[Marxism] America's Jewish Mainstream Goes Rogue

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Apr 4 14:28:58 MDT 2014

America's Jewish Mainstream Goes Rogue
Matthew Berkman
April 02, 2014

What does it mean to be “pro-Israel”? Last Thursday night, two of 
Philadelphia’s bedrock Jewish institutions—the Jewish Federation of 
Greater Philadelphia and the Hillel Foundation for Jewish Campus 
Life—sponsored a film screening and panel discussion at the University 
of Pennsylvania on the topic. Headlined by Alan Dershowitz, the retired 
Harvard Law School professor who for decades has been an outspoken 
American advocate for Israel, the event aroused a hostile reaction in 
the community even before it took place. Sharply worded op-eds appeared 
in local newspapers and protestors leafleted the venue. But the hubbub 
was generated not by Palestinian solidarity groups, but by liberal 
Zionists-- partisans of J Street, the dovish “pro-Israel” lobbying 
outfit founded in 2008 to counter AIPAC’s hardline message.


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