Alex Kane
Alex Kane
Senior staff reporter @jewishcurrents. Write on the politics of Israel/Palestine in the US. E-mail: alex@jewishcurrents.orgSource
Brooklyn, New York
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SCOOP: Internal ADL Memo Recommended Ending Police Delegations to Israel Amid Backlash

SCOOP: Internal ADL Memo Recommended Ending Police Delegations to Israel Amid Backlash

As protests against police brutality raged in June 2020, senior Anti-Defamation League (ADL) employees recommended that the organization end its controversial practice of sending police delegations to Israel, according to a draft internal memo obtained by and Jewish Currents. The —authored by ADL senior vice president George Selim and Greg Ehrie, its vice president for law enforcement and analysis, and addressed to ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on June 9th—concluded that the law enforcement trips to Israel should be terminated in part because they were a source of “high controversy.” The...

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A Progressive Foreign Policy Response to the War in Ukraine

A Progressive Foreign Policy Response to the War in Ukraine

Progressive Democrats in Congress reacted to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week with calls for targeted sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his inner circle, a more generous US refugee policy, and a quicker transition to green energy (given the Russian economy’s reliance on oil and gas). One of the key figures advancing those ideas is Matt Duss, Sen. Bernie Sanders’s foreign policy adviser and a Ukrainian American whose father was born in a displaced person’s camp in Germany after his family fled armed conflict, famine, and Stalinist oppression. On Monday, I spoke...

Mar 2
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Ritchie Torres Is the Future of "Pro-Israel" Politics

Ritchie Torres Is the Future of "Pro-Israel" Politics

While lawmakers of color have challenged the Democratic consensus on Israel, the Bronx congressman has become a powerful voice for upholding the status quo. On May 13th, three days after Israel began its most recent bombing campaign of the Gaza Strip, a group of progressive legislators gathered on the floor of the House of Representatives for an unprecedented session. Dispersed across the mostly-empty chamber in accordance with Covid protocols, the lawmakers—including most members of the group of legislators of color known as “the Squad”—rose one by one to express a position that only...

Oct 21
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