Why Are American-Jewish Authors Obsessed With the 'Ugly Israeli'?

The rejection of Israel is now American Jews’ most effective way of reimagining themselves as an exiled ethnic minority, writes Noam Gil

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Israel has recently become a hot topic for American-Jewish writers. Authors such as Nicole Krauss, Jonathan Safran Foer, Michael Chabon, Nathan Englander and Joshua Cohen illustrate Zionist Israelis who cross the Atlantic only to instill American Jews with some Zionism, Torah, sense of personal responsibility and Jewish values.

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