By Joel Kovel
A decision to rework Israel right into a secular democracy by way of a number one author -- This ebook is admittedly primary if you reject the unlucky confusion among Jews, Judaism, Zionism and the nation of Israel -- a confusion that's the root for systematic manipulation via the imperialist energy procedure. It convincingly argues in favour of a unmarried secular nation for Israelis and Palestinians because the in simple terms democratic resolution for the zone. Zionism creates a bad contradiction that eats away on the soul and moral sense of the Jewish humans. the matter is that you simply cannot have a democratic nation for only one humans whereas with the exception of the others. it's only a logical impossibility. The idea of democracy derives from common beliefs in accordance with common human rights; it can't exist the place there's a systematic inequality, and all of the extra so whilst those others are those that were dispossessed by way of Zionism.
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This does not let the gentile woman off the hook. ” The Jew himself must be flogged, as befits one who has had sex with a beast.  In sum, the dark record of antisemitism includes not just the racist-imposed sufferings of Jews but the imprint of certain counter-racisms. The presence of these and similar statements should not be used to label Judaism as such, or even its Orthodox proponents. They are only parts of a much more complex whole. But they are also parts that can be seized under particular circumstances, including those pertaining to the history of Zionism, which has incorporated them in ways we discuss below in order to advance the notion of Jewish exceptionalism in a malignant form.
He spoke to, of, and for the beggars, the whores, the rabble, the outcasts, the underlings, the nothings. 12 But toward the moneyed classes, and toward the Temple hierarchy, Jesus was ruthless. He understood the exploitation of labor and of spirit, he understood how priestly authority could manipulate religious law to create mystery and alienate spirit, and how priests could be in league with money-lenders. And so Jesus was asking for trouble, and got it. The political mapping of the time between Rome and the various factions of Jews is complex and does not concern us here.
Why not, then, reasoned some, move outside these terms, and reclaim Jewish nationhood? Throughout the centuries of Diaspora, Jews had regarded themselves as a kind of nation; that is how, after all, they survived in the pores of other societies. The gathering fin de siècle crisis had greatly energized Jewish culture, especially in its Yiddish form, and further stimulated this line of reasoning. Thus a Zionist urge, which had for centuries marginally occupied the Jewish mind, began to gestate as a real possibility.