This situation undercuts Washington’s efforts to promote democracy abroad and makes it look hypocritical when it presses other states to respect human rights. U.S. efforts to ... ... middle of paper ... ... West Bank or its broader regional agenda. Open debate will expose the limits of the strategic and moral case for one‐sided U.S. support and could move the United States to a position more consistent with its own national interest, with the interests of the other states in the region, and with Israel’s long‐term interests as well. To sum up: Jews wield immense power and influence in the United States. The “Jewish lobby” is a decisive factor in US support for Israel.
The policies and attitudes toward Palestinians deal with demographic issues that dictate the political environment in the state of Israel. The identity and borders of the Jewish state are incredibly complex to define. Some Israeli officials have extracted Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip and constructed a barricade in the West Bank; while supporting contentious legislation that would prevent any Palestinian who married an Israeli to become a citizen of Israel. Aimed at preserving the primary population of Jews in the state, these decisions are a pillar to maintaining the national survival of Israel. Forcing Israelis to face a concrete and delicate question about their national identity has not surpassed religious and cultural differences and had resulted in a multicultural identity.
The handling of the residents of the United States in the crime scenarios is also questionable despite the fact that America welcomes immigrants of all origins. This is an indication that the full intentions of the desires of the Eisenhower, President Reagan, and Senator Obama have not fully yielded fruits. The recent events on the debate on biases on Muslim immigrants, policies, laws, Arab Americans assimilation and domestic terrorism worsens the racial discrimination. It can be concluded that America still has to play more in fighting the racial discrimination. The history of America in confronting and resolving the issues of racial discrepancy empowers America to dictate morality in the modern world.
However, some historians believe that the US government’s main goal wasn’t to better the world, it was for US imperialism. America wanted to be the strongest, and most powerful country in world- economically and military wise. In addition, there was another American obligation to stand up against racism and discrimination against Jews. As stated before, one of the US founding ideals was equality. America couldn’t sit back while millions of Jews were being treated poorly and discriminated based on religion, it was unconstitutional.
The period post World War II in America presents the many different factors and pressures for Jews arriving in America during this time. Although many Jews believed America would be the best place to preserve and rebuild Jewish presence in the world, the democracy and economic opportunity resulted in adverse effects on many Jews. The rate of acculturation and assimilation for many of these Jews proved to be too strong, causing an emergence of two types of Jews during this time period. Pressures including the shift to suburbanization, secular education into professional careers, covert discrimination in the labor market and the compelling American culture, ultimately caused the emergence of the passive and often embarrassed ‘American Jew’; the active ‘Jewish American’ or distinctly ‘Jewish’ citizen, avertedly, makes Judaism an engaging active component of who and what they are amidst this new American culture. For a Jew arriving in America from Europe starting anew marked a defining point.
To answer the question of what is a Jew one can say that a Jew in America is a person who thinks of himself or herself as a Jew. That means that being a Jew is by choice. The immigration of Jews to the United States was a big move for the Jews. This was one of the most important migrations in history. The Immigration to America was a dangerous journey for the Jews.
In the face of increasing anti-Semitism during the interwar periods Jewish identity often came into conflict with societal pressures to assimilate. Irving Howe’s, A Memoir of the Thirties, written in 1961, depicts his experiences as a Jew in New York City. In his memoir Howe describes the living and social conditions during this decade that pushed many New York Jews to become involved in some type of socialist movement. Although the memoir is primarily about political activities, his description of the social conditions and the Jewish community provides ... ... middle of paper ... ...tic or real achievement.13 During the interwar period Jews faced many hurdles that prevented them from assimilating into the American culture. Lewisohn and Howe both demonstrate how external pressures of anti-Semitism and discrimination, and internal anxieties and struggles created immovable barriers to assimilation.
According to Spolsky and Shohamy(1999,65)political reasons manifested themselves strongly when such governments tried to think about language policy for the Arab minority in Israel. Implementing any language policy for the Arab minority had to be made by the Israeli government. Due to political reasons, the Arabic language has suffered immensely at the hands of the Israeli government because they were and still are, the only body entitled to implement and apply la... ... middle of paper ... ... background of a particular community.therfore,the relationship between the majority of the jews and the minority of the arabs,nevertheless the linguistic reality,confirms the interconnectedness between sociolinguistics and development. BIBLIOGRAPHY -Smooha, S. (1989). “The Arab Minority in Israel: Radicalization or Politicization?” Studies in Contemporary Jewry 5: 1-21.
How could this have happened? The answers can be found by understanding how violence of this magnitude can evolve out of prejudice based on ignorance, fear, and misunderstanding about minority groups and other groups who are different from ourselves. In 19th century Europe, Jews were classified as an "inferior" race with specific physical and personality characteristics. Some thinkers believed these traits would disappear if Jews received political and social emancipation and could assimilate into the broader society. Others felt that these traits were genetically passed on and could not be changed.
In his book, Strong Societies and Weak States: State-Society Relations and State Capabilities in the Third World, in a chapter entitled “Laying the Basis for a Strong State: The British and Zionists in Palestine,” Joel Migdal describes the hardships that Jews experienced. Many European states were experiencing a Nationalist phase, which, as Migdal writes, “effectively excluded the Jews.” (Migdal 52). Jews were denied citizenship in countries such as Romania, despite having lived there for centuries. Other acts of open hostility were practiced not only at a personal level, where attacks and anti-Semitic comments were the norm, but also at the state level, which allowed policies that discriminated against the Jewish population. It was in this atmosphere that Zionist thought took root and began to grow.