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The New Jewish Question

Dov WaxmanFilmed at Limmud Conference 2012

More and more Jews around the world today are questioning, re-thinking, and wrestling with their relationship with Israel. They care about Israel, but they are also critical of its governments. They support Israel, but they may feel ambivalent and conflicted about it. The changing and sometimes troubled relationship between Diaspora Jews and Israel is at the heart of the new Jewish Question. In this talk, I explore this highly charged question from both a personal and historical perspective.

Dov Waxman is a Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Israel Studies, and currently the Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University. He is also the co-director of the university’s Middle East Center. Dov’s research focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli foreign policy, U.S.-Israel relations, and Diaspora Jewry’s relationship with Israel. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his B.A. from Oxford University. He has previously taught at the City University of New York, Bowdoin College, and the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey; and has been a visiting fellow at Tel Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Oxford University. Dov is the author of three books: The Pursuit of Peace and the Crisis of Israeli Identity: Defending / Defining the Nation (Palgrave, 2006), Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within (with Ilan Peleg, Cambridge University Press, 2011), and Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016).

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