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1.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasant, 30 Oct. 2006
This review is from: The Politics of Anti-Semitism (Paperback)
If you want justification for criticism of Israel and reassurance that it isn't wrong to do so then you MUST buy this book.

But why should anyone need reassurance...?

This book would be immeasurably improved if a single contributor could find the empathy to acknowledge that the vast majority of Jews today express their Judaism in diverse ways with a common demoninator - Zionism. With that in mind an attack on Israel is an attack on Jews.

It should be obvious that there is a distinction between Judaism and Israel - and an attack on one is not an attack on the other. So, hey presto, no anti-semitism here! But that's just a cheap confidence trick.

The real issue is that, uncomfortable for these authors as it might be, there is little distinction between JEWS and Israel. And, if you accept as most people of goodwill do these days, that the oppressed define their own oppression, then an attack on one is an attack on the other. This book doesn't even acknowledge the argument. It's creepy.

PS - the other reviewer refers to the lack of "loyalty" of citizens of the US who support Israel but who aren't Israeli. That should tell you everything you need to know... Jews as 5th columnists/rootless cosmopolitans. That stuff is old - and dangerous.
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Initial post: 31 Dec 2007 13:12:54 GMT
Geronimo says:
I'm not even sure you know exactly what Zionism actually is... "Jews today express their Judaism in diverse ways with a common demoninator - Zionism." ignoring the ironic spelling mistake made in denominator, this statement has to rank as one of the biggest bogus assertions i have read in my 3 years of academic study of the middle east (a large part of which has been focussed on Israeli sociology). The uncomfortable reality for the author of the above comment is that although he wont accept it, there actually is a distinction be Judaism, Israel and Zionism... if you don't believe me look in a dictionary... I'm sure one can be purchased via this website. It is technically verging on racist to say that all Jews are united by Zionism. As the old adage goes, ask two Jews a question and you'll get five answers. End of Rant.

Posted on 14 Jan 2009 01:43:45 GMT
O. Ahmed says:
I agree with B. Cook..

Simon says (no pun intended) that there is no disctinction between Jews/Judaism and Israel/Zionism - when in fact there is. Firstly no all 'Israelis' are Jewish... you have 'Arab-Israelis' who account for about %20 of the population - and growing.

You also have many Jewish groups who are against the very idea of Israel the state. Has Simon not seen Jewish demonstrators with placards saying 'Jews against Zionism' alongside pro-Palestinian protestors here on the streets in London - most notably against the current genocide taking place in Gaza?

You see Simon - you have many Jews who believe themselves that the Jewish people are wanderers of the earth and it is against Judaism, that Judaism has been hijacked by these Zionists - that Jews are not to be nationalistically attached to a peice of land... You have Jews who believe ONLY when the Messiah appears and re-establishes the 3rd Temple of Solomon will the Kingdom of Israel be established.

I recommend Simon to view the following websites so he can try and link these Jews to the Israel which they denounce and REJECT....

www.jewsagainstzionism.com

www.nkusa.org

www.jewsnotzionists.org

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2011 19:25:59 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2014 05:27:31 GMT
The misspelling of 'denominator' is ironic not because it's a misspelling, but because of how it is misspelt.
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