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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Judis Priests

Oh boy.  Ron Radosh attacks new John Judis book that's very critical of Israel and Leon Wieseltier, a colleague of Judis at The New Republic, sends Radosh a note going even further. 
I know with certainty that Judis’ understanding of Jewish history, and of the history and nature of Zionism, is shallow, derivative, tendentious, imprecise, and sometimes risibly inaccurate—he is a tourist in this subject. Like most tourists, he sees what he came to see...Remember Rosa Luxemburg’s letter to her friend in which she proudly announced that she had no corner of her heart for the Jews? Judis is her good disciple.
Peter Beinart tweets:  "john judis is an old, dear friend of mine. don't agree w/ him on everything but will stand w/ him when unfairly attacked."  Andrew Sullivan hits Wieseltier here.  Jacob Heilbrunn does much the same.

Judis has now replied himself in piece at The New Republic titled Conservative Critics Say My New Israel Book Is Anti-Semitic. They Must Not Have Read It Very Closely.

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