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.

Overview of HaaretzQ Conference, Part 3

[Click here for Part 2, and there for Part 1.] The final substantive session was a heart-to-heart dialogue between journalists and authors Peter Beinart and Ari Shavit.  The latter’s highly successful 2013 work, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, oddly both …

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Overview of HaaretzQ Conference, Part 2

[For the first part, click here.]  During the closing plenary, one person sitting near me opined that Amb. Samantha Power’s wonderfully nuanced speech was not appropriate for this audience.  Indeed, her initial pro-Israel pronouncements reminded me of Vice President Biden’s address …

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Overview of HaaretzQ Conference

As explained at its outset, the “Q” in the “HaaretzQ” conference stands for questioning, and all of the panel discussions were framed in the form of a question being addressed by the speakers.  HaaretzQ was the joint creation of the …

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Can New Peace Plan Break Old Logjam?

On the same day that I first learned about the new peace plan of Knesset Member Amir Peretz (Sunday, Dec. 6), I attended a J Street event in Brooklyn (co-sponsored by Ameinu, among others) featuring a conversation between retired IDF brigadier general Udi …

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Phil Weiss following Paris terror: ‘Zionism’ root of all evil

Phil Weiss writes on Nov. 15 in his anti-Israel publication “Mondoweiss,” responding to the attacks on Paris, that “The way for Americans to take on the Islamic state is to end support for Jewish nationalism.”  Weirdly, this Harvard-educated and experienced journalist/polemicist …

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‘Rabin in His Own Words’: Great bio-pic and more

I saw the new Israeli TV documentary on Rabin at the Manhattan JCC last week.  It was a remarkably candid and sensitive portrait of the man, just about entirely in his own words–all the more remarkable for his well-known reticence …

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After 20 Years, Rabin’s Leadership Still Sorely Missed

During the spring of 2014, I finally visited the Yitzhak Rabin Center, near the Tel Aviv University campus.  In the words of the Jewish Virtual Library: “the museum combines state-of-the-art technology with multimedia presentations, visual images and artifacts, incorporating close to …

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The Salaita Case Redux: Academic Freedom or Political Activism?

Dr. Steven Salaita has just published his account of why his appointment to a tenured professorship in the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was reversed: Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom (Haymarket Books). According to …

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Bar & Baskin Outline Steps Forward toward Peace

Gershon Baskin has been a pioneer in forging links between Israelis and Palestinians for years.  He even served as an invaluable go-between with Hamas in securing the release of Gilad Shalit.  In a recent column in the Jerusalem Post, Baskin …

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New Leader of UK Labour Party Alarms Jews

British Jews are mostly mortified at Jeremy Corbyn’s election to lead the British Labour Party.  This Forward analysis by Liam Hoare explains why, but also suggests that Corbyn is probably more naive than sinister when it comes to antisemitism and the …

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