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avatar A. Jay Adler
A. Jay Adler did his graduate studies at Columbia University and is currently Adjunct Professor of English at California State University, Dominguez Hills and Lecturer in English at El Camino College. He is also contributing poetry editor at West Magazine. Adler writes in all genres, including poetry, drama, screenwriting, fiction, and essay. His journalism has appeared in DoubleTake and Tikkun, his essays on film in Bright Lights Film Journal, Senses of Cinema, and The Fortnightly Review, and his writing on Native America has been anthologized in Global Viewpoints: Indigenous Peoples. Adler is the featured writer in the forthcoming issue of Footnote: a Journal of Literary History. He blogs on politics, ideas, and culture at the sad red earth. His most recent writing on Israel, "Academic Boycotts and Re-Colonization by Theory," appears at Scholars for Peace in The Middle East.

ARTICLES BY: A. Jay Adler


April 3, 2014 6:27 am
3

The Third Narrative: Not So Third, Not a Narrative, Not New

I regret to say that a fair number of people I respect (and some not so much) have signed on to a statement about the...

February 11, 2014 1:43 am
14

A Misguided Argument About Anti-Semitism

In the Wall Street Journal of February 3, Harvard's Ruth R. Wisse published an Op-Ed titled "The Dark Side of the War on 'the One...

December 30, 2013 8:25 am
10

Wrong on Both Counts: Academic Boycotts and Israel

Statements rejecting calls for an academic boycott of Israel, such as that recently resolved by the academic American Studies Association, generally resort fully only to...

September 9, 2013 9:45 am
2

Forgetfulness is a Chemical Weapon

Something fails to fire. Across the synaptic gap, neurotransmission falls short. For only a moment or forever, we cease to remember - -- "as if," Billy...

July 25, 2013 7:58 am
3

Helen Thomas and Oedipus

On CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday morning, new host David Folkenflik hosted three female journalists, including Judy Woodruff, Ann Compton, and Candy Crowley in considering the...

July 12, 2013 6:35 am
3

‘Blowback’ and the Rhetoric of Revenge

Terror apologia begins by denying the very meaning of the word terrorism, but slyly redirects the charge at the Western nations that use the word....

June 20, 2013 6:30 am
7

“It goes without saying”: the Further Rhetoric of Terrorist Apologia

When the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, then with Salon, interviewed Rene Brulin in 2010, the purpose of the conversation was to discuss Brulin's research into the...

June 10, 2013 8:27 am
2

The United States of Securitopia

How bad is the administration's defense of its just revealed telephone and internet surveillance programs? Pretty bad. Mind you, that question does not address the programs themselves....

June 3, 2013 1:44 am
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Notes Toward a Terror Apologist’s Rhetoric (Abridged but Unexpurgated)

You have probably noticed that an enormous amount of public debate is repetition. It gets to the point - you hear the same arguments often...

May 17, 2013 8:20 am
1

Drones and the Human Agency of War

Joshua Foust has written at Foreign Policy a misleadingly titled essay, "A Liberal Case for Drones." I think there is such a case, but this...

May 3, 2013 9:07 am
3

A Campaign of Willful Blindness on Terrorism

On April 15, 2013 at 2:49 p.m. two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Most of us know the details, more...

April 23, 2013 1:52 pm
7

The Boston Marathon Bombing and America’s So-Called Faith Privilege

The Boston Marathon bombing provoked enactment of what has emerged, since 9/11, as a ritual of political theater refined even beyond its long history of...

February 22, 2013 10:32 am
6

Lessons from Brooklyn College BDS, Barghouti, and Butler

Reader and correspondent David Lurie has directed me to some not well-publicized revelations about the Brooklyn College BDS event. To begin, the campus BDS chapter...

February 15, 2013 12:29 am
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Response to Judith Butler at Brooklyn College

The ironic and the disingenuous are kin. Their commonality resides in a gap, which is the distance between what is said and something else. With...

Culture

Members of India’s ‘Lost Tribe’ of Jews Visit Auschwitz for the First Time

JNS.org - Members of India’s so-called “lost tribe” of Jews visited Auschwitz...

Features

Israeli Pre-Military Academy ‘Breaks You and Builds You Anew’

JNS.org - “Put your hands behind your back and get on your knees,” 19-year-old Noam Ohayon told me. I complied. “Now fall forward...

After Massive Diaspora Response, Israel’s Raging Fires Come Under Control

JNS.org - Improving weather conditions, a massive influx of support from the international community...

Baptist Pastor Unearths His Father’s Holocaust Heroism in Wartime Diaries

JNS.org -- Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds never spoke about his experiences as a prisoner...

World

Europe Police Reveal Which Nations ISIS Could Target Next

The Islamic State group is likely to carry out new attacks in the European Union in the near future, probably targeting countries that are members of the US-led coalition fighting...

Israel

Jewish Agency, Boston Philanthropies Distribute Aid to Haifa Fire Victims

JNS.org - The heads of the Jewish Agency and Boston’s Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) visited Haifa Wednesday to distribute aid funds to victims of last week’s wildfires. “In these trying times, the...

Middle East

Senior Tehran Cleric Calls for ‘Retaliation’ After US Senate Ba...

“Now is the time for retaliation,” a senior Iranian cleric told worshippers in Tehran on Friday, following the US Senate’s...

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