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Shira Robinson


The Problem of Privilege

[Eleanor Roosevelt and David Ben Gurion. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

“To believe in a democratic Jewish state today is to be caught between the jaws of a pincer,” writes Peter Beinart in his widely circulated and hotly debated op-ed. Indeed -- but it was ever thus. Today the pincer is not, as Beinart would have it, the incongruity of the “democratic Israel” inside the Green Line and the “undemocratic Israel” outside it. It is the discrepancy between the notions that Israel -- whether a Greater Israel encompassing West Bank settlements ...

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Shira Robinson


Shira Robinson is completing a book on the contradictions of liberal settler sovereignty in post-1948 Israel. She teaches history and international affairs at the George Washington University.