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Netanyahu Warrant Boosts Dissonance Among American Jews


The decision of the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor to seek an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has created further cognitive dissonance among Jews in the United States, the author of books on Zionism in America says.

Abba Solomon, whose books include The Miasma of Unity: Jews and Israel, co-wrote an article published this week titled “The Dead End of Liberal American Zionism.”

“Jews are going to have to make a painful reappraisal of the project that imposes a ‘Jewish’ state in Palestine,” the piece says. It adds: “The essential fight against antisemitism cannot mean ongoing degradation and suppression of another people. After 75-plus years of violently taking, while piously talking of a desire for peace, the disconnect between that ostensible peace-seeking and the assertion of Zionist control of the land will need to be resolved.”

Solomon said today: “The key issue now is to demand the United States cease providing financing and arms that enable Israel’s continuing attacks on Arab civilians of Palestine, most catastrophically in Gaza but also with chronic effect in the occupied West Bank as detentions, IDF checkpoints, and settler violence inexorably make normal life impossible.”

The article says that “standard claims about ‘democratic Israel’ have fallen into notable disrepute on U.S. college campuses, with both Jewish and non-Jewish students this spring protesting against the manifest torture and slaughter of Gaza’s population.”

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Solomon’s latest book is The Miasma of Unity: Jews and Israel. He is also the author of The Speech, and Its Context: Jacob Blaustein’s Speech ‘The Meaning of Palestine Partition to American Jews,’ Given to the Baltimore Chapter, American Jewish Committee, February 15, 1948.