Monday, September 17, 2012

Sabra and Shatila, and the U.S. A Preventable Massacre
It would be nice to think the last paragraph in the piece was inserted by the editor.

Pope of the Jews
On Meet the Press, dancing dave informed the PM of Israel that he was the leader of the Jewish people. I am not sure who should find this to be the most offensively stupid.
I shouldn't continue to be amazed at the number of people who think "the Jewish people" refers to religion and not ethnicity; the relations are conflated in Israel and historically by Jews, in a mixture of personal confusion and political expediency. But Israel was founded by non-believers as a secular state, and the parallel to calling Netanyahu the leader of "the Jewish People” would be to call the Prime Minister of Italy the leader of the Italian people, from Rome to Brooklyn and Buenos Aires.
To top it off,  the Pope is  German.

If Josh Marshall really wanted to separate Israelis from Judaism, or Jewishness, he wouldn't be a defender of the Jewish State.

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