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?