Are liberal American Jews becoming afraid to talk about Israel?

Hundreds of young Jews dance with Israeli flags as they march through the mixed town of Jaffa, in celebration of Jerusalem Day, May 29, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Jews support the “idea” of Israel do they support the reality or just stay shtum?

The State of Israel, I said, is currently a place where Jews as a people are not oppressed, and are actually the hegemon limiting the individual and national aspirations of a non-Jewish population. To claim that Palestinians are oppressed by Israel is not a provocative claim but a descriptive one, which raises a string of important questions.

These two very limited examples — the congregant who requested that I don’t talk about Israel, and the congregants who switched off as soon as I did — illustrate a shift in the American-Jewish attitude toward Israel, especially among liberal Jews. Don’t get me wrong, American Jews are still predominantly very pro-Israel; one need only witness the Israel Day Parade in Manhattan or other American cities to get a glimpse of that. But for many liberal Jews, the well-trodden expressions of support for Israel — “the most moral army in the world,” “the only democracy in the Middle East,” “no partner for peace” — are becoming less convincing as the reality on the ground makes them increasingly implausible.

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