Jewish Orthodoxy can’t be truly open if it is closed to the Palestinians
The cancelation of Rashid Khalidi’s talk at New York’s Ramaz School suggests that Orthodox Jews lack self-confidence in their own Zionism.
Last spring, some students at New York’s most prestigious Orthodox Jewish high school, Ramaz, eager for a greater diversity of perspectives on Israel, invited me to speak to their club. I did - and enjoyed it immensely - but told them I hadn’t solved their problem. If they wanted a truly open discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I ventured, they needed to do more than hear from both hawkish and dovish...
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