Comparing Kapos & Jewish Activists is not Kosher

When the horrors of the Holocaust and the actions of the nazis are associated with more modern events, many of us find the comparisons to be demeaning and insensitive. When those tags are applied to Israel we find them totally offensive. Yet Morry Sztainbok (AJN letters 5/6/2009) finds no problem using those sorts of comparisons when it comes to people he clearly despises. To quote him: "..then it was Kapos, today Jewish 'peace' activists; then it was Mein Kampf, today the charters of Hamas and Fatah." So Sztainbok thinks that it is within the acceptable limits of public debate to associate kapos with Jews he disagrees with, and compare Palestinians with the nazis. His words make that clear. I think that sort of vilification is offensive to Jews and Palestinians. My only comfort is that my letter will be one of many who condemn Sztainbok's words. After all, the Jewish community wouldn't display a double standard, would it? Harold Zwier

Seven Jewish Children-some opinion from AJDS people

The recent kerfuffle over the short play Seven Jewish Children predictably brought out the worst in the rightist organisations which rule the roost in the Jewish community.  They specialise in several methods of political assasination of views it does not like 1) attack the messenger and get personal to divert attention from the message or  action being taken 2) take no prisoners (they grew up admiring Daleks).  

Ten Comments on Obama in Cairo – Still Accumulating, Not Expending Capital

Ten Comments on Obama in Cairo – Still Accumulating, Not Expending Capital-- Daniel Levy

 This piece was also published at TPM Café

 

The Obama team´s remarkable wordsmithery and the president´s unparalleled capacity for delivery were exquisitely on display again today in Cairo. But this speech should perhaps be remembered as much for what was not said. Gone was the arrogance and lecturing: there was no lavishing of praise on Egypt´s undemocratic leader – the word ‘Mubarak´ was not even mentioned once. Out too was the purple finger version of democratization and even the traditional American condescension toward the Palestinian narrative. But perhaps most remarkably of all, the words ‘terror´ or ‘terrorism´ did not pass the president´s lips. Here was a leader and a team around him smart enough to acknowledge that certain words have become too tainted, too laden with baggage, their use has become counter-productive, today the Global War on Terror framing was truly laid to rest.

 

Gideon Levy: Obama is Israel’s True Friend

Barack Obama: Israel's true friend

Gideon Levy Open Democracy

Gideon Levy is a journalist with the Israeli newspaper, Ha'aretz

The United States president’s meeting with Israel’s prime minister offers Israel a future it must grasp, says Gideon Levy. 25 - 05 - 2009 It's already clear: the United States president is a great friend of Israel. If Barack Obama continues what he started in his meeting with Binyamin Netanyahu on 18 May 2009, he might prove to be the friendliest president to Israel ever. Richard M Nixon saved Israel from the Arab states in 1973, and Obama is about to save Israel from itself.

Nixon sent Israel arms and ammunition at a critical time, and Obama is sending - at a time no less critical - the substance of a complete peace plan, a plan that would save Israel. All that remains is whether Obama stays determined and decisive as he was in the White House summit. In one moment he changed Washington's madness and the attitude toward the Israeli occupation. Now it will be seen if he succeeds in altering the same madness in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Desconstructing the debate over antisemitism

The Hermeneutics of Antisemitism by Keith Kahn Harris

in the UK Jounal New Jewish Thought is well worth a read.

 

The title may sound obscure, but the analysis of the way that the debate over anitsemitism is played out is not.

 

http://newjewishthought.blogspot.com/2006/04/hermeneutics-of-anti-anti-semitism.html

This is no time to be silent during the Gaza Conflict! 20 July 2006

The following statement has been issued by the Australian Jewish Democratic Society: We write as supporters of the State of Israel and align ourselves with those who seek a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Though the current hostilities in Gaza and Lebanon are but another round in this long-standing conflict, we have no hesitation in unreservedly condemning those, chiefly in Hamas and Hezbollah, who have triggered the current escalation of hostilities.