Sunday, February 27, 2011

Oscar Night Reminiscence: Vanessa Redgrave's 'Zionist Hoodlums' Speech

For me, her words can never be forgiven: "Thank you for refusing to be intimidated by a small bunch of Zionist hoodlums -- whose behaviour is an insult to the stature of Jews all over the world, and to their great and heroic record of struggle against fascism and oppression, and I will continue to fight against anti-Semitism and fascism forever." Unfortunately history has caught up with old Vanessa and her sentiments are no longer shocking as they were in 1977 but, as we know, actually de rigueur in 'artistic' circles. Separating out good Jews from bad Jews is now rather banal and goes without saying, as if there were no relation between the moral aspirations of the Zionist enterprise and the fight against fascism and racism. Feh.

1 comment:

  1. what was the situation she was refering to?


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