27. prosince 2007

Další self-hating Jew

Je jím Tony Judt, který měl tu drzost, že napsal: "Israel was on its way to becoming a "belligerently intolerant, faith-driven ethno state" and called for the conversion of "Israel from a Jewish state to a binational one" with equal rights for all Jews and Arabs living in Israel and the Palestinian territories".

To samozřejmě nemohlo zůstat bez odpovědi. V Rosenfeldově essayi 'Progressive' Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semitism (2006, PDF) si dokonce vysloužil speciální kapitolu: "The historian Tony Judt, for instance, has published a series of increasingly bitter articles over the past three years in the Nation, the New York Review of Books, and Ha’aretz, in which he has called Israel everything from arrogant, aggressive, anachronistic, and infantile to dysfunctional, immoral, and a primary cause of present-day anti-Semitism. “Israel today,” Judt avers, “is bad for the Jews,” and it would do them and everyone else a service by going out of business. “The time has come to think the unthinkable,” he writes, and that is to replace the Jewish state with “a single, integrated, binational state of Jews and Arabs.” Far from being new, this is an old idea and, by now, a properly discredited and discarded one; everyone knows that such an entity, were it ever to come into being, would before long be an Arab-dominated state in which a residual Jewish presence would, at best, be a tolerated minority. In promoting such an obsolescent scheme, which would spell an end to a territorially-based Jewish national existence, Judt, as Benjamin Balint persuasively argues, unwittingly aligns himself with older forms of Christian opposition to Jewish particularism: “Israel is merely the new ground upon which the old battle over Jewish distinctiveness is being waged.” Nevertheless, Judt has his followers, and talk of dissolving the Jewish state and replacing it with a binational state is once again in the air in certain intellectual circles."

Není jediný. Národní ředitel ADL, Abraham Foxman, si vzal na paškál (PDF) známou knihu Mearsheimera a Walta The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy. V pochvalné recensi The Deadliest Lies na Ynetu se doslova uvádí: "Criticism of specific Israeli policies is legitimate, criticism that condemns Israel for simply existing is not; criticism that finds fault with Israel on the basis of principles that are generally accepted by all nations and applied even-handedly is legitimate, criticism that singles out Israel for behavior that many other countries behave in without suffering reproach is not. Criticism that ignores every problem Israel faces and concludes that only bad faith or evil motives can explain any failure on Israel's part is also, Foxman argues, not legitimate."

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