Not Just As Bad (Nazis Israel Leftists)


Have none of it or get help. There are deranged people out there in the current climate of this Trump moment making off-the-wall comparisons. Are Israel and Zionism “just as bad” as white supremacist alt-right ethno-fascism? Are radical left wing counter-demonstrators “just as bad” as neo-Nazis? Against these false equivalences being drawn out there on the anti-Zionist left and everywhere on the Jewish right, my first op-ed at the Forward, which you can read here concludes on this point: “There used to be a consensus, especially among Jews, that Nazis represented a special category, uniquely placed at the bottom of the barrel of political life. As a unique category, nothing – nothing at all – should be compared to Nazis. Watching people compare Israel with Nazis, or leftists with Nazis, one understands just how terribly amiss is our current political climate, buffeted by powerful political and racial hatreds in both the United States and in Israel. This is our political environment today. Across the ideological spectrum of the American Jewish community, from the far left to the right, people need to start distinguishing rotten apples and oranges.”

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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2 Responses to Not Just As Bad (Nazis Israel Leftists)

  1. dmf says:

    shows how empty the words are, all tone and attitude now.
    if you want a pleasant break try:
    off to read yer op-ed.

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