Language is exceedingly important. Words are like double-edged swords because they cut both ways. Not only do they “describe” reality but they, with induce a virtual reality. Use a word often enough and it takes on a life of its own through the visual and contextual imagery the words connote.
Last October when the Palestinians began their latest round of terrorist war against Israel, lawmakers from the Joint Arab List participated in mass anti-Israel rallies in major Arab towns. One such rally in Nazareth in mid-October attracted some 2,500 participants. After it ended, some demonstrators started throwing rocks at Jews.
My thoughts upon reading this article from Mosaic;
I appreciate Oren’s revelations re Obama’s take on Israel but, from this article, it seems he is late to the party. We now applaud Dershowitz for his support of Israel’s stance on Iran, but he too is late to the party, as are many new-found Isreal supporters in Liberal ranks. Where were these “smart” people when Obama was nominated as the Democrat candidate for President in 2008?
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government is less than a month old, but it’s already apparent that it is different from its predecessors. And if it continues on its current diplomatic trajectory, it may do something that its six predecessors failed to accomplish. Netanyahu’s new government may improve Israel’s position internationally.
From Commentary Magazine: 04.21.15 – 12:00 AM
In his 2004 book, The Case for Democracy, the Soviet dissident turned Israeli politician Natan Sharansky argues that the West can win the long struggle with the Middle East’s authoritarian and Islamist states by promoting liberalism and freedom in the region’s closed societies. Sharansky and co-author Ron Dermer, now Israel’s ambassador to the United States, also address the role Israel plays in this conflict and the accusations and claims against the Jewish state that are intended to turn Western opinion against it. Sharansky and Dermer argue that the United States and Europe cannot help open up the “fear societies” of the Mideast if they accede to the warped and anti-Semitic claims they make about Israel, a fellow Western country.
Karin McQuillan recently posed the question, Are Jews Traumatized? Ms. McQuillan indicates that she is a psychotherapist trying to fathom the unconscious psychodynamics of the Jew-hating voiced by a professor of Judaism at Brandeis University. Ms. McQuillan’s answer is that the traumata of historic or contemporary anti-Semitism is the primary cause of institutional Jew-hating at Brandeis. But if trauma were the cause, it would follow that earlier generations of Jewish Americans would have been more anti-Israel. The opposite is true. As Jewish Americans experience less first- and second-hand trauma they become more disloyal to Israel. It is not Jewish self-hatred, it is Jew-hating. The professor does not hate himself; he hates the Jews he views as unlike himself, those loyal to Israel.
There was a recent article in the Israeli press regarding an interesting problem. It seems that over the past few years the Knesset (Israeli parliament) has passed at least 10 laws regarding various Israel social issues that have not yet been implemented. Why not? Well it seems that while the laws have been passed, the ministries involved have not yet written the protocols and regulations required to carry out those same laws. Therefore things have simply carried on as before, law or no law.