Issue: Liberal ZionismRSS feed

Read how one reconciles Jewish nationalism with Palestinian self-determination.


How Brutalities of Occupation May Reinforce our Zionism

By Ralph Seliger

I first heard and saw Lisa Goldman, a Canadian-Israeli writer and left political activist, on a panel at a J Street conference.  She is both brilliant and acerbic, albeit generally too strident for my taste. Her XMas gift to us this year is another sharp and anguishing article about the occupation, “Nabi Saleh is Where I Lost My […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading
Center Jewish History

Support New Head of Center for Jewish History

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

(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 […]

Continue Reading

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, […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading
Pres. Ruby Rivlin

Pres. Rivlin rejects university curb on political speech


A recent proposal by Israel’s Minister of Education, Naftali Bennett (head of the rightwing Jewish Home party), for the Knesset to legislate an “ethics code” that would prohibit university faculty from voicing their political opinions in class and from “participating in, or voicing support for, academic boycotts against Israeli institutions,” has drawn concern from members of our […]

Continue Reading