Israel to Diaspora: Drop Dead

I haven't posted much of anything on the terrible Knesset bill that will, if passed, disenfranchise Reform and Conservative Jews, and help Israel transform itself into Ayatollahstan. What is there to say, really? It's just horrible. Israel, which now, more than ever, needs the support of American Jews -- the vast majority of whom are Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and unaffiliated -- cannot afford to treat its alleged brethren like garbage. But this is what stands to happen if this bill, which would essentially force Israel to stop recognizing Reform and Conservative conversions, is passed. Israel's Jewish friends in the Senate understand very well the implications of this legislation:

A US senator has taken the rare step of drafting a letter expressing concern about Israel's pending conversion legislation, underscoring the wide dismay the bill has triggered in the American Jewish community.
The letter from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), understood to be addressed to Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren, outlines apprehensions over the bill's language, according to sources familiar with the text. It is circulating for signatures from additional Jewish senators before being delivered to the embassy.
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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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