In this Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 file photo, American and Israeli Reform rabbis pray at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
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Zimmerman, a Jewish American living in Israel, quickly became a person of interest after telling the border agent that she worked for an Israeli advocacy group that assists Palestinians.A series of similar incidents at Israeli border crossings has highlighted a growing gulf between the country's hard-line government and liberal Jewish Americans who say they support Israel but oppose its policies on issues including religion, President Donald Trump and especially the continued occupation of the West Bank.Some Jewish leaders have begun to criticize Israeli policies publicly, and some predict that the Democratic Party – home to an estimated 70 percent of American Jews – could soon turn away from its support for Israel.A poll published by the American Jewish Committee in June showed deep differences between U.S. and Israeli Jews on issues like Israeli settlements, religious pluralism and Trump's policies. Only 34 percent of American Jews, for instance, supported Trump's handling of relations with Israel, compared with 77 percent of Israeli Jews.Despite these differences, the Jewish American establishment – led by the influential pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC – has firmly backed the Israeli government and its policies over the years.Israel still has significant support in the American Jewish community.
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