Sunday, June 25, 2017

American Jews and Israel

Caroline Glick writes about Israeli-U.S. relations, here for RealClearPolitics. Her topic concerns efforts to oppose the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement aimed at Israel. She writes that the American Jewish community has been less than helpful in this effort.
American Jews vote overwhelmingly for the increasingly anti-Israel Democratic Party. And while making up a mere 2% of the US population, American Jews contributed 50% of the donations to the Democratic Party in the 2016 elections.

Young American Jews are turning on Israel for two reasons. First, they don’t care that they are Jewish and as a consequence, see no reason to stick their necks out on Israel’s behalf.

And second, due in large part to the political BDS campaign on college campuses, supporting Israel requires them to endanger or relinquish their ideological home on the Left. Since their leftist identities are far stronger than their Jewish identities, young American Jews are joining the BDS mob in increasing numbers.
Glick isn't the first author to identify this trend, nor is the relationship between Judaism and leftism particularly new. Karl Marx's grandfathers were both rabbis and he was born in 1818.