Sarah Rosenblatt @ Truthout - Taglit-Birthright, the premier program in Jewish-American Zionism for young adults, has sent 340,000, 18- to 25-year-old Jews to Israel on all-expenses paid, 10-day vacations since its inception in 1999. On their journey, participants consume all the riches of Jewish Israeli culture - the gorgeous landscape, spiritual holy places, chiseled soldiers - a perfectly painted blindfold that sits comfortably on their eager eyes, shielding them from the violent truths of their supposed "homeland." The Zionist indoctrination I experienced on the trip was far more insidious and violent than I had expected. Read more.
Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren told a room full of liberal activists on Saturday that the party needs to fully embrace polices such as higher taxes on the wealthy, wiping out student loan debt and criminal justice reform if they want to win the White House. Read more.