American Jews and the Struggle Over Apartheid -- Chapters 1 and 2


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American Jews and the Struggle Over Apartheid chronicles American Jewish involvement in a transnational movement to end the system of racial injustice in South Africa. It explores the complex relationships among Jews’ diasporic identity, the contested legacies of the Nazi Holocaust, and Jewish commitments to the principles of liberation. Many American Jews saw the fight against apartheid as a natural extension of their American Civil Rights activism; others worried that critiques of South African apartheid would threaten the pursuit of post-World War II global Jewish unity. Examining the years between the World War and the 1967 War in Israel, these first chapters argue that American Jews’ commitments to global justice reflect conflicting definitions of Jewishness itself—and that as American Jews worked through their attitudes toward South Africa, they also began the contested work of defining their positions on Israel.

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