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Preventing a Mainstream Debate on Israel: Why We Were Smeared In The Atlantic

Armin Rosen's attack on Mondoweiss is about nothing more than policing the discourse on Israel.

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Ultimately, this is not about Alex or Mondoweiss. It is about the larger issue of policing the discourse on Israel in this country. It is about the routine use of smears to discredit your opposition. It is about the tired use of the word “anti-Semitism” to shut down debate over Israel--a use that has cheapened that word to mean “anyone who critiques Israel.” And as for Rosen's issue with Phil's examination of Jewish privilege, read Marc Ellis’s meditation on Jewish empowerment, or Liz Shulman on the issue of male Jewish privilege, or Avraham Burg on Jewish wealth and access and of course Peter Beinart who grounds his critique in the admission "we live in an age not of Jewish weakness, but of Jewish power." We live in an unprecedented moment of Jewish history; our intellectuals, and not just Jewish ones, have a right and responsibility to reflect on these questions.  

Alex Kane is AlterNet's New York-based World editor, and a staff reporter for Mondoweiss. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

Philip Weiss is the author of American Taboo: A Murder in the Peace Corps .

Adam Horowitz is the co-editor of

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