Two months ago Peter Beinart wrote a piece in the New York Review of Books saying that the American Jewish community was a “cocoon” that was blocking out other voices on the conflict. He is wrong. The American Jewish community is changing before our eyes, at the grassroots.
The last time I was in Israel and Palestine I asked Max Blumenthal why he didn’t soften his message a little in Goliath, so that those wed to Zionism would listen. I was wrong. Goliath is being read. Goliath’s unapologetic portrait of a society and ideology gone off the rails is breaking through. Its suppression by the mainstream is only giving it more force
On Wednesday night, the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center hosted Blumenthal to a packed house. They sold out of books and had an overwhelmingly positive response. The event was cosponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace (which opposed the Prawer Plan hammer and tongs while J Street said that it “falls outside the scope of our work”) (and you might think of JVP when you’re doing your tax-deductible gifts this December).
We are inside the walls. We are never leaving.