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Bradley Burston

Israel's Election: Sea Change, or Mood Swing?

Jim Sleeper | Posted 03.27.2013 | Home
Jim Sleeper

It's a seemingly unbreakable and doomed logic -- Netanyahu's logic -- and most Israelis have been sunk in it since the massive wave of suicide bombings in the middle of the last decade.

The Only Israel Boycott That's Actually Working

Bradley Burston | Posted 04.07.2012 | Home
Bradley Burston

When the war with Iran is over, and the only things left here are cockroaches and Migron, this government will still have the only thing it's ever really needed: Someone else to blame.

Israel's Netanyahu, The Man Who Can't Lose -- Or Can He?

Bradley Burston | Posted 03.13.2012 | Home
Bradley Burston

The clue to Benjamin Netanyahu is the smile. The more that the broken line of the lips relaxes, the more the eyes turn torn, guarded, distantly hostile, a combination lock on a fortune of pain and dread.

If You Could See Israel Naked

Bradley Burston | Posted 03.03.2012 | Home
Bradley Burston

If we could see the Jewish world naked, we might well see a new Judaism emerging this new year, stripped of xenophobia and 19th century clothes for 21st century issues. In the long run, it could save the Jewish people from extinction. If we're lucky, it could save Israel as well.

When Jews in Berkeley Vote to Cut Support for Israel

Bradley Burston | Posted 02.08.2012 | Home
Bradley Burston

Last week, when the Berkeley Jewish Student Union voted to bar J Street's student organization from membership, the message it sent was regrettably clear: The choice is up to you -- you can be welcomed as a Jew, or you can speak your mind on Israel.

Over Netanyahu's New Israel, the B.S. Light Is On

Bradley Burston | Posted 01.29.2012 | Home
Bradley Burston

Like the apocryphal 50 words for snow, the Hebrew language is rich in synonyms for something south of honesty. But nothing in the ancient lexicon quite fits the Black Flagging campaign.

Come Visit Israel. Before It's Gone.

Bradley Burston | Posted 01.23.2012 | Home
Bradley Burston

It was a place where there was an overriding belief that democracy was sacred, that minority rights should be respected more and more, rather than less and ultimately not at all.

Iran Wins

Bradley Burston | Posted 01.11.2012 | Home
Bradley Burston

The same question, wherever you turn. In a hundred accents, at the green grocer's, the dentist's, the college library, the gym. From garage to synagogue, the question doesn't change: Will we attack Iran?

What Does 'Death to Israel' Mean to You?

Bradley Burston | Posted 01.07.2012 | Home
Bradley Burston

If progressives cannot see Israelis as people, if they -- we -- cannot summon up the same compassion and concern for unarmed combatants on both sides of a battle front, it's time they checked their ideology for holes.

The New U.S. Zionist: Israel-bashing, Made Kosher

Bradley Burston | Posted 12.26.2011 | Home
Bradley Burston

Israel-bashing is not what it used to be. In fact, Israel-bashing is not what it was a week ago. The difference is Gilad Shalit.

Israel, the Jewish New Year: Lord, Rescue Us From Ourselves

Bradley Burston | Posted 11.26.2011 | Home
Bradley Burston

On the High Holidays when I was small, Jews wore clothes they were not comfortable in, in order to ask themselves questions they were not comfortable with. Some things don't change.

Ten Reasons Palestine Is Right to Bring its Case to the UN

Bradley Burston | Posted 11.19.2011 | Home
Bradley Burston

In the past, Abbas has shown himself both a man unafraid to gamble, and, against all odds, one who knows how to turn a crapshoot to advantage. Here are ten reasons that his Hail Mary route at the UN may succeed after all.

In Israel, the Future Can Come Down to Just One Night

Bradley Burston | Posted 11.06.2011 | Home
Bradley Burston

How can you tell if a revolution is real? When this all started, I had no idea. But I kept going to the tent camps and to the marches until I learned.

Not Jewish Enough for Glenn Beck -- Nor Israeli Enough

Bradley Burston | Posted 10.22.2011 | Media
Bradley Burston

This has been a summer of astonishments. So it probably should have come as no surprise that Tel Aviv's sudden tent city should have drawn the impossi...

Terrorism, Racism, and the Idea That Israelis Are People, Too

Bradley Burston | Posted 10.25.2011 | Home
Bradley Burston

When opposition to Israeli policies crosses the line into hatred and dark stereotyping of Israelis as a whole, does this not constitute racism?

In an Israel Reborn, a Glimpse of a New Israeli

Bradley Burston | Posted 10.11.2011 | Home
Bradley Burston

What if, in choosing the Israel we want Israel to become, ordinary people decided they could no longer wait?

Using Amy Winehouse to Slam Israel, Norway Dead to Club Muslims

Bradley Burston | Posted 09.30.2011 | Home
Bradley Burston

I just listened to a version of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by Amy Winehouse, may her memory be for a blessing. Every note, every better-than-perfect ...

The Middle Class Anarchists of Israel's Tent City Revolution

Bradley Burston | Posted 09.28.2011 | Home
Bradley Burston

This revolution is ostensibly about affordable housing. However, it is about much, much more than that. It's about whether people can actually live in a place like this.

Israel's New Boycott Law: The Quiet Sound of Going Fascist

Bradley Burston | Posted 09.14.2011 | Home
Bradley Burston

This is the one. Don't let what we here like to call the relative calm, fool you. When the Knesset passed the boycott law Monday night, it changed the history of the state of Israel.

This Time, Israel Can Pass the Test of the Gaza Flotilla

Bradley Burston | Posted 08.31.2011 | Home
Bradley Burston

Friends of Israel, countries and individuals that sincerely wish Israelis well, should send a message this week: Mr. Netanyahu, Mr. Barak, for your sake, for Israel's sake, let the flotilla sail to Gaza.

Bob Dylan, It Turns Out, Lives in Israel

Bradley Burston | Posted 08.27.2011 | Entertainment
Bradley Burston

Like any true rebbe, certainly like Shlomo Carlebach, Bob Dylan is spectacularly flawed. But like any true rebbe, he has worlds to teach us about ourselves and this life, and we know this much: we are simply not going to get this stuff from anyone else.

Vexed Over Obama, Israel, Death of Mideast Peace? Go Ask Mark Zuckerberg

Bradley Burston | Posted 08.10.2011 | Home
Bradley Burston

It's taken me three weeks, 6,000 miles, and Mark Zuckerberg, to finally get what Benjamin Netanyahu was telling Barack Obama -- and the world -- in Washington those six days in May.

For Palestinians, Every Day is Nakba Day

Bradley Burston | Posted 07.23.2011 | Home
Bradley Burston

There will be those who argue that Jews owe Palestinians nothing in connection with the Nakba. Not true. At the very least, on Nakba Day and every other, Jews owe Palestinians what Jews demand of Palestinians.

Proud to Be an American

Bradley Burston | Posted 07.03.2011 | Home
Bradley Burston

A long, long night is coming to an end. We are waking to a new day for the world. We are waking to a new day for America. For the entire lifetimes o...

This Passover, We Need The Wicked Child More Than Ever

Bradley Burston | Posted 06.18.2011 | Religion
Bradley Burston

Some of us wince as we read the passage on the Rashah, some of us mumble, some of us skip it altogether. Yet, we do it.