By Danny Schechter
New York, New York: I would have become a rich man in the Fiddler in The Roof sense if each of the insults, putdowns and venomous asides about my recent article, "Israel Is Bad For The Jews," had a monetary value.
For so many years, we used to joke, "Five Jews, Ten Opinions," as a comment about the perennial, ongoing and never ending arguments and debates that made our culture so rich with its many religious tendencies---Reform, Conservative and Orthodox, and their many spinoffs competing over the best way to serve God.
Politically, we had more organizations and positions than any one Jew has fingers, as conservatives battled liberals, Zionists quarreled with anti-Zionists, and the many factions of the left and the right battled each other.
This rich diversity of perspective is what spawned so many passionate writers, and engaged intellectuals to pick over the carcass of our history, and its many interpretations of what Judaism is and what are the right values and beliefs to guide us.
Even in our Passover Seders, in the modern form and ancient traditions, we sang of our differences, with subtlety and irony. There were always moral choices. Never one answer!
Isn't it sad today when Jewish critics write about Israel, the content of their concerns are dismissed, apriori, and answered by by an endless spew of personal attacks on their character.
it comes to this issue, only one correct party line, pro-Netanyahu position masquerading
as support for country that is always facing threats, especially when funds are
to be raised.
If you think the Stalinists kowtowed to a party line, check out the Zionists. There used to be disputes between many Labor Zionist groups with each other while the Settlers had their own differences and fanatics.
Now, there is no tolerance for anyone you disagree with. There is little difference been some of the religious autocrats there and the mullahs in Iran. Tehran has its Supreme Ruler, above the political process, and Israel its "Security Cabinet!" Who there cares about democracy?
Only one line is allowed--or else. Figure out why l00 members of the 100 member U.S. Senate groveled before embracing Israel in the same resolution, and you will understand the way this game is played.
Dissent, however mild or reasonable, is not permitted. It's always their way or the highway! We are supposed to hail AIPAC the way the Romans hailed Caesar.
Disagree, and quickly, life-long semites become anti-Semites, and people who love justice are blasted as haters, guilty for even invoking the names of people of deep knowledge like that son of a Rabbi, Noam Chomsky, a moral conscience and national treasure, now in his 80's.
Chomsky, oy vey, has heard it all from all sides, but keeps going!