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Ellen Willis and Nona Willis Aronowitz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681204

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681204.001.0001

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Is There Still a Jewish Question?

Is There Still a Jewish Question?

Why I’m an Anti-Anti-Zionist

(p.437) Is There Still a Jewish Question?
The Essential Ellen Willis

Nona Willis Aronowitz

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter challenges the left to examine its rage at Israel. The text first explains why the chapter stands opposed to anti-Zionism before considering the left’s stand regarding the issue of anti-Semitism in relation to Israel and Palestine. The text then examines how, in the context of left politics, accusations of blind loyalty to Israel, intolerance of debate, and exaggeration of Jewish vulnerability at the expense of the real, Palestinian victims are routinely used to stifle discussion of how anti-Semitism influences the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the world’s reaction to it or the public conversation about it. The position of the chapter is not to condone the American government’s neutrality on the side of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, but to reject the idea that Israel is a colonial state that should not exist, rejects the villainization of Israel as the sole or main source of the mess in the Middle East, and argues that Israel needs to maintain its “right of return” for Jews around the world.

Keywords:   anti-Zionism, left, anti-Semitism, Israel, Palestine, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Ariel Sharon, Middle East, Jews, politics

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