Choose your side: Judaism or the New York Times
I guarantee you that you won't need a magnifying glass to find the anti-Semitism at the New York Times this time. A couple of weeks ago, an article by one Joseph Levine
(a 'man of the Left,' of course) scraped about as low as the Times has ever scraped. This brief essay
by Edward Alexander in response is a must read.
American Jewry is often said to be divided between those who judge
Judaism by the principles of the New York Times and those who judge the
New York Times by the principles of Judaism.
Those Jews who judge the New York Times by the standards of Judaism
believe that the creation of the state of Israel was one of the few
redeeming events in a century of blood and shame, one of the greatest
affirmations of the will to live ever made by a martyred people, and the
most hopeful sign for humanity since the dove returned with the olive
branch to Noah. They tend also to cling to Orwell’s view that some
ideas–like the virtue of Jewish powerlessness–are so stupid that only
intellectuals can believe them.
Those who judge Judaism by the standards of the New York Times boast
of not having “danced in the streets when Ben-Gurion declared that the
Jews, like other peoples, had a state of their own.” They believe (as
does a majority of today’s Germans too) that Israel is the chief
obstacle to world peace, a diversion from such compelling goals as gay
marriage and unlimited access to abortion, and indeed the principal
cause of most of the world’s evils with the (possible) exception of
Read the whole thing
Labels: Judaism, liberalism, New York Times