Why Are American Jews Abandoning Israel?

ON APRIL 19, three days before this year’s start of Passover, the Jewish holiday celebrating the Israelites’ exodus from bondage in ancient Egypt, six protestors were arrested at the Boston office of AIPAC, “America’s pro-Israel lobby.” They had chained themselves to a mock Seder table. Their group, IfNotNow, claims to “seek an American Jewish community that stands for freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians by ending its support for the occupation.” Fittingly, it was cofounded in 2014 by Simone Zimmerman, the former J Street campus activist hired as national Jewish outreach coordinator by the Bernie Sanders campaign on April 12 and—after a March 2015 Facebook post authored by her quickly surfaced—suspended two days later on April 14. “Bibi Netanyahu is an arrogant, deceptive, cynical, manipulative asshole,” Zimmerman bellowed on the social media platform.

What transpired in Boston distressed the American Jewish community. Yet it didn’t come as a total surprise. The controversial nature of AIPAC is well known, and the unique ideological proclivities of younger American Jews are rapidly becoming better known. What went down the next day in Manhattan, nevertheless, did shock the community—or rather the vast majority of it.

  • vwVwwVwv

    because Israel is the only thing reminds them they are Jewish
    and reminds them that they are deraild and are doomed to
    extinction because of intermarriage, culturrelativism and real judaism.

    they hate it to be refused by normative jews, not acsepting theyre
    conversions, they belifes, the lesbian rabbi they have
    and the fancy tikun olam they betrayed
    god and judaism for.

    they hate it to be bad and they feel bad, disgusting!

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        • zee

          Jews in Name Only

          • vwVwwVwv

            Wopie Goldberg?
            😉 got you, i have only my shool english from germany to offer
            so it was not understandable for me, thank you for the term. 😀

      • Clausewitz

        Seems most JINO’s have a great affinity with Marx than with the Talmud.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    As the article itself admits, the “vast majority” of American Jews remain pro Israel.

    • GrimmCreeper

      With a lot of stipulations attached.

  • zee

    For most of those being “lost” their strongest connection to Judaism is eating Chinese food Christmas Eve. I doubt they’ll be missed.

    • Alain

      Agreed, no loss for Israel here.

  • GrimmCreeper

    There is a total disconnect if you are an American (or any other country) Jew and you don’t support Israel. That does not mean never criticize. For a people who value education so dearly, it is mind boggling how ridiculously stupid it is to align with organizations that would like nothing more than the annihilation of Israel.