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Vol. 1, Issue 2; Pryce-Jones, "French Orientalism: The Mystique of Louis Massignon."

Dear Sir,

I was once again impressed with the quality of your writing. This article proved well researched and well written.

Nicole Reyes

Arkush on NEW JEWS
By Aviv and Shneer

Professor Arkush offers cogent but remarkably gentle criticisms of the preening authors of "New Jews" and their assorted moral get-rich-quick schemes, in which breaking all ties of solidarity with other Jews is gussied up as "becoming better global citizens."

Here we are, in the midst of a worldwide campaign to vilify the state of Israel and also its Jewish supporters, a campaign that, in view of the genocidal intentions of Iran, makes its organizers accessories, before the fact, to mass murder. The campaign is, in a way, worse than that of the Nazi period because, in the era of "globalization," the ravings of two vile professors like Walt and Mearsheimer can make their way, within hours, to the farthest deserts of Arabia.

Coming to the defense of Israel in such circumstances is, of course, not an exercise for the faint-hearted. Simply to avert one's eyes from all this, as these so-called "New Jews" do, is to dress up sheer cowardice in the now familiar cliches of "diversity," "difference," and that peculiar mix of ethnic vanity and parochial sentimentalism known as "Jewish ethical idealism."

If Aviv and Shneer "derive certain insights" about Israel from the Fabulous Boyarin Brothers, for whom Israel is the devil's own experiment station, they cannot be other than anti-Zionists, whatever their professions of innocence. Haim Hazaz, in a famous story of 1942, has a character declare that "when a man can no longer be a Jew, he becomes a Zionist."
Nowadays that would have to be changed to "when a man can no longer be a Jew, he becomes an anti-Zionist."

Edward Alexander
(Edward Alexander is the co-author, with Paul Bogdanor, of THE JEWISH
DIVIDE OVER ISRAEL: Accusers and Defenders
(Transaction Publishers, 2006).

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