Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 9:06 AM
Subject: Paul Krugman - why he avoids topic of Israel
The Crisis of Zionism
Paul Krugman (Blog)
Something I’ve been meaning to do — and still don’t have the time to do properly — is say something about Peter Beinart’s brave book The Crisis of Zionism.
The truth is that like many liberal American Jews — and most American Jews are still liberal — I basically avoid thinking about where Israel is going. It seems obvious from here that the narrow-minded policies of the current government are basically a gradual, long-run form of national suicide — and that’s bad for Jews everywhere, not to mention the world. But I have other battles to fight, and to say anything to that effect is to bring yourself under intense attack from organized groups that try to make any criticism of Israeli policies tantamount to anti-Semitism.
But it’s only right to say something on behalf of Beinart, who has predictably run into that buzzsaw. As I said, a brave man, and he deserves better.
Salon.com: Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012
The Daily Bruin:
The class focused on "native people's worldviews as they are expressed through language, mythology, ritual, health practices, languages and ecology," according to the syllabus.
t-wing.html> a tenure offer for Michigan Professor Juan Cole from Yale based on their dislike of his political positions on Israel. Alan Dershowitz did the same thing <http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/12/arts/12tenu.html>, for the same reasons <http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2007/06/11/finkelstein>, to Israel critic Norman Finkelstein at DePaul University. Professors at Columbia, mostly Arab, have long been accused of anti-Semitism <http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/31/education/31columbia.html> , and have even been the subject of formal complaints <http://cornellsun.com/node/13712> , for their views on Israel. The UCLA complaint goes a bit beyond those incidents because it seeks to penalize a Professor for nothing more than a link on his website and out-of-classroom advocacy.
rofessors> around the world. It's hard to express how anti-intellectual
oppressive it is to demand that such a view never even be discussed or aired
- of all places - on an academic campus, and to formally complain against a Professor who merely mentions it on a website.
ments.html?pagewanted=all> Israeli settlements) demonstrates, there are a sizable number of people conditioned to equate criticisms of Israel with some sort of deficiency worthy of punishment. That view is always odious, but particularly so when it asserts itself in an academic setting.
It seems obvious from here that the narrow-minded policies of the current government are basically a gradual, long-run form of national suicide - and that's bad for Jews everywhere, not to mention the world. But I have other battles to fight, and to say anything to that effect is to bring yourself under intense attack from organized groups that try to make any criticism of Israeli policies tantamount to anti-Semitism.
ael/> , that even Krugman, given his position at the NYT, is deterred by the inevitable attacks from writing about this topic is a testament to how potent the suppression efforts still are (albeit less so than they once were).
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