Jennifer Loewenstein

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Jennifer Loewenstein is politically active in Madison, Wisconsin, and writes as a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in academic journals such as The Journal of Palestine Studies,[1] and she is a regular contributor to CounterPunch magazine.


Loewenstein lived in Israel in 1963 as a child when her father played first trumpet in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. She returned in 1981 as a junior in college, and later as an adult. Loewenstein has lived in Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut and traveled in the Palestinian Territories, where she worked for five months in 2002 at the Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza City. She has returned to Gaza several times since then.[citation needed]


Loewenstein is a member of the USA board of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and founder of the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project.[2][3] As a local political activist, she has helped organize demonstrations in Madison. On the day after Ariel Sharon's election as Prime Minister of Israel, she was among the organizers of an anti-Likud demonstration.[4] She helped organize protests against the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq,[5] and she occasionally makes arrangements for political activists or journalists to speak at American universities.[6]

The proposed Madison-Rafah Sister City Project occasioned an "anguished and bruising debate" in Madison.[7][8] During the debate, Loewenstein called the executive board of the Madison Jewish Community Council "deeply racist." [7] Board Member Lester Pines alleged that Loewenstein's project was part of a "movement to delegitimize the state of Israel." [7]

Loewenstein charges Israel with being responsible for "the dehumanization and destruction of an entire people," [9] writing that:


Loewenstein traveled to the Gaza Strip soon after the end of the Second Intifada, where she wrote for the Palestine Chronicle. Her description of the aftermath of the Israeli rocket attack that killed Salah Shehade criticized Israel for its collateral slaying of 14 civilians.[14] She has written that Israel has little interest in peace owing to its military and strategic advantage over the Palestinians, and is characterizes Israeli policy as "racist". [10][15]

Loewenstein was outspoken about Operation Cast Lead and American coverage of the event. This prompted a vitriolic response from conservative activist David Horowitz, who called her an "ignoramus and a moral defective", a "self-hating Jew" and a "capo." Horowitz has stated that Loewenstein represents a Western fifth column of "Islamic barbarism" that endangers America and Israel. [16]


  1. ^ Apr 2007, Vol. 36, No. 3: 23–35
  2. ^ Madison-Rafah Sister City Project
  3. ^ Midwest city feels conflict in the Mideast close to home |
  4. ^ Samara Kalk (February 8, 2001). "ACTIVISTS HERE LABEL ISRAEL'S SHARON A THUG". The Capital Times (Madison, WI).
  5. ^ . The Capital Times (Madison, WI). March 20, 2004. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Robert Fisk (2002). Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon. p. 685.
  7. ^ a b c Judith David (July 7, 2004). "Rafah Debate Anguished, Bruising". The Capital Times. p. 1C.
  8. ^ Jo Napolitano (May 29, 2004). "Proposal to Adopt a Palestinian City as a 'Sister' Creates a Family Feud for Madison". New York Times. p. A10.
  9. ^ M. Junaid Alam: The Wolf Who Cried Wolf
  10. ^ a b Jennifer Loewenstein (March 3, 2008). "The Day the Earth and Sky Traded Places - Gazan Holocaust". Counterpunch. Archived from the original on July 7, 2009.
  11. ^ "Casualties Mount in New Israeli Attack on Gaza". Democracy Now!.
  12. ^ The Pathology of Jewish Anti-Semitism [incl. Shlomo Sand and Richard Falk] by Steven Plaut, FrontPage Magazine (reprinted in Campus Watch), February 16, 2010
  13. ^ Shemer, Ze'ev. Israel: And the Palestinian Nightmare, Bloomington, IN: iUniverse 2010, page 129. (Available online.)
  14. ^ Alden, Chris (July 24, 2002). "What the papers say". London:
  15. ^ "Casualties Mount in New Israeli Attack on Gaza". Democracy Now!.
  16. ^ The War Against the Jews by David Horowitz

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