The Zionism v Judaism thing is about reality and whether or not reality can be created. It’s about truth vs bullshit . It’s about groupthink .
Neil Postman was one of the Jews Ben Gurion expected to make Aliyah after WW2. He stayed in New York.
« perhaps most central to all of Postman’s work was the notion, which he shared with McLuhan, that technology is not neutral. “As a culture moves from orality to writing to printing to televising, its ideas of truth move with it,” he wrote. “Truth, like time itself, is a product of a conversation man has with himself about and through the techniques of communication he has invented.
Even more basically, he was concerned not just how we used our tools – gunpowder, the clock, the printing press, the television, the computer – but how our tools use us. And unlike theorists who took a detached, on-one-hand/on-the-other hand view of media, Postman made clear where his values were: “Some ways of truth-telling are better than others, and therefore have a healthier influence on the cultures that adopt them «
The « technology » that Zionism adopted was violence. Postman’s theory is that technology is not neutral .
Violence allowed Zionism to get what it wanted . But 70 years later Israel is still in its grip. And violence redefined the truth in Hebrew. It gave rise to Hasbara.
They lie to us then lie to themselves about lying to us.
Angela Merkel is the leader of Germany. She was in Normandy during the week with the leaders of the WW2 allies . (Russia wasn’t represented. )
Germany made peace with France more than 70 years ago. It also renounced violence.
Violence no longer defines the relationship between Germany and France.
Israel is still fighting 1948. Because technology is not neutral. And reality in English in what counts, not reality in Hebrew.
What a shonda.