Racism is a problem in Israel. There, I said it, you cannot say that I did not. And it seems like recently it has been amplified, most notably in the "racist rabbis" declaration and their current government's issues with illegal immigrants. This bothers Mr. Kaufman quite a lot and he decided that it would be the subject of his latest article. The trouble is that it is difficult to tell where his honest opinion and ends and the dramatics begin; his article is loaded with emotional "gotchas" like:
"I can't get away from it. Every place I go, everything I read, everything I watch -- it's always there. The racism is always there....This isn't the place I grew up in. Where is that place? Where did it go?...I'm actually really, really scared."We know from Mr. Kaufman's other writings that he can sometimes be dramatic. Now, I don't live in Israel so I don't know whether it is really as bad as Mr. Kaufman is making it sound. But clearly this issue is affecting him deeply and he needed to get it out there. But I am sure that when he wrote it he was of the mind that this was an issue that Israel needed to deal with pronto, for the purpose of making Israel a better society.
Now do you think that the Huffington Posters reacted the same way? Of course not:
In many ways this article and responses demonstrate quite well the problem faced by pro-Israel Jews that we are and I assume Mr. Kaufman is. When we don't criticize Israel, we are accused of being "blind, brainwashed religious zealots who are blindly obedient to Israel and/or AIPAC." But when we do criticize Israel, our words are used a springboard for those who hate Israel to stand upon and preach their rhetoric. So what are we to do? Which path should we take? Talk about a true no win scenario.
If Mr. Kaufman reads these posts and realizes the response that his criticisms of Israel receives, and he chooses to write less of them because he doesn't like how his words are being used, who loses in the long run? Of course, I am assuming that Mr. Kaufman would disapprove of comments like those above.
Click the link below to read some more of the comments from the thread.
"I have a feeling that Israel is going to have its Tree of Liberty watered fairly soon... the bad part is that the government WANTS this to happen, so it can jump back on the Holocaust bandwagon (most people don't give a shit about what the Germans did to a generation of people who died years ago, it doesn't give you the rights to do equally horrible things to your opponents today) by playing the "look at we poor Jews constantly being persecuted" card. Israel isn't being persecuted for being Jewish, it is being persecuted for being an undemocratic illegitimate theocracy built on terrorism, intimidation, and wanton imperialist aggression. Most Arabs also see Israel as simply a more permanent version of the imperialism they have faced for centuries from Europe. The Crusader Kingdoms last 200 years in that exact spot, this time the new crusader kingdom simply calls itself Jewish instead of the Christian... that is how the Arab world sees it.