The Right-Wing Culture Wars Flare in Support of Israeli War Crimes

Marcuse’s “Repressive Tolerance” and The Israeli-Hamas War, 2023-2024

The right-wing’s accusations attempt to distort the rationale of recent student protests through a loaded deflection: They demand suitable negative sanctions be applied against student advocates of “genocidal antisemitism.” Given the demonstrations and confrontations on this issue, the students who were punished at Columbia, the progressive anti-Zionist group Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine, were opposing the Israeli occupation of Palestine and advocating ceasefire not genocidal antisemitism.
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Charles Reitz is a radical social and political philosopher who regularly contributes to the ongoing discussion and development of critical social theory and critical pedagogy. In 2019 his book “Ecology and Revolution: Herbert Marcuse and the Challenge of a New World System Today” was published by Routledge.

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