Archive by Author: Todd Gitlin

Israeli officials and settler leaders are slamming new EU guidelines for labeling products from Israeli settlements on occupied land. Nathan Frandino reports.

The Green Line on the Label

By Todd Gitlin

European unity is a sometime thing, so perhaps it’s not surprising that two European governments have opted out from the Nov. 11, 2015, European Commission directive that forbids goods produced by Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem, on the West Bank, and the Golan Heights to be labeled “Product of Israel.” The EC directive reads: Since […]

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True Confessions of a Non-Zionist Jew

By Todd Gitlin

Embarrassment. Revulsion. Outrage. Righteous defensiveness. Impatience. Visceral reactions of one Jew toward the Jewish State. Reader, please indulge me: When I think about Israel, I’m a churning sea of emotions. My emotions are neither simple nor pure, nor impervious to other emotions, or arguments, or evidence. I don’t think with my viscera, but I don’t […]

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BDS and the Politics of ‘Radical’ Gestures

By Todd Gitlin

Boycotts and divestment can be useful tools for righting wrongs, but they are apolitical tantrums in cases of right versus right. Boycotts and divestments appeal to ideals of citizenship. Vote with your money. Make perpetrators of injustice pay a price. Raise the stakes so that, when they get their calculating minds around a cost-benefit analysis, […]

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How My Father’s Problem With Blacks Mirrors the Left’s Problem With Jews

By Todd Gitlin

I don’t know how old I was when my father gave me my first lesson. I was happily reciting the common playground rhyme you use for choosing up teams: “Eenie, meenie, minie mo, catch a … ” Well, you know the words that followed. My father stopped me right there: “Son, you must never say […]

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