Sunday Sep 29, 2013
Some two weeks ago, The New York Times (NYT) published a lengthy op-ed that advocated essentially the same idea proposed a few years earlier in the paper’s pages by the late Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Qaddafi’s piece was entitled “The One-State Solution;” the more recent version – written by influential University of Pennsylvania professor Ian Lustick – has the title “Two-State Illusion....
Monday Aug 26, 2013
Peter Beinart’s Open Zion website claims to “foster an open and unafraid conversation about Israel, Palestine, and the Jewish future.” The “unafraid” apparently reflects the popular canard that it is somehow dangerous to criticize Israel, but the site’s offerings tend to prove that most Open Zion contributors – among them avowed anti-Zionists like Yousef Munayyer – are indeed “unafraid...
Saturday Jul 13, 2013
Imagine for a moment that for the holiday season between Christmas and New Year, some big Hollywood producer came out with a special history drama devoted to portraying Muslims as mendacious, bloodthirsty and utterly evil creatures who were rightly fought and killed by the noble Christians of a bygone era. While the program was being produced, the people involved with it – like the screenwriter and the actors – were interviewed in...
Saturday Jul 06, 2013
Last week, a lot of people decided it was best just to make fun of the news that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood spread the rumor that the new interim president replacing the ousted Mohamed Morsi was secretly Jewish. As the blog Simply Jews put it laconically: "Jew Mohamed Morsi out, Jew Adli Mansour in."
By now it is of course a time-honored Arab and Muslim tradition to express one’s hatred by calling someone a...
Tuesday Jul 02, 2013
Really, what could be antisemitic about picturing Israel as an ugly greedy monster with horns? Why on earth would anybody take offense to see Israel caricatured like this as illustration for an article recommending two books highly critical of the Jewish state in one of Germany’s most influential newspapers?
But while Franziska Augstein of the Süddeutsche Zeitung firmly declared that there was no antisemitism in an illustration...