March 20, 2012
Beinart’s proposed boycott unites the left and right—against his ‘dumb idea’
Two years ago, Peter Beinart wrote a piece for the New York Review of Books that had the American Jewish community talking. It was titled “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment”—the heart of which was this: “For several decades, the Jewish establishment has asked American Jews to check their liberalism at Zionism’s door, and now, to their horror, they are finding that many young Jews have checked their Zionism instead.” Response to it was quite varied (see here and here and here).
That might not be so with Beinart’s latest NYT op-ed calling on Jews to boycott West Bank settlements for the sake of Israel. Rob Eshman, the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Jewish Journal, had this assessment of reactions: “Congrats Peter Beinart for unifying the Left and Right—against your dumb idea”. That’s no small feat.
Rob identifies five reasons why a boycott would backfire on its goal of bringing a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Here are numbers four and five:
Read the rest here.