How odd of God to chose the Jews.
But odder still are those who chose the Jewish god
but spurn the Jews.
Except, not really.
Such complaints have two objectives. First, to stoke paranoia among diaspora Jews, thus to discourage the assimilation of Jews to the host civilization. Second, to justify the monstrous crimes of the Jewish State of Israel against the indigenous Palestinian inhabitants. In addition, endless false complaints of widespread anti-Semitism irritate some people to the point of expressing views that are promptly latched upon to justify Jewish complaints of anti-Semitism.
This exploitation of supposed Jewish victimhood was examined in detail by a courageous Jewish student at the University of Toronto whose 2010 Masters degree thesis was entitled:
The Victimhood of the Powerful: White Jews, Zionism and the Racism of Hegemonic Holocaust Education
For all those who wish for good relations among Jews and Gentiles, it is worth noting this courageous statement.
|Abstract: This paper focuses on issues of Jewish identity, whiteness and victimhood within hegemonic Holocaust education. I argue that today, Jewish people of European descent enjoy white privilege and are among the most socio-economically advantaged groups in the West. Despite this privilege, the organized Jewish community makes claims about Jewish victimhood that are widely accepted within that community and within popular discourse in the West. I propose that these claims to victimhood are no longer based in a reality of oppression, but continue to be propagated because a victimized Jewish identity can produce certain effects that are beneficial to the organized Jewish community and the Israeli nation-state. I focus on two related Holocaust education projects – the March of the Living and the March of Remembrance and Hope – to show how Jewish victimhood is instrumentalized in ways that obscure Jewish privilege, deny Jewish racism and promote the interests of the Israeli nation-state.|
Jennifer Peto: The Victimhood of the Powerful: White Jews, Zionism and the Racism of Hegemonic Holocaust Education by Jennifer Peto. A thesis submitted in conformity with the requirements for the degree of Master of ArtsGraduate Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in EducationOntario Institute for Studies in Education. 2010.
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