Entries by Dov Waxman

Can Israel Be a Democracy for All?

In my latest article, published in Dissent Magazine, I discuss the massive protest movement that has grown in Israel to stop the Netanyahu government’s attempted judicial coup, and what it should do to really ‘save’ Israeli democracy: “Can Israel Be a Democracy for All?” https://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/can-israel-be-a-democracy-for-all

New journal article: “Arguing about Antisemitism: Why we disagree about antisemitism, and what we can do about it”

Antisemitism has returned as a major issue across the Western world. But while concern about antisemitism is growing, agreement on what constitutes antisemitism is shrinking. Nowadays, charges of antisemitism are hotly disputed, often accompanied by accusations of bad faith, particularly when they concern criticisms of Israel or anti-Zionism. In this article, co-authored with Adam Hosein […]

Diaspora Jewry: Past & Present

My conversation with Professor Derek Penslar, the William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History at Harvard University, about the changing relationship between Diaspora Jews and Israel. This conversation was hosted by Holy Blossom Temple, in York, Canada, on November 12, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n7LSwy9Y3Q

Identity/Crisis Podcast: The Conflict About the Conflict

The American Jewish community is being pulled apart by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both the left and the right are driving the debate to extremes, pushing the majority of Jews in the center to disengage. Yehuda Kurtzer and Dov Waxman examine this shift, and ask if the positions of the new Jewish left are still compatible with liberal […]

Finding New Ways to Write About and Grapple With Israel

I reviewed three new books on Israel for The New York Times Book Review: “Can We Talk about Israel? A Guide for the Curious, Confused, and Conflicted” by Daniel Sokatch, “Haifa Republic: A Democratic Future for Israel” by Omri Boehm, and “Twelve Tribes: Promise and Peril in the New Israel” by Ethan Michaeli.