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BDS and DSA: the American Left Loses its Way

By Jo Ann Mort

The Struggle for the Heart of the Left: Israel, Palestine and BDS It’s no surprise that the Democratic Socialists of America, endorsed a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) policy at its recent membership convention. Disheartening, yes, but today’s DSA, though calling itself the ‘largest socialist organization in America’ is not the DSA that was founded […]

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A jet airliner is lined up on one of the World Trade Center towers in New York Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. In the most devastating terrorist onslaughts ever waged against the United States, knife-wielding hijackers crashed two airliners into the World Trade Center on Tuesday, toppling its twin 110-story towers. (AP Photo/Carmen Taylor)

Blaming Israel for 9/11


Today, Sept. 11, we remember this day of infamy, sixteen years ago.  Last night, Jewish Currents put this day in context with the following: Notwithstanding widespread rumors in the Arab world that the Israeli Mossad was responsible for the 9/11 attacks and that Jews had received “advance warning,” between 300 and 400 Jews were among […]

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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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Current Intersectional Discourse Omits Mizrahi Jews


Back in January 2016, one of The Third Narrative’s newest participants, David Schraub* co-authored with Analucia Lopezrevoredo* in Tablet.  Their thesis: “Jews of color from the Middle East and North Africa comprise a plurality of Israel’s population, yet both the country’s supporters and detractors elide the Mizrahi experience. This needs to change.”  What follows is an abridged version of […]

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Anti-Western Ideology Fuels BDS

By Robert Jennings

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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Clinton Barak and Arafat

Responding to Juan Cole’s Trashing of Bill Clinton

By Ralph Seliger

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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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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