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American Zionists and the Issue of Immigrants

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Now consider the more general position taken by the influential Abe Foxman, the "director emeritus" of the Anti-Defamation League. Foxman labels active resistance to Trump's regressive policies, as well as any criticism of the positions taken by American Zionist organizations, as "nonsense." Despite the fact that he, and other Jewish leaders, know that Trump "legitimized some of the ugliness," Foxman wants to "enlist" the president in the fight against bigotry. He concludes that to "resist him and fight him is immature." A similar position toward official bigotry was taken by Stephen Wise and the American Zionists in 1930s. Part III -- Conclusion The safety and concerns of American Jews as regards bigotry and hate are not the primary interest of Zionist leaders like Klein and Foxman. Indeed, to the extent that such fears increase support for and dependence on Israel, these concerns are actually viewed as helpful. Nor do the Zionist organizations have any interest in opposing the U.S. government except on the command of the Israeli government. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has great regard for Donald Trump and high hopes that now the U.S. government will put a final seal of approval on Israel's own bigoted treatment of the Palestinians and illegal absorption of the West Bank. So the American Zionist organizations are not going to actively oppose Trump and will pressure other Jews to either support him or to stay silent. The truth is that the Zionists have been eroding away the humanistic aspects of Jewish values for decades -- casting them aside in favor of worst sort of "identity politics." As a consequence official Judaism, taking its marching orders from people like Wise and Foxman and Klein has remained stuck in an ethically deplorable rut.

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Lawrence Davidson is a history professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Foreign
Policy Inc.: Privatizing America's National Interest
; America's
Palestine: Popular and Offical Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli
Statehood
; and Islamic Fundamentalism. His academic work is focused on the history of American foreign relations with the Middle East. He also teaches courses in the history of science and modern European intellectual history.

His blog To The Point Analyses now has its own Facebook page. Along with the analyses, the Facebook page will also have reviews, pictures, and other analogous material.

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