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Have Bloggers Undermined the Jewish Establishment?

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Richard Silverstein, the blogger Tikun Olam, writes in the Guardian that progressive Jewish bloggers have played an important role in undermining the establishment Jewish consensus re Israel.

A new weapon in the battle for that free exchange of ideas has been a burgeoning culture of American Jewish blogs devoted to Israeli-Arab peace. Tikun Olam (my own blog) and Muzzlewatch broke several of the stories mentioned above. [From the rescinding of an invitation to Joel Beinin to the efforts by Israel’s Foreign Ministry to smear the former soldiers coming to the U.S. to denounce the occupation]

These blogs and a score of others – because they are independent of communal consensus or pressure – have proven to be a useful tool in questioning the established order of American Jewish leadership and its priorities.

Hope so.

Philip Weiss

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