[Marxism] NYTimes.com: American Jews and Israeli Jews Are Headed for a Messy Breakup

A.R. G amithrgupta at gmail.com
Sun Jan 6 16:03:59 MST 2019


Note, however, that the schism is not really about Palestine, but about the
role of the far-right vis-a-vis Diaspora Jews. The author is basically
saying that Trump and Netanyahu are complicit in promoting anti-Semitism
outside of Palestine/Israel.

While Jews in America might perceive anti-Semitism being on the rise (which
doesn't say much given that it is a practically non-existent phenomenon
among mainstream American society), the same paranoia applies equally to
Jewish community perceptions about, for example, the BDS movement (which
also doesn't threaten Jews). So the schism with Israel won't necessarily
mean a groundswell of support for Palestine.There is very little evidence
of rising anti-Semitism in America, and in fact the hate crime statistics
posted (which are about as meaningful as "terrorism" statistics in that
they measure the actions of fringe individuals rather than those with
institutional power) are misleading
<https://nypost.com/2018/11/02/no-theres-no-trump-fueled-surge-in-anti-semitism/>
.

I also caution anyone who sees changing perceptions among Jews as a sign of
progress not to exaggerate the extent to which Jews in America actually
control US foreign policy. They don't. The same dominant interests drive
the US relationship with Israel that drive the US relationship with other
countries, with the distinction being that Israel is a particularly
powerful ally (with a captive nation living under its occupation, a
strategic location, ICBMs and nukes, a large air force fleet, a major
player in the international weapons trade, control over symbolically
powerful territory, etc.). Those interests won't go away just because Jews
in America perceive Trump to put them at odds. To the extent that this
phenomenon of Trump betraying Jews is real (and it isn't), it would simply
mean Jews would no longer have the same political capital domestically as
they have now. US support for Israel can and would continue.

Amith R. Gupta



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