Top US Jewish leader urges PM: Rethink Western Wall prayer, or risk wider chasm (The Times of Israel)

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By Richard Horowitz
September 5, 2017

The head of American Jewry’s main umbrella group urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to rethink his approach to the suspended Western Wall compromise, and move to “restore the confidence” of US Jewry or risk broadening the “chasm” between many American Jews and Israel.

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice president of the Conference of Major American Jewish Organizations, noted that his group normally steers clear of such issues because “you cannot deal in consensus on religious issues, on issues of conviction like this.”

On campus, he said, “we have to do more to stand with the students.” He cited “the lawsuit at San Francisco State University by the Lawfare Project” and the “actions against Students for Justice for Palestine at California Irvine” as important steps. “Because for too long people were reluctant to stand up and take a stand against it…. When Jewish interests are assaulted, Jewish speakers, pro-Israel speakers are interrupted or harassed, the fact that these things take place is one thing. The question is how we respond to them.”

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