This Phil-bashing really misses the point. He’s not saying ‘his people’ are more important than others, he’s admitting that one has a natural bias towards those one perceives as one’s ‘own kind’ and that his approach focuses on Jews and changing their awareness. In order to change their awareness, he has to acknowledge how it is and where it’s come from. Just because the Holocaust is used against the Palestinians and held up by many as the greatest tragedy of all time, forgetting the many others perpetrated elsewhere in the world, this doesn’t mean we somehow have to downplay it. Empathy with humans should involve all humans; then one can move on to the specifics of who is no longer the victim and who is. It’s ridiculous to say ‘well 6 million is less than x million elsewhere’ when we decry the massacre of 1500 Palestinian civilians in 2014; if we take that kind of quantitative approach, the killing of Palestinians is fairly insignificant. It’s also strange to have zero empathy for inherited second- or third-hand trauma among Jews when we give attention to the grandchildren of those expelled in the Nakba, who may be living stable lives in the US or Europe, but still feel a longing for the homeland of their grandparents – a place they’ve never seen. The difference is that Jews are no longer the victims and Palestinians have not yet received justice; but they’re still both groups of human beings whose experiences should be understood by people who claim to be motivated by humanitarianism.