January 31, 2007

THEY VOTE DEMOCRAT, DON'T THEY?:

Essay linking liberal Jews and anti-Semitism sparks furor (Patricia Cohen, January 30, 2007, International Herald Tribune)

The American Jewish Committee, an ardent defender of Israel, is known for speaking out against anti-Semitism, but this conservative advocacy group has recently stirred up a bitter and emotional debate with a new target: liberal Jews.

An essay the committee features on its Web site, ajc.org, titled 'Progressive' Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semitism, says a number of Jews, through their speaking and writing, are feeding a rise in virulent anti-Semitism by questioning whether Israel should even exist. [...]

By spotlighting the touchy issue of whether Jews are contributing to anti-Semitism, both admirers and detractors of the essay agree that it aggravates an already heated dispute over where legitimate criticism of Israel and its defenders ends and anti-Semitic statements begin.


Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2007 8:16 AM
Comments

Who said that American Jews have incomes like Episcopalians, and vote like Puerto Ricans?

Posted by: John J. Coupal at January 31, 2007 10:23 AM

John:

That's a great line - I never heard it before.

Surely a lot of liberal Jews are embarrassed at being reminded of their heritage by the mere existence of Israel. It was one thing to dance in 1967, but standing behind Israel today involves a much sterner choice.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 31, 2007 11:47 AM

Irving Kristol, wasn't it?

Posted by: oj at January 31, 2007 11:50 AM

oj,

no. The June 2005 issue of The Dartmouth Beacon credits it to an author, Martin Himmelfarb, in the 1960's.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at January 31, 2007 8:00 PM

I think that Irving is married to Gertrude Himmelfarb, so Martin would presumably be his brother-in-law or something?

Posted by: oj at January 31, 2007 8:41 PM
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