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American Jews Unite Against Knesset Bill

The law of unintended consequences

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The new home of the campaign to deligitimize Israel.(Wikicommons)

Apparently the best way to unite American Jews is for the Knesset to do something particularly stupid, like pass a law that criminalizes calling for boycotts. Marc Tracy and Liel Liebovitz expressed their feelings yesterday, which could be characterized as disappointment and defiance, respectively. Now much of the Jewish American establishment has chimed in with surprisingly universal disapproval.

The question is: do the law’s Israeli supports care? A few months ago they were bringing J Street founder Jeremy Ben-Ami before the Knesset to be harangued as anti-Zionist. Now he finds himself sharing an issue with unlikely fellow travelers lie Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America, and Jonathan Tobin at Commentary.

Indeed, it is those conservative opponents who are being put in the tightest spot right now: Forced into a stance that the bills supporters call “scaremongering,” forced to legitimize political opponents who similarly opposed BDS, and even find common cause with BDS supporters.

When the dust settles, the question isn’t just whether Israel will be delegitimized, but which viewpoints will become consensus.

From Left to Right, American Jews Are Criticizing Israeli Anti-Boycott Law [JTA]
New Law Protects Democracy [YNet]
Israeli Boycott Bill Furor Misses the Point [Contentions]
Earlier: Israel Deligitimizes Itself
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H/Ramat-Gan/Israel says:

Who cares what the yids are thinking?!!!

I wonder if it’s overdramatic or too early to characterize this as a major event (as in game-changing) in Israeli/Jewish-American relations. It certainly feels like a major crisis.

Mark Zman says:

“Apparently the best way to unite American Jews is for the Knesset to do something particularly stupid, like pass a law that criminalizes calling for boycotts. Marc Tracy and Liel Liebovitz expressed their feelings yesterday, which could be characterized as disappointment and defiance, respectively. Now much of the Jewish American establishment has chimed in with surprisingly universal disapproval.”

The bill may not have been wise, but American Jews certainly shouldn’t have veto on what the Israeli Knesset does or doesn’t do.

I wonder how many Jews here would put up with calls to boycott say Jews who support Israel or ultra Orthodox Jewish shops, etc.

Because it isn’t happening right now doesn’t mean it couldn’t or wouldn’t happen.

Martym says:

The United States has Anti-Boycott laws. Boycotts are a weapon ment to harm people.

Gene says:

The bill is intended to protect Israeli minority (“settlers” – 5% of population) against economical oppression imposed on them by the majority (leftists, communists and Arabs, who represent approx. 25% of population, or 5 times more). Everyone who opposes this bill – opposes one of the main principles of the true democracy: it is to protect the rights of minority against the tyranny of majority.

Harold says:

What an incredibly chutzpadik title: “American Jews Unite Against Knesset Bill”.

No, we don’t.

AbeBird says:

Why do you call an Anti-Boycott law a stupid law?
Any case, many democratic states have Anti-Boycotting laws.

Sure you can be proud to be Jew or Jewish
IF YOU´RE NOT KHAZAR AND THEREFORE NOT ZIONIST….

Find out for yourself who you are
and than be proud
or not at all….

From the GripeVine & Donah..//

lindy556 says:

So it is better for Israel to allow boycotts that destroy it’s economy?
All that will do is make it’s enemies happy. If they really cared about Israel they would support Israel.

MosheM says:

Israel’s struggle for survival and pursuant actions have become increasingly embarrassing for Americal liberal Jews, most of whom long ago embraced the Arab narrative on Israel as a white, colonialist and apartheid state. Earth to American Jews – the right and left are dead in Israel as are right and wrong, naughty and nice. Bottom line, Israeli Jews don’t want kassams and katyushas in their babies’ nursuries. This is no longer a debate for a Shabbos afternoon at Camp Ramah. This is kill or be killed. And, though to the last man, I’m sure Israelis do not want to deprive anyone of their fundamental rights, they aren’t going peacefully into the cattle cars anymore either – the need for American Jews to feel comfortable at their liberal coctail parties be damned.

You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

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