In the July 24 issue of the New York Jewish Week, you’ll find an article by Yitzhak Santis and Gerald M. Steinberg that begins:
“At the Pittsburgh General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) earlier this month, a motion to adopt a boycott of three companies for doing business with Israel was hotly debated and narrowly defeated. At this Christian gathering, a group of ‘young Jewish activists’ provided important ‘testimony’ supporting the motion to isolate and demonize Israel. These were the ‘Jew-washers’ — very visible actors in many such political attacks on Israel, particularly in Christian frameworks.”
Santis and Steinberg state clearly what, for them, a “Jew-washer” is, but where in the world does this odd term come from? What does it have to do with being an anti-Israel Jewish activist in a Christian framework? And just what are you washing when you “Jew-wash,” anyway?
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