Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Israeli Jews think it is OK to criticize Israel

A poll shows Israeli Jews think it is OK for Diaspora Jews to criticize Israel. I wonder if they had in mind those who say that Israel is a colonialist imperialist state that should be wiped off the map. The poll was conducted by the World Union for Progressive Judaism. Perhaps ZOA would have gotten a different result. In any case, Norman Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky and Sara Roy are going to go on "criticizing Israel" whatever Israeli Jews say, won't they?
Of course it is OK for Diaspora Jews to criticize Israel. It depends on the criticism, doesn't it? We hear them much better if they come here of course.
The same poll showed that Israeli Jews believe Israel should invest in Jewish education abroad, and unsurprisingly, the poll found that Israeli Jews have ties with Jews in the Diaspora:
Meanwhile, the World Union survey found that 60 percent of the representative sample of 501 Israeli Jews said they had an ongoing connection with Diaspora Jews and that 73 percent said Israel should take the views of Diaspora Jews into account, to varying degrees, when deciding religion-state issues such as conversion and the Law of Return.
Some of my best friends are Diaspora Jews. About 86% of Israelis want Diaspora Jews to keep giving money to Israel. As far as I am concerned, you can give direct to me, and avoid the middle man.
Ami Isseroff

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