How the left is hurting peace

ByROBERT HORENSTEIN
August 5, 2014 15:03

If progressive Jews want to foster peace, they must stop reinforcing the Palestinians’ conviction that they alone have an inherent right to the land.

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Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs, sacred to Jews and Muslims. (photo credit:RONEN ZVULUN / REUTERS)

WHEN I talk to friends on the Jewish left, it’s apparent that they’re tired of having to always defend their pro-Israel credentials.

During Israel’s war in Gaza, they were taken aback by harsh criticism Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz leveled against J Street, the left-wing Jewish lobby, for not being sufficiently supportive of Israel. This follows their deep disappointment at the vote in April rejecting J Street’s application for membership in the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. All the while, they’ve had to contend with multiple screenings of “The J Street Challenge,” a film by the Boston-based Americans for Peace and Tolerance that accuses the group of siding with Israel’s enemies.

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