Gaza massacre is generating crisis in American Zionists- report

Providing many examples of ongoing debate around Gaza massacre among Zionists, Philip Weiss from Mondoweiss draws an important picture

Gaza massacre is generating crisis in American Zionists- report

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One effect of the Gaza massacre is that American Zionists have entered a bunker, Philip Weiss from Mondoweiss stated, as U.S mainstream media conveys overwhelming images of civilian deaths

According to the Weiss, the crisis is particularly acute for liberal Zionists:

"While many liberal Zionists have moved rightward, supporting Israel, others are clearly panicked by Israel’s behavior. M.J. Rosenberg has said that Israel’s image is “destroyed” in the U.S., and J.J. Goldberg has described the onslaught as a “massacre.”

Hardliners like Bill Kristol snubbed Obama administration’s call for a cease-fire in Gaza and John Kerry’s trip to the Middle East. Michael Bloomberg, the chairman of a leading media company, flew to Israel on El Al to support Israel’s call for an end to the Federal Aviation Administration’s ban on flights to the country. 

But, according to the report, things aren’t rosy for the hardliners. MJ Rosenberg reported that AIPAC, the leading Israel lobby, called off a rally for Israel.

Weiss said many liberal Zionists are standing with Netanyahu, while "J Street is caught in the middle, wringing its hands."

Ali Abunimah called out these attitudes as self-centered and callous on Democracy Now.

Meanwhile MJ Rosenberg said "Any Jew who is not sickened by Israel’s behavior has forgotten what it means to be a Jew. Perhaps a visit to the Holocaust museum or Yad Vashem will provide a refresher course."

Providing many examples of ongoing debate around Gaza massacre among Zionists, Weiss comes to this conclusion:

"While these snippets are random, they point in one direction: American Zionism is in crisis. The ongoing Gaza massacre is exposing the fact that whatever its merits on paper as a Jewish liberation story, Zionism unfolded in the real world to become what we see in the news, a violent and racist regime that, backed by powerful Americans, has lost touch with moral norms and is justly isolated in world opinion. The crisis is resounding inside American Zionist circles."

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Temmuz 2014, 17:54

Muhammed Öylek

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