At a time of shifting United States policy regarding Israel and its settlements, the Amram Scholar Series presents Professor Dov Waxman to discuss his latest study, Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel, at Temple at 10:30 am on Sunday, February 26.
A scholar of political science, international affairs, and Israel studies at Northeastern University and co-director of its Middle East Center, Professor Waxman says, “Israel is fast becoming a source of disunity for American Jewry, and that a new era of American Jewish conflict over Israel is replacing the old era of solidarity.”
Drawing on a wealth of in-depth interviews with American Jewish leaders and activists, he finds that “more than ever before, American Jews are arguing about Israeli policies, and many, especially younger ones, are becoming uncomfortable with Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.” Less willing to offer uncritical support, growing numbers of American Jews are publicly willing to criticize the Israeli government.
Since the election of Donald Trump and his naming David Friedman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Israel — a lawyer who does not endorse a two-state solution to securing peace with the Palestinians — the level of conflict within the American Jewish community has only intensified.
Professor Waxman, who was born in London and educated at Oxford and Johns Hopkins Universities, is also the author of The Pursuit of Peace and the Crisis of Israeli Identity and the co-author of Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within. In a starred review, “Kirkus” describes his newest book as a “meticulous, precise, well-organized survey that takes into account the many different views and will certainly facilitate the heated conversation.”
This Amram Scholar Series lecture follows the Congregational Conversations Keynote with David Makovsky on Wednesday, February 15 and is presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.
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