Professor Dov Waxman
Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies
Co-Director, Middle East Center
Professor Waxman will talk about his new book, Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016), in which he explores the increasingly contentious place of Israel in the American Jewish community.
Professor Waxman argues that while most American Jews still feel connected to Israel and still care about Israel, they are becoming more critical about, and more politically divided over Israeli policies, especially concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The age of uncritical support for Israel is over. As a result, Israel is fast becoming a source of disunity for American Jewry, and a new era of American Jewish conflict over Israel is replacing the old era of solidarity.
Dov Waxman is Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Israel Studies, and the Stotsky Professor of Jewish Historical and Cultural Studies at Northeastern University. He is also the co-director of the university’s Middle East Center. An expert on Israel, his research focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli foreign policy, U.S.-Israel relations, and American Jewry’s relationship with Israel.He is the author of three books: The Pursuit of Peace and the Crisis of Israeli Identity: Defending / Defining the Nation (Palgrave, 2006), Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within (with Ilan Peleg, Cambridge University Press, 2011), and Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016). He is a frequent commentator in print, on radio, and on television, and he has lectured widely in the United States and abroad.