On Israel’s new economic budget, and how it aims to push Arab women and Haredi men to find jobs
“In the case of Arab women, this isn’t just wrong, it’s offensive. The government has invested in industrial parks for Jewish towns but for very few Arab ones. Public transportation to Arab communities is sparse. In Arab schools, classes are larger and schooldays are shorter. Far fewer Arab than Jewish two-year-olds are in preschools—which give children an educational head start and their mothers an opportunity to work. Thousands of Arab women who have nonetheless made it through the educational obstacle course and graduated from universities or teachers colleges are looking for jobs. If the government thought rationally about getting Arab women to work, it would invest in daycare centers, schools, and industry in Arab towns. It could also insist that Jewish schools hire Arab teachers.”
i kinda wish eretzyisrael would stop posting about every shit that Benyamin Netanyahu takes in the Jewish tags
these things are not inherently Jewish one way or another and they just get annoying after a while
“If the Palestinians had been expelled from their land, as they had maintained already in 1948, the international community would view their claim to return to their homeland as justified.
“However, Ben-Gurion believed, if it turned out that they had left ‘by choice,’ having been persuaded by their leaders that it was best to depart temporarily and return after the Arab victory, the world community would be less supportive of their claim.”
- Shay Hazkani in the essay linked below. The author is a doctoral student in history at the Taub Center for Israel Studies at New York University.—
This post would’ve been fine had you not tagged it “#jewish bullshit.” Not all Zionists are Jews. Not everyone who supports Israel is Jewish. Not all Jews support Israel. Zionism isn’t necessarily stateist.
The history of the Israel-Palestine conflict is brutal, yes, but it is also COMPLEX and COMPLICATED and convoluted as all fuck. You don’t seem to realize that people will leave their homes voluntarily during wartime, for example, or that the movement of both Palestinians and Israelis was not uniform at all. (It’s a pretty standard reaction to being caught in a war zone!)
But most importantly of all, when you stick a phrase like “jewish bullshit” on a post about Israel-Palestine, you are being anti-Semitic, because you are blaming not just all Jews, but Judaism itself, in an issue on which there has never, ever been a Jewish consensus.
Also what a ridiculous argument. Is Shay Hazkani really trying to say that the world community is always just and ready to support the victims of injustice? We should all know better.
Gross Anti-Semitism from one person and baseless anti-Palestinian rhetoric from another in one post.
articles like these make me sad
A very powerful article. And yes, sad and shameful.
Dispatches from the Elders
The Church of Scotland takes on Jewish claims to the land of Israel. It’s strategy for doing so is to put forward an extreme irrendetist and biblical-literalist position, characterize this as “the position of Zionism,” and then proceed to reject it outright. One might immediately raise an eyebrow at the phrase “the position of Zionism,” since “Zionism” is not a monolith and lacks a central governing authority that could present such a singular and specific “position.” Or perhaps they got a text from the Elders of Zionism laying out the official white paper? Anyway, the Church kind of recognizes the problem, as it concedes that various Zionist leaders adopted much more nuanced positions that were quite attentive to the importance of establishing a liberal democratic state. Indeed, it notes that these positions were enshrined in Israel’s declaration of independence. But somehow, it retains the confidnece that these statements create “a tension … with the state of Israel’s ethno-national, Zionist goals,” rather than creating a tension with the Church of Scotland’s overly narrow and ahistorical definition of what Zionism is. And so “Zionism” remains incompatible with any conception of good — a uniquely Jewish evil that Christians must demolish and Jews must “repent” of.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong in the abstract with attacking far-right renditions of Zionist ideology. I do this with at least as much regularity as I attack the resurrection of Christian anti-Semitic ideologies. There is, however, a huge problem with launching this attack as if it is a hit on the sine qua non of Zionism. Structuring the assault that way results in a misappropriation of huge swaths of Jewish experience, and leads the Church here to make a considerably wider-ranging “critique” (if one wants to call it that) of the Jewish peoples’ purported “particular exclusivism,” our sense of ourselves as “victims and special,” and our alleged “specialness.” They demand of Jews an obligation to stop believing that we are “serving God’s special purpose and that abuses by the state of Israel, however wrong and regrettable, don’t invalidate the Zionist project.” Meanwhile, the Church endorses a return to a “radical critique of Jewish theology and practice.” I can’t wait to see how that turns out.
Scottish Jews are understandably aggrieved, and accuse the Church of “claiming to know Judaism better than we do.” This, of course, is probably the trademark of Christian approaches to Jewish institutions of all stripes (see also the UK’s Methodist Church), and so it is hardly a surprise to see that rear its ugly head again. One does continue to marvel at what makes Christian organizations think we will read such a message and think “by golly, they must be right, because if there’s one group I trust to issue accurate assessments about moral questions in general and Jewish experience in particular, its institutional Christianity!” The arrogance, if nothing else, is as astonishing as ever.
Perhaps the Church could take some of its own advice about asymmetries of power and note its own privileged position in getting to interpret the meaning of Jewish history and Jewish ideologies. But somehow, I’m doubtful.
This blogger continues to awe me.