These are trying times for the generation of liberal Zionist baby
boomers. As American Jews, many of them became magnetised to Israel
after the war of 1967. As liberals, they became convinced that their
Zionism could be seamlessly intertwined with the liberation movements
they supported during the heady days of the 1960s.
entered positions of influence during the 1980s, they urged respect for
multiculturalism and immigrant rights, campaigned for nuclear-free
zones, puttered around in eco-friendly vehicles and demanded free-range
eggs at the organic co-op.
And at the same time, they rallied around a far-off ethnocracy that
concealed a vast nuclear arsenal beneath the veil of strategic
ambiguity, while doing everything in its power to eliminate the
phenomenon of free-range Palestinians.
They are the PEPs – Progressives Except for Palestine – and today they find themselves consumed in anguish.