From New York to Tekoa

Scholar Sara Hirschhorn dives into the world of American Jews who settled in the West Bank.

By RON KRONISH
June 15, 2017 15:47
3 minute read.
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Jewish settlers hold Israeli flags during a protest in Tekoa in November 2013. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Each year, thousands of North American Jews make aliya and relocate to Israel, casting their lot with the state. A new book by Sara Yael Hirschhorn examines those American immigrants – more than 60,000 – who settled in the West Bank. In City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement, Hirschorn tackles the topic in a comprehensive, sophisticated and nuanced manner.

Nevertheless, I found much of the contents of this book deeply disturbing, as it became clear that so many American Jews gradually abandoned their liberal backgrounds and replaced them with radical and often extremist ideologies and violent practices toward their Palestinian neighbors.

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