The Latest Criticism of a New Public-Transit Plan for Jerusalem Is Rooted in Anti-Jewish Prejudice

Sept. 17 2019

In a recent article for the New York Times, the architecture critic Michael Kimmelman criticized a plan to create a system of cable cars in Israel’s capital to alleviate some of the traffic on the Old City’s crowded streets. While there may be good reasons to oppose the plan on aesthetic grounds, writes Jonathan Tobin, Kimmelman’s real concern appears to be what he sees as an attempt to create a “Jewish narrative of Jerusalem.”

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Jerusalem, New York Times

Reclaiming Secular Zionism’s Religiosity

Feb. 24 2021

A recent article in an Israeli political journal argued that anyone who wishes to revive Israel’s moribund left must stay true to its secular heritage and “take a stand against both religion and religious people.” But to Gershon Hacohen this claim rests on a profound misunderstanding. While it is true that David Ben-Gurion and other early leaders of the Zionist left were secular insofar as they were agnostic and did not observe halakhah, their ideology was deeply enmeshed with the Hebrew Bible and Jewish traditions:

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More about: David Ben-Gurion, History of Zionism, Labor Zionism, Religious Zionism