The New American Zionism
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: NYU Press
This book emerged from my work at Brandeis University’s Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies. I owe a special debt to the center’s Director, Leonard Saxe, and Distinguished Scholar, Charles Kadushin. Len and Charles supported the project throughout its various stages, as co-investigators on studies of Jewish opinion, educational tourism, ...
On November 19, 2012, the fifth day of Israel’s conflict with Hamas, the party that rules the Gaza Strip, two thousand Jews from across metropolitan Boston gathered in a large suburban synagogue in a show of solidarity. Thousands of rockets had fallen across southern Israel, with a few reaching Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. ...
Writing in the Jerusalem Post in mid-1985, Abba Eban, Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, described the reticence of American Jewish leaders to criticize Israeli government policies. “Some Diaspora Jews renounce any analytical role and give blind endorsement to any doctrine or practice that comes out of Israel,” Eban observed. ...
2. Advocacy and Activism
In 2006, Stephen M. Walt and John J. Mearsheimer galvanized widespread attention with an article in the London Review of Books describing the Israel lobby as an enormously influential force in U.S. foreign policy.1 The two political scientists, hailing from the University of Chicago and Harvard University, depicted the sprawling network of Israel advocacy organizations ...
3. Fundraising and Philanthropy
During the run-up to the establishment of Israel, and then during the first four decades of the state’s existence, American Jews provided vital financial assistance. Called upon by their local federations and the United Jewish Appeal to support Israel, American Jews donated generously and without strings attached. ...
4. Tourism and Immigration
During the period extending from the early 1950s until the late 1990s, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) served as the central address for both educational tourism and aliyah (Jewish immigration, literally “ascent”). As such, it was the linchpin organization responsible for bringing young people to Israel and for recruiting new immigrants. ...
5. Attitudes and Attachment
During the 1970s and 1980s, social scientists stressed the symbolic significance of Israel for American Jews. According to these accounts, Israel represented the revival of the Jewish people following the Holocaust and Israel’s existence meant that Jews would never again find themselves defenseless and bereft of a sanctuary from anti-Semitism. ...
6. Direct Engagement
The preceding chapters have argued that, contrary to conventional scholarly and political opinion, American Jewish engagement with Israel is not in any meaningful sense diminishing. On the contrary, across the diverse fields of the diaspora-homeland relationship, American Jewish engagement with Israel is at least as intensive as it was a quarter century ago, if not more so. ...
Appendix: List of Organizations
Glossary of Hebrew Terms
About the Author
Theodore Sasson is Professor of International and Global Studies at Middlebury College and Senior Research Scientist at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies. He is also Visiting Research Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University and a consultant to the Mandel Foundation.
Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2013
OCLC Number: 861200142
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