Protestants are self-hating Christians

United States - Left Jews against Israel

In front of the Israeli Consulate General in New York, at the intersection of Second Avenue and East 43rd Street, more than a hundred people lie on the asphalt, the majority of them left-wing Jewish activists. They hold signs that read "Free Palestine!", A demonstration against Israel's bombardment of Gaza. As soon as the die-in - in the tradition of the protests against the Vietnam War - has begun, the police arrive. Two dozen demonstrators arrested, including Corey Robin, professor at Brooklyn College; and Norman Finkelstein, author of several highly controversial books critical of Israel and the son of two Holocaust survivors.

Soon they will be outside again, but the protests continue: the next day, 3,000 participants demonstrated in Times Square against Israeli military policy. And on July 29, around 70 activists protested in front of the office of the umbrella organization "Conference of President of Major American Jewish Organizations" in Midtown Manhattan, led by 23-year-old Simone Zimmerman from California, who is close to the liberal J-Street lobby Liberation from us Jews cannot be done on the back of another nation, "she says.

"Battles of the Innocents"

Of course, Jews critical of Israel are a small minority: on the same day, almost 10,000 New Yorkers demonstrated for Israel, organized by the United Jewish Appeal. But still. Something is starting to change. There are more and more left Jewish activists and publicists in the US who oppose Israeli military policy. These include Philip Weiss, who describes himself as an anti-Zionist and runs the blog, the author Max Blumenthal (son of Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal), and Amy Goodman from the TV program "Democracy Now".

Goodman this week presented Henry Siegman, the former director of the American Jewish Congress and an Orthodox rabbi, who was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1933. Siegman spoke of a "slaughter of the innocent" that was provoked by Israel in order for the Zionists to survive. "To see this interview is immensely important to understand Netanyahu's game," seconded MJ Rosenberg, former employee of the Israel lobby AIPAC writes for the Huffington Post, who is also a harsh critic of Netanyahu. Liberal publications such as the Jewish Forward are also increasingly critical of Israel. Columnist J.J. Goldberg wrote in June how "politics and lies" provoked the war in Gaza: Netanyahu had spread lies about the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, despite skepticism from the Israeli army and the Shin Bet secret service.

In the meantime, publications that were previously more pro-Israeli are also repositioning themselves. The New York Times gives space to Palestinian voices, such as Mohammed Amer, who describes Israeli attacks on hospitals, schools and mosques. And in the New Yorker, Rashid Khalidi, professor of Arabic studies at New York's Columbia University, writes about "collective punishment" of the Palestinians for refusing to be a "good ghetto". "It's not about missiles or tunnels, but about permanent Israeli control over the land and the lives of the Palestinians," said Khalidi. Even more remarkable: David Remnick, editor-in-chief of the New York and even Jewish Faith, lamented the "Israeli bloodshed" in Gaza, especially against children. Even the New Republic, long in the neocon camp, recently commented that Israel was behaving like a colonial power.

Majority friendly to Israel

In a way, this reflects dissent: the majority of Jews in America are Democrats, while Jewish institutions are becoming increasingly conservative. That alone doesn't say much: Democrats support Israel just as much as Republicans do. The majority of Americans are more Israel-friendly: According to a poll by the Pew Research Center, a relative majority of Americans - 40 percent - see Hamas as the culprit in the conflict and only 19 percent see Israel. This is all the more true of older, conservative whites and Bible Belt Protestants. Among the Republicans, 73 percent are on the side of Israel. In contrast, 29 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 believe Israel was to blame for the recent conflict, and only 18 percent believe Hamas is responsible. And: 35 percent of Hispanics are on the side of the Palestinians and only 20 percent on the side of Israel; for African-Americans it is about half-half. In general, sympathy for Palestinians is not increasing, but for Israel is decreasing.

Peter Beinart, a journalism professor at the City University of New York and a liberal Zionist, has become one of the harshest critics of the Israeli military operation. Beinart, the former editor-in-chief of the New Republic, today supports the boycott of products from the occupied West Bank, which he calls "Undemocratic Israel." He believes that the declining support for Israel by younger Americans will eventually have an impact. "The America, that in Netanyahu Head exists, an America populated by conservative, zealous nationalist white Christians who are waging a crusade against barbaric Islam is dying out, "he wrote in the left-wing Israeli newspaper Haaretz. "But an America that is less nationalistic, less bellicose, less religious, and less inclined to consider its own culture to be superior, will be less friendly to an Israeli government that sticks to those old values." Whenever it does If there was a conflict like in Gaza, the mood in America would change - "Israel has already lost Jon Stewart".

Stewart, the host of the popular comedy program "Daily Show," not only recently criticized Hillary Clinton for her pro-Israel stance, he also performed a skit in which he spoke about the suffering of the Palestinians - and continually from Daily Show correspondents who loudly accused him of being a "self-hating Jew". This is a frequent accusation: Jews who are critical of Israel are often insulted by other Jews as "Kapos" - camp guards in the concentration camps. The Israel-Palestine conflict has long since spread in America, also and especially within the Jewish community.