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A Progressive Tower of Babel is being built

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In January 2016, I was elected President and CEO of The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), a 70-year-old Jewish advocacy group and community relations umbrella organization for the American Jewish Community. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency published my opinion piece on my first day. The Anti-Israel Trend You’ve Never Heard Of, in which I argued that the progressive doctrine of “intersectionality” was a danger to the Jewish community.

“If a group sees itself as oppressed,” I wrote, “it will see Israel as part of the dominant power structure doing the oppressing, and Palestinians as fellow victims. The oppressed will be more open to joining the forces of the [anti-Israeli] BDS [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions] movement.” Regrettably, the dangers I warned about in that article have come to pass.

A definition of “intersectionality” published by Oregon State University.

My article was noticed by many within the Jewish community. This led to the publication of several opinions pieces that criticized me. Ignorant Jews of the Left, who consider intersectionality a cornerstone for progressive politics, were furious. In New Voices, a magazine for young Jewish adults, Chloe Sobel responded, “Intersectionality is valuable not because it can make Israel…



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