Jewish Fascism + Fascist Judaism + State of Israel

There has been a lot of threatening and threatened talk reported in the Israeli press about the Supreme Court and also about the the culture of loyalty and about the imposition of gender segregation in Israel after Netanyahu forms his next government. This article by Mazal Mualem is about widely reported plans by members of the incoming ruling coalition to attack human rights organizations in Israel. The utter filth and violence of the language reminds me of rigthwingers in the U.S. insisting that you have to identify the religious denomination of “Islamic terrorism” in order to combat the phenomenon. One can concede to the power of that logic about what was, in fact, a malicious argument. It touches profoundly upon the power of language to name things. The only way to combat “Jewish fascism” and “fascist Judaism” is to identify by name this complex mutation of orthodox Judaism and rightwing politics that is now in position to take over the State of Israel.

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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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