Z is for zombie because this topic never stays dead

I’ve been seeing a resurgence in recent months of people arguing about the use of “Zionist” and related terms, people using those terms while obviously not knowing what they mean, and so on, so I guess I need to do a post on this, to try to make the discourse less terrible and useless. This […]

A tale of three protests

A small tale of three protests in Washington, DC, this calendar year, and their sequelae*…

January 20, 2017: Roughly 230 protesters, street medics, legal observers, and journalists, were mass arrested on Inauguration Day in DC during a black bloc anticap/antifa march that broke chain store windows. Police surrounded the march and did not allow anyone […]

Toxic masculinity is bad for the Jews

Hello everyone. I apologize for being so bad about posting. I’m trying to finish my dissertation and apply for postdocs; it makes it hard to do longform writing that isn’t dissertation-related.

I’m not going to recap what went down with the JDL (Jewish Defense League) at the action I medicked for IfNotNow (a progressive Jewish […]

If I Am Only for Myself: Why #CancelPinkwashing?

This is the companion to my previous post. There, I focused on my experiences of the protest, and explaining the concepts behind it (e.g. “What is pinkwashing?”). This time, I address why I was motivated to participate, why I don’t think groups that engage even in relatively mild forms of pinkwashing belong in the programming […]

If I Am Not for Myself: Addressing Misconceptions About Creating Change and #CancelPinkwashing

As some of you are probably aware by now, Creating Change, the big annual LGBTQ+ activism conference, had a higher-than-usual controversy quotient this year. There were a bunch of reasons for this, but probably the one that received the most publicity centered around a Friday night reception given by an organization called A Wider Bridge, […]

The question I got asked a lot about my Palestine trip

This is part of an occasional series about my experiences with the American Jews for a Just Peace Health and Human Rights delegation to Palestine in June 2014. You can read all posts in the series here.

One question/comment that I got a lot about the delegation, before and after, in various forms, was about […]

Little girls and soldiers: A protest in Nabi Saleh

This is part of an occasional series about my experiences with the American Jews for a Just Peace Health and Human Rights delegation to Palestine in June 2014. You can read all posts in the series here.

After attending a weekly village protest in Bil’in, I was pretty happy to have the chance to go […]

Crossing Qalandiya: My West Bank checkpoint story

This is part of an occasional series about my experiences with the American Jews for a Just Peace Health and Human Rights delegation to Palestine in June 2014. My previous posts in the series are here and here.

Qalandiya Checkpoint, which I misheard as “Columbia” the first half-dozen times I heard it referenced, is the […]

A protest in Bil’in, West Bank

This is part of an occasional series about my experiences with the American Jews for a Just Peace Health and Human Rights delegation to Palestine in June 2014. My previous post in the series is here.

In the middle of the last decade, a network of villages started holding unarmed demonstrations against the Occupation and […]

The bread they have cast on the waters: Balata and Nablus

This is one of a series of essays, which I will be posting gradually, that I wrote about my experiences on the American Jews for a Just Peace Health and Human Rights Project delegation to Palestine in June.

“People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they […]