Uncivil War: The Israel Conflict in the Jewish Community
Diaspora Jews are no longer unified in their support for Israel. Aggression and hostility between Jews has broken out, especially over Palestine. The author analyses the secular and religious divisions in Britain and the USA, explores conflict resolution techniques and then describes his own innovative efforts at managing differences by organising encounters between dozens of Jewish leaders. More
Diaspora Jews are no longer unified in their support for Israel. Anger, aggression and verbal abuse between Jews has broken out. The author, explores the causes of the conflicts and describes his own innovative efforts at conflict resolution
Analysing the various groupings - left, right, secular and religious, pro and anti-Zionist - in Britain and the USA, Keith Kahn-Harris looks at the history of civility in society and examines the different methods used by international organisations and groups involved in developing dialogue within Jewish communities
He describes, how using these techniques and with expert help, he brought together more than seventy prominent diverse British Jews for a series of encounters. He concludes that dialogue and civility is possible. But with no change in behaviour there will be serious consequences for the Jewish communities of the world.
"A masterful and thoughtful analysis of the various existing positions of Jews and Israel advocates on Israel. This book might just give us the language, the insights – and the pause – for us to do something a little more sensible, before it’s, stupidly, too late. " Clive Lawton - Jewish educator
"I applaud Keith Kahn-Harris for having the courage to examine this vexatious debate in his richly textured book." Gabrielle Rifkind - Oxford Research Group's Middle East conflict resolution specialist
The relationship between Anglo-Jewry and Israel is perilous, complex terrain - and there are few better placed to navigate it than Keith Kahn-Harris." Jonathan Freedland - the Guardian journalist (This quote is on the front cover)
Dr Keith Kahn-Harris is a sociologist and writer. He is co-author of 'Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today', the author of 'Judaism: All That Matters' and the editor of the Jewish Journal of Sociology. A regular contributor of articles and reviews to The Guardian. Independent, New Statesman and Society, Jerusalem Post and Haaretz.