Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Anti-Semitism: Good for the Jews

Eugene Volokh, a law professor at UCLA, wrote a provocative piece in today's Wall Street Journal, arguing that moderate anti-Semitism is good for the Jews and for Israel. He writes:
Publicly visible anti-Semitic advocacy is, at least in America today, an important informational tool: It informs American Jews of the value of Jewish institutions, and it presents this information in an especially emotionally effective way.

I would like to think that people should identify with the Jewish community for positive reasons – that is the way I think that children should be educated – and his claim that it is negative statements that carry the most weight in creating group identification among Jews is profoundly disturbing to me, especially since I fear that it might be true.

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