Donna Nevel

The Dangers of Conflating Anti-Zionism With Anti-Semitism

Recently, Batya Ungar-Sargon, an editor at the Forward, wrote an article about the “failings” of intersectionality, and the specific “failing” of the left to include anti-Semitism in its analysis of oppressions. She also makes claims that opposing the inclusion of Zionism in social justice movements means the exclusion of Jews.

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No Surprise That Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer Will Accept Award From Vile U.S. Anti-Muslim Hate Group

It should be no surprise that Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer will be accepting the Freedom Flame Award in New York City on December 13 from the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a pillar of the anti-Muslim movement. Those who have followed the close relationship and overlap between Israeli policies and Islamophobia find Dermer’s link to such a group and its founder, Frank Gaffney, despicable, but totally unsurprising—certainly not something he or Israeli officials wouldn’t welcome wholeheartedly. If this relationship hadn’t been clear enough, Israeli officials have been celebrating the election of Donald Trump, whose loathsome Islamophobia was just one of the hallmarks of his hate-filled campaign. (His initial major appointments have all expressed and supported virulent anti-Muslim positions.)

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Letter from a Former Zionist Who Supports Justice for Palestine

Speaking as a “former Zionist” is no longer strange. In fact, it’s become quite common within some Jewish circles. Yeah, it goes, I used to be a Zionist—a socialist Zionist; a two state Zionist; a Zionist who believed in giving back the occupied territories from ‘67, etc., etc., etc. But a Zionist. Self-determination for both peoples, two peoples/two states, like that. The Nakba? Didn’t enter into the conversation. Not a mention.

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Why We Must Challenge Islamophobia In All Its Forms

Islamophobia didn’t start with Donald Trump.

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A New Report Shows That the Palestinian Movement is Under Attack in the US

As Israeli violence against the Palestinian people escalates, support across the globe for justice in Palestine, and calls in this country for the US government and corporations to stop facilitating Israel’s gross violations of international law and human rights, are increasingly common-place. However, rather than engage substantively about those well-documented violations, Israel’s defenders recklessly and baselessly smear Israel’s critics with charges of anti-Semitism, promoting terrorism, and seeking to “delegitimize” Israel.

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Inside American Students' Fight For Justice in Palestine

As someone who has participated in programs on a number of campuses and has a child in college, I have been inspired by the organizing taking place for justice in Palestine. My own organizing has been strengthened by what I have seen. Through Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Muslim Student Associations (MSA), and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), organizing for justice in Palestine on campuses across the US has been thoughtful, principled and bold. Further, the movement to open Hillels to those voices supporting justice in Palestine has also been a positive development.

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The Heart of the Problem With Israel: The Mass Expulsion of the Palestinian People

As Israeli government violence against the Palestinians in Gaza intensifies (the latest news being an aggressive ground invasion), I saw a discussion on-line about whether Israel has become more brutal or the brutality has simply become more visible to the public.

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How Pro-Israel Forces Drove Two Virulent Anti-Muslim Campaigns

In the years since the 9/11 attacks, attempts to open a mosque, a Muslim cultural center, or an Arabic-themed public school have resulted in full-fledged, sometimes well-coordinated, Islamophobic campaigns that have lasted months or even years and have struck at Muslim and Arab communities in different parts of the country. Some of these anti-Muslim campaigns make it into the national news, but many do not. Yet all have national significance, because they involve attempts by mainstream groups and anti-Islam ideologues to dehumanize and demonize Muslims, portray them as a threat to the country, and undercut their basic civil, religious, and human rights.

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How the Anti-Defamation League Fuels Islamophobia

The Anti-Defamation League bills itself, and is typically seen by many in the mainstream Jewish community and beyond, as the "nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency.”[1] In fact, the ADL’s conduct over the years is at odds with this one-dimensional view of the group as a long-time champion of civil liberties. The ADL mission statement, for instance, describes it as a group that “fights all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all."[2] Yet, a record going back decades shows something very different, including a shift “from civil rights monitoring to espionage and intelligence gathering.”[3] Mistrust of the ADL among those concerned about civil and human rights has deep roots.

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