Ph.D. Octopus

Politics, media, music, capitalism, scholarship, and ephemera since 2010

Interesting Perspective on the Flotilla

with 3 comments

by Wiz

I don’t have anything particularly smart or new to say about the “Freedom Flotilla” disaster in Israel. I thought Weiner handled it pretty well. But I did want to point people towards this essay by Daniel Luban in Tablet on the subject. Daniel is a friend from undergrad days, and was one hell of a DJ at WSRN, Swarthmore’s college radio station. More importantly, though, it is an excellent discussion of the quandaries of liberal zionism. I’ll be the first to admit a certain ignorance on this subject (though, as Daniel points out, ” it is a belief in the conflict’s endlessly ‘complicated’ nature that keeps them in line and deters them from taking any firm stand”).

More generally, the apparently impending collapse of mainstream liberal Zionism in the United States is no accident. Some of the phenomenon may be attributed to the simple passage of time—to a generation growing up farther removed from the looming presence of the Holocaust and without memories of the 1967 and 1973 wars. But we cannot adequately understand this collapse without understanding the compromises and contradictions that liberal Zionism became involved in over a period of decades.

Anyways… check it out. Us former Swarthmore rock djs, who are getting our Phds, and are budding online commentators need to stick together.

Advertisements

Written by Peter Wirzbicki

June 4, 2010 at 13:09

Posted in Israel, Zionism

3 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. […] little bit ago, Wiz directed us to a fascinating piece by Daniel Luban on the flotilla fiasco and American Zionism. My views on the […]

  2. […] little bit ago, Wiz directed us to a fascinating piece by Daniel Luban on the flotilla fiasco and American Zionism. My views on the […]

  3. […] by Peter Beinart’s now infamous article and the Gaza Flotilla fiasco, which PhD Octopus has certainly examined before. Of course, I had provoked this question to a certain extent, as I make no attempt […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: