The Seven Pillars Of Jewish Denial
Why do American Jews find it difficult to be critical of Israel? Here, setout in linear form, are seven obstacles to a Jew's ability to be critical of Israel.
1. A conviction that Jews are always in danger, always have been, and therefore are in danger now.
Which leads to:
2. The insistence that a criticism is an attack and will lead to our destruction.
Which is rooted in:
3. The supposition that any negativity towards Jews (or Israel) is a sign of anti-Semitism and will (again, inevitably) lead to our destruction.
Which is enhanced by:
4. Survivor's guilt.
Which contains within itself:
5. A hidden belief that we can change the past.
6. An even more hidden belief that a sufficient amount of suffering confers the right to violence.
Which finally brings us to:
7. The conviction that our beliefs, our ideology (or theology), matter more than the lives of other human beings.
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