For four years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has equated Jews with the Israeli government, while U.S. President Donald Trump has made common cause with white nationalists. I wish more Israelis understood why this was so terrifying.
Jews and non-Jews have internalized varying degrees of antisemitism, including the insidious idea that Jews should “disappear.” This trope of erasure opens up a new frame through which to consider the connections between antisemitism and anti-Zionism.
Rabbi Gluskin distinguishes between “œcolonialism” and “settler colonialism.” Recent use of the term “settler colonialism” correlates with a demand for Palestinian rights rather than with a delegitimization of the State of Israel.
Antisemitism holds a central and essential place in the world view of contemporary American white nationalists. By contrast, antisemitism that surfaces on the left is not essential, and can and should be addressed.
Most significant about Pittsburgh, as well as the mass killings in a Black church several years ago, is the massive outpouring of support from allies. We should continue to cultivate alliances with people with whom we share values.
How do we balance raucous joy with global suffering? Is it sometimes impossible to celebrate, even when the Jewish calendar calls for it? Rabbi Amy Eilberg shares about her skipping Purim in 2019 in response to attacks in Pittsburgh and Christchurch.