Jews + Israel + Fasicism

Others might pretend otherwise, but ethics is not the essence of Judaism. Jewishness and Judaism have always been politically fungible. On response to the election of the far right nationalist Giorgia Meloni in Italy are these two columns here and here from Haaretz. No surprise that fascists in Israel support the election of fascists in Europe. This is not, however, limited to rightwing forms of Zionism. Salo Baron, the doyen of modern Jewish history, hoped that Jews in the Diaspora could make a modus-vivendi with fascists in Italy under Mussolini and with Nazis in Germany. About this you can read here. For Baron, Jewish corporate identity as a ghetto phenomenon was the essential feature of Historical Judaism.

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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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1 Response to Jews + Israel + Fasicism

  1. dmf says:

    as predictable as this is still hurts my belly.
    To the degree that Judaism is nothing more or less than what people we count as Jews do the problem isn’t so much a question of fungibility but what political stances will we take and how will we decide?

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