119 Colourful Recommendations

Following in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, I witnessed Jewish organisations (mostly in America, but also in the UK) taking a public stance on anti-black racism almost immediately and standing in solidarity with their fellow black communities. In doing so, what became especially apparent is that there is an overlap in these… Continue reading 119 Colourful Recommendations

Beyond double loyalties

What I find generally very difficult to explain – and also what people find hard to hear – is that there are antisemitic tropes that are used by both white supremacists (no surprise there) but also by leftist intersectional anti-racists. One stubborn trope is the issue of double loyalty, loosely defined by ‘you say you… Continue reading Beyond double loyalties

Shared Legacies

In conversations on identity politics and the position of Jews within it, I have often thrown in some form of ‘let’s not compare too much with the US’. Since the European context is socially and historically quite different, we should not import uncritically the American discourse into our conversations here. Still, when previewing documentaries for… Continue reading Shared Legacies

The Racism Quiz

A mere few days after the Dutch elections, the first Racism Quiz and Knowledge Test aired on public television. Two enthused quiz masters, joined by a panel of six celebrities in the studio, answering and commenting on the questions at hand. This is not a test to check just how racist you are, we were… Continue reading The Racism Quiz

A perfect writing challenge

The misconception that lies at the base of Jewish exclusion in anti-racism movements is the persistent presumption that Jews are white, part of the establishment and thus not marginalized in any profound way. This is an incredibly dense argument, leading to unfortunate situations in which Jewish organisations rarely show solidarity with anti-racism movements, while anti-racism… Continue reading A perfect writing challenge

Election advice

Like every time with elections upcoming, the Dutch Jewish scene is considering its options. Its main focal point: which political party is good for the Jews? This has come to mean: how do political parties rank when it comes to Israel, antisemitism and specific religious issues (in that order). Today, voting advice has become a… Continue reading Election advice

An ode to Jewish cookies

It is the week of Jewish Purim celebration and of hamantaschen baking. My condensed version of the Jewish holiday is: they tried to get rid of us, we overcame, we baked cookies, now let’s eat. Cookies as the ultimate Jewish agency. This week stirred also another Jewish cookie tale. The Davelaar bakery announced to the… Continue reading An ode to Jewish cookies