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Mira Sucharov

Associate Professor of Political Science, Carleton University

Mira Sucharov is Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa. She is the author <em>of The International Self: Psychoanalysis and the Search for Israeli-Palestinian Peace</em>, and is a frequent media commentator on Middle East affairs.
Meet the Broadway Composer With a Hassidic

Meet the Broadway Composer With a Hassidic Soul

Composer Marvin Hamlisch, who died recently, may be the last of the Broadway-Hollywood composers with a Hassidic soul. Hamlisch wasn't Hassidic of course -- he grew up in a Reform Temple and didn't appear to be particularly observant. But at its core, Hamlisch's search for the perfect melody calls up the emotional and connective power of a good tune that the Hassidic tradition knows so much about.
08/30/2012 01:00 EDT

Israel's "Pinkwashing" Is Not Whitewashing

It is with great fascination that I have been watching the latest round of the Israel "pinkwashing" debate unfold -- whereby the Israeli army supposedly draws attention to its relative openness to gays to conceal its continuing violation of Palestinians' human rights.
06/19/2012 08:02 EDT
We Are All Part of the Jewish

We Are All Part of the Jewish Establishment

If you aren't sure whether you are part of the "Jewish establishment," I submit to you: Do you belong to a synagogue? Do you send your kids to Jewish camp? Jewish school? Do you work out at the JCC? Do you donate to the Jewish Federation?
06/01/2012 11:20 EDT
It's Tough to be a Liberal Zionist These

It's Tough to be a Liberal Zionist These Days

If relative silence on morally indefensible Israeli policies like the settlements is indeed because liberal Zionism is becoming less popular, I hereby urge my fellow Diaspora Jews to come clean: If you believe in Israel, what kind of Israel do you believe in? And if you have stopped believing in Israel, what would it take to get your Israel back?
05/05/2012 09:47 EDT
Boycott (Some)

Boycott (Some) Jews?

Peter Beinart's recent <em>New York Times</em> op-ed calling for a boycott of settlement products is predictably generating much pushback. But boycotting the settlements might allow those of us who oppose the occupation a new and more finely honed expression of our Jewish identity.
03/28/2012 08:05 EDT
Debating a Man's Life in 140 Character or

Debating a Man's Life in 140 Character or Less

As Khader Adnan, the Palestinian prisoner held in Israeli administrative detention, ends his 66-day hunger strike, the conversation during these last few days (especially on Twitter) was made all the more tense by the fact that Adnan's death seemed imminent.
02/26/2012 12:05 EST
It Lifta'd My

It Lifta'd My Spirits

Recently the Jerusalem District Court issued a long-awaited ruling: What remains of Lifta, the last undestroyed Palestinian village, will stay untouched. It was on a visit last June to Lifta where I encountered a random mix of individuals, one that represented to me the fissures of conflict while revealing some possible compromises.
02/19/2012 01:23 EST
Reviving the Israel Song Festival Means More Than

Reviving the Israel Song Festival Means More Than Music

When we think about artistic expressions that are not directly tethered to the demands of the commercial market, something amazing can occur. As we know, in politics, hearts and minds matter, suggesting important potential links between collective longings and policy directions.
01/20/2012 05:33 EST
Four People Who Changed My Thinking in

Four People Who Changed My Thinking in 2011

By way of bidding farewell to 2011, I'm reflecting on the people I've encountered this year. If Jewish ethics through Pirkei Avot instructs us to "make for yourself a teacher, and acquire for yourself a friend," I am all the richer because of the people I have met.
12/31/2011 09:45 EST
One Jewish Leader's

One Jewish Leader's Protest

Whether to pull a seat up to the table and evoke change from within or protest and try to bring change from the outside is something we should all regularly be asking ourselves in whatever capacities we operate communally. It is also a question with which I personally and frequently grapple.
12/29/2011 07:30 EST
Progressive Jews Can Love Israel; Religious Jews Can Love

Progressive Jews Can Love Israel; Religious Jews Can Love Peace

Instead of a person's values coming to carefully inform one's opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, what I'm seeing is the reflexive taking of sides. What could be a very fruitful discussion about values, ethics and policy instead comes to resemble a boxing ring, with everyone in their corners primed to fight.
11/23/2011 12:25 EST
The Line Between Bigotry and Fair Cultural

The Line Between Bigotry and Fair Cultural Critique

Why, when I see other cultures being critiqued, I sometimes bristle, while at other times I welcome it as thoughtful analysis? Because employing a measure of tastefulness and mindfulness and listening to others makes all the difference.
11/08/2011 09:18 EST
Gilad Shalit: The Value of it

Gilad Shalit: The Value of it All

When "we" stop congratulating ourselves for how much we honour and value human life, so much so that we are willing to risk future soldier abductions and terrorist attacks for bringing the captured Jewish boy home, can we try to think more deeply and honestly about how best to honour those values?
10/26/2011 09:08 EDT
What's at Stake in Recognizing a Jewish

What's at Stake in Recognizing a Jewish State?

Simple game theory shows that the drive for perceived "fairness" in outcomes can leave players much worse off than they would otherwise be if they could swallow some of their pride.
10/10/2011 12:35 EDT
What Does The Shofar Call You To

What Does The Shofar Call You To Do?

While we are enjoying the dog days of summer, we are also in Elul, the final month of the Jewish calendar -- one of traditional personal reflection. One synagogue asks on Twitter: WDSCU2D?
09/12/2011 12:25 EDT
Israel's Tent Protests: Whose 'Social

Israel's Tent Protests: Whose 'Social Justice'?

In my opinion, the Israeli cost-of-living tent protests are not necessarily about the broadest reaches of social justice. They are confined to how Israelis want their own society to be ordered. And whatever the borders of the Jewish state, Israel must not sacrifice democracy on the altar of ethnicity.
08/08/2011 06:55 EDT
Dilemmas of a Diaspora Peace

Dilemmas of a Diaspora Peace Marcher

Isn't there some claim that diaspora Jews have on Israel (and its policies) that grants them a certain moral right to be part of the national conversation?
06/29/2011 09:00 EDT