“What is so very, very valuable about Wrestling With Zion is that it has given [the writers] a forum to say all of these things where they need not be drowned out by shouted accusations of self-hatred and disloyalty.” Joel Tannenbaum, The Philadelphia City Paper
Wrestling with Zion
Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
978-0-8021-4015-9 • $12.95 • Paperback • Nov. 2003
History (Middle East)
A gathering of some of the most important writers and thinkers in modern Jewish-American life assembled for the first time to address the ongoing crisis in the Middle East
Wrestling with Zion brings together prominent poets, essayists, journalists, activists, academics, novelists, and playwrights representing the diversity of opinion in the progressive Jewish-American community regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
These essays address the important issues of:
* What is at the heart of the connection between Israel and American Jews?
* What is Israel’s role in shaping Jewish-American identities, and how has this role changed historically?
* What is the history, both familiar and forgotten, of Zionism’s political, cultural, and spiritual meaning?
All the participants share three things: a Jewish identity, an American identity, and a sense of urgency, refusing to ignore the catastrophic injustice that has been visited upon the Palestinian people, while at the same time being passionately committed to Jewish and American legacies of compassion and justice.
E. M. Broner
Blanche Wiesen Cook
Marc H. Ellis
Jonathan Safran Foer
Brad Lander and Meg Barnette
Rabbi Michael Lerner
Robert Jay Lifton
Rabbi Ellen Lippmann
Aurora Levins Morales
Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Ruth Knafo Setton
Ella Habiba Shohat
Michael E. Staub
Rabbi Arthur Waskow
C. K. Williams