A Time to Speak Out: Independent Jewish Voices on the Middle East

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In A Time to Speak Out, a collection of strong Jewish voices come together to explore some of the most challenging issues facing diaspora Jews. With articles on such topics as international law, the Holocaust, varieties of Zionism, self-hatred, the multiplicity of Jewish identities, and human rights, these essays provide powerful evidence of the vitality of independent Jewish opinion as well as demonstrating that criticism of Israel has a crucial role to play in the continuing history of a Jewish concern for ...
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Overview

In A Time to Speak Out, a collection of strong Jewish voices come together to explore some of the most challenging issues facing diaspora Jews. With articles on such topics as international law, the Holocaust, varieties of Zionism, self-hatred, the multiplicity of Jewish identities, and human rights, these essays provide powerful evidence of the vitality of independent Jewish opinion as well as demonstrating that criticism of Israel has a crucial role to play in the continuing history of a Jewish concern for social justice. At once sober and radical, A Time To Speak Out reclaims an often intemperate debate for those both inside and outside Israel who prefer to confront uncomfortable truths.

Nearly all contributors were associated with the Independent Jewish Voices declaration which, when launched in Britain in 2007, opened a floodgate of responses. Independent Jewish Voices is a group of Jews in Britain from diverse backgrounds, occupations and affiliations who have in common a strong commitment to social justice and universal human rights.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844672295
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 4/7/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Rose is Professor of English at Queen Mary University of London. Her books include Sexuality in the Field of Vision; The Question of Zion ; and the novel Albertine.

D. D. Guttenplan, journalist and essayist, lives in London. He has written on the Irving trial for Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and The Guardian.

Mike Marqusee‘s books include Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the 1960s, Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties, War Minus the Shooting, Anyone but England and If I Am Not for Myself. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and writes a fortnightly column for the Indian newspaper The Hindu. He lives in London.

Gillian Slovo, author of the novel Red Dust, now a feature film, and co-author of the play Guantánamo, as well as a memoir and nine other novels, lives in London.

Eyal Weizman is Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he directs the Centre for Research Architecture and the European Research Council funded project Forensic Architecture. He is also a founder member of the collective Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (DAAR) in Bethlehem, Palestine. He is the author of Hollow Land, The Least of All Possible Evils, and co-editor of A Civilian Occupation. He lives in London.

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Table of Contents

Israel and Palestine

The Occupation: Is It Legal? Geoffrey Bindman Bindman, Geoffrey 3

Solidarity at a Distance and Dreams of Peace Lynne Segal Segal, Lynne 15

Occupation, Human Rights and the Quest for Peace Tony Klug Klug, Tony 27

The Virtual Reality of Israeli Universities Stan Cohen Cohen, Stan 36

Beyond Lesser Evils Eyal Weizman Weizman, Eyal 47

South Africa and Israel: A Dialogue Gillian Slovo Slovo, Gillian 58

The Climate of Debate

A Student's Story Emma Clyne Clyne, Emma 75

On the Myth of Self-Hatred Jacqueline Rose Rose, Jacqueline 84

The New Antisemitism Richard Kuper Kuper, Richard 96

The 'Arab Nazi' and the 'Nazi Jew' Anne Karpf Karpf, Anne 108

A Cautionary Tale Abe Hayeem Hayeem, Abe 125

Speaking Out: If Not Now, When? D. D. Guttenplan Guttenplan, D. D. 134

Answering the Critics Anthony Isaacs Isaacs, Anthony 143

Touching a Raw Nerve Antony Lerman Lerman, Antony 154

The Blogging Wars Richard Silverstein Silverstein, Richard 165

Justice and Human Rights

Lessons from History Francesca Klug Klug, Francesca 175

Living in Error Howard Cooper Cooper, Howard 182

Paths of Peace: A Personal Trajectory Anthony Rudolf Rudolf, Anthony 196

'You Shall Not Follow a Multitude to Do Evil' Jeremy Montagu Montagu, Jeremy 206

Last Straws Michael Kustow Kustow, Michael 210

The Jews and the Left Mike Marqusee Marqusee, Mike 220

Jewish Identity and Diversity

Self-Determination in the Diaspora Julia Bard Bard, Julia 235

Identity Donald Sassoon Sassoon, Donald 246

Cousins Gabriel Josipovici Josipovici, Gabriel 258

Being an Iraqi and a Jew Sami Zubaida Zubaida, Sami 267

The View from Australia Antony Loewenstein Loewenstein,Antony 278

A Time to Move On Brian Klug Klug, Brian 286

Notes on Editors and Contributors 297

Acknowledgements 304

Appendix IJV Declaration 305

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