Ah, when a pro-BDS* academic reviews Jonathan Safran Foer’s new novel for a literary website! Such…interesting…historical/political perspectives can result.
As it happens, the site posted another review of the same title on the same day—this one, by an author who actually focused on the book. Imagine that.
(*I don’t want to link to evidence about the reviewer’s pro-boycott position, because I don’t need the nuisance of a pingback. But you don’t really need me to do it: Google is our friend, friends.)
“Though they will hear its rhetoric and see its demonstrations, few students will ever visit the BDS website, where one learns that the movement is avowedly part of the Palestinian national struggle against the very existence of the State of Israel. BDS materials say nary a word about the partial responsibility of the corrupt Palestinian government in the West Bank or the murderous Hamas regime in Gaza for the failure of the peace process thus far. One hears a great deal from BDS and affiliated groups like Jewish Voice for Peace about Jewish and Israeli culpability — but nothing about mistakes made on the Palestinian side, oppression committed by it, the blatant anti-Semitism built into its policies and publications. BDS is silent about the many countries that are guilty of abuses far worse than those charged to Israel.”
Source: Arnold M. Eisen (via JTA)
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