Deploying the Holocaust

Israel’s Holocaust and the Politics of Nationhood, by Idith Zertal. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.  Cambridge Middle East Studies 21. 208 pages. Biographies to p. 216. Glossary to p. 222.  Bibliography to p. 230. Index…

Reputation

On Shirin Ebadi, Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope (With Azadeh Moaven) But a personal story is more powerful than any dry summary of why a given law should be changed. To attract people’s…

The Only Statement That Counts

for Yoshifugi In 1974 at an amazing conference was held at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York. Christians and Jews gathered to confront the question, “Auschwitz: Beginning of a New Era?”  Catholic theologians…

The Worthy Dispossessed

This past week saw much coverage and commentary on Israel’s “pull-out” from the Gaza Strip.  It was only a matter of time, I thought, before Elie Wiesel would weigh in on this “historic” occasion. Now…

On Gaza

Dear Jennifer, Thank you for your brilliant piece I found on Counterpunch. I will share it with many friends here in St. Louis and beyond. You tell the truth about the Gaza pullout. I spent…

A Jewish Theology of Liberation

A review of Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation, 3rd expanded edition, by Marc H. Ellis.  Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2004.  First Published in the Journal of Palestine Studies (2005). At the 60th anniversary…

Prologue: Writing/1

I knew it was coming, but I just kept putting it off. When I was an undergraduate, I suffered from the debilitating condition of not being able to get very far on an assigned composition…