"Engage" takes on left anti-semitism
They now intend to continue the website, and they hope to "build it into an authoritative, global focus for the political and intellectual fight against left antisemitism" (and anti-Zionism, etc.). (For a reminder, see below.) Actually, they address these and related phenomena in the broadest terms, but with a special focus on their manifestations in circles that consider themselves "progressive."
I think this is an important and worthwhile enterprise (and, therefore, I was happy to accept an invitation to join the board of "Advisory Editors.") A lot of substantial and high-quality pieces appear regularly on the "Engage" website, so I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in these issues--and, frankly, these are issues that should be of interest and concern to everyone.
("Engage" could also use some donations to cover expenses, if any of you is feeling generous and/or public-spirited.)
=> Furthermore, I want to mention that around the middle of November David Hirsh will be giving several talks & colloquia in New York City, New Haven, and Montreal. Here is his mini-bio from the "Engage" website:
David Hirsh, the Editor of Engage, is a lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He wrote Law against Genocide: Cosmopolitan Trials (GlassHouse 2004), which won the BSA Philip Abrams Prize for the best first book in sociology in 2004. David is currently working on antisemitism and anti-Zionism; nationalism and cosmopolitanism; cosmopolitan and international law; human rights; ethnic cleansing and genocide; Israel/Palestine and fundamentalism. David played a leading role in the campaign to reverse the AUT boycott of Israeli universities.
I know that his colloquium at the City University of New York / Graduate Center is scheduled for Friday, November 11. When I have more complete information about this and his other colloquia, I will pass it on. (Yes, I know that some of you are very far from the northeastern US ... but, at the very least, you might be able to spread the word to people who would be nearby and interested in attending.)
Yours in struggle,