[Marxism] Israel's Culture of Martyrdom (The Nation)

Jim Farmelant farmelantj at juno.com
Tue Dec 28 19:37:21 MST 2004

Israel's Culture of Martyrdom 
   by Baruch Kimmerling

   Nations like to imagine themselves as unique, but one belief they
   have in common is that it is noble to die in their name. Death and
   redemption are the themes of almost every form of patriotism. In the
   case of Israel, however, the connection between nationalism and death
   is especially visceral. For the Jewish state is a nation that emerged
   from the ashes of a project of extermination, and that sees itself as
   the best defense against the renewal of violent persecution. Zionism,
   the state's ruling ideology, is a triumphal creed shadowed by death.

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