It may not seem like it, but America's Jews are growing tired of Israel's wars. And now they have a new lobby to voice their dissentby Antony Lerman / February 28, 2009 / Leave a comment
Published in February 2009 issue of Prospect Magazine
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There were Jewish opponets to the war in Gaza. Yet the main body of Jewish opinion still backs Israel with few qualms, while there is little evidence that the protest letters, demo placards and signed adverts have been remotely heeded. Is Jewish dissent, therefore, a lost cause? Not quite.
In Britain, the number of Jewish groups opposing Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians has grown in recent years. They increasingly draw support from mainstream Jews, and provoke reaction from the Jewish establishment. In February 2007 the launch of Independent Jewish Voices, a group which urged a solution to the conflict based on human rights, was greeted with abuse from Jewish commentators, leaders and Zionist organisations—abuse so extreme that it betrayed signs of panic. This is a subtle but significant shift.