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14 November 2003 @ 04:54 am

vorona recently pointed to this essay on "antisemitism and stuff" which I had, oddly enough, recently read in print:


My comment in response was, in part: "There is much truth in that article, yes. However, he did rather lose me at the end when he anointed America the new Yisrael."

So anyway, as you've probably noticed, I've lately been reading Karen Armstrong, A History of God. (It's actually my second attempt — I got bogged down and like lost interest or focus or something part way through the first time. Turns out this time I'm better-equipped with what might be thought of as background reading, so it's going better and more interestingly.) Tonight I'm reading along as she gets to her explanation/assessment of Isaiah and notice this sentence: "But no Israelite would have wanted to hear that his own people had brought political destruction upon its own head by its shortsighted policies and exploitative behavior." (page 43) That makes sense, and does indeed seem to match what little I now know about Isaiah and what was going on around him. Then it kind of tickles something in the back of my brain and I stop and think. "Think, he thinks." Ohmygoodness. Maybe Sharansky isn't so far off when he anoints America the new Yisrael. Maybe that's exactly what we are. Or perhaps a bit more accurately, the new Kingdom of Judah.

Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Daniel B. Holzman-Tweedholzman on November 14th, 2003 04:32 am (UTC)
For the most part, it seems a very good analysis of the history of anti-semitism.

It is unfortunate that it seeks to perpetuate the falsehood that opposition to Israel (or, more specificly Israel's policies) is the same thing as opposition to Judiasm. It is also unfortunate that the article lies about the nature of the offer Barak made Arafat. (I discuss the truth of that in detail elsewhere.) Such tactics tend to weaken the article overall.
songs in the key of mechorus on November 14th, 2003 12:13 pm (UTC)
That was my main problem with it, as well. As witness a fairly recent post in my own LJ.

But it was an interesting read, nonetheless, and I think the author makes some good points.
Lianatezliana on November 14th, 2003 11:30 am (UTC)
Aaaaaaaa! I don't have enough of the background reading! I should make a note to myself to try this one sometime next year.

Evil man - my current reading pile is already hyooge. :)