Archive by Author: TTN Blog

MESA Defends Antisemitic Conspiracy Theory re Rushdie Stabbing

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A new essay in The Daily Beast by Steven Lubet, “Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories Are Going Mainstream,” has prompted discussion from fellow members of The Third Narrative.  The gist of Prof. Lubet’s piece is as follows: Shortly after the vicious stabbing of Indian-British-American author Salman Rushdie, Prof. Nader Hashemi, a specialist on Islam-West Relations, opined on the Iran Podcast that Israel […]

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Presbyterians Critique PCUSA ‘Apartheid’ Resolution

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The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUSA) has passed a resolution entitled “On Recognition That Israel’s Laws, Policies, and Practices Constitute Apartheid Against the Palestinian People.”   While there definitely are practices and policies in the West Bank and East Jerusalem that resemble Apartheid (see Michael Sfard’s legal opinion entitled “The Occupation of […]

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When Peace Seemed Close

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Our Third Narrative community has been debating whether there’s any prospect for a two-state solution, or any resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that would leave Israel intact as a safe homeland for the Jewish people.  All of us who have expressed ourselves in TTN’s listserve are disturbed by Israeli abuses of Palestinian human rights in […]

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Settler Violence and ‘Apartheid’

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There’s no question that there’s a human rights crisis going on in the West Bank, with radical settlers running amok, virtually with impunity.  Letty Cottin Pogrebin, a TTN member, writes passionately on this subject in her latest column in Moment magazine.  She discusses the outrages committed by Israeli shepherds from settlement “outposts” against Palestinians and their property in […]

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Firing of Anti-Zionist Hebrew School Teacher

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This JTA article was brought to TTN’s attention a few weeks ago: “A Jewish educator sues a New York-area synagogue, saying she was fired for espousing anti-Zionist beliefs.”   Shortly before being hired to teach at the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY, Jessie Sander (pictured) blogged against Zionism in the wake of the Gaza war.  […]

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Heritage Foundation Wrong about DEI

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Our TTN colleague, Prof. Steven Lubet of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, has just published “What the Heritage Foundation Gets Wrong about DEI and Anti-Semitism” in The Forward.  He argues that a new study issued by this well-known right-wing think tank fails to adequately substantiate its claim that university offices for “Diversity, Equity and […]

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Re the Political Neutrality of Academic Departments

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This is a proposed policy statement drafted by TTN colleague Cary Nelson (Professor of Liberal Arts & Sciences emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).  It argues for the political neutrality of  academic departments in matters of public controversy, and begins with a brief quotation from the 1967 Kalven Committee “Report on the University’s […]

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