Only a Jew could have written what Norman Finkelstein wrote on New Year’s day 2020. The world’s greatest researcher on Israeli illegal Occupation wrote a smoker to bring in the new year/
First, he is right about the terrible, almost shocking beliefs of columnist Bret Stephens. Like many Jews Stephen’s family changed their names to “pass” in what was certainly an anti-Semitic time. Many of my own friends did this for survival. To me this was understandable. Stephens need not apologize for his grandfather’s Moldavian background or his name change from Ehrlich. Most people however who read his columns on the Middle East should realize that this man is a committed Zionist who regularly pens truly bigoted nonsense in the paper of record.
Most people also do not know the real Russian names of almost every israeli Prime Minister.Their names were changed to sound biblical to hide their original provenance as aliens to a largely Muslim Arabic country. Gurion was Gruen, Meir was Malbovitch, Sharon was Scheinerman, Barak was Brog,Netanyahu was Milkovsky and so it goes—ruussians masquerading as indigenous.
As for another regular Jewish columnist Bari Weiss who spent her years at Columbia trying to get rid of Palestinian profs Rashid Khalidi and Joseph Massad. Glen Greenwald wrote in the Intercept that “her entire career had been built on trying to suppress, stigmatize, and punish academic criticisms of Israel.”
She never seems to have made any connection with universal Judaism’s “human dignity”and “freedom” to the indigenous people of Palestine. Her blinkered Zionism occludes the magnificent gifts of Judaism suborned by a false religion.
As for the chosen people I take my cue from Gideon Levy who wrote on September 15 2018 a majority of Israeli Jews responded in the Haaretz-Dialog poll published then.” We are a chosen people. A majority, 56 percent, are sure of this. The figure rises to 79 percent, an overwhelming majority, among self-identified right-wingers.”
Theologically there are no chosen people.That God chooses a special people is an ethnocentric idea which no Christian can accept. This makes a mockery out of how one perceives the Godhead. None are chosen. or all are chosen.The human race has an opportunity collectively to respond to the holy and engage in life-building activity or that of tikkun olam, repairing the world.
On to the brave Finkelstein
The New York Jewish Times
There’s a big brouhaha over at the N.Y. Times. One of their regular Jewish supremacist columnists, Bret Stephens, wrote a meditation on “The Secrets of Jewish Genius” (27 December 2019) that effectively posits the genetic superiority of Jews. Stephens came under attack for his political incorrectness so the Times had to publish a half-hearted “correction.” Honestly, I can’t fathom what’s the big deal. First, Stephens is the former editor of the Jerusalem Post, house organ of Israel’s uber Jewish supremacists. Surely the Times knew what it was getting when Stephens was taken on board.
Second, I’ve never met a Jew who didn’t believe Jews benefited from superior intellectual endowments. (My close comrade Jamie Stern-Weiner swears never harboring this sentiment, but that’s just proof positive he’s a self-hating Jew.) Stephens’ transgression was saying out loud what every other Jew thinks.
Third, can it really surprise that none of the Times’ editors spotted Stephens’ “slip”? The paper might as well be christened The New York Jewish Times. Not a single week, literally, passes without a Holocaust story featured on the homepage (“New Recipe for Cheese Blintzes Found Buried in Auschwitz Barracks”). In part, the Times is just pandering to its readership base of alte kaker billionaire Jews on the Upper East Side. But it’s also true that the Times truly believes Jewish life is inherently more sacred, its loss more tragic—which is why the Nazi holocaust is still newsworthy after 75 years, unlike, for example, the several million Vietnamese killed by Americans less than 50 years ago. Fourth, consider this passage from a recent book:
We are a people descended from slaves who brought the world ideas that changed the course of history. One God. Human dignity. The sanctity of life. Freedom itself. That is our inheritance. That is our legacy. We are the people commanded to bring light into this world.
Only a flea’s hop separates this paean from Stephens’ genetic lucubrations. It was written by Stephens’ Jewish supremacist colleague on the op-ed page, Bari Weiss, in her widely lauded How to Fight Anti-Semitism.