Archive by Author: Ralph Seliger

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Which Way ‘Forward’?

By Ralph Seliger

I’m a subscriber to The Forward, where I used to be published with some frequency. An opinion piece that’s gotten my notice the other day is “No, You Can’t Be a Feminist and a Zionist” by one Mariam Barghouti, identified as a writer based in Ramallah. This provocative title was the subject head for a Forward email […]

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Myers & Ibish Co-Teach Israel/Palestine History

By Ralph Seliger

When David N. Myers, a professor of Jewish history at UCLA, was named recently to head New York’s Center for Jewish History, he was subject to vilification by partisans on the Zionist right as a supporter of Jewish Voice for Peace and the BDS campaign against all things Israeli.  On Sept. 6, the Alliance for Academic […]

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Jewish Currents’ ‘Third Narrative’ View

By Ralph Seliger

Lawrence Bush, the editor of Jewish Currents (originally a creation of Jewish veterans of the Communist Party) is almost Zionist in his lament over BDS and the Chicago Dyke March incident: “As the Jewish Left Moves Left . . . Do We Have to Be Anti-Zionist to Be Progressive These Days?“ Bush’s view is boldly stated, […]

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Nathan Thrall’s Attack on Liberal Zionism

By Ralph Seliger

Thrall is a curious sort.  I don’t believe that he really wants to do Israel in, but he argues powerfully (in a NY Times op-ed and in a longer piece in the Guardian) against the liberal-Zionist view that a reasonable peace deal can be negotiated if there’s an amenable political alignment and a sufficient good-faith effort […]

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Warmbier’s Murder & Leibovitz’s Rage

By Ralph Seliger

A surprise to me about the outrageous case of Otto Warmbier’s murder by the North Korean regime is that the 22 year-old college student was Jewish, and proudly so.  The organized Jewish community was likely surprised as well.  We do not know if North Korea knew he was Jewish, nor if he was victimized specifically […]

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Richard Gere: A Third Narrative Progressive

By Ralph Seliger

In his latest film role, this Philadelphia-born WASP Buddhist plays a Jewish character (not for the first time), who is personally connected to an Israeli prime minister reminiscent of Ehud Olmert.  “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” is directed by Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar; Gere has just visited Israel […]

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New Anti-BDS Law is Gift to BDS

By Ralph Seliger

BDS is noxious because it singles out Israel for blame in the ongoing conflict, and it tends to penalize individual Israelis, including universities — the most liberal anti-occupation sector of Israeli society.  Moreover, the official movement headed by Omar Barghouti advocates an unlimited “right of return” by Palestinians to Israel, which would end the right […]

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