In this intriguing column, Jonah Goldberg claims that Jews seem to no longer have victim status, especially from the left. He offers some examples:[ul][li] the PETA ad comparing Jews in a concentration camp to animalsattacks on a pro-Israel rally at San Francisco State. (I was upset enought to write to the President of the University, complaining that the Arab attackers received light punishment, and the victim was also charged with wrongdoing.The fact that some American students take seriously the idea that Jews had advance notice of the World Trade Center attack. Greater acceptance of anti-Semitism throughout Europe in main stream media. “Not a day goes by where I don’t get the nastiest anti-Semitic bile, largely from self-described ‘progressives’,” says JG. [/ul]Goldberg then goes on to offer an explanation.[/li][quote]
The left has embraced some core principles that make anti-Semitism seem almost rational to them. Leftist intellectuals have firmly embraced identity politics, which says, in primitive terms, that you can’t escape your authentic identity. Blacks are blacks, women are women and white men are white men. Second, power - economic, cultural, etc - is bad and oppression is noble.
Israel is militarily powerful and many Jews are well-to-do and influential, they argue. Palestinians are “oppressed” and therefore admirable even when they perpetrate horrific violence. And last, America is always a force for evil in the world. And America is a friend of Israel’s. In short, if some Jews are bad, all Jews are bad. End of story.
Finally, he offers a test:
So, what do you think? [ol]Are Jews no longer numbered among the “victims”?Is the left now more anti-Jewish than formerly?Is the religious right now more pro-Jewish than formerly? Do you agree with Goldberg’s reasons for the shift?If the PETA ad featured dead Palestinians, would there have been a greater outcry?[/ol]