Statement of Principles

“Trust me, I was once a first-year Jewish student too.”

Robert Cohen, blogger extraordinaire in his Writing From the Edge: Rescuing the Hebrew Covenant One Blogpost at a Time remembers what it was like to be a Jewish fresher at university 30 years and gives good advice to others just entering now. […]

Three Major Conferences on the Centenary of Balfour Declaration and its Consequences

Three impressive-looking conferences on the Balfour Declaration are coming up in October, one in Liverpool and two in London (the latter, most unfortunately,on the same day). […]

Jewish land trumps Jewish God

In May 2015 Robert Cohen, blogger at Micah’s Paradigm Shift, wrote a blogpost for JfJfP reflecting on the need to reclaim the language of Jewish identity: “I want to criticise Israel not to do down the tribe but to stay loyal to it. I want to uphold the values and teaching that I think of as mine by birth and by upbringing. Jewish nationalism, and a blind loyalty to all things Israeli, has stolen my identity and my religion. Now I’m taking it back, one blog post at a time.” […]

Jewish Identities

We will be republishing a number of articles, published in previous months and years, exploring aspects of Jewish identity. Here is the first: Jewdas’s 2015 argument that “Jews will become full allies in the battle for justice in Israel/Palestinian only when they see that living a secure, rich, full Jewish life does not depend on oppressing another people.” […]

Jewish soul-searching

Jeremiah Haber, the Magnes Zionist, in anticipation of the High Holiday Season makes a few practical suggestions for his liberal Zionist as well as his progressive non-Zionist and anti-Zionist brothers and sisters. And for himself: Subscribe to Haaretz, read Palestinian voices, don’t bandy words like “Zionism” about, put Palestinian rights at the centre of everything. […]

Richard Spencer and his white supremacist love of Israel

Naomi Dann, media manager at Jewish Voice for Peace, has ruffled feathers in the pretty monolithic world of Jewish public opinion in the United States. That monlith, challenged as never before by the antisemitism in the White House, is crumbling fast as the decision by the Forward to publish this attests. […]