Wake up, American Jews.

Author:Citrin, Rabbi Paul J.
Position:THE CONVERSATION - Letter to the editor

This symposium has sharpened for me serious issues in our American Jewish community that need our attention. First, there is a lack of empathy from many American Jews for the six million Israeli Jews, all of whom live under constant security threat and half of whom oppose Israeli government policies. Second, among American Jews, there is a lack of information and nuanced thinking about political and civil issues in Israel. To my knowledge, no Israeli government or prime minister has ever claimed to speak for the entire Jewish people, as two of your contributors suggested. Further, no reference was made to the vast network of Israeli social welfare organizations that seek to up hold civil rights and to support abused children, families...

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