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)
“The false narrative about the Middle East, in which Palestinians are depicted as the moral equivalent of the victims of America’s Jim Crow era rather than a people who have repeatedly rejected peace and are dedicated to the eradication of Israel, is regarded by the left as accepted truth.”
Source: Jonathan Tobin, “The Anti-Israel Left and the Dems” (Commentarymagazine.com)
“Jews have a tradition, born of a combination of persecution and self-scrutiny, that sometimes makes them uncomfortable with the particularity of being part of a people. These days you can see it in people who repudiate the state that actually saved millions of Jews, the State of Israel. The latest execrable entry in this sweepstakes to flee from yourself is an article in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz by two historians, Hasia Diner and Marjorie Feld, on why they have ‘left Zionism behind.’ Continue reading ›
Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
Some Israeli publishing data for 2015, courtesy of the country’s National Library.
“The Koffler Centre of the Arts is proud to announce a significant new literary award in Canada – the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature.” (Unfortunately, I’ve found out about this too late to help anyone for the current round–submissions closed in early June.)
If I can manage to sit through a three-hour play, it may well be this one. And I’m sorry to have to miss this one–which I’ve just learned about but won’t be able to catch during its brief engagement.
“In this talk, novelist and literary scholar Dara Horn explores the role Hebrew can play in a living contemporary American Jewish culture, as she has experienced it as a reader and as an American writer. This lecture was part of the 2016 Stroum Lectures, ‘Hebrew and the Creative Imagination,’ hosted by the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies of the University of Washington.”
And ICYMI: a note about a new essay of mine, on being a “3G” writer.
Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen
May it be a good and peaceful Shabbat for all. Shabbat shalom.
“‘I only criticize Israel within Israel,’ he has said time and again, often expressing anger at those Diaspora Jews who have marginal Jewish affiliation and yet use the mantle of the Jewishness to add credibility to their criticism.”
Source: Michael Berenbaum’s Forward tribute to Elie Wiesel