Who decides who is a Jew? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Max
    • 22.02.10 | 10:25 (IST)

    I am a JStreet organizer at my college, and I am deeply concerned about the reaction this article has engendered. I am a secular Jew, but I take my Jewish identity very seriously. I support and defend the existence of a Jewish homeland, while also demanding that my government do more to advance the cause of peace. I have serious concerns with the direction of Israeli policy, but none so radical would make me out of place on the Israeli left. Do Israelis really want young American Jews like me to feel like we can't support Israel if we feel compelled to criticize Israeli policy? Would you rather we left behind our idea of our Jewish identity? When you say politically engaged, liberal Jews like me aren't really Jews or supporters of Israel, you alienate a slice of the population that you should be wooing. JStreets critics should spend more time thinking about why JStreet has so quickly generate such a large following.

    from the article: Israel can't afford to reject J Street
    First published 02:37 22.02.10 | Last updated 08:10 22.02.10
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