This is the video of yesterday’s conversation with Peter Beinart at Tufts:
I asked him:
- What do you think is the relationship (if any) between rising anti-Semitism and rising criticism of Israel?
- When is criticism of Israel anti-Semitic, and when isn’t it?
- Is it important that we have dialogue about Israel/Palestine in places like Tufts? Why? What would be trying to accomplish?
- In Jewish Currents in July, you wrote, “In mainstream American discourse, the word ‘anti-Palestinian’ barely exists. It is absent not because anti-Palestinian bigotry is rare but because it is ubiquitous. It is absent precisely because, if the concept existed, almost everyone in Congress would be guilty of it, except for a tiny minority of renegade progressives who are regularly denounced as antisemites.” Can you expand on that statement and talk a little more about why you focus on anti-Palestinian prejudice here, apart from Islamophobia or anti-Arab prejudice?
- What should non-Jews know about Judaism to engage appropriately in civic life?
- What is your own position on Israel/Palestine now, and how did you get there?
- What would a one state solution look like? How would the state be organized?