Solidarity and Dissent in Israel-Diaspora Relations

By George E. Gruen

World Zionist Organization (WZO), Summer 1978

In the more thoughtful discussions of Israel-Diaspora relations the question can arise as to what non-Israeli Jews should do when they find that they disagree with the official position of the government of Israel either on a matter of basic policy or with regard to tactical measures which they regard as unwise. This paper does not presume to provide definitive answers to the dilemmas that confront committed Jews in the Diaspora when they are faced with appeals for solidarity which limit their freedom to give full expression to independent, critical views. Nor is it our intention to present an exhaustive review of the literature on this complex issue. Our objective is simply to facilitate a more systematic examination of this subject by outlining the various arguments have been marshalled on each side, illustrating the kinds of issues that have been raised, and finally noting the various forms and degrees of dissent that have been advocated by some as legitimate and constructive.

Topic: Diaspora Relations, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Policy, Diaspora, Israel Attachment, Unity, Discourse and Dialogue

Name of Publication: Forum: on the Jewish People, Zionism, and Israel

Page Number(s): 33-53

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Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Gruen, George E. Solidarity and Dissent in Israel-Diaspora Relations. Forum: on the Jewish People, Zionism, and Israel. World Zionist Organization (WZO). Summer 1978: 33-53.


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