Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, author and journalist Max Blumenthal and Israeli activist Ronnie Barkan discussed the state of Israeli society at an event April 1 sponsored by Princeton University’s Seminarians for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land.

“I want to challenge this idea that Zionism represents an authentic expression of Judaism,” Blumenthal said during the panel’s question-and-answer session. “You constantly hear that from people who equate anti-Zionism to anti-Semitism. … Chris [Hedges] is talking about the Christian right redefining what it means to be a Christian, and warping it into something that’s in his view heretical. I see Zionism changing Judaism into something else.”

The Association of Charismatic Theological Students, the Student Government Association, the religion and society department, the Office of Multicultural Relations and Princeton University’s Committee on Palestine also sponsored the event. The title of the talk, which took place at Princeton, was taken from Blumenthal’s 2013 book about Israeli society amid Palestinian occupation.

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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