Monday, December 26, 2011

'Diaspora Disneys': Economic Development Via Remembrance of Jews Past

Or how we love our Jews, now that they're gone...

Mosh pit hysteria at the Crakow Festival of Jewish Culture
Diaspora Disneys, is Shelley Salamensky's bittersweet report of how some places in Europe and Asia, that once were homes to significant Jewish populations, are back on the map with architectural, cultural and educational 'restoration' projects that bring in tourist money, government grants and new-found prestige. Thus, it seems as if every nook or cranny in the old country is suddenly a shtetl, Jewish contributions to city life are suddenly celebrated, and suddenly everybody loves gefilte fish and dancing the hora. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone...

Please forgive my cynicism but I prefer my Jews alive and breathing and don't want to see this sort of thing happen once Palestine is established from the river to sea, if those nostalgic Europeans and Asians have their way. Read the whole piece here.


  1. I presume you meant 're-establish Palestine' rather than 'establish Palestine'; a Freudian slip, no doubt.

  2. Did you mean the Palestine that was ruled by the Ottomans, or Mandatory Palestine? Which would you re-establish?

  3. I refer to that Palestine which existed in the early 20th. century whereby, freely, Christians, Muslims, Jews and non-believers could live in peace and harmony together, as opposed to the practise of apartheid and racism that currently applies in the Occupied Territories of Palestine in defiance of International Law.

  4. Ah, yes, harmony. How nostalgic. Can you reference a single Arab nation in which Christians, Muslims and Jews have lived together happily ever after? Or, should I say, in which the Muslim majority has allowed 'others' to live happily ever after?

  5. I always am amazed at the "talking points" the anti-Israel groups come up with. Another one now in vogue is that the Arab Armies in 1948 did not wish to conquer all of Israel, but only tried to maintain the U.N. boundaries, so that Israel would not take over Palestinian land.
    But, one thing at a time. Here is a link to an article on the Hebron Massacre of 1929 for zeus to read. I am curious to hear how this meshes with peace and harmony of the early 20th century. I am not being rhetorical here, I really would like an explanation.



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