“Criticizing Israel: How Much Is Enough? How Much Is Too Much?”
Does anti-Israel criticism automatically equate with anti-Semitism? Or is this a more nuanced discussion? Are Jewish organizations that criticize Israel “beyond the pale” or do they raise legitimate issues? How do we react to the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (B.D.S.) movement? Why are college campuses ripe targets for these controversies, or is the news of campus anti-Semitism largely exaggerated? And, finally, what are appropriate responses for humanistic Jews?
Guest speaker Eric Alterman, Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, will address these questions followed by discussion.
Alterman,“The Liberal Media” columnist for The Nation and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., is currently at work on a book about the history of the Israel/Palestine debate in the United States. He came to our attention when we saw his article in The New York Times (March 29, 2016) on “The B.D.S. Movement and Anti-Semitism on Campus.” He is the author of ten books, including the national bestseller What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News.