Have we Zionists forgotten how to listen?
May 7, 2014
Here are just a few snippets from recent conversations regarding American Jewish support for Israel:
“Rabbi, I’m very upset and want to talk to you. How dare you allow a group like J Street to speak at Temple?”
“Rabbi, I simply do not understand how a social and religious progressive like you can be part of such a right-wing conservative organization as AIPAC.”
Two apparently opposite statements that are, I would argue, two sides of the same coin. To me, both reflect what is wrong with the current discourse with regard to the American Jewish community’s involvement in pro-Israel activity. We seem to be living in an era where Jewish issues have gone the way of Fox News and MSNBC: We simply listen to ourselves and those with whom we agree, and we demonize those who have a different perspective.