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Is Progressive Zionism Possible? A Conversation with Maya Haber and Professor Zachary Lockman

From Ella Israeli ’17:

If you are thinking any of the following things:

Zionism can NOT be progressive.
Of course Zionism is progressive!
I’m not sure if Zionism can be progressive.
WTF is Zionism?!
I don’t care about Zionism but everybody talks about it so I should
probably jump on this band wagon.
OR anything in between-

Join us in an exploration of the idea of progressive Zionism through a moderated discussion with Professor Zachary Lockman, a Middle Eastern Studies expert from NYU, and Maya Haber, the Director of Programming and Development at Partners for Progressive Israel. Our very own Professor Magda Teter, chair of the History Department and Jewish studies expert, will moderate.

Date: Wed, April 29
Time: 8 PM
Place: Allbritton 311
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Anarchists Against the Wall: The Soldier and the Refusenik

soldier and refuse

Justine ‘Juniper’ Mitchell ’15 invites you to confront settler colonialism and get down tomorrow afternoon:

Eran and Maya, two Jewish Israeli citizens from Anarchists Against the Wall and Boycott from Within will be at Wesleyan this Tuesday to discuss their direct action tactics and activism in in the West Bank as well as their efforts to educate the Israeli public about the occupation.

Growing up in Jerusalem, both Eran and Maya became critical of the occupation and injustices against Palestinian people. After serving in the IDF Eran joined Breaking the Silence and published testimonies from IDF soldiers. His investigative reports have appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Guardian.

Maya on the other hand refused to serve in the IDF and was thus sentenced to military prison and detention. After her release she co-led the feminist alternative education program New Profile, guided political tours in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and worked with Rabbis for Human Rights.

Check out their website here.


  • Date: TOMORROW, Tuesday, November 5
  • Time: 5:00pm
  • Place: PAC 002
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Judith Butler, Judaism and Israel, and Free Speech

In case you haven’t heard from your critical theory-lovin’ friends, noted post-structuralist Judith Butler is coming to campus this Wednesday (4:00pm in Memorial Chapel), speaking in a pumped-up, academic-celebrity installment of the Center for the Humanities’ Monday Night lecture series. There was widespread excitement about her visit long before the topic of her speech was announced. But Butler, who once taught at Wesleyan, now has a new and quite different project underfoot, one that deals with an aspect of her own identity apart from gender: the difficult questions of Jewish identity and the Israeli state.

When she arrives here, she’ll still be hot off the heels of a controversy at CUNY-funded Brooklyn College, where prominent pro-Israel Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and a “battalion of New York lawmakers” threatened to cut the campus’s funding if the president refused to capitulate on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions panel at which she was speaking, according to Salon.

Fortunately, with the blessing of many significant political figures, including Mayor Bloomberg, Butler ended up being allowed to speak after all on February 8th, but she modified her words to address the controversy. Butler is a professor of rhetoric as well as comparative literature, and she added to her speech remarks addressing the not-already-converted:

Some of My Best Friends Are Zionists: Documentary screening & discussion with director Bruce Robbins

The Wesleyan Students for Justice in Palestine are kicking the year off with a short documentary. Come through for what looks to be a thought-provoking event:

A documentary film about American Jews who 
take an independent line on Israel and the Middle East.

A documentary film about American Jews who
take an independent line on Israel and the Middle East.
The center of the film is the story of how people changed
their minds: what they were told about Israel and their
Jewish identity as they were growing up, what they went
through as they started looking at things differently, what
Israel and Jewish identity mean to them now. The moral
of the story is that people CAN change their minds– not
something that has been obvious on this issue.

Screening and discussion with director hosted by
Wesleyan Students for Justice in Palestine.

Date: Today(te)
Time: 5:00pm
Movie Theater: PAC 001