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  1. Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel
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  2. Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel

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Trouble in the Tribe explores the increasingly contentious place of Israel in the American Jewish community. In a fundamental shift, growing numbers of American Jews have become less willing to unquestioningly support Israel and more willing to publicly criticize its government. More than ever before, American Jews are arguing about Israeli policies, and many, especially younger ones, are becoming uncomfortable with Israel's treatment of Palestinians. Dov Waxman argues that Israel is fast becoming a source of disunity for American Jewry, and that a new era of American Jewish conflict over Israel is replacing the old era of solidarity.

Drawing on a wealth of in-depth interviews with American Jewish leaders and activists, Waxman shows why Israel has become such a divisive issue among American Jews. He delves into the American Jewish debate about Israel, examining the impact that the conflict over Israel is having on Jewish communities, national Jewish organizations, and on the pro-Israel lobby. Waxman sets this conflict in the context of broader cultural, political, institutional, and demographic changes happening in the American Jewish community. He offers a nuanced and balanced account of how this conflict over Israel has developed and what it means for the future of American Jewish politics.

Israel used to bring American Jews together. Now it is driving them apart. Trouble in the Tribe explains why.

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Dov Waxman
First Edition
Princeton Univ Pr
Princeton University Press
Princeton University Press
15 halftones. 6 line illus.
15 halftones. 6 line illus.
Princeton University Press
Princeton University Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

This book traces the contours of the conflict in American Jewish communities over Israel in a thoughtful, engaging and even-handed way. I came away from it with a greater understanding of the communities I'm a part of, and with the confidence that I'm less alone in my tortured feelings about Israel than I had feared.
Yawn! Another anti-Israel book written by yet another not very Jewish Jew. Been there, read that. Clearly this subject is a growth industry for liberal Jewish academics.

Completely by coincidence, I write this review after finishing the book today, on Israel's Independence Day. In Jewish schools throughout the US, Jewish kids march around their neighborhoods waving Israeli flags. There is no trouble here, only rock solid support for Israel. In these same neighborhoods live other Jews like this writer. Their children are in public schools which means they have no idea what today is. They are learning about Harriet Tubman, not Ben Gurion. They are lost Jews. Dov Waxman is a lost Jew.

You know that a writer has an agenda when he opens his book with a quote from the head of J Street, the anti-Israel liberal Jewish group. Despite 8 years of Obama, the most virulently anti-Israel president the US has ever had, J Street is weaker than ever. Despite the fact that 75% of... Read more
A fantastic book for anyone interested in the dynamics of the changing landscape of Jewish American politics. It goes beyond the pro vs anti Israel arguments and explores the history, present and trends of the Jewish American communities relationship to Israel. If you are at all interested in this topic - this is a must read! Professor Waxman examines the entire spectrum of Jewish American political opinion on Israel and how it's changing.
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