With Trump and Bannon in the White House, empowering antisemites while claiming their love for Israel, how do we talk about antisemitism in the present moment?
How have false charges of antisemitism been used to stifle criticism of Israeli policy and support for Palestinian human rights?
What is the relationship between antisemitism and other forms of bigotry and oppression?
How can we further the global progressive fight for justice for all peoples?
The visibility of white nationalism, the KKK, and Neo-Nazis as a coherent movement post-Charlottesville means we are seeing some familiar questions about antisemitism and the position of white Jewish people in the US. We offer this set of discussion questions &...
In this collection of essays curated by Jewish Voice for Peace, a broad range of activists, movement theorists, and public figures grapple with these critical questions about contemporary antisemitism. It provides an essential tool for Palestinian solidarity activists, educators, and Jewish communities. Featuring contributions from Omar Barghouti, Judith Butler, and Rebecca Vilkomerson, as well as other activists, scholars, students, and cultural workers, On Antisemitism includes the voices of those who are often marginalized in mainstream discussions of antisemitism.
OCTOBER: Discussion Series with JVP Sacramento and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento
Please join us to discuss On Antisemitism: Solidarity and the Struggle for Justice, a new collection of essays on critical questions concerning contemporary antisemitism, its relationship to other forms of bigotry and discrimination, and approaches to countering such bigotry and discrimination to achieve justice. The essays present a diversity of perspectives by university professors and students, public policy analysts, advocates and lawyers, cultural workers, Jewish and Christian clergy, Jews of Eastern European, Sephardi and Mizrahi heritage and Jews of color.
Session 1 Introduction Monday, October 2, 2017
Overview of the issues raised by the book and a preview of the subsequent discussion sessions.
Session 2 Book Part I Monday, October 16, 2017
How is antisemitism defined historically and today? Is there a relationship to Zionism or anti-Zionism? How is it affected by the rising tide of white nationalism?
Session 3 Book Part II Monday, October 30, 2017
Are there relationships between antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant and anti-refugee stands, racism, and other forms of bigotry and discrimination?
Session 4 Book Part III Monday, November 6, 2017
Are charges of antisemitism against advocates for Palestinian human rights and justice, both on and off university campuses, based on fact or “fake news”?
Session 5 Book Part IV Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
How do we build toward a just world free of bigotry and discrimination?
All sessions will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, 2425 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. You may attend as many sessions as you want; we hope you will want to attend all five.
New York, TBA
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Press & Interviews with Authors
Challenging Antisemitism in the Trump Era: A book review by Wendy Elisheva Somerson, in Truthout
Listen to an interview about the book with Tallie Ben Daniel and Samantha Brotman, part of Jadalyyia’s Status Hour Audio Journal.
Preface by Judith Butler
Introduction by Rebecca Vilkomerson
Part I: Histories and Theories of Antisemitism
Antisemitism Redefined: Israel’s Imagined National Narrative of Endless External Threat by Antony Lerman
Palestinian Activism and Christian Antisemitism in the Church by Walt Davis
Black and Palestinian Lives Matter: Black and Jewish America in the Twenty-First Century by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Intersections of Antisemitism, Racism, and Nationalism: A Sephardi/Mizrahi Perspective by Ilise Benshushan Cohen
On Antisemitism and Its Uses by Shaul Magid
Antisemitism, Palestine, and the Mizrahi Question by Tallie Ben Daniel
Part II: Confronting Antisemitism and Islamophobia
Trump, the Alt-right, Antisemitism, and Zionism by Arthur Goldwag
“Our Liberation Is Intertwined”: An Interview with Linda Sarsour
Centering Our Work on Challenging Islamophobia by Donna Nevel
Who Am I to Speak? by Aurora Levins Morales
Captured Narratives by Rev. Graylan Hagler
“We’re Here Because You Were There”: Refugee Rights Advocacy and Antisemitism by Rachel Ida Buff
European Antisemitism: Is It “Happening Again”? by Rabbi Brant Rosen
Part III: Fighting False Charges of Antisemitism
Two Degrees of Separation: Israel, Its Palestinian Victims, and the Fraudulent Use of Antisemitism by Omar Barghouti
A Double-Edged Sword: Palestine Activism and Antisemitism on College Campuses by Kelsey Waxman
This Campus Will Divest! The Specter of Antisemitism and the Stifling of Dissent on College Campuses by Ben Lorber
Antisemitism on the American College Campus in the Age of Corporate Education, Identity Politics, and Power-Blindness by Orian Zakai
Chilling and Censoring of Palestine Advocacy in the United States by Dima Khalidi
Let the Semites End the World! On Decolonial Resistance, Solidarity, and Pluriversal Struggle by Alexander Abbasi
Building toward the Next World by Rabbi Alissa Wise
Alexander Abbasi is a Calistinian (Palestinian + Californian) born and raised in Los Angeles, Khaliphaztlán. Currently a PhD candidate in Religion Studies at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa where he focuses on Islamic liberation theology and decolonial theory. Somewhere between an academic in activist clothing, and an activist in academic clothing.
Judith ButlerJudith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also active in gender and sexual politics and human rights, anti-war politics, and serves on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace.
Reverend Graylan HaglerReverend Graylan Hagler has served as the Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, Washington, DC since 1992. He is also the Executive Director of Faith Strategies, an organizing body and think tank of clergy since 2012 that advises labor, social and political campaigns on ways to embrace and engage the faith communities in social movements.
Ben LorberBen Lorber works as Campus Coordinator with Jewish Voice for Peace, supporting student activists across the country in their movement for justice in Israel/Palestine. He has written for a variety of online and print publications, and has also organized in the labor and migrant justice movements. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Rabbi Brant Rosen
Rabbi Brant Rosen is the Midwestern Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee and the Rabbi of the congregation, Tzedek Chicago. He is the co-founder of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council and the author of the book “Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity, published in 2012 by Just World Books.”
Rabbi Alissa WiseRabbi Alissa Wise is Deputy Director at Jewish Voice for Peace. Alissa was the founding co-chair of the JVP Rabbinical Council and the co-founder of the Facing the Nakba, which offers educational resources to an American audience about the history of the Nakba and its implications in Palestine/Israel today.
Omar Barghouti is a Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of the Palestinian-led BDS movement. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, NY, and a master’s in Philosophy (ethics) from Tel Aviv University. He is the author of, BDS: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights (Haymarket: 2011).