M.J. Rosenberg has a terrific piece on TPM about his alma mater Brandeis saying that Jimmy Carter can only speak there if he’s balanced by Alan Dershowitz.
It is with real pain that I note that Brandeis is yielding to what amounts to an academic boycott of a former President for criticizing Israel…. Read More
The delayed, and most welcome, production of My Name Is Rachel Corrie, now at the Minetta Lane Theatre, strikes me as a singular act of love and honor in a world that has lost its reason.
There are two stories to tell here. One is about Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death, age 23, Read More
As I went downtown to see the play “My Name Is Rachel Corrie” last night, I read the Forward‘s coverage of Jimmy Carter’s much-awaited book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. Forthcoming from Simon & God bless them Schuster.. The article said that supporters of Israel are most upset by the characterization in Read More
A side-note to Gur’s excellent, news-making interview with Jonathan Tasini on Room Eight:
It’s kind of interesting that Tasini’s views on Israel have remained below the radar until this point, even if he is a protest candidate.
Here’s a picture of him back in March addressing a memorial event for Read More
My most frequent commenter, a Mr. Anonymous, calls me a “Judenrat” for noting that Leonard Greene, the inventor who takes out ads against the killing of Muslims, is Jewish. Anon goes on:
What difference does it make what religion Leonard Greene is? In the name of fair reporting, why not report the religion of Read More
Garrett Eisler, at Playgoer, led the New York theater community in its uprising a few months back over the cancellation of the play “My Name Is Rachel Corrie.” Today he offers a sharp interpretation of the news that the play will be staged at the Minetta Lane in October:
This seems Read More
Dennis Nealon, a spokesman for Brandeis, tells me the school did take down the exhibit.
“The university had to make a decision. We were getting complaints from people that the exhibit was one-dimensional. There was no other context… It was as if someone was looking at this issue with one eye closed. People were Read More
I went home for Passover yesterday and felt guilty. I feel close to my family but little closeness to my tribe. I am less Jewish than I have ever been, and certain statements I have made in the last year, both out loud and in my head, about my problem with religion, about official Judaism Read More
Noam Chomsky has, on Znet (at zmag.org), now joined the chorus criticizing the Walt-Mearsheimer article in LRB on the power of the Israel lobby. Chomsky gives the authors credit for debating a verboten subject, but says, It’s the oil and corporate interests, stupid (that have dictated policy in the Mideast).
It’s typical of Chomsky, Read More
On the morning of March 10, Cindy Corrie stopped inside Union Station and called her daughter overseas to go over the facts one more time, before setting forth for the Capitol, a copy of The Christian Science Monitor under her arm, to lobby Congressmen on two issues: the human rights of Palestinians, and American embassy Read More