Jerry Haber

Jeremiah (Jerry) Haber is the nom de plume of Charles H. Manekin, an orthodox Jewish studies and philosophy professor, who divides his time between Israel and the US.

Selling Purim to Progressives in the Era of Trump

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It has been my custom to reproduce this “Selling Purim to Progressives” post occasionally on Purim.  The last time was in 2015, when we were in the midst of the Iran negotiations. Well, since then the world made a deal with Iran.  Trump may say that it's a lousy deal, but he doesn't plan on changing it soon, certainly not to Bibi's liking.  And as for the guy who's running Trump, forget about it; Putin is telling Bibi to move on. That's the Continue Reading...

Israel/Palestine: Relegating the One State/Two State Debate to the Dustbin of History

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Following Secretary of State John Kerry's speech on Israel-Palestine, Professor Corey Robin pointed out the following on Facebook: "There's something so surreal about the state of the Israel/Palestine debate in this country.  John Kerry makes a speech today, warning that if we don't act soon, the two-state solution may be in jeopardy.  Liberals swoon: Unprecedented!  Conservatives seethe: Unprecedented!  Meanwhile, on April 18, 2013, John Continue Reading...

On Anti-Palestinianism and Anti-Semitism

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By “anti-Palestinianism” I understand prejudice against Palestinian Arabs based on perceived negative qualities of Palestinian cultural or natural identity.  Views such as “Palestinian Arab culture is a culture of death and martyrdom,” “Palestinian Arabs hate Jews because of incitement,” “Palestinian Arab labor is inferior” are examples of this prejudice.  Attempts to justify these prejudices are inevitably based on selective data, Continue Reading...

The Need for a Center Left Political Alternative in Israel

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Since the election of Ehud Barak as prime minister in 1999, if not earlier, there has been no center left in Israel.  Of course, there has been something referred to as “center left” but that was only relative to the so-called right of the Likud, Kadima, Shinui, Yesh Atid, and defunct parties whose name I forget.  Former prime minister, Ehud Barak managed almost single-handedly to destroy the center left, which had supported recognition of the Continue Reading...

BDS is Not Bellatrix, Dumbledore or Snape. Maybe It’s Hermione

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J. K . Rowling has signed a statement against the cultural boycott of Israel, and has called instead for cultural engagement.  Some of her Palestinian fans have objected, pointing to Harry Potters’ fight against Voldemort and  the Death Eaters.  In her reply she asks her readers to consider Dumbledore’s attempt to engage with Snape, then a Death Eater. Continue Reading...

The “High Level International Military Group” on Operation Protective Edge

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These are sad days for Israel/Palestine, but today I got a kick out of a story that I thought at first was produced by the satirical mag, the Onion. It seems that an all male group of generals, security chiefs, and right wing politicians, calling itself the “High Level International Military Group,” has produced a report that not only exonerates Israel of war crimes but praises it for its humanitarian efforts!  The timing is viewed as as Continue Reading...

Two States in One Homeland Initiative – Thanks but No Thanks

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I was asked last summer by a friend what was my reaction to the Two States in One Homeland initiative.  My short answer was that it had some positive elements but it read like a very liberal Zionist document.  I went through the proposal and sent the friend comments, mostly my reservations.  Since the initiative may or may not have a conference next week – people are dropping out like flies – I will repeat what I wrote my friend.  Here are my Continue Reading...