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A New Voice for Israel by Jeremy Ben-Ami
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May 28, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: israel, jewish-community
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Jeremy Ben-Ami presents his case for a new approach to American Jewish advocacy for Israel that does not simply put a rubber stamp on the policies of the government of Israel. Many American Jews do not agree with the policies of the government, but are marginalized by those organizations that claim to speak on behalf of a mythical univocal community (Jews have rarely, if ever, been univocal about anything!) Through this book, Ben-Ami talks about the influences in his life that led to his founding of J Street - family history and upbringing, years in government, and years spent in Israel. In it, he speaks to the complex issues facing American Jews and their relationship with Israel, and how the stifling of debate has led to the alienation of many young American Jews who don't agree with much that they hear coming from those who claim to represent them. This book is an important read for anyone interested in Jewish American affairs today, and especially anyone interested in the US-Israel relationship.
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