Sunday, November 28, 2010

Zionism is racism and they are proud of it

The same difficult question can be asked regarding support for Israel, itself a key ingredient of Jewish identity. How can an organization that identifies with a liberal, Western concept of equality convince a Jew, either in the Diaspora or in Israel, of the importance of supporting a country that affords a special status to Jews only? Assuming that unequal rights between people in the same country are antithetical to everything the organization holds dear, isn't there a contradiction here?

Being Jewish and maintaining a strong Jewish identity involves a certain degree of being separate and distinct. Hence, by focusing on the concept of our chosen status for a unique mission, regardless of how difficult this may sound to Western ears, is by far the best vitamin for strengthening one’s Jewish identity.

On the other hand, the humanistic, worldly approach of no borders and no differences directly leads to more confused Jews, which in turn leads to further assimilation. Moreover, even cultural attachments such as Grandma's kugel or historical events such as the Holocaust and the Six-Day War, which helped maintain a strong Jewish identity in former generations, have almost no significance for young Jews today.

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