Wednesday, 19 December 2018

The Coming of Age of Jewish Voice for Peace

The Growing Divorce Between American Jewry and the State of Israel

As Dan Shapiro, the former US Ambassador to Israel warned at a conference sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League: Divorcing the Diaspora: How Netanyahu Is Finally Writing Off U.S. Jews

“There is an idea that has some currency in certain circles around the Israeli government that says, ‘You know what, we can write off that segment of American Jewry because in a couple of generations their children or grandchildren will assimilate. So let’s focus on the Orthodox who are an important constituency but smaller. Let’s focus on Evangelicals, and we can sustain our support from the American public by focusing on those populations and writing off and being dismissive of Jewish progressives.’”

The growing atmosphere of antagonism between American Jewry, which detests Donald Trump and Israeli Jewry, which loves him, prompted the Jerusalem Post to ask, Has Netanyahu written off liberal US Jews?
One of the Jewish organisations which symbolises this divorce is the ever expanding Jewish Voice for Peace, which has over 70 chapters now in the USA.
The film above captures some of the highlights of this organisation

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