PROGRAM DETAILS

Zionism, Israel and American Jewry:  A Polarized or Crumbling Relationship?

Instructor
Robert G. Rabil
Category
Politics / History
WPL01071

Course Description

Since its inception as a vehicle of Jewish nationalism, Zionism has wedded humanitarian, moral, cultural and religious attributes to its ideology and core mission. American supporters and adherents of Zionism, regardless of their political orientation, have supported Israel as the embodiment of the Zionist ideal. This support, however, has come recently under stress due to a combination of factors ranging from concerns over United States and Israel's policies, to ideological and generational change in the polity of American Jewry. Nothing reflects this condition more than the emergence of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, intersectionality as an aspect of social justice, and American/Israel partisan politics and discourse. This lecture aims at understanding the depth and different impulses underlying the crisis gripping the Jewish community regarding both the challenges facing Israel and its policies and actions.

About the Instructor

  • Robert G. Rabil, PhD, is an internationally renowned scholar. His books have been highly commended and reviewed by major academic journals. He is considered one of the leading experts on Salafism, radical Islam, and U.S.-Arab-Israeli relations. He holds a PhD in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. In May 2012, he was conferred with an honorary PhD in humanities from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He is a Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University.

    Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2018-2019
    Lifelong Learning Professorship of Current Affairs, 2012-2013
    Recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award