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

By TTN Blog

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?

By TTN Blog

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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Bard Protest Was Not Antisemitic

By Kenneth Stern

The following is my response to Batya Ungar-Sargon’s original article in The Forward; my piece was published as a letter to the editor: Forty-eight years ago, as a first-year student at Bard College, I saw graffito in a bathroom stall: “If I didn’t believe it with my own mind, I never would have seen it.” I saw affirmations […]

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Jewish Bund’s Anti-Zionism Idealized & Idolized

By Ralph Seliger

On the evening of Sept. 16, New York’s YIVO Institute sponsored a massively attended panel discussion called “Bundism’s Influence Today.”  The panel was diverse in age, but less so in viewpoint.  The audience included an impressive number of engaged young Jews, but apparently few with sympathy for the Jewish state.  Although the panel’s moderator, Prof. Jack Jacobs […]

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Ex-CIA Agent, Candidate for Congress, Antisemite?

By Rebecca Lesses

Valerie Plame is running for Congress (in the Democratic primary) for the third district of New Mexico. Yair Rosenberg writes about her as follows: “Many know Plame as a former CIA officer who rose to anti-war fame in 2003. (Her cover was blown [by Bush-Cheney aide Scooter Libby] after her then-husband, diplomat Joseph Wilson, publicly questioned the […]

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Is Anti-Israel Left Antisemitic?

By Ralph Seliger

As I explained in my post this past February on NY Times opinion editor Bari Weiss, “I don’t see her adequately confronting the fact that the ongoing injustices inflicted upon Palestinians and the deepening occupation are what’s driving support for the BDS movement and explicit anti-Zionism that sometimes spills into antisemitism from the left.”  On the […]

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What Anti-Zionist Leftists Get Wrong

By Bernard Bohbot

Loathing Israel has become a religion in a large segment of the left – especially the far-left, which has always been anti-Zionist, but even in much of the liberal left. Questioning Israel’s existence is no longer taboo. According to left-wing anti-Zionists, Israel is a “colonial-settler” state that should be dismantled to repair the wrongs done […]

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