Dos sentimientos sobrevolaron este año la conmemoración de la liberación de Auschwitz en Yad Vashem (el centro en memoria del Holocausto en Jerusalén); dos impulsos contradictorios que subyacen a la creación del Estado judío: el cosmopolitismo y el nacionalismo. Este aniversario estuvo marcado por un contrapunto entre ambas perspectivas, reflejado en las declaraciones de los funcionarios que asistieron y en las objeciones de los que no estuvieron.
En la apertura de la ceremonia, el primer ministro israelí Binyamin Netanyahu dio la pauta de lo que vendría a continuación. Describió a Auschwitz como “un abismo” y a Jerusalén como “una cima”, representante el primero de “esclavitud” y “muerte”, encarnación la segunda de “libertad” y “vida”.… Seguir leyendo »
It happened again last month in Detroit. Pro-Palestinian demonstrators seized the stage of the National L.G.B.T.Q. Task Force’s marquee conference, “Creating Change” and demanded a boycott of Israel. “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” they chanted — the tediously malign, thinly veiled call to end Israel as a Jewish state.
They were met with sustained applause by the audience at what is the largest annual conference of L.G.B.T.Q. activists in the United States. Conference organizers did nothing to stop the disruption or disavow the demonstrators.
For Tyler Gregory, neither the behavior of the protesters nor the passivity of the organizers came as a surprise.… Seguir leyendo »
In response to: The Pro-Israel Push to Purge US Campus Critics, NYR Daily, December 15, 2018.
To the Editor:
In her essay, Katherine Franke of Columbia University shows a remarkably selective myopia. She seeks to persuade readers we have reached a significant turning point on public recognition of Israel’s suppression of Palestinian human rights—citing rising divestment efforts on American campuses, the election of a few pro-Palestinian voices to Congress, some actions by celebrities, even the behavior of global companies.
Consider events in the last few weeks. All ten chancellors of the University of California rejected the boycott of Israel (BDS) as antithetical to academic freedom.… Seguir leyendo »
There are signs that we’ve reached a tipping point in US public recognition of Israel’s suppression of the rights of Palestinians as a legitimate human rights concern. Increasingly, students on campuses across the country are calling on their universities to divest from companies that do business in Israel. Newly elected members of Congress are saying what was once unsayable: that perhaps the US should question its unqualified diplomatic and financial support for Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East, and hold it to the same human rights scrutiny we apply to other nations around the globe. Global companies such as Airbnb have recognized that their business practices must reflect international condemnation of the illegality of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.… Seguir leyendo »
In 2002, Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Hezbollah, was said to have given a speech noting that the creation of the state of Israel had spared his followers the trouble of hunting down Jews at “the ends of the world.” The Lebanese terrorist group has prominent apologists in the West, and some of them rushed to claim that Nasrallah had uttered no such thing.
Except he had. Tony Badran of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies tracked down the original recording of the speech, in which Nasrallah carries on about “occupied Palestine” as the place appointed by Allah for the “final and decisive battle” with the Jews.… Seguir leyendo »
On Monday, in an interview with The Intercept, Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat who in November became the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress, went public with her support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which seeks to use economic pressure on Israel to secure Palestinian rights. That made her the second incoming member of Congress to publicly back B.D.S., after Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar, who revealed her support last month.
No current member of Congress supports B.D.S., a movement that is deeply taboo in American politics for several reasons. Opponents argue that singling out Israel for economic punishment is unfair and discriminatory, since the country is far from the world’s worst violator of human rights.… Seguir leyendo »
El 12 de marzo de 1938 se produce la anexión de Austria al Reich alemán. Ante la previsible huida de judíos, el 6 de octubre el parlamento de Polonia aprueba la ley según la cual los judíos polacos con residencia en el extranjero durante los 5 años anteriores pierden su condición de ciudadanos. El 28 de octubre el Gobierno de Alemania ejecuta la Polenaktion expulsando a unos 15.000 judíos hasta la frontera polaca. Allí, sin ser admitidos en Polonia, quedan durante varios días en tierra de nadie y sin medios de subsistencia, convertidos en apátridas. Finalmente son readmitidos. Su destino es bien conocido.… Seguir leyendo »
Adam Armoush is a 21-year-old Israeli Arab who, on a recent outing in Berlin, donned a yarmulke to test a friend’s contention that it was unsafe to do so in Germany. On Tuesday he was assaulted in broad daylight by a Syrian asylum-seeker who whipped him with a belt for being “yahudi” — Arabic for Jew.
The episode was caught on video and has caused a national uproar. Heiko Maas, the foreign minister, tweeted, “Jews shall never again feel threatened here.”
It’s a vow not likely to be fulfilled. There were nearly 1,000 reported anti-Semitic incidents in Berlin alone last year.… Seguir leyendo »
Jews across the United States were rightly troubled and angered at the end of January, when a White House statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day failed to mention the Holocaust’s principal victims: Jews.
Groups both generally unsympathetic and sympathetic to President Trump denounced the statement. Some considered it proof that the new administration wants to appeal to anti-Semitic sentiments. Others gave the White House the benefit of the doubt, presuming the statement’s wording was a regrettable mistake.
The Anti-Defamation League’s chief executive officer argued in a blog post that leaving out Jews from the statement confirmed “the hopes of haters who seek to normalize anti-Semitism and dismiss the notion that Jews suffered disproportionately during World War II.”… Seguir leyendo »
La organización BDS País Valencià —Boicot, desinversiones y sanciones a Israel— ha intentado distorsionar los hechos para sostener su argumento falaz de que Matisyahu apoyaba el asesinato masivo de inocentes y, por tanto, su origen judío poco tenía que ver con el boicot fallido que le impusieron el año pasado con ocasión del Festival Rototom en Castellón.
Sendos comunicados del Movimiento contra la Intolerancia y de la Federación de Comunidades Judías de España así como un editorial cabal y valiente de EL PAÍS denunciando el boicot provocaron la reflexión de la opinión pública nacional e internacional y la rectificación de la dirección y organización del Festival.… Seguir leyendo »
En mayo de 1948, a las pocas horas de la proclamación del Estado de Israel, los países árabes vecinos le declararon la guerra. Entre esos países estaba Iraq. Louise Aynachi, que por entonces era poco más que una adolescente, vivía con su familia judeo-iraquí en una villa en Bagdad, a orillas del Tigris. En esa zona entre los ríos Tigris y Éufrates existían comunidades hebreas desde hacía dos mil seiscientos años. Pero a partir de ese mes de mayo ya nada sería lo mismo: leyes antisemitas, despido de funcionarios judíos, creciente hostigamiento por parte de la sociedad. Por muchos siglos que llevaran instalados, en Bagdad no había futuro para los judíos.… Seguir leyendo »
A fundamental theme of Israeli propaganda — and virtually its sole theme under the governments of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — has been that anti-Semitism is responsible for the growing criticism of or hostility toward Israel and its policies expressed in Europe and the United States (especially among college students and teachers, and liberal intellectuals generally).
Netanyahu has beaten this drum constantly in his campaign for his own and the Likud Party’s re-election in the parliamentary election that will take place in mid-March.
This is a fallacy. Much of what he calls anti-Semitism is simply justified outrage at Israel, and not only that of Muslims.… Seguir leyendo »
Les propos adressés, à Paris, aux juifs de France par Benyamin Nétanyahou ont provoqué une controverse non seulement en France, mais aussi en Israël, et je voudrais essayer de réfléchir ici à leur caractère complexe.
La teneur de son discours se résume à ceci : l’antisémitisme que certains musulmans fanatiques manifestent à votre égard en France, par des actes meurtriers et de terreur, doit vous inciter à venir dans votre véritable pays, Israël. Ce n’est que là que vous vous sentirez en sécurité…
Cette affirmation recèle une part de vérité qu’on ne peut occulter. En effet, une partie des juifs de France, et sans doute une part non négligeable d’entre eux, sont repérables aujourd’hui non seulement par leurs caractéristiques religieuses, calotte, chapeau noir, barbes et papillotes, mais surtout à cause de leurs institutions visibles à l’œil nu : synagogues, écoles, magasins spécialisés, centres communautaires et, parfois, cités ou quartiers d’habitations communs.… Seguir leyendo »
There is great irony to Israel’s instinctive response to terror attacks on Jews in Europe — and the devastating attack last week on a kosher grocery store in Paris was no different.
Pack your belongings! Flee! Escape, Israel urges the Jews of France.
A government that never misses an opportunity to lecture the Western world about the pitfalls of surrendering to terrorism is proposing exactly that — surrender — to the Jews of France.
Surrender followed by immigration to Israel, where surrender is not an option.
“The state of Israel is your home,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Jews of France, refraining from blatantly saying that they ought to leave and come to Israel as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suggested 10 years ago.… Seguir leyendo »
At the turn of the last century, Nachman Syrkin, a young democratic socialist drawn to the “political Zionism” of Theodor Herzl, was a student in Berlin, a member of a discussion group of émigrés from the Russian Pale of Settlement. One day, the speaker was a left-wing intellectual eager to prove that an emancipated Europe would be a home to all Jews — that separatist nationalisms were a mark of obsolete despair. He held up his tattered jacket. “Look at this,” he said. “The wool was taken from sheep which were pastured in Angora; it was spun in England, woven in Lodz.… Seguir leyendo »
Last week, a terrorist drove his car into a crowd at a light-rail station, killing a three-month-old baby. Eight others were injured, including a 22-year-old woman who died a few days later. The attacker fled the scene pursued by police who fatally shot him.
Terrorists also have struck in Ottawa and New York in recent days. So Israelis are not alone. But many feel alone — perceiving that an increasing number of Europeans and Americans see them not as a tiny nation on the front lines in a global conflict against jihadism, but as bullies culpable for the war being waged against them.… Seguir leyendo »
Angela Merkel is the stand-up lady of Europe. The German chancellor is forthright in calling anti-Semites to account. She spoke this week to a rally of 6,000 Germans at the Brandenburg Gate, denouncing the documented increase of anti-Semitism in their country. The evils of the Nazi regime, which killed an estimated 6 million Jews in Europe 70 years ago, are marked everywhere, with bronze plaques on sidewalks where Jews were taken from their homes and dispatched to death camps, to the five acres dedicated to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in the very center of Berlin.
Yet, as the chancellor observes, there’s currently a sharp increase in anti-Semitic attacks and incidents in Europe, so that “not a single Jewish institution in the country can go without police protection today.”… Seguir leyendo »
When Israel is forced to defend its citizens from Palestinian terrorism originating from Gaza, we've come to expect outrage around the world. Critics are quick to condemn Israel's military actions -- some with such heavy-handed charges as "war crimes," "atrocities" and even "genocide," while remaining silent about the terrorists who started the conflict.
At anti-Israel protests around the world, violent anti-Semitism is on full display, thinly veiled as criticism of Israel. Demonstrators in Turkey have attacked Israeli embassies. In Germany, France, Italy and Spain and other European countries, the protests have led to anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish people, community centers and synagogues.… Seguir leyendo »
The people who killed three Israeli teenagers have hurt the Israeli people deeply, there's no doubt about that. But they have also harmed Palestinians, and they have hurt the cause of peace.
Anyone who fails to condemn this horrific act -- the murder of students going home from school -- is contributing to the poison that makes peace so difficult in the Mideast. Anyone who hesitates, who equivocates, is helping to prolong the conflict.
For Palestinians and their supporters around the world, if you remain silent about the killing of Israelis, you are adding to the duration and bitterness of this conflict.… Seguir leyendo »
The death of three Israeli teenagers murdered following their kidnap over two weeks ago has quite naturally outraged and horrified Israelis. It is a crime and those responsible must be held accountable.
Israeli authorities believe this was a Hamas operation though the group has denied it. If so, it was most likely from elements within Hamas who reject April’s deal between Fatah and Hamas and want to weaken Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. As ever spoilers on either side have plenty of scope to knock back any steps forward.
How will the Israeli authorities react?
A grieving Israeli public demand action and Israeli politicians, far from calming the situation, have ratcheted up the language.… Seguir leyendo »