Following up on its 2009 campaign comparing diaspora intermarriers to kidnapping victims, the Netanyahu government is now running PSAs warning Israelis living abroad against the dangers of marrying American Jews. In this ad, the American Jewish family Skypes with grandparents in Israeli, who are sitting in front of a Chanukah menorah. When grandma asks the little girl what holiday it is, she shouts, “Christmas!”, prompting garment-rending. I don’t always agree with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, but he gets this exactly right: I don’t think I have ever seen a demonstration of Israeli contempt for American Jews as obvious as these ads. I understand the impulse behind them: Israel wants as many of its citizens as possible to live in Israel. This is not an abnormal desire. But the way it is expressed, in wholly negative terms, is somewhat appalling. How about, “Hey, come back to Israel, because our unemployment rate is half that of the … [Read more...] about Netanyahu to Israeli Jews: Don’t Marry Americans
Opinion I am a daughter of a lost civilization. My mother was born in Libya, and my father is from Yemen. Most of the world knows the history of the Jews of Europe, which culminated in the Holocaust, where one-third of the world's Jewish population was wiped out. But less known or spoken about is the other half of world Jewry, which came from North Africa, the Middle East, and Iran. These were the world's oldest Jewish communities outside of Israel—some, like the communities in Iraq and Yemen, dating back thousands of years. This may seem strange in today's war-ravaged Middle East, but for centuries, Jews lived among Arabs in peace and harmony, enriching the region with art, culture and commerce. Like most things, this history has its good and its bad periods; peaceful neighborly relations were followed by economic discrimination and then deadly violence as thousands of Jews were murdered in violent rioting caused by blood libels and false accusations. … [Read more...] about It’s Time to Acknowledge the Arab Heritage of Many Israeli Jews
Meanwhile, across the ocean, American Jews were pledging allegiance to a nation that was welcoming them with less bigotry than most. They championed a democracy meant to be, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, “applicable to all men and all times.” Zionism didn’t appeal to all American Jewish leaders. Some worried that its sectarianism would threaten their status as loyal citizens and elevated peoplehood over religion. Why not make America the Jewish homeland? It already was, in a way. In a slippery move, Gordis turns a former leader of the American Council for Judaism, Rabbi Elmer Berger, into the spokesman for these views: “Jewish nationalism tends to confuse our fellowmen about our place and function in society,” Berger said before his death in 1996. But the council doesn’t deserve the prominence. Infamous for its anti-Zionism, it represented the minority of American Jewish opinion. Gordis does quote more moderate voices, such as that of Justice … [Read more...] about Why Are American Jews Falling Out of Love With Israel?
Updated 5:51 am CDT, Monday, August 13, 2018 JERUSALEM (AP) — A new poll says support for a two-state solution among Israeli Jews and Palestinians is at a two-decade low. The joint poll conducted by Tel Aviv University and The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research determined that just 43 percent of Israelis and Palestinians support a vision of peace that would create a Palestinian state alongside Israel. The survey, released Monday, says the reasons for this are doubts over the possibility of implementing a two-state solution and a lack of trust in the other side. It says support for the concept began to decline a decade ago. MySA News Videos Now Playing: Now Playing Uvalde County Sheriff's Office shares video of helicopter rescue Media: Uvalde County Sheriff's Office Homeless man sets fire to congressman's S.A. office Media: San Antonio Express-News SAPD: Teen shoots 10-year-old Media: San Antonio Express-News SAPD: 1 shot, … [Read more...] about Poll: New low in Israeli-Palestinian support for 2 states
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Even before Ilan Pappe, Ph.D., took the stage at the City Club of Cleveland on Friday, board president Robyn Minter Smyers addressed the community's objections to his appearance. "While we have received some favorable feedback, respected community leaders, valued civic partners and members of the community have raised serious objections," Minter Smyers said, adding that some have characterized Pappe's writings and speech as anti-Israel, anti-Semitic and hate speech. Pappe was in Cleveland this week to bring a message about why Israelis, Jewish-Americans and the international community at large should question "the idea of Israel," the title of his talk. "The most important part of my biography, I think, is that I was born in Israel in 1954," Pappe said. "My parents escaped Nazi Germany in the 1930s, and both my mother and my father lost most of their relatives in the Holocaust." Pappe's Israeli identity is incredibly important to him, and … [Read more...] about Israeli historian critical of his homeland speaks at City Club despite criticism from Jewish Federation