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We Are Not One: A History of America's Fight Over Israel

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The third event in a three-part lecture series on the relationship between the United States and Israel. In this webinar, Professor Eric Alterman discusses how our consensus on Israel and Palestine emerged and why, today, it is fracturing.

This event was organized by the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and co-sponsored by the UCLA Political Science Department, the UCLA History Department and the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations.

About the Book & Talk

Fights about the fate of the state of Israel, and the Zionist movement that gave birth to it, have long been a staple of both Jewish and American political culture. But despite these arguments’ significance to American politics, American Jewish life, and to Israel itself, no one has ever systematically examined their history and explained why they matter. 

In We Are Not One, historian Eric Alterman traces this debate from its nineteenth-century origins. Following Israel’s 1948–1949 War of Independence (called the “nakba” or “catastrophe” by Palestinians), few Americans, including few Jews, paid much attention to Israel or the challenges it faced. Following the 1967 Six-Day War, however, almost overnight support for Israel became the primary component of American Jews’ collective identity. Over time, Jewish organizations joined forces with conservative Christians and neoconservative pundits and politicos to wage a tenacious fight to define Israel’s image in the US media, popular culture, Congress, and college campuses. Deeply researched, We Are Not One reveals how our consensus on Israel and Palestine emerged and why, today, it is fracturing.

 About the Author


Eric Alterman is a CUNY Distinguished Professor at Brooklyn College and holds a PhD in history from Stanford, with a minor in Jewish studies. He has written eleven previous titles, including the New York Times bestseller, What Liberal Media? The Truth about Bias and the News. An award-winning journalist and historian, he was for 25 years, the media columnist for The Nation in addition to having been a columnist at different times for The Forward, Moment, The Guardian and the Daily Beast as well as a contributor to The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Haaretz and Le Monde Diplomatique. He currently writes the “Altercation” newsletter for The American Prospect.




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