ON THE PROGRESSIVE DISCOURSE

Trend Detector No. 12

Written by Daphna Kaufman


INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY


This Trend Monitor covers the two-week period between April 4 – April 17, 2021, focusing on events and discourse affecting Jewish and pro-Israel positioning in U.S. progressive communities. Key observations within this time period include:

  • The phenomenon of ‘erasing’ Jewish narratives, identity, and agency based on a designation of Jews within a ‘white oppressor’ category is happening, it is getting noticed, and is starting to be addressed. A side effect of this erasure, a ‘de-exceptionalization’ of the Jewish experience, manifested in the past two weeks challenging Jewish communal work defining and combating anti-Semitism. It also aligns with a foreign policy emphasis on equitable application of human rights principles through the categorical prisms prevalent in progressive politics.

  • In progressive politics, the past two weeks have shown Democratic Party elements increasing willing to ‘take on’ Israel.

  • The headline on Jewish community dynamics calls attention to a perceived increasing centrality, in discourse and in positioning, of J Street.

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2021-04-20

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Delegitimization of Israel

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