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Eyeless in Gaza

July 17, 2014

When will America’s Jews–and by America’s Jews I mean its majority of secular, non- or semi-observant Jews, not its rapidly-growing minority of religious fundamentalists, or its even smaller but extremely well-funded micro-minority of political neo-conservatives and professional Zionists–recognize that the separation of church and state is what has assured their safety in the US thus far?

Of course there are anti-Semites in the world (among them many of Israel’s staunchest Evangelical supporters–and a handful of regular commentators at this very tiny, insignificant blog). And yes, it goes without saying that millions of Arabs (and most Gazans) would welcome the destruction of the Jewish state. But its existence (and its devolution into an apartheid fascist pariah state) has provided neither an antidote for anti-Semitism nor a safe-haven from it.

The horrors in Gaza aren’t an anomaly–they’re the naked face of an imperialist ethno-state.

I don’t know what goes on in the heads of American Jews whose Zionism comes from their religion or their right wing political agenda. But the rest of us should be appalled at what’s being done in our names in the Middle East–and terrified at the erosion of church/state separation at home. 

 

 

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  1. July 21, 2014 11:34 am

    it goes without saying that millions of Arabs (and most Gazans) would welcome the destruction of the Jewish state.

    I’m starting to wonder to what degree that’s true, and how mainstream these Arabs are, versus the possibility that it’s hyper-Zionist propaganda.

    People who turned out to be uncritical Zionists have told me that Palestinian textbooks talk about pushing the Jews into the sea. I don’t doubt that there are people who think that, but I don’t know how extreme that viewpoint is — or was a quarter-century or so ago — among Palestinians, or among Arabs in general.

  2. Sheldon permalink
    July 28, 2014 7:27 pm

    “And yes, it goes without saying that millions of Arabs (and most Gazans) would welcome the destruction of the Jewish state.”

    And can you say you blame them? if seen from their perspective the Jewish state is a disaster of oppression!

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