“On Friday, Representative Rashida Tlaib was attacked by President Donald Trump for a ‘horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust’ and for having ‘tremendous hatred of … the Jewish people.’ Trump’s off-base attack distracted from the actual problems with Tlaib’s account of the Arab-Israeli conflict, in which she deployed deliberately imprecise language, misleading her listeners about the early history of the conflict in Palestine and misrepresenting its present and possible future.”
Source: Benny Morris, “Rashida Tlaib Has Her History Wrong” (The Atlantic)
“The ambulances had not yet arrived. We all gathered outside. I don’t remember all that I said to my community, but I do remember quoting a passage from the Passover Seder liturgy: “In every generation they rise against us to destroy us; and the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand.” And I remember shouting the words ‘Am Yisrael Chai! The people of Israel live!’ I have said that line hundreds of times in my life. But I have never felt the truth of it more than I did then.”
Source: Yisroel Goldstein, “A Terrorist Tried to Kill Me Because I am a Jew. I Will Never Back Down” (The New York Times).
“There are myriad ways that universities can encourage activism and debate around the conflict without hurting Jews on campus. Invite speakers from across the spectrum to debate, and bring in new viewpoints that may be unfamiliar to both sides, like Mizrahi and Ethiopian Israelis or Palestinians fighting for human rights in Gaza. Have Israeli-Palestinian conflict week and invite a variety of perspectives for learning and conversation. There should be cultural events for Israel, Palestinians, and any other group that cares to sponsor them without protests. Let there be celebrations of culture, debates over policy, and activism on all sides. But no student should be made to feel unsafe or unwell on campus, especially not in the name of inclusivity or academic freedom.”
Source: Carly Pildis, “Enough Is Enough” (Tablet)
I watched this event via livestream yesterday. What was discussed there resonated so strongly with some elements of my own family history. And I immediately ordered a copy of the book at the heart of the conversation. Continue reading ›
Last week, I attended, from the comfort of my own desk, a Jewish Women’s Archive webinar on “Rethinking the History of American Jewish Women,” a conversation between Professor Pamela S. Nadell and Dr. Judith Rosenbaum. Their discussion focused on Professor Nadell’s America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today, newly available from W.W. Norton, which I’ve now begun reading.
Did you miss it? Luckily, there’s a recording! Continue reading ›