Archive by Author: Peter Beinart

When the Fight Over BDS Is a Jewish Civil War

By Peter Beinart

Vassar, according to one conservative website, is among the ten most anti-Semitic colleges in America. Last month, an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal declared that, “Anti-Israel sentiment mixed with age-old anti-Semitism has reached a fever pitch” there. So it was with some anxiety that I travelled last week to the 155-year old former women’s […]

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How to Stop Israel’s “Delegitimization” Among American Progressives

By Peter Beinart

I got an email last weekend from a gentleman asking my advice on how to counter Israel’s “delegitimization” in the United States. This column constitutes my response. To counter Israel’s “delegitimization,” you must first understand what “legitimizes” Israel in the first place. For three different groups of Americans, there are three different answers. Group number […]

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Why Do People Keep Calling Israel an Apartheid State When It’s Not?

By Peter Beinart

I spent last Tuesday night in Tel Aviv at an Intelligence Squared debate on the topic: “If Israel continues on its current course, it cannot remain a democratic Jewish state.” We argued yes; our opponents—who included former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Dan Gillerman—argued no. The responsibility for Israel’s continued control of the West Bank, Gillerman […]

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Why Israel Is Not an Apartheid State

By Peter Beinart

This article first appeared at OpenZion.com of the Daily Beast and appears with the permission of the author. Citing the 1998 Rome Statute to the International Criminal Court, Yousef Munnayer defines “Apartheid” as actions or policies “committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any […]

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The Israel Debate In South Africa

By Peter Beinart

This article first appeared at OpenZion.com of the Daily Beast and appears with the permission of the author. South Africa is America on steroids. It’s even more sports-obsessed. It’s even more violent. Its state-sponsored racism was even more brutal. Its racial progress has been even more jaw-dropping. Its gulf between rich and poor is even […]

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