Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Couple of Great Reads on the New, New Anti-Semitism

Ben Cohen's John Mearsheimer And The Scandal That Wasn't  is a brilliant digestion of the murky soup of the New, New Anti-Semitism in which the money quote is, "As far as large swaths of academia and the media are concerned, the victims of anti-Semitism are no longer Jews, but those unjustly accused of being anti-Semites." And that is why, what should have developed into a full-blown scandal, didn't.

In other words: The old Anti-Semitism, where the Jews as a people are vilified, mutated into the New Anti-Semitism, where the the state of the Jewish people is vilified, which then mutated into the New, New Anti-Semitism which is the vilification (by the Jewish people) of the vilifiers of the state of and the Jewish people. They're still working on the vaccines for 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0.

Ami Ayalon and Sari Nusseibeh
presenting their Accord
Then, in The New Heartlessness Towards Israel, Leon Wiesletier challenges the Old and New and New, New Anti-Semitism of Sari Nusseibeh's meshuganah-like-a fox assertion (among others) that Israel Cannot Be a Jewish State, because the“more serious reason ... why Palestinian leaders—and indeed no responsible person—can morally recognize Israel as a ‘Jewish State’ ... has to do with the very Covenant of God in the Bible with Ancient Israelites.” He cites Genesis and Deuteronomy and Joshua and Samuel to establish that “in the Old Testament, God commands the Jewish state in the land of Israel to come into being through warfare and violent dispossession of the original inhabitants.” And so, he explains, “no one then can blame Palestinians and descendants of the ancient Canaanites, Jebusites and others who inhabited the land before the Ancient Israelites ... for a little trepidation as regards what recognising Israel as a ‘Jewish State’ means for them.” 

Talk about reaching back into the Old Testament to vilify the original Israelites, then the new Israelites and finally, because their's is the only responsible position, protect the anti-Israelites, who cower in fear lest they too shall be smitten by the Jewish god. I smell a mutation of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. (As an aside, something is up with Nusseibeh. He seems suddenly to be propping up the orthodox Palestinian Right of Return, when earlier -- in the Nusseibeh/Ayalon Accord -- he committed to refugees returning only to the new Palestinian state.)

For some background on both readings, please see:

Adam Holland: John Mearsheimer Supports Anti-Semitic Author
Jeffrey Goldberg: Mearsheimer and Walt Go There
A. Jay Adler: The Uncanny John Mearsheimer
Shlomo Avineri: We are a people, a response to Sari Nusseibeh
Elliot Abrams: Sari Nusseibeh and Palestinian Moderation

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