A Nice Jewish Boycott

Another of my blogposts is up at Zion Square, in which I take on Jeffrey Goldberg’s visceral distaste for boycotts of Jews. Here’s the opener:

Jeffrey Goldberg disapproves of my dietary choices. In a string of tweets criticizing Peter Beinart’s call for a selective boycott of the occupation, Goldberg says that although he’s been “arguing against settlements forever”, he still thinks “boycotting other Jews is a painful, unnatural act.” In a blog post, Goldberg explained that he finds “economic warfare targeting Jews so distasteful, for obvious historical reasons,” presumably alluding to the terrible history of anti-Semitic boycotts.

Trouble is, I’m practicing my own economic warfare against Jews—or rather, certain Jews. As an observant Jew with a bleeding heart, I try to eat out at only those restaurants with a Tav HaYosher, a seal of approval granted by the Orthodox social justice group Uri L’Tzedek to New York based kosher restaurants that observe labor laws.

In other words, when they don’t meet those standards, I boycott.

Go to Zion Square for more.

Zion Square Launches

The blog at which I work, Zion Square, launched this morning. The launch is pretty exhilarating, especially after months of preparatory work. You can read a post by my boss, Peter Beinart, explaining what Zion Square hopes to be and why it needs to exist. You can also look directly at the writing we’re featuring, including Gershom Gorenberg’s very sharp op-ed comparing current rhetoric around Iran to rhetoric before the 1967 war. I look forward to posting more Zion Square stuff here—potentially even pieces by me.