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Zionist Litmus Test on Jews at Left March

A new discussion topic for The Third Narrative online community is the following incident reported upon in Tablet magazine by James Kirchik: Last weekend, organizers of Chicago’s Dyke March asked three participants carrying Jewish LGBT pride flags—a Star of David embossed over the traditional rainbow—to leave. “It was a flag from my congregation which celebrates my […]

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Liberal Zionist Education Can Counter BDS & Student Apathy

The following article, “Answer on Campus: Liberal Zionist Education,” was originally published in the Atlanta Jewish Times: In “Offense Not Defense” (Oct. 6), the Center for Israel Education’s Rich Walter thoughtfully explores the role of memory in Jewish tradition and challenges the way the community develops programs as aggressive and defensive forms of Israel advocacy […]

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Lessons for Leftists on Anti-Semitism

First, we should acknowledge Daniel Sieradski, a Jewish leftwing online activist, for blowing the whistle on a public forum at a reputedly progressive space, featuring an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist.  Sieradski’s post at Jewschool has inspired the attention of progressives and Jews, including participants in The Third Narrative.  David Schraub, a lecturer in law at the […]

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Constructive Jewish Response to ‘Black Lives Matter’ on Israel

Scholars and activists of The Third Narrative email list have recently discovered that the leadership speaking in the name of “The Movement for Black Lives” has issued a Platform that includes an embrace of BDS and a one-sided pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli perspective.   While legitimately expressing concern for the fate of Palestinians living under occupation, it unreasonably […]

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Anti-Western Ideology Fuels BDS

This commentary is inspired by “When Your Enemy’s Enemy is Your Enemy,” an article written by the liberal American-Israeli journalist, Gershom Gorenberg, for his usual venue, The American Prospect (March 11, 2016). While his piece does not directly address BDS, it analyzes the anti-Western/anti-Imperialist ideology that often accompanies support for BDS. The summary sentence beneath the title reads: “A defense of Hezbollah […]

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How Academic Boycott Targets Individuals

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is going to the polls to decide whether Israeli academics will become personae non gratae in their organization. Proponents claim their very carefully crafted resolution does not target individuals but that they seek to boycott institutions for their alleged complicity in Israeli crimes. The impact of the larger academic boycott, however, belies […]

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Responding to Juan Cole’s Trashing of Bill Clinton

Recently, Bill Clinton pushed back at a heckler, defending his and Hillary’s efforts over the years to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:  “I killed myself to give the Palestinians a state. I had a deal they turned down that would have given them all of Gaza, 96 to 97 percent of the West Bank, compensating land […]

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