“We should be able to discuss attacks against Jews without talking about the plight of Palestinians. We should also be able to discuss attacks against Palestinians without talking about the plight of Jews. Zionists insist on the former but seem incapable of doing the latter.”
That’s simply false. Zionists like Peter Beinart are continuously raising awareness and alarm at the treatment of Palestinians.
“|| … 2000 years of persecution and genocide tends to bring about certain sensitivities … ||
Aside from the fact that there isn’t a person alive today who has suffered 2000 years of persecution and genocide, what Zionists (deliberately) fail to understand is that “certain sensitivities” do not comprise a right:
– to a supremacist state of any kind; or
– to do evil unto others.”
I think it logically follows that a Jew, given the history of his people, might be alarmed at a rise of antisemitic rhetoric and correlated violent crime. The fact that it’s not a connection you can make isn’t terribly surprising. After all, White Americans often grouse when African Americans carry on about still feeling enslaved, despite the Emancipation Proclamation being enacted in 1863. Understanding each other’s perspectives and narratives is clearly something we struggle with.
To your second point – you’ve once again pivoted from the concerns of the Jewish community to the crimes of Israel.