I wrote Professor Loeffler this. No response yet.
Dear Professor Loeffler:
UN Resolution 3379 wasn’t exactly a “horrible meme that went viral: ‘Zionism is Racism.’” Rather, it was a formal resolution that declared “that Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination.” A little reductive, yes, in larger historical perspective, but the binational Zionism of Ahad Ha’am was not exactly thriving in 1975. Do you think this claim was true, or false? It appears to me that Zionism did and does discriminate on ethno-sectarian grounds.
So many of the “memes” regarding the ethnic cleansing of Palestine turn out to be a little tendentious, I find. For instance, Nasser’s declaration that he would drive Israel into the sea, which he never said. But it’s a useful little meme, which provides cover for the fact that Zionists (racist or non-racist, I don’t know) literally drove Palestinians into the sea in Haifa and Jaffa.
No doubt your human rights activists did believe in two states for two peoples, and it is interesting to read about them and their evident belief that human rights are compatible with one group of nations carving up a colony for the benefit of a favored minority. But perhaps those peoples should themselves have been allowed to have a say in the decision of one state or two? This is a rather important human right, and is enshrined in Article I, Section 2 of the United Nations Charter.
“Across that nonborder, however, the Israeli occupation presents an ongoing challenge to Jewish democracy.” Isn’t the prior challenge to life, well-being, and human rights of the occupied Palestinians? I’m reminded of antebellum arguments that slavery was just so damaging to the democracy and morality of the white South.
Professor of English