Many American Jews no longer support Israeli policy in the occupied Palestinian territories, a report says.
“Israel now bitterly dividing Jewish communities” in the United States, Rachel Zoll wrote in an article on the Associated Press website.
“Internal American Jewish conflict has worsened as many Israel advocates have come to feel under siege in the US. The international boycott movement against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians has gained some momentum in the US, and critics increasingly draw analogies between Israeli policies and South African apartheid,” wrote Zoll.
The New York City-based writer believes the split among US Jews has its roots in the Jewish settlement building in the occupied territories after the 1967 Six Day War.
Referring to a Pew Research Center survey conducted last year, she wrote that more than two-thirds of American Jews felt “somewhat or very attached to Israel,” However, she added, “only 38 percent” believed the Israeli regime was “sincerely pursuing peace with the Palestinians” and “44 percent” opposed settlement construction saying the plan hurt Israelis’ security.
According to the article, many Jewish leaders fear the split among Jews could undermine US support for Israel. They also fear the differences “drive away the younger American Jews who are pressing for a broader definition of what it means to be pro-Israel.”
Zoll also mentioned the fact that many Jews in America have “left organized religious life” in recent years. “Jews were marrying outside the faith at a high rate, and their families were generally less involved in the Jewish community and less tied to Israel.”
“We now have more people who care deeply about Israel and more people who care very little about Israel,” said Steven M. Cohen, a professor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute on Religion who specializes in research on the American Jewish community.
thanks to: Press TV