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Why Sanders & Warren Boycott AIPAC

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Over 25 years ago, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin complained about the anemic support of AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) for his government’s efforts at peace, prompting the launch of a more dovish organization within the pro-Israel American-Jewish community, the Israel Policy Forum.  But AIPAC’s rightward trajectory has continued.  One of our colleagues, David […]

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Contemporary Academic Antisemitism

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This post selects from, and links to, an article in The Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism, “The Devil’s Intersectionality: Contemporary Cloaked Academic Antisemitism,” by our colleague, Prof. Cary Nelson.  He discusses themes from Israel Denial: Anti-Zionism, Anti- Semitism, & The Faculty Campaign Against the Jewish State, his book published in 2019; our sampling of this lengthy article […]

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An Executive Order, Jewish Identity and Free Speech

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Initially, a factually flawed article in the NY Times alarmed our Third Narrative discussion group by reporting that the Trump administration’s new executive order was redefining Jewishness in “national” or even “racial” terms.  The actual text of the “Executive Order on Combating Anti-Semitism” does not do that however.   Two of our Third Narrative colleagues are in […]

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Bernie Sanders’ ‘Jewish Essay’: Praiseworthy or Problematic?

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A number of Third Narrative colleagues were eager to discuss Sen. Bernie Sanders’ article in Jewish Currents magazine, “How to Fight Antisemitism.”  Steven Lubet has blogged twice on Sanders’ essay, beginning with praise for Sanders lauding (in the Senator’s words) “the enormous achievement of establishing a democratic homeland for the Jewish people after centuries of […]

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How Do We Expect Palestinians to Think?

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This is a brief point-counterpoint taken by permission from The Third Narrative’s email discussion group.  It began with TTN’s editor, Ralph Seliger, commenting on an essay by Shaul Magid (pictured), a Jewish studies scholar at the University of Indiana from 2004 until 2018, now at Dartmouth, and a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute.  Prof. […]

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Settlers Attack Jews Helping Palestinian Harvest

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Our TTN colleague, Robert D. Johnston, a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has informed us that his son, Isaac, “who is studying at the Conservative Yeshiva this year, was attacked by right-wing settler extremist thugs [during Sukkot] while helping bring in the Palestinian olive harvest.  So were four of his other […]

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Trump’s ‘Disloyal’ Charge Traced to Neocon Origins

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Our TTN colleague, CUNY prof and Nation columnist Eric Alterman, draws a connection between a recent statement by Pres. Trump and years of neoconservative attacks on American Jewish liberalism.  Here are selections from Alterman’s “Trump’s Comments on the ‘Disloyalty’ of Jews Have a Sordid History” (subtitled, “Neocons believed that a bit of evangelical anti-Semitism in exchange […]

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