Archive for February, 2014

Book launch for Uncivil War: “The Israel Conflict in the Jewish Community”

February 23, 2014

Keith Kahn-Harris launches Uncivil WarThe Israel Conflict in the Jewish Community  in a panel  discussion with Daniella Peled, Jonathan Sacerdoti and Michael Wegier at the JW3 on March 12.

Diaspora Jews are no longer unified in their support for Israel. Anger, aggression and verbal abuse between Jews has broken out.  With increasing bitterness Jew is turning gainst Jew. The author, a sociologist and writer, explores the causes of the conflicts and describes how with expert help, he brought together more than seventy prominent British Jews with diverse opinions for a series of encounters. In  Uncivil War he analyses the various groupings –  left, right, secular and religious, pro and anti-Zionist – in Britain and the USA, and he explores the history of civility and dialogue,  the different methods used by international organisations involved in developing dialogue within Jewish communities and the issues that came up in the encounters.

This is the first major analysis of the effects of Jewish divisions over Israel  and  is a major contribution to our understanding of the issues and to seek ways of managing them.

 Keith Kahn-Harris is a sociologist and writer. He is co-author of  Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today, the author of Judaism: All That Matters and the editor of the Jewish Journal of Sociology. He is  regular contributor of articles and reviews to  The Guardian. Independent, New Statesman and Society, and the  Jerusalem Post.

Michael Wegier is Chief Executive of UJIA  the largest Jewish charity in the UK, that focuses on strengthening young people’s Jewish identity and connection to Israel with educational programmes. Formerly executive director of the Melitz Educational Centre in Jerusalem.

Daniella Peled is an editor at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. A former foreign editor of the Jewish Chronicle, she writes widely on Israel and Palestine and is a regular contributor to Ha’aretz.

Jonathan Sacerdoti is a political commentator and analyst. He appears frequently on international news programs and lectures internationally on the Middle East.

The book is in hardback, paperback and ebook formats. See the main  website