
Never before have liberals and progressives had so little in common; indeed, the words themselves are beginning to mean very different things.
The Democratic Party is suffering through a summer identity crisis, courtesy of Bernie Sanders’ now-unwinding insurgency against the liberal establishment. His promises—of universal healthcare, tuition-free state college, and a more aggressive taxation of the top one percent—are forcing liberal Democrats to decide whether equality of outcome, rather than opportunity, is the new rallying cry of the old Left.
Thane Rosenbaum, a novelist, essayist and Distinguished Fellow at NYU School of Law, is the director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society, and the author of “How Sweet It Is!,” due out in paperback in the fall.
Nothing sells papers or glues eyes to screens like a community in crisis — the indiscreet infighting that exposes the fallibility of a family.
This past Sunday Omar Barghouti blasted Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order No. 157 which directs NY state agencies to counter-boycott those companies that engage in discriminatory pro-BDS business activities.
Last week I was invited by an editor of The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog to contribute an article focusing on the issues surrounding president-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The article, “Trump’s plan to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem could help the peace process”, was published yesterday:
Editorial introduction to the Symposium: Perry Anderson’s long essay, ‘The House of Zion’, was published in the November-December 2015 issue of New Left Review, the ‘flagship journal of the Western Left’. Fathom invited Shany Mor,Cary Nelson, John Strawson, Michael Walzer, Mitchell Cohen and Einat Wilf to respond to Anderson’s essay.
Available online, and given the status of an NLR ‘Editorial’, it was the Marxist equivalent of a Papal edict. Anderson was the journal’s long-time editor, and is perhaps the most gifted intellectual historian of his time, author of Lineages of the Absolutist State, Passages from Antiquity to Feudalism, Considerations on Western Marxism, English Questions, The Origins of Postmodernity, and more. In this outing, Anderson serves as episcopus servus servorum Dei, or, the servant of the servants of God (in this case a secular God). Over 14,000 words, he excommunicates the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and anoints an alternative: ‘the demand for one state is now the best Palestinian option available.’
During October, 2014, a resolution endorsing the academic boycott of Israel failed to attract majority support in the Doctoral Students Council (DSC) at the City University of New York. This week, April 15, 2016, BDS forces once again are seeking to get the DSC to commit to shutting off contact with Israeli academic institutions and scholars. There are numerous reasons to oppose their effort.
Academic boycotts undermine core values of academic freedom, harming not only the institutions targeted but the individual scholars who teach and research at them. In January 2016, the Association of American Universities (AAU), speaking for 62 major research universities, stated unequivocally (renewing an earlier stand from 2013) that academic boycotts “directly violate academic freedom, which is a fundamental principle of AAU universities and of American higher education in general.” The AAU further stated that any such boycott also “clearly violates the academic freedom not only of Israeli scholars but also of American scholars who might be pressured to comply with it.”.
Former tennis star John McEnroe, when vociferously contesting a linesman’s call that his shot was out of bounds, famously remarked: “You can’t be serious!” The regents of the University of California similarly have called foul after multiple incidents of anti-Semitism and violations of free speech at several U.C. campuses. And, yes, they are deadly serious. I applaud the path-breaking resolution on Principles Against Intolerance unanimously adopted by the regents on March 24.
Incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti, calls for an intifada in America, the cross-examination of Jewish students putting themselves up for student government offices, and blood libels uttered in the heat of student debates over boycott, divestment and sanctions movement resolutions have been widely reported.