Contentious Zionism

By Steven M. Cohen

Jewish Lights Publishing, February 22, 2006

Cohen describes his experience, during his college years, of encouraging "contentious Zionism." He argues that this policy is also instructive today when, to our detriment, no significant Jewish communal or educational agency promotes pro-Israel contention and controversy -- either on the campus or in the "real" Jewish community. He states that we cannot ignore the sorry fact that Israel is no longer a source of Jewish mobilization for most Jewish young people. Insofar as we fail to invite American Jews into the rich and compelling debates in which Israelis themselves engage, we miss the opportunity to engage many more in the national life of the Jewish People.

Topic: Political Behavior, Israel Attachment, Activism, Politics, Israel Advocacy, Zionism, Hasbara

Name of Publication: A Dream of Zion: Americans Talk about Why Israel Matters to Them

Editor: Salkin, Jeffrey

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Cohen, Steven M. Contentious Zionism. A Dream of Zion: Americans Talk about Why Israel Matters to Them. Jewish Lights Publishing. 22 February 2006:


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