Dr. Dov Waxman will speak at Lafayette College on February 25 at 7:30 pm about his upcoming book “Trouble in the Tribe.” To be released in April 2016 by Princeton University Press, this book argues that, whereas Israel used to be a unifying force within the American Jewish community, it is now more contentious and divisive.
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.
Dov Waxman is professor of political science, international affairs, and Israel studies at Northeastern University. He is the author of The Pursuit of Peace and the Crisis of Israeli Identity and the coauthor of Israel's Palestinians: The Conflict Within. He lives in Boston. [Princeton University Press]
This free public event runs from 7:30 - 9:30.
Sponsors: The Rhoda Rothkopf Fund, Lafayette College Hillel Society, Lafayette College Department of Government & Law.
Sponsor: The Rhoda Rothkopf Fund, Lafayette College Hillel Society, Lafayette College Department of Government & Law