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.
Delegitimization of Israel