A Welcoming Host for the Virus of Antisemitism | The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com | Vic Rosenthal | 11 Tishri 5780 – October 10, 2019


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Within the US, there’s a Jewish Voice for Peace, an If Not Now, a J Avenue, an Open Hillel, and a Tzedek Chicago – and possibly 100 different Jewish organizations with the identical normal goal. All would deny it, however they act politically to convey concerning the finish of the Jewish state and the re-imposition of the historic exile of the Jewish folks.

Though a few of these teams declare to assist “nonviolent change,” in the event that they have been to achieve success of their endeavors, Jewish blood would circulation (once more) like water. And make no mistake about this – the situations that enabled the Jewish folks to outlive as a folks within the 2000+ 12 months diaspora don’t maintain within the 21st century. The top of the Jewish state would most definitely be the top of the Jewish folks.

Can they be that naïve? I’m shocked that those with three-figure IQs imagine that the best of nonviolence is attainable. However they appear to have the ability to settle for a remarkably nice diploma of cognitive dissonance.

This phenomenon is uncommon amongst different peoples. I haven’t encountered a “Hindus for a Pakistani Kashmir” group, or a Greek “Hold Northern Cyprus Turkish” group, have you ever? However along with the numerous Jewish and Israeli teams devoted to ending Jewish sovereignty in what they relish calling “Palestine” (or “Israel/Palestine” at finest), there are numerous Jewish activists in College students for Justice in Palestine and related non-Jewish teams. Some are even leaders within the anti-Israel motion.

Typically they reconcile the contradiction by believing that justice helps the case of the Palestinian Arabs. The can assume this regardless of the precise historical past of the battle in addition to the warfare and actually horrific terrorism which have been the ways of the Arab aspect, as a result of they purchase right into a narrative that casts the Arabs because the indigenous “brown” inhabitants of the area who’ve been colonized by (primarily) “white” European Jews, supported by the remainder of the white, privileged, world.

This narrative was initially launched by the KGB’s presentation within the 1960s of the antisemitic Palestinian Arab opposition to the Jewish presence and particularly sovereignty within the area as a motion of nationwide liberation, even though Palestinian nationalism had by no means been significantly robust earlier than then, and decolonization, even though half of Israelis have been native to the Center East (and the remaining represented no colonial energy).

Within the years since then, the narrative – which by now turned a full-fledged self-consistent conceptual scheme – was given impetus by the UN which handed its “Zionism is racism” decision in 1974, after which extensively popularized by Edward Stated’s e book, Orientalism (1978), which fallaciously delegitimized makes an attempt by non-Arabs to take any place in any respect on the Center East. The connection to racism was reestablished after the 1991 repeal of the UN decision, when the 2001 Durban Convention on racism become a theatrical anti-Israel pageant and gave delivery to the BDS motion that so a lot of at this time’s anti-Israel Jews assist. Lastly, the 21st century thought of “intersectionality” linked Palestinianism with different in style causes of the Left, particularly within the universities.

All of this seems from the surface to be a home of playing cards, resting on defective historic evaluation. However as soon as inside, the argument that the Jews are the paradigmatic “white” oppressors of the oppressed (and due to this fact harmless by definition) Palestinian Arabs appears cheap. On this scheme, the Jewish state seems as emblematic of all that’s unjust on the planet, matched in its devilishness solely by the US of America.

However the Jewish proponents of this misozionist* world-view are generally uneasy. There may be the issue of Arab violence, which isn’t so simply justified, particularly when it entails beheading babies or slaughtering 13-year old girls of their beds. There may be the issue of the Palestinian failure to fulfill trendy requirements for respectable therapy of LGBTQ folks, ladies, and even animals. And at last, there may be the necessity to wriggle and dance to attempt to set up that misoziony will not be antisemitic, on condition that it entails delegitimization, demonization, and double requirements, the “Three D” criterion of Natan Sharansky.

A technique that misozionist Jews have discovered to ameliorate their discomfort is to argue that their place is definitely an expression of their Judaism. An early (1990s) proponent of this view is Michael Lerner, the writer of Tikkun Journal and writer of The Politics of That means. Emphasizing the “social” commandments of the Torah and the writings of the prophets, Lerner and his followers redefined the mitzvot of Judaism when it comes to (previously) secular leftist social motion. Given the place of the Left that justice is on the aspect of the Palestinian Arabs of their battle with Israel, a “Tikkunist” Jew might see his misoziony as not solely appropriate with, however commanded by, Judaism.

And now, making it much more specific, comes a brand new e book by Atalia** Omer, a Jewish girl born in Jerusalem with a Harvard doctorate who teaches Faith, Battle, and Peace Research at Notre Dame College. The e book is named Days of Awe: Reimagining Jewishness in Solidarity With Palestinians. It’s a examine of the Jewish misozionist motion from an appreciative standpoint, and it brings collectively all of the ideas so beloved of the up to date “woke” tutorial Left. Right here is an nearly randomly chosen passage from the e book:

 

I hadn’t seen the alliance between the white energy sorts and Jewish Zionists that she mentions, however I do word that she hits completely each word on the intersectional scale, together with the ever-potent picture of Trump, as she struggles to neutralize the elemental antisemitism of her place. And if Zionism is chauvinistic, masculine, heteronormative, [and] homophobic,” what’s the Palestinian motion with which she is so proud to point out solidarity?

The “reimagining” of Judaism when it comes to leftism is an act of huge conceitedness. The twists and turns that it requires are exceptional, and show, but once more, the good adaptability and virulence of the virus of antisemitism – which has discovered a prone, even welcoming, host within the Jewish Left.

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* Misoziony is the intense and irrational hatred of the Jewish state. It’s antisemitism raised up one stage of abstraction, though nearly all misozionists are antisemites as properly.

** Atalia (additionally spelled “Athalia” in transliteration) was the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel. She reigned as Queen of Judah for six years, and was identified for killing all doable claimants to the throne and for introducing the worship of Baal into Judah earlier than she herself was assassinated.