Progressives, Israel, and the New Morality

William Kolbrener

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In contexts other than the Israel/Palestine issue, progressives
celebrate pluralism, the multiplicity of different perspectives, and
the impossibility of one “master narrative” to annul that diversity.
Yet, in relation to Middle East politics, pluralism shuts down, and
the Palestinian claim, manifesting itself in the fantasy of the secular
one-state solution, is so powerful as to undermine the validity
of any Jewish claim.
In a strange turn, literary theorists and cultural critics are often
vocal supporters of BDS, in fetishizing the land and the kind
of irrefutable claim it is meant to give to Palestinians.
In appropriating the languages of good and evil, often reinstating
the Holocaust narrative with Jews as perpetrators, such rhetoric
creates a dangerous either/or that fanatics – both Arabs and
Jews – exploit.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIsraelophobia and the West
Subtitle of host publicationThe Hijacking of Civil Discourse on Israel and How to Rescue It
EditorsDan Diker, Tirza Shorr
PublisherJerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-965-218-150-3
StatePublished - 2020

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RAMBI Publications

  • RAMBI Publications
  • Arab-Israeli conflict -- Moral and ethical aspects
  • Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (Movement)
  • Boycotts -- Israel
  • Propaganda, Anti-Israeli


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