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Apply for a Blog Aug 17, 2019, 2:18 AM Bibi Loves BDS When Netanyahu blocked visas for Omar and Tlaib, I was appalled and also genuinely confused -- because whatever one might say about Bibi, I have never heard anyone say that he was stupid, and this decision just seemed remarkably... Dec 11, 2018, 1:52 AM Does BDS have anything to do with Israel? In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, Michelle Goldberg argues that anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism, and that American Jews need not fear the recent influx of some vocal critics of Israel into the halls of congress. Goldberg's piece... Apr 29, 2018, 11:30 PM Liberal Zionism, Renewed I am a liberal Zionist, which I take to mean that I understand and honor the history of Islam, and at the same time I support the State of Israel and its right to exist in a dangerous Middle... May 6, 2017, 12:08 AM Featured Post Bernie Sanders and the Boundaries of the Conversation The US senator is willing to be evenhanded in pursuing reason as a guide to political conversation Nov 20, 2016, 6:59 AM Trump and History One morning, as a child, I walked upstairs in my grandparents' house and found a camera.  I was fascinated by its mechanical precision. As a physical object, it inspired awe in me. Some adult -- I can't remember who... Nov 14, 2015, 12:12 PM Code Words Americans often complain about a lack of political cooperation and civil dialog. The one thing that people on the Left and Right seem to agree on is the fact that we can’t talk these days. And that it's the other guy's... Aug 14, 2015, 7:55 PM Political Correctness, Academic Relevance and Israel There have been a steady stream of articles coming out lately, which can broadly be grouped in two streams: Left and Right. On the Right, we hear repeatedly that "Political Correctness" is killing dialog on college campuses. To this line... Jun 30, 2015, 7:02 PM Gay Marriage and Israel Just a couple of observations about the Supreme Court ruling One is, I know a lot of my friends are in more liberal areas, and I totally understand the celebration thing. In Texas, though, this feels more urgent than anywhere.... Mar 8, 2015, 5:46 AM Are You a Good Jew or a Bad Jew? This question has been through many historical versions.  A thousand years ago, being a good Jew meant being willing to convert to Christianity, that is, to stop being a Jew. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, being a good... Nov 10, 2014, 11:12 PM Walls in Berlin and the West Bank For all the things to complain about in the media, anniversaries are something that they do well. Of course, it’s somewhat arbitrary to say that at a certain number of years, a round number, we will reflect on an important... Load more About Me Michael Saenger is an Associate Professor of English at Southwestern University and the author of two books and the editor of another. He has been a Finalist for the Southwestern Teaching Award, and he has given talks on cultural history in Europe, Israel and North America.