The American Zionist Movement named new leadership at its national assembly Tuesday, following months of rancor over the composition of its board. Deborah S. Isaac was elected as the umbrella group’s first female president and Michael Laufer will serve as the new board chair.
“We’re not going to get the thriving Jewish communal life that we want only by playing the cards we’re dealt.”
“If the idea is to engage more people with the idea of Zionism, then you actually want to emphasize that you can be a liberal and Zionist.”
Matt Nosanchuk was in the White House Situation Room six years ago when word came down that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had accepted a GOP invitation to oppose the Iran nuclear deal before a joint session of Congress.
Dozens of rabbis, professors and well-known activists were among 300 progressive Jewish leaders who released a statement Wednesday pushing back against the suggestion that pro-Palestinian activism was behind the recent spate of antisemitic incidents in the United States.
The items included photographs of Adolph Hitler and a folder titled “White’s Only Material.”
“Wherever you stand on the conflict tends to correlate with how you view the increase in antisemitism,” said Julia Jassey, head of Jewish on Campus.
“Being ‘pro-Israel’ and ‘pro-Palestinian’ are not mutually exclusive, and are no longer viewed as a binary choice,” said Halie Soifer.
It was Rep. Gregory Meeks who led an aborted push to ask the Biden administration Monday to delay a $735 million missile sale to Israel amid the ongoing war in Gaza. Rep. Mark Pocan organized the series of speeches on the House floor condemning Israel. And Rep. Betty McCollum drafted a landmark bill calling on the United States to restrict its military aid to Israel shortly before the current fighting began.
“The hasbara talking points just don’t hold water anymore,” one activist said.