Tuesday, January 06, 2009

What I have to say about Israel

I have, for a long time, found it distressing that very liberal Jews are very hawkish about Israel. That they support things happening in Israel they would oppose were it Slobovia or Berzerkhistan. The pain of anti-Semitism is very real for us, and the history is very present. I think it is a mistake to interpret criticism of Israel as anti-Semitic, just as it is a mistake to interpret criticism of the U.S. government as unpatriotic.

And yet.

I was listening to progressive radio, the topic was the current Israeli war on the Gaza strip, and within a couple of minutes, I heard "If the Jews don't like it, too bad," and "Bloomberg is either a Jew or an American."

So don't even try to tell me that anti-Semitism isn't a component of liberal opinion on the issue. Don't even try.

(Wacky, fun-loving cross-post)