How the left is hurting peace

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.


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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