Contributor Archives: Ralph Seliger

About Ralph Seliger

A veteran editor, freelance writer and blogger, I edited the print magazine, "Israel Horizons," from 2003 until 2011; and I've blogged for and edited the Meretz USA and now Partners for Progressive Israel Blog since its inception in 2006 (although I no longer edit the PPI Blog). I've been an active supporter of the Zionist peace camp since 1982. Other print and online platforms where I've been published include: The Forward, The Daily Beast, History News Network, Tikkun, In These Times, Jewish Week, New Jersey Jewish News, Jewish Currents, Huffington Post, and Dissent.

Father of Tel Aviv Terror Victim: ‘The time has come for a strategic solution’

Just days after Tel Aviv was struck with an organized terror attack — an exception to this past year’s rash of lone-wolf stabbing attacks — Orlando is struck with the deadliest mass shooting attack in U.S. history.  U.S. authorities have only …

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Defense Minister Lieberman! Israel’s Donald Trump?

In Israel’s latest head-spinning moment, Prime Minister Netanyahu has suddenly turned to Avigdor Lieberman (or Liberman, as his name is sometimes rendered in English), head of the rightwing Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel our Home) party, instead of to Yitzhak Herzog, head …

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Contemplating Israel’s Splintered Opposition

On May 10th, I attended a brown-bag lunch meeting with Meretz Knesset Member Michal Rozin, co-sponsored by the New Israel Fund and Partners for Progressive Israel; her talk was entitled “The Zionist Vision in Jeopardy.”  She was here in the U.S. as …

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Distinguishing Between Anti-Israelism and Antisemitism

Jerome Chanes, a fellow at The Center for Jewish Studies of the CUNY Graduate Center, is the author of  a number of books, including “A Dark Side of History: Antisemitism Through the Ages.” In the interest of stimulating a discussion, …

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Is ‘Political Correctness’ Just a Rightwing Bugaboo?

My new essay on the complexities of “Political Correctness” was published at the Jewish Currents Blog-Shmog on April 22.  (I had no hand in choosing the illustrations.)  It explores the subject in general and in three specific areas, one of which caused …

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Hannah Arendt Documentary — Enlightening but Incomplete

How is it that seemingly sane 20th century individuals, brought up in a supposedly civilized Western country, could come to epitomize pure evil?  Such, in part, is the question that the philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt attempted to answer …

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Political Struggle over Soldier Killing Wounded Palestinian

Hillel Schenker, a long-time Israeli journalist and peace activist (currently co-editor of the Palestine-Israel Journal), and a personal friend, has written a new blog post (“The Shadow Over Hebron: Kahane was Right vs. Leibowitz was Right“) for The Times of Israel.  He …

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Bernie Sanders’ Kibbutz Experience and ‘Stalinism’

The entire phenomenon of Bernie Sanders as a credible candidate for President of the United States is one of the stunning stories of this extraordinary election year.   I need not comment here on another astonishing story going on in that …

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New Movie on Rabin’s Murder: Sensationalist or Sober?

Since J. Hoberman, a highly respected film critic, is not a right-winger, I found the vehemence of his Tablet magazine put-down of Amos Gitai’s new docudrama on Rabin’s murder surprising: ‘Rabin, The Last Day’ Makes Oliver Stone’s ‘JFK’ Look Stone-Cold …

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PBS ‘Frontline’ Netanyahu Profile: Informative but Incomplete

With “Netanyahu at War,” the PBS Frontline series continues its tradition of visiting its subject with a combination of fast-paced dramatic footage, sprinkled with authoritative talking heads providing commentary with some (very limited) variation of views. It features well-known personalities who are often consulted on …

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