If Adam Shatz was still collecting material for his valuable work Prophets Outcast: A Century of Dissident Jewish Writing about Zionism and Israel
(2004), he would probably want to consider including an excerpt from the recently publishedWrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity
by Brant Rosen.
Many of the contributors selected in Shatz’s work were Jews who opposed politicalZionism
from its inception, with some offering an alternative vision of cultural Zionism in which Jews and Arabs would share a common homeland under a neutral state guaranteeing equal rights for all.
Unlike these writers, Rosen initially embraced a “liberal” form of political Zionism but then embarked on a political journey that led him to question and ultimately break with it, the turning point coming with Operation Cast Lead
, Israel’s murderous assault on the people of Gaza
in late 2008 and early 2009.
Read more: Book Review: A Rabbi's Journey from liberal Zionism to anti-Zionism