this sunday in the new york times

From Sunday Book Review, The Jewish Question: British Anti-Semitism, by Harold Bloom:

(The author) is a truth-teller, and authentic enough to stand against the English literary and academic establishment, which essentially opposes the right of the state of Israel to exist, while indulging in the humbuggery that its anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism.

and more

The new English (and Continental) anti-Semitism is hatred for Israel, which among all the nations is declared to be illegitimate. The United States remains almost free of this disease, and any current writer would not be tolerated for portraits like those of Hemingway’s Robert Cohn in “The Sun Also Rises,” Scott Fitzgerald’s Wolfsheim in “The Great Gatsby” or the several Jewish males who are Willa Cather’s villains. This is hardly to congratulate ourselves, but to point out that the United States, despite bigots left and right, does not encourage the genteel anti-Semitism that is woven into the English academic and literary world.

and more

Of the nearly 200 recognized nation-states in the world today, something like at least half are more reprehensible than even the worst aspects of Israel’s policy toward the Palestinians.

Lessons:

  1. Anti-Zionism = Anti-Semitism
  2. If you write a literary piece with a less than amazing Jewish character in it, you are anti-Semitic.
  3. There are other states who oppress, torture, kill their minorities/those they occupy, so Israel shouldn’t be criticized. Instead Israel should continue to be seen as a bastion of democracy in the Middle East and receive billions of dollars in aid from the US and the EU.

You gotta give it to the New York Times.

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