“The 1900-Year Crisis”: Arthur Waskow, the Question of Israel/Palestine, and the Effort to Form a Jewish Religious Left in America, 1967–1974

  • Doug Rossinow
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)


After the 1967 Israeli–Arab War, Arthur Waskow was the leading figure in an effort to establish a distinctively religious Jewish left in the United States, something that never had existed. Waskow and others responded to the identity politics ascendant in the left at the time and to the moral challenges that events in the Middle East posed to Jews everywhere. However, it was hard for American religious Jews who felt committed to the State of Israel to come to terms with other leftists at a time when criticism of Israel as an imperialist, colonialist settler state was rising in the global left.

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  • Doug Rossinow
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  1. 1.University of OsloOsloNorway

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