Yesterday’s cover story in the New York Times Magazine on resistance in occupied Nabi Saleh, by Ben Ehrenreich, is already having a huge effect. Rashid Khalidi praised the piece on WNYC this morning. While the liberal Zionist editor of the Jewish Forward, Jane Eisner, is pushing back. She doesn’t like the fact that Ehrenreich has questioned Zionism:
Here’s an excellent comment on the piece from Matt Berkman:
Ms. Eisner uses this line from one of Ehrenreich’s previous op-ed pieces to discredit his reportage: “Founding a modern state on a single ethnic or religious identity in a territory that is ethnically and religiously diverse leads inexorably either to politics of exclusion… or to wholesale ethnic cleansing. Put simply, the problem is Zionism.”
I’d like to know which part of this statement she disagrees with. Does she not believe that states based on ethnic or religious domination “lead inexorably to politics of exclusion” (a truism), or does she not believe that Zionism set out to establish an ethnic Jewish hegemony over a land already populated by non-Jews (an historical fact)? Or does she not believe that a “politics of exclusion” or “wholesale ethnic cleansing” constitute a “problem”?
Which is it, Ms. Eisner?
Who is driving this conversation now? Anti-Zionists, non-Zionists. If you’re a smart young Jewish kid, what gang would you want to be in…