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Comment -- As the following article by Michael Lerner testifies, anyone in America who is Jewish and is willing to be critical of Israel, risks being tagged with the label "self-hating Jew." But as Michael Neumann points out, in "Bleats of dissent," the much greater challenge facing the Jewish left is to advocate a response to Israel that carries the clout to force a reversal to its current policies and bring about a just resolution to the conflict. Few people hesitate to describe what a just resolution would look like, but much less is being said about how pressure could, and needs to be applied. Is the Jewish Left (and everyone else on the Left who has been intimidated by the threat of being labelled "anti-semitic") ready to rise up to the challenge and advocate an end to economic and military aid along with the imposition of sanctions against Israel, no less severe than those that were applied to South Africa?

Israel's Jewish critics aren't 'self-hating'
Michael Lerner, Los Angeles Times, April 28, 2002

There is no path to Jewish security that does not also lead us to global security for all peoples.
[The complete article]

Bleats of dissent
Michael Neumann, Counterpunch, April 26, 2002

When Jewish voices of conscience speak out on Israel, there is an astonishing gap between the problem described and the response proposed. The Jewish left and its allies begin with the most ringing denunciations. These trail off into the most timid of recommendations.
[The complete article]

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September 11 and the declaration of a "war on terrorism," has forced Americans to look at the World in a new light. No one can afford any longer to define the limits of their concerns by refusing to look beyond this nation's borders. If the freedom that every American cherishes, is not to become a freedom bound within a fortress, then every American will need to understand and respect the needs and concerns of the rest of the World. To this end, The War in Context invites anyone with interest and an open mind to listen to the critical discourse in which the policies and actions of the Bush administration are now being questioned. This debate, which is engaging inquiring minds inside and outside America, will hopefully inform the development of a sustainable new world order - a world order in which America is as much shaped by the World as is the World shaped by America.