AUDIO: Question to Peter Beinart on Liberal Values in Israel

Peter Beinart is an accomplished author and journalist who first shot to fame with his controversial 2010 article, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment, and then again with the book, “The Crisis of Zionism”. He is also known more recently for his New York Times Op-Ed in March 2012 which called for a “Zionist boycott movement” – boycotting goods manufactured in the Israeli settlements while strengthening pre-1967 Israel.

Peter Beinart speaking at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress Action Fund (photo credit: CC BY-ND 2.0 license, Center for American Progress Action Fund flickr user)

Peter Beinart speaking at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress Action Fund (photo credit: CC BY-ND 2.0 license, Center for American Progress Action Fund flickr user)

In this audio clip I pose the question to Beinart via video conference from London: how can the Jewish Diaspora have any impact on a society whose main institutions were shaped and founded by members of the “Second Aliyah” wave of immigration, which was not necessarily characterised by Western Liberal values.

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