Unsettled: American Jews and the Movement for Justice in Palestine (Hardcover)
Examines how young Jewish Americans' fundamentally Jewish values have led them to organize in solidarity with PalestiniansUnsettled digs into the experiences of young Jewish Americans who engage with the Palestine solidarity movement and challenge the staunch pro-Israel stance of mainstream Jewish American institutions. The book explores how these activists address Israeli government policies of occupation and apartheid, and seek to transform American Jewish institutional support for Israel. Author Oren Kroll-Zeldin identifies three key social movement strategies employed by these activists: targeting mainstream Jewish American institutions, participating in co-resistance efforts in Palestine/Israel, and engaging in Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns. He argues that these young people perceive their commitment to ending the occupation and Israeli apartheid as a Jewish value, deeply rooted in the changing dynamics of Jewish life in the twenty-first century. By associating social justice activism with Jewish traditions and values, these activists establish a connection between their Jewishness and their pursuit of justice for Palestinians. In a time of internal Jewish tensions and uncertainty about peace prospects between Palestine and Israel, the book provides hope that the efforts of these young Jews in the United States are pushing the political pendulum in a new direction, potentially leading to a more balanced and nuanced conversation.
About the Author
Oren Kroll-Zeldin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies as well as Assistant Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco. He is the co-editor of This Is Your Song Too: Phish and Contemporary Jewish Identity.