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U.S. Jews Do Care About Israel's Democracy. We're Just a Little Busy Surviving Right Now

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25.03.2020

Like most citizens of earth, American Jews are a little stressed right now.

Right around the time we’d normally be going to two dozen grocery stores to find those Kosher for Passover fruit jelly rings our grandparents really like, there’s a global pandemic threatening our health, jobs, and basic way of life. Also, since the vast majority of us were squarely in the "I’m with Her" camp, we’re acutely skeptical of our president’s ability to rise to this once-in-a-generation challenge.

Apparently, though, there’s something else American Jews could be doing at this very moment: saving Israeli democracy. We’re shirking this duty, says Charles Dunst in a recent Haaretz opinion piece apparently headlined by my mother, because we "don’t care that Israel’s democracy is falling apart."

"Our influential diaspora must learn to walk and chew gum at the same time," says Dunst, "and, in this case, address the coronavirus in our various homes while refusing to any longer stand by as Netanyahu takes every opportunity to erode Israel’s democratic norms."........

© Haaretz