Denial runs deep. Five decades on, it's still the one word you mustn’t mention in polite Diaspora Jewish society
Mira Sucharov is Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. A child of the 70s and 80s in two tight-knit Canadian Jewish communities, Mira wrestles with the link between tradition and contemporary values, between narratives and identity in the Israeli-Palestinian domain, and the nature of the Diaspora relationship with Israel. She is the author of The International Self: Psychoanalysis and the Search for Israeli-Palestinian Peace (SUNY Press), is a Provost Fellow at Carleton for outstanding teaching, and in 2010 received a Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. She is currently the Israel country analyst for Freedom House's annual Freedom in the World report.
Israel's entry ban on settlement boycotters has left me, and many other anti-occupation Diaspora Jews with deep ties to the Jewish state, bewildered, frustrated and unmoored.
The decision by a major Canadian Jewish organization to oppose a parliamentary motion condemning Islamophobia after a shocking mosque attack, because the term is 'politically charged and imprecise,' has vocal challengers.
An attack on a center of worship is intended to instill fear in society around that target group - the worst kind of collective dehumanization. This is politics of the ugliest and most hateful kind.
Right-wingers use Jewish sources to legitimize the occupation. The Hayei Sarah Project aims to break this interpretive monopoly. Is it time for the anti-settlement left to take back the Bible?
The latest flap over BDS at Syracuse University showcases how critics of an academic boycott are using the rhetoric of academic freedom to push their real cause: hasbara for Israel.
Bilingual, dual-narrative schools like Hand in Hand teach tolerance and dialogue between Israel’s often de facto segregated Jewish and Arab populations – but its graduates face a very dissonant outside world.
At the heart of a riveting Netflix documentary on a questionable murder conviction is the suspect’s own confession. That evidence is seen as problematic in Jewish law and by the lawyer who ultimately exonerated Brendan Dassey.
Seeing the reality of Hebron with groups like Breaking the Silence is important. But it’s even more crucial to take the anti-occupation message back into our Diaspora Jewish communities.
Israelis should remember relative Palestinian powerlessness as they celebrate the achievement of their sovereign power.