Please join the Foundation for Middle East Peace and Americans for Peace Now for a discussion with Dr. Sara Yael
Hirschhorn about her new, critically-acclaimed book, “City
on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement.”
Within the complicated politics and wars of the Middle East, one issue is particularly
contentious: the 60,000 Jewish Americans who have settled in the territories captured by the State of Israel
during the Six Day War of 1967. As this year sees the 50th anniversary of that conflict, scholar Sara
Hirschhorn unsettles the stereotypes surrounding the issue, examining the motivations that led the settlers
to leave the US and form their own communities and the politics that they brought with them.
Now we welcome Sara Hirschhorn to share her new book City on a Hilltop with a wide ranging discussion
on these settlers. In this deeply researched, engaging work, Hirschhorn shows that the
1960s generation who moved to the occupied territories were not messianic zealots or right-wing extremists but
idealists engaged in liberal causes. They did not abandon their progressive heritage when they crossed the
Green Line. Rather, they saw a historic opportunity to create new communities to serve as a beacon—a “city on a
hilltop”—to Jews across the globe. This pioneering vision was realized in their ventures at Yamit in the Sinai
and Efrat and Tekoa in the West Bank. Later, the movement mobilized the rhetoric of civil rights to rebrand
itself, especially in the wake of the 1994 Hebron massacre perpetrated by Baruch Goldstein, one of their own.
As the Israeli-Palestine conflict continues, Hirschhorn illuminates the changing face of the settlements and
the clash between liberal values and political realities at the heart of the complicated politics of the Middle
Introducing Sara on June 25th will be Lara Friedman, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, and
Mark Bilsky, Assistant Executive Director for Planning & Development at Americans for Peace Now.
About the Author
Sara Yael Hirschhorn is University Research Lecturer and Sidney Brichto Fellow in Israel Studies, Faculty of
Oriental Studies and Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford.
Sunday, June 25th
6 – 7:30PM EST
Busboys and Poets - 5th & K location
1025 5th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001