In memory of Adrienne Rich

I have just learned that Adrienne Rich, the renowned and brilliant feminist poet has died at the age of 82. 

I am not going to go on at length, here. But I want to say that I was proud to have called Adrienne a friend. She was one of the earliest supporters of both Jewish Voice for Peace and my own work as an analyst and writer on Middle East matters.

Adrienne supported JVP financially, and me personally. Her thinking, her support and her criticism meant a lot to JVP’s and my early growth.

All that is aside from her brilliant work as a feminist and political thinker.

She was a woman of bravery, frankness, grace and warmth. I am a better person for having known her, and feel privileged to have not only read her work but to have called her a friend. She will be missed.

Restoring Israeli Political Discourse

This week’s Souciant pieceis up. In it, I look at what was perhaps the high point for me of this year’s J Street conference, the words of new Meretz chairwoman, Zehava Gal-

Meretz chairwoman, Zehava Gal-On

On. Meretz has been reduced to a tiny party in the Knesset, but a voice as powerful and clear as Gal-On’s really does have the potential to start shifting Israeli discourse away from its current, fascist direction.