American Jews and Israel in the Trump Era: Polarization and Protest
Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dov Waxman of Northeastern University will give the 2019 Jack and Rebecca Benaroya Endowed Lecture in Israel Studies on the topic of American Jewish support for Israel in the context of the Donald Trump presidency.
About the speaker
Dov Waxman is the Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University, and a professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Israel Studies. He is currently the director of Northeastern University’s Middle East Studies program and the co-director of its Middle East Center.
An award-winning professor, he previously taught at the City University of New York, Bowdoin College, and the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He has also been a visiting fellow at Tel Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Oxford University. He has a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University, and an MA and PhD in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Waxman’s research focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli foreign policy, U.S.-Israel relations, and American Jewry’s relationship with Israel. He is the author of dozens of scholarly articles and four 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), Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016), and most recently, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: What Everyone Needs To Know (Oxford University Press, 2019). He has also been published in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic Monthly, Salon, Foreign Policy, The Forward, and Haaretz.
About this talk
In his 2016 book Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel (Princeton University Press), Dov Waxman argued that the age of uncritical and unconditional American Jewish support for Israel is over, and that Israel is now becoming a source of division in the American Jewish community. In this talk, he will discuss how the Presidency of Donald Trump has deepened American Jewish divisions over Israel, heightened communal concerns about antisemitism, and mobilized a new generation of Jewish activists. As a result, American Jewry’s relationship with Israel, and American Jewish politics, is being reshaped.
Light vegetarian reception to follow.
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