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Support New Head of Center for Jewish History

(September 6, 2017)  New York’s Center for Jewish History is currently being subjected to an aggressive and unacceptable outside campaign to discredit its newly appointed CEO and President, David N. Myers of the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Myers is a widely known and distinguished Jewish studies scholar who is highly qualified to administer […]

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Open Letter to Amb. David Friedman

The following is by Hillel Shenker*, Israeli co-Editor of the Palestine-Israel Journal: In 2003, Likud Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said the following:  “You cannot like the word, but what is happening is an occupation — to hold 3.5 million Palestinians under occupation. I believe that is a terrible thing for Israel and for the Palestinians.” Last week, […]

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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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