The writing is on the wall, as the Old Testament says. Richard Cohen is against boycott in The Washington Post; but he sees what’s happening to his beloved Israel.
What matters most about the boycotts is what they represent — widespread and growing antipathy toward the Jewish state. It’s facile to attribute this entirely to anti-Semitism, although it surely lurks here and there. But in the United States at least, anti-Semitism is a spent force — witness the appointment of the third Jew in a row to head the Federal Reserve. A generation ago, more than a few commentators would have mentioned the International Jewish Conspiracy or some such thing. That now exists only in the rattled brain of a Louis Farrakhan.
Nonetheless, there is a special, worrisome fury directed at Israel. I hear it from people who are not in any way anti-Semitic. (I would hear more of it if many people were not afraid of being labeled anti-Semitic.) Sometimes I think the anger comes from having repressed criticism of Israel lest it offend. Sooner or later, though, the emotions come spilling out.
Whatever the cause, the fact remains that Israel’s occasionally harsh occupation of the West Bank has put the country on the defensive…
[W]hat they say is not as important as the sound they make. The Israel I love is increasingly hated.
So he alludes to bankers Greenspan, Bernanke, and Yellin. I grew up counting Jews, as a sign of our inclusion. Does that mean others get to count them, too? Thanks to Peter Voskamp.