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Judis says Museum of Jewish Heritage has reinvited him to June 1 appearance!

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John Judis by Christopher Parks

John Judis by Christopher Parks

Great news. The Museum of Jewish Heritage will be staging an event with author John Judis, after all. Judis stated as much on Facebook today. He tells me:

“I just said on Facebook in response to someone else that I had been reinvited for June first.  That’s a fact.”

Last week we reported that the Museum had spiked a plan to stage a June 1 panel featuring Judis and his book on Truman and Israel. At that time the Museum stated:

We were interested in the book. We considered it, but were concerned that the controversy would overshadow the content. Therefore, we decided not to move forward with the event.

Since then the Forward picked up my report (without crediting our site) and the matter has gained considerable attention.

I will update this post when I learn more about the Museum’s excellent decision.

Meantime, let us salute the Museum for its high intellectual standards, in having the courage to reverse its decision and for staging an event on such an important book.

Judis’s book, Genesis, documents President Harry Truman’s opposition to establishing a country that did not separate church and state, and his abandoning his convictions under pressure from the Zionist lobby inside the U.S.

The book has been excerpted at The New Republic and gotten highly-favorable notices and also a very negative review in The Wall Street Journal (from a law student who has stated his intellectual debt to the neoconservatives Douglas Feith and Richard Perle).

I have just gotten to the part in the book where both the British and the Zionists in Palestine in the 1920s sought to defuse angry Palestinian opposition to Jewish nationalism by promoting Palestinian Muslim groups. The Brits and the Zionists felt that they could shatter Arab nationalism by dividing Muslims and Christians; they preferred a religious conflict. I did not know this before. I hope that at the June 1 event in New York, someone asks Judis about the extent to which the clash of civilizations and the war on terror and the fight with radical Islam today have some roots in colonial and Zionist choices. Not to deny Muslims agency in the conflict, but wasn’t this an important factor?

 

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  1. just
    just
    February 23, 2014, 10:42 am

    Another victory for truth and freedom from censorship!

    Congratulations Mr. Judis, and thank you Philip.

    • just
      just
      February 23, 2014, 10:58 am

      PS– All of these invitations, followed by disinvitations, followed by reinvitations is a new phenomenon afaiac…..would make a pretty cool thesis.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        February 23, 2014, 11:23 am

        Isn’t Zionism nuts at this stage, just? They thought they had everything figured out in Hebrew but none of it seems to work any more in English.

      • David Doppler
        David Doppler
        February 23, 2014, 12:31 pm

        Very funny, seafoid. Lost in translation.

        Thanks, Phil, for continuing to highlight this contribution to the dialogue. Note to self: must read Judis’ book.

      • joemighty
        joemighty
        February 26, 2014, 12:22 pm

        And what thesis would that be? “Emotional Issue Results in Pressured Decisions and Outcomes That Satisfy No One”? Pretty obvious, not really all that “cool.” What are you, an undergrad? Who is paying?

  2. Talkback
    Talkback
    February 23, 2014, 11:14 am

    We salute Mr. Judis for writing his book.
    We salute the Museum for inviting him.

    And we salute Phillip Weiss (and Mondoweiss) for making a change.

  3. Sycamores
    Sycamores
    February 23, 2014, 11:29 am

    The Jewish community is in IQ freefall

    not so today its flying high.

    I have just gotten to the part in the book where both the British and the Zionists in Palestine in the 1920s sought to defuse angry Palestinian opposition to Jewish nationalism by promoting Palestinian Muslim groups. The Brits and the Zionists felt that they could shatter Arab nationalism by dividing Muslims and Christians; they preferred a religious conflict. I did not know this before.

    this attempt to divide the Palestinians only serve to unite the Palestinians stronger than before and initiate a more united Palestinian resistance.

    http://links.org.au/node/206

    The origins of the Palestinian resistance

    Betrayed by the British, the Palestinians railed against both the British mandate and Zionist settlement. In particular, the Palestinians opposed any British attempts to divide their community along religious grounds, demanding to be treated as a single community. The Palestinians felt that by trying to divide them on religious grounds, Britain was trying to undermine the united Palestinian position that opposed increased Zionist colonisation.

    The first Palestinian riots against Zionist colonisation took place in 1920. In 1921, riots in Jaffa resulted in more than 200 Zionists being killed and 120 Palestinians dying. In 1923, when Britain held elections for a legislative council, Muslim and Christian Palestinians boycotted them after considerable debate because the council would not challenge the terms of the British mandate or politically oppose Zionist colonisation. In 1925, the first of a series of general strikes took place opposing both British rule and Zionist colonisation.

  4. Erasmus
    Erasmus
    February 23, 2014, 12:33 pm

    Re: ...The Brits and the Zionists felt that they could shatter Arab nationalism by dividing Muslims and Christians; they preferred a religious conflict…

    Under varied conditions of today, the same strategy has been exercised/ is being followed
    especially in Nazareth: stoking Muslim – Christian animosities.

    Special reference is made to the schemings wrt the construction permission /withdrawal of a mosque before the Church of Anunciation. et al.

  5. Citizen
    Citizen
    February 23, 2014, 6:04 pm

    Is there something in Judis’s book about Truman and his decision to recognize Israel that was not known and documented before he wrote it? Or is his book heralded simply because he wrote it?

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      February 23, 2014, 6:29 pm

      Anybody want to answer? Don’t we still need a Cyrus for the Palestinians as well as for the Jews? How can we get one, given the US campaign finance system? Will it take the aftermath of WW3?

  6. Nevada Ned
    Nevada Ned
    February 23, 2014, 11:36 pm

    The birth of Israel has been covered already in a number of studies. I wonder what is new in Judis’ book?

    Also, serious historians like to look at the original documents, instead of merely rehashing other studies. Judis is a journalist, not an historian. So we’ll see.

    To me, the importance (so far) is that the Israeli lobby is vacillating, undecided whether it’s worse for them if Judis is censored or if Judis is heard.

  7. CitizenC
    CitizenC
    February 28, 2014, 9:22 am

    Alison Weir of If Americans Knew and Council for the National Interest has a book called “Against Our Better Judgment. How the US Was Used to Create Israel”. I’ve read her “History of US-Israel Relations” in pamphlet and learned some things; this looks promising also

    https://www.createspace.com/4664833

    Weir is co-organizing the National Summit on the US-Israel Relationship in Washington on March 7

    http://natsummit.org/

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