The Uses of God

February 17, 2018

Demonization, a key tactic in religion, is precisely the reductionism and making wicked of any political enemy. Of all the burning issues confronting the world today, nothing causes greater concern — and greater perplexity — than the force of religion in pursuing political aims. I make this...

The Problem of Palestine is Zionism

November 11, 2015

The solution to the problem of Palestine is the abolition of Zionism, says Ahmed Moor. One measure of an argument’s weakness goes directly to its analytical precision. What are the facts? Do the arguments follow from the facts? What about the conclusions? What is the ethical frame of the...

The Past and Future of Hebrew in Israel and Beyond

September 24, 2014

There is a growing linguistic, social and political divide between Israelis and Jews in the diaspora. Hebrew, an ancient language of various dialects, has seen many influences on its development, including Aramaic and Akkadian spoken by the Assyrians and Babylonians. Later came Greek and...

A “Self-Hating” Jew’s Guide to Zionist Talking Points

September 10, 2014

Seeing the contradictions inherent in Zionism, it is crucial for progressive Jews to respond carefully and thoughtfully. I have been indoctrinated by Zionists throughout my life. As a child, I was told that the State of Israel was somehow “necessary” to prevent another Holocaust. I was also...

Israeli Settlements: Violation of International Law or Rightful Return?

May 25, 2014

Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory are one of the most crucial issues in the conflict. Background Immigration, population transfer and the control of land have been core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the arrival of the first Zionist settlers in the late 1800s....

Ariel Sharon: A Complicated Career and Legacy

January 16, 2014

Josef Olmert looks back at the life of one of Israel’s most important leaders. A famous Zionist poet, Saul Tschernichovsky (1875-1943), wrote in one of his songs that "the human being is a reflection of his childhood landscape." If there was one Israeli leader of recent time whose life story...

Top 10 Ways Ariel Sharon Ruined Israel and the Middle East

January 16, 2014

Ariel Sharon probably helped doom the whole enterprise of Israel. Arik Scheinerman, who became Ariel Sharon, was from a Russian family that emigrated to Palestine at a time when Palestinians had been deprived of the right to set immigration policy into their own country. He would go on powerfully...

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Tension on the Horizon

November 28, 2013

With hopeful signs coming from the Gulf, Israel and Congress promise a fight. The early hours of November 24, 2013, witnessed the signing of a new nuclear deal between the P5+1 and Iran in Geneva. After prolonged negotiations, both sides came to an agreement that would halt and even roll back...