Saturday, August 05, 2006

Israel does not act or speak for every Jew

From the August 4, 2006 Sydney Morning Herald:

"I write as a Jew and as a synagogue member. I write as one whose academic work continues to move through questions of Jewish identity and the legacy of the Holocaust. Yet, I write with a growing sense of shame. The source of the feeling is simple: Israel claims that it continues to act in my name.

"The Jewish community in Sydney and elsewhere insists on identifying themselves with Israeli actions. These acts are part of a tradition in which the state of Israel has set the measure for being Jewish."

-- Andrew Benjamin. Full article here or here.

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