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A More Serious Conversation About Israel
By Brent Sasley
The Huffington Post, July 14, 2011
As with any similarly-placed diasporic identity community, debates over policy and priorities within the pro-Israel American Jewish community are important for the community's vitality. Yet in contrast to the increasing centralization of the Canadian trajectory, the American community appears to be moving too much in the other direction: increasing schisms, including over how Zionist individuals and groups are.
These trends distract the community from discussing fundamental philosophies, values, and policy ideas, which in turn undergird its organization, its activities, and its relationship to Israel. The ease with which individuals and groups are distracted by non-critical issues, to the point that the focus becomes not the issue but the other individual or group, is highly problematic. One way to address this might be to establish a set of working principles or ground rules, which members would agree on. This would allow them to then move to the more necessary discussions.
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Sasley, Brent. A More Serious Conversation About Israel. The Huffington Post. 14 July 2011: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11991
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