Somewhat surprisingly, nobody seems to have pointed to the Canadian case as potentially being replicated here. After all, there are many similarities between the two Jewish communities, including shared community institutions.
What does it mean that the U.S. Boat to Gaza is a quarter Jewish? Maybe it means that we can openly contest a construction of Jewish identity based on supporting the obstruction of Palestinian freedom.
In light of the recent blood libel manufactured against Sarah "Sarahleh Palinsky" Palin, I present the following video, made during the 2008 campaign, in which Jews communicate why they support Palin and consider her a member of the tribe.
As a Jewess, I think it's an absolute shandeh that so many schmucks are talking such drek about you, Sarah Palin. You have every right to make statements about us chosen people because you practically are a chosen person yourself.
On a personal level, the stereotype about Jews and money leads to distrust and legitimizes comments about people that are hurtful. On a societal level, it opens up a variety of attacks against Jews that can be damaging.
American Jews are not showing significant numbers in the divestment movement against Israel. But they are divesting emotionally. They are quietly -- but in terms of impact, dramatically -- withdrawing altogether.
Fear-mongering about President Obama's supposed lack of support for Israel just doesn't hold water. The United States' relationship with Israel has strengthened, not waned during the Obama administration.
What troubles me about last year is connected to what troubles me about Gen. 22:2. The text grates on my ears and eyes because it reminds me that American Jews seem to have forgotten that Ishmael is their great-grand-uncle.
The question, my beloved American Jewish friends, is what you do in front of the very realistic possibility that Israel is no longer "the only democracy in the Middle East," because Israel is not a real democracy anymore.