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Inside the Israeli Crackdown on Speech
Inside the Israeli Crackdown on Speech
Since the October 7th attack, Palestinians and peace activists in Israel have increasingly been targeted by employers, universities, government authorities, and right-wing mobs.
newyorker.com
Inside the Israeli Crackdown on Speech
A Dangerous Conflation
A Dangerous Conflation
We reject antisemitism in all its forms, including when it masquerades as criticism of Zionism or Israel鈥檚 policies. We also recognize that, as journalist Peter Beinart wrote in 2019, 鈥淎nti-Zionism is not inherently antisemitic鈥攁nd claiming it is uses Jewish suffering to erase Palestinian experience.鈥
nplusonemag.com
A Dangerous Conflation
Arnaud Bertrand on X
Arnaud Bertrand on X
Absolutely masterful interview on Gaza of Dominique De Villepin, former Prime Minister of France, who famously led France's opposition to the Iraq war and who, IMHO is the best diplomat the West has produced in decades. This is so important, so incredibly well argued, that I鈥
twitter.com
Arnaud Bertrand on X
Freedom for the One Who Thinks Differently
Freedom for the One Who Thinks Differently
What frightens us is the prevailing atmosphere of racism and xenophobia in Germany, hand in hand with a constraining and paternalistic philo-Semitism. We reject in particular the conflation of anti-Semitism and any criticism of the state of Israel.
Jewish writers, academics, journalists, artists, and cultural workers living in Germany
nplusonemag.com
Freedom for the One Who Thinks Differently
The Enemy is Authoritarianism
The Enemy is Authoritarianism
Looking deeper at the Israel-Hamas war and what we're all actually fighting for.
authoritarianism, an ideology that insisted on the the idea that humans do not have inherent worth outside of their subservience to a larger system, leader, and/or goal.
It also applies to things like parenting, where parents 鈥渟et rigid rules with no explanation, and expect their children to obey them without question or face severe punishment. Children follow these rules because they know there are consequences if they don鈥檛.鈥
The argument goes, 鈥淵es, you have problems. We, the powerful who control your life, are on your side. And we have the answer for the root of any and all your problems: this group. They are your enemy. Focus all your energies there.鈥
Authoritarianism is a spectrum and a process: it is not static.
the point is that while they are different in scope and severity, they are all rooted in the belief system of authoritarianism.
There must always be an enemy to destroy or oppress. There must always be a new crisis.
antisemitism is part of 鈥渁lmost all extremist ideologies and narratives.鈥
however, it is the authoritarian impulse and belief system that is even more dangerous than antisemitism.
in an authoritarian world, there is a need for constant crises. War is inherent in authoritarianism.
authoritarianism is maximalist: either you buy in, you鈥檙e subservient, or you鈥檙e dead.
And the core problem, the destruction of internal autonomy, gets worse and worse.
eladnehorai.substack.com
The Enemy is Authoritarianism