Sunday, October 12, 2008

Eve Garrard on Jews and Zionism

At Normblog:

I don't know, and I don't believe that anyone knows, whether a time will come when Jews once again have to face murderous persecution. I certainly don't know that it won't, and I don't think that anyone else knows that either, particularly in a world in which some states explicitly threaten to wipe Israel off the map, and others countenance and foster viciously anti-Semitic attitudes. The destruction of the European Jews was not the first genocide of the 20th century, nor was it the last: racist persecution and mass murder are a part - an appalling part - of the human repertoire. In these circumstances, the light dismissal of any need for Jewish self-determination, the completely unargued assumption that Jewish group loyalty is something that justice and conscience should oppose, and the worried advice about keeping shtum so as not to annoy the goyim, constitute a set of views each one of which is independently questionable, and which jointly amount to a blatant contradiction.

My thoughts about it, later.

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