Peter Beinart and Daniel Gordis Face Off in Debate on Zionism

Tablet Magazine and the Columbia Current hosting New York City debate Wednesday Read More

By / May 1, 2012
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Wednesday night, Peter Beinart and Daniel Gordis will face off in a debate on Zionism. The free event, sponsored by Tablet Magazine and the Columbia Current, will be held at Columbia University’s Kraft Center at 7:30 p.m. Marc Tracy explains the match-up:

In this corner: Daniel Gordis, of Israel’s Shalem Center. He wrote a stinging rejoinder to Beinart’s call for “Zionist BDS,” a boycott of settlement-made products. He accused Beinart of naïveté—about Israel, about the Palestinians, and about Jewish power. He also blamed Beinart for ignoring history: “In Beinart-land, the past is a blank screen,” he wrote. “All that matters is the unbearable heaviness of being in the present.”

In the other corner: In his reply to Gordis’ polemic, he alleged that Gordis had played fast and loose with what Beinart actually wrote. “For Gordis to ignore passages like this (and there are plenty of others) and declare that I ‘detest’ Israel represents a blatant act of deception,” pleaded Beinart.

Refereeing: Tablet Magazine News & Politics editor Bari Weiss, who will ensure a good, clean, but robust fight.

We’ll see you there!