'Het falen van de Amerikaanse Joodse gemeenschap'

Het redden van vrijzinnig Zionisme in de VS – zodat Amerikaanse Joden vrijzinnig Zionisme in Israel kunnen helpen redden – is de belangrijkste Amerikaans-Joodse uitdaging van deze tijd, volgens Peter Beinart in New York Review of Books The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment .

..Among American Jews today, there are a great many Zionists, especially in the Orthodox world, people deeply devoted to the State of Israel. And there are a great many liberals, especially in the secular Jewish world, people deeply devoted to human rights for all people, Palestinians included. But the two groups are increasingly distinct. Particularly in the younger generations, fewer and fewer American Jewish liberals are Zionists; fewer and fewer American Jewish Zionists are liberal. One reason is that the leading institutions of American Jewry have refused to foster—indeed, have actively opposed—a Zionism that challenges Israel’s behavior in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and toward its own Arab citizens. For several decades, the Jewish establishment has asked American Jews to check their liberalism at Zionism’s door, and now, to their horror, they are finding that many young Jews have checked their Zionism instead.

Morally, American Zionism is in a downward spiral. If the leaders of groups like AIPAC and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations do not change course, they will wake up one day to find a younger, Orthodox-dominated, Zionist leadership whose naked hostility to Arabs and Palestinians scares even them, and a mass of secular American Jews who range from apathetic to appalled. Saving liberal Zionism in the United States—so that American Jews can help save liberal Zionism in Israel—is the great American Jewish challenge of our age. And it starts where Luntz’s students wanted it to start: by talking frankly about Israel’s current government, by no longer averting our eyes…

Israeli governments come and go, but the Netanyahu coalition is the product of frightening, long-term trends in Israeli society: an ultra-Orthodox population that is increasing dramatically, a settler movement that is growing more radical and more entrenched in the Israeli bureaucracy and army, and a Russian immigrant community that is particularly prone to anti-Arab racism. In 2009, a poll by the Israel Democracy Institute found that 53 percent of Jewish Israelis (and 77 percent of recent immigrants from the former USSR) support encouraging Arabs to leave the country. Attitudes are worst among Israel’s young. When Israeli high schools held mock elections last year, Lieberman won. This March, a poll found that 56 percent of Jewish Israeli high school students—and more than 80 percent of religious Jewish high school students—would deny Israeli Arabs the right to be elected to the Knesset. An education ministry official called the survey “a huge warning signal in light of the strengthening trends of extremist views among the youth.”..

In theory, mainstream American Jewish organizations still hew to a liberal vision of Zionism. On its website, AIPACcelebrates Israel’s commitment to “free speech and minority rights.” The Conference of Presidents declares that “Israel and the United States share political, moral and intellectual values including democracy, freedom, security and peace.” These groups would never say, as do some in Netanyahu’s coalition, that Israeli Arabs don’t deserve full citizenship and West Bank Palestinians don’t deserve human rights. But in practice, by defending virtually anything any Israeli government does, they make themselves intellectual bodyguards for Israeli leaders who threaten the very liberal values they profess to admire…

On Israel, Jews and Leaders Often Disagree

..But the recent tension between the Obama administration and the Israeli government over the stalled Middle East peace process has put the questions underlying those long-avoided family discussions directly in the public spotlight. They have raised serious questions about whether the traditional leadership of the American Jewish world is fully supported by the mass of American Jews…


Many other prominent Jews, representing the conservative organizational leadership that has been the dominant voice of the Jewish community for decades, have also recently criticized the Obama administration’s pressure on Israel. Some have even accused the White House of sabotaging the foundations of the Jewish state…

But while those voices have been strong and their message unmistakable, a newly outspoken wing of Israel supporters has begun to challenge the old-school reflexive support of the country’s policies, suggesting that one does not have to be slavish to Israeli policies to love Israel.

“Most Jews have mixed feelings about Israel,” said Rabbi Tamara Kolton of the Birmingham Temple, a secular humanistic congregation in Farmington Hills. “They support Israel, but it’s complicated. Until now, you never heard from those people. You heard only from the organized ones, the ones who are 100 percent certain: ‘we’re right, they’re wrong.’”

In the 2008 election, 78 percent of Jewish voters supported Mr. Obama, and surveys have suggested that most continue to back his policies…

The Vaudeville routine that has taken over American Jewry

No matter how the Mideast conflict ends, American Jews will lose, says J.J. Goldberg of The Forward.

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There is one certain loser, though: the American Jewish community. However things turn out in the Middle East, we are going to end up looking silly.

As a well-organized community with a big footprint on the national stage, we have developed a habit of staking out firm positions on abiding principles of fair play that have an unfortunate tendency to change while we’re not looking. Israel, like most countries, makes policy on the fly, bobbing and weaving daily in response to pressures from Washington, rockets from Gaza or domestic coalition politics. And yet, whatever word comes forth from Jerusalem, we adopt it as holy writ. You’d think somebody would be embarrassed by now, but that doesn’t seem to be the case…



REPORT: HOLLAND’S SYMPATHY FOR ISRAEL IN DECLINE

Internal Foreign Ministry document obtained by Ynet points to decrease in Dutch public’s ‘historic support’ for Jewish state. Reasons: Operation Cast Lead, negative media coverage

Israel has been slowly losing its allies around the world – but it seems that even those countries with a special relationship with the Jewish state are steadily growing their distance.

 

An internal document prepared by the Foreign Ministry and obtained by Ynet shows that the Netherlands joined the list of countries whose support for Israel has been on a constant decrease.



According to the document, "In recent years there has been a decline in the historic support for Israel among the Dutch public. The Netherlands is a country that places human rights high on its international agenda, as well as the issue of international law.

 

 
"The prolonged conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, along with negative coverage in the Dutch media have been the central factors leading to the declining support," the document notes…


However, members in the Foreign Ministry laud Dutch Foreign Minister Maxim Verhagen, who is considered "very friendly toward Israel," while Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende also gets good marks for "keeping a balanced policy toward Israel within the Dutch government."

De zionistische (Groot-)’Israel lobby’ in Nederland: een noodzakelijke inventarisatie

Eretz Yisrael (Groot-Israel) zionisme blogs


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4 thoughts on “'Het falen van de Amerikaanse Joodse gemeenschap'

  1. Het begrip ‘joodse staat’ is een orthodox-religieus begrip. Seculiere zionisten (socialisten, communisten en anarchofascisten) konden dat begrip alleen gebruiken dankzij de deal die David Ben-Gurion heeft gesloten met de niet-liberale en niet-vrijzinnige orhodoxie. Wanneer zij die deal niet hadden gesloten zou er een joodse staat zijn ontstaan die door de religieuze leiders niet zou worden erkend. Een scheuring dus, een radicale breuk – die in feite de enig juiste, logische daad zou zijn geweest.
    Theodor Herzl wilde de religieuze joden het jodendom afnemen, zo van: "Als ik een seculiere staat die zich baseert op humanistische waarden een joodse staat noem dan verdwijnt de religie vanzelf…" In zijn ogen moest een joodse staat een ‘Mensenstaat’ worden. Hij heeft niet kunnen of willen voorzien dat het orthodoxe jodendom geen afstand wilde doen van het anti-humanistische begrip ‘jood’.
    De orthodoxe rabbijnen het land uitzetten is de enige daad die het humanisme kan redden. Maar wie durft dat in Israel te zeggen?

  2. ´Liberal zionism´, verder hoef je niet te lezen.
    Er was nooit iets liberaals aan het zionisme, op z´n best zagen de zionisten de Palestijnen als tweede rangs burgers in hun eigen land, op z´n slechtst, Jabotinsky in 1923, kwamen ze er recht voor uit dat ze de Palestijnen met wapengeweld wilden verdrijven.
    De Jabotinsky variant kreeg de overhand, je ziet dat nu nog aan het democratisch aan de macht komen van een Netanyahu.
    Dat er niets liberaals was of is aan het zionisme zie je ook aan de Israelische kastenmaatschappij, waar de asjkenazi joden nog steeds de dienst uitmaken.
    En AIPAC over ´free speech´, humor.
    Abraham Foxman, van de amusementszender Foxnews, springt bovenop alles wat joden of Israel kritiseert.
    Foxnews kan alle leugens uitzenden juist omdat het een amusementszender is, zo besloot een VS rechter.

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