Yael Patir, Israel director of the left-leaning U.S. Jewish body, sat down with Haaretz to talk about Trump, the gap between U.S. and Israeli Jews, and the growing anger at the Israeli peace camp. Though she concedes boycott efforts by some on the left have a negative effect, she rejects calls to keep peace efforts local.01:12 01.05.16 | 2 comments
When you say "opposition to Israeli policies crosses the line into hatred and dark stereotyping of Israelis," you need to consider the policies. A still growing occupation, the use of violence, both organized and random, to maintain it, discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel, out of proportion reprisals which result in civilian deaths, collective punishment (Gaza), theft of land, a double standard in respect to acts of violence by Jews and Arabs, the growth in power of the religious who spew racist and threatening statements, and I can, unfortunately, go on with this list. This is all occurring under the auspices of a democratically elected government. These policies, which when practiced against Jews in the past, are still thrown out to the world as a reminder of how the Jews were victims of racism and terrible injustices. Why should Israelis (Jews) expect to get a free pass?