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26 April 2009

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Stephen M. Flatow

Seven Jewish Children is anti-Semitism masked as anti-Zionism. There is no difference between them as both lead to giving excuse to the destruction of the Jewish people.

modernityblog

you wrote "Seven Jewish Children strikes me as an anti-colonial play, with the Israelis as kind of honorary British."

well, Rosie, had it be called Seven Israeli Children then that point might be strong, but it expressly uses "Jewish" as a tag to hang various nasty ideas on, and if the whole "chosen people" nonsense (an old Christian antisemitic notion, NOT a central element of Judaism) indicating the underlying thinking behind the play.

from the play:

"we’re chosen people, tell her I look at one of their children covered in blood and what do I feel? tell her all I feel is happy it’s not her."

So just from this brief clip you have two age old antisemitic myths in one:

1) The Chosen People, part of Christian mythology

2) A variation of the blood libel, that Jews don't care if others are killed and covered in blood.

Hardly, anti-colonial more like a regurgitation of old fashion anti-Jewish racism.

modernityblog

ops, that should be "had it be called Seven Israeli Children then that point might be stronger"

Jenny

If you think your typical Israeli citizen regards Palestinians as “animals” whom they want to wipe out (as the final diatribe says) that would reinforce your ideas about them.

Really? http://leninology.blogspot.com/2009/01/glorification-of-terrorism.html

Some of them, at least, do think of the palestinians as inhumane.

David Lieberman

Jenny:

"Some of them, at least, do think of the palestinians as inhumane."

No doubt some Israelis do think of Palestinians as inhumane. (Notice that I preserve your usage: "inhumane," not "inhuman.") Do you think perhaps that there might be some Palestinians who are inhumane? Are aware, for instance, of the methods Hamas operative used against their Fatah counterparts -- while the Israeli offensive in Gaza was still underway?

You nicely blur a distinction, by the way. Rosie explicitly discusses "your typical Israeli citizen." You discuss "some of them, at least." Do you have evidence to show that your "at least" indeed broadens out to "typical"?

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