Israel

Someone I admire very much writes:

1000 Palestinians dead… It’s time for American Jews to recognize that the Zionism of our parents generation is gone. I have no idea if the liberal, socialist, secular, democratic ideal of a Jewish State was ever possible in Israel, but if it ever was it is now so distant as to barely merit discussion. What supporters of Israel are left with is the Israel of the war criminal Sharon, the buffoonish Netanyahu, and Avigdor Lieberman and his fascist gangs of thugs. The Zionist ideal has been replaced by a Zionism of race-hatred, religious extremism, and ethnic cleansing. No Jew should support a state that would deny an entire people the right to land, water, and self-determination. If our history has taught us anything it should be that.

I’ll never say it’s too late for peace – Israelis can still reject the occupation, abandon the settler project, tear down their wall, allow Palestinians the right to elect a government without interference and begin negotiations in good faith. We should be in solidarity with the peace activists, draft resistors, and other Israelis of conscience who fight for that day. The whole world is waiting for it. Until then, there is no room for equivocation. As an American and as a Jew, I stand with Gaza.

In related news:

Bar Ilan University students, faculty and administrators are up in arms over a law professor’s email to his students that opened with an expression of sympathy for all victims of the Israel-Gaza war, implicitly reminding them that the overwhelming majority of those victims are Gazans.

Prof. Hanoch Sheinman’s email was sent to reassure his second-year law students that because the security situation had disrupted many students’ routines, there would be an additional date scheduled for his course’s final exam. Sheinman opened the email, however, by saying that he hoped the message “finds you in a safe place, and that you, your families and those dear to you are not among the hundreds of people that were killed, the thousands wounded, or the tens of thousands whose homes were destroyed or were forced to leave their homes during, or as a direct result of, the violent confrontation in the Gaza Strip and its environs.”

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