Sheikh Jarrah and What Feels Different This Time about Israel/Palestine with Josh Leifer of Jewish Currents
This week we talked with Joshua Leifer, an editor at Jewish Currents, about the ongoing military violence against Palestinian communities in Gaza this past month (for those keeping track, Josh helped organize that Jewish Current-TTSG webinar from two weeks ago!)
(Tammy unfortunately had to sit out today’s episode with a last-second conflict 😔 )
We talk to Josh about his recently co-authored explainer on the clashes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, resistance from Palestinian groups and the Israeli Left, and the role of Biden and US (and international) solidarity.
We also discuss his colleague Peter Beinart’s essay “Teshuvah: A Jewish Case for Palestinian Refugee Return.”
Also: does 2021 represent a turning point in debates over Israel/Palestine in the US? Comparisons and connections to BLM and other protests against settler colonialism worldwide? And Josh’s personal experiences navigating Jewish-American debates, Zionism and anti-Zionism, and diasporic internationalist organizing.
Other links from the conversation + recommendations for further reading:
+972 Magazine: https://www.972mag.com/
Nathan Thrall NYT on the Boycott-Divest-Sanctions (BDS) movement and the Democrats
The late Palestinian writer Edward Said’s prescient (1999) essay on “The One-State Solution”
Human Rights Watch’s Apartheid Report on Palestine (2021)
Peter Beinart on Biden's Israel record
Tareq Baconi's writing at the New York Review of Books
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