Yesterday this site slagged Mortimer Zuckerman (and got his name wrong, as Morton; sorry Mort!) for his deceptive suggestion on Huffington Post that the West Bank is part of Israel. Recently the Washington Post made the same error in an…
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Support for the Israeli government no matter what still defines the official American Jewish community. Just look at this long list of rabbis celebrating AIPAC, the Israel lobby group, from their altars, despite AIPAC’s support for the Iraq war and fierce opposition to the Iran deal. AIPAC might as well be a Jewish holiday!
In a new collection called Kingdom of Olives and Ash that decries Israel’s 50 years of occupation, Michael Chabon documents the grinding humiliations and complete loss of freedom for Palestinians living in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, who must get permits just to travel a few miles.
On the 75th anniversary of the American Council for Judaism, Allan C. Brownfeld writes about how the group has challenged the Zionist philosophy which holds that Israel is the “homeland” of all Jews. He explains how the group advanced the philosophy of Judaism as a religion of universal values, not a nationality, and has maintained that Americans of Jewish faith are American by nationality and Jews by religion — just as other Americans are Protestants, Catholics or Muslims.
In an open letter to progressive Jews, Jewish activists says this moment calls for a strong, broad, united front against the Trump administration’s agenda but there are groups within the Jewish community that progressives should not stand beside: “Specifically, we refer to the February 12 rallies in support of refugees in which Jewish social justice groups cosponsored the action with, among others, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC), two organizations that have toxic anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian policies.”
Zionism excuses a multitude of sins. That’s why reform temple B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim of Deerfield, Il., led by a female rabbi, is welcoming rightwing Chabad rabbi Shmuley Boteach, whose community is sexist–because he supports Israel.
Zionists have called on Jews to leave France because Israel is their true home. This idea has no connection to Jewish reality. And it gives Hitler a victory. Diaspora Jews should stay in their countries and help build them.
Allan Brownfeld argues that Zionism has caused many American Jews to behave as if they are in an expatriate community, and created the glaring hypocrisy of supporting human rights and separation of church and state here but not in Palestine
Scarlett Johansson is getting some backup for representing SodaStream, a product made in a Jewish colony in the occupied Palestinian territories, and not just from rightwingers. Liberal Zionists have begun to voice their support, or stifle their criticism, in what is becoming a test of the all-new two state solution as envisioned by John Kerry. Above, liberal Democrat NY City Comptroller Scott Stringer who praised Johansson over the weekend.
100 American Jews, assembled by the Israel Policy Forum, put pressure on Abbas to embrace the two-state solution. Why no pressure on Netanyahu?
Congregants and rabbis sang the Israeli national anthem and God Bless America at the end of the Yom Kippur service at the Reform synagogue, B’nai Jeshoshua Beth Elohim, north of Chicago, and Marc Ellis thinks Jews have lost their way
A big Reform synagogue north of Chicago, B’nai Jeshoshua Beth Elohim, send an annual delegation to Israel lobby, AIPAC, and culminates the solemn Yom Kippur service with a singing of the Israeli national anthem
On Monday, Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, addressed a packed house at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Throughout the talk, Oren painted a picture of a blameless Israel, where a belligerent occupation, radical and racist settlers and the crippling blockade on Gaza didn’t exist. Above, Oren (center) poses with Rabbi Andy Bachman, on the right.
US Jews have always thought Judaism was a religion not a political party supporting nationalism in the Middle East
Ethan Bronner is being re-assigned to cover national legal affairs from New York. The new bureau chief in Jerusalem will be Jodi Rudoren.
Rabbi Andy Bachman is a leading liberal Zionist. He’s spoken at J Street, he hosted Rashid Khalidi at his shul, Beth Elohim in Brooklyn. Well the Park Slope food coop is considering boycotting Israeli goods, and Bachman is opposed to boycott. Here he is interviewed by Julie Wiener in the NY Jewish Week. Bachman: if […]
Once, in the bulk goods aisle of the Park Slope Food Coop, a wild-haired woman stood next to me and scrutinized the coffee-grinder settings. “I’m using it for an enema,” she explained. “It needs to be very fine.” I suggested the espresso grind. This is exactly the kind of shopping experience I hoped for when […]
Rabbi Andy Bachman of Beth Elohim in Brooklyn can, in a post anticipating the Park Slope Food Coop’s vote on whether to stop selling Israeli hummus. Bachman describes Israel as a “remarkable achievement virtually unprecedented in human history and… therefore an incredible source of pride for Jews and others around the world” and continues: Israel’s […]
This is amazing. Next Tuesday evening, several groups will be picketing Ricky’s NY, a cosmetics store in Brooklyn Heights that sells Ahava products, which are made in the occupied West Bank from minerals that belong to Palestinians. Nancy Kricorian of Code Pink, one of the organizers (along with Brooklyn for Peace, Jews Say No, and […]
Three years ago a Palestinian friend sauntered down Broadway and said, I have only one goal in life, I want to end Zionism. I was shocked that a person would say something like that, I thought he must be a violent revolutionary. Well a lot has changed, and last night I went to an event […]
Last night I went to hear Rashid Khalidi speak at the Brooklyn Reform synagogue, Beth Elohim. A gorgeous temple, and before giving Khalidi the microphone at the altar, Rabbi Andy Bachman went down the list of groups that had sponsored…
This is huge. Beth Elohim is the biggest Reform temple in Brooklyn. I’ve seen Combatants for Peace at Beth Elohim, and I’ve heard the rabbi talk about Darfur. Well Rashid Khalidi is speaking there next month– “one of the world’s…
Last night Brit Tzedek, a group that opposes the Israel lobby from within the Jewish community, staged a presentation by two members of Combatants for Peace, an organization of former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian resistance fighters working for a two-state…