Jews Against Themselves by Edward Alexander

By Edward Alexander

This quantity good points robust essays by way of Edward Alexander at the phenomenon of anti-Zionism at the a part of the Jewish intelligentsia. It additionally analyzes the explosive progress of conventional anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe, between intellectuals and Muslims. Alexander notes that anti-Zionism has confirmed a presence even in Israel, the place it often takes the shape of intellectuals sympathizing with their country's enemies and perversely apologizing for his or her personal existence.

Alexander starts with an exam of the origins of Jewish self-hatred in nineteenth-century Europe. He then explores the approach of disaffected Jews in reacting, or failing to react, to the 2 occasions that form sleek Jewry: the Holocaust and the founding of the kingdom of Israel.

The ebook concludes with a spotlight on modern anti-Zionism, together with 3 essays in regards to the position performed via Jews within the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions flow to expel Israel from the relatives of countries. a last essay addresses the necessity for American Jews to make a decision whether or not they are going to pass judgement on Judaism by means of the criteria of the hot York instances or the recent York occasions by means of the factors of Judaism.

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But it is not unimportant: it matters in history. 30 2 The Process of Political Leadership The process of political leadership is activated, normally, when circumstances take on meaning for a political community, or some important element of it, in such a way that the existence of a political problem situation is recognized. Leadership has the threefold task of diagnosing the situation authoritatively, devising a course of action designed to resolve or alleviate the problem, and mobilizing the political community's support for the leaders' definition of the situation and their prescribed policy response.

P. 291. 22 The Essence of Politics War broke out in 1939 under less favorable conditions for the Allies than would have been the case had the leadership of Churchill and Duff Cooper prevailed in the crisis of 1938. What about Hitler's leadership? We must admit that, given his aggressive purpose, it was brilliant—a historic bluff that worked, a desperate gamble by an evil leader that succeeded owing largely to his shrewd perception of how the constituted leaders of Britain and France were likely to respond to his threats.

That happens when leaders fail to espouse forceful policy responses to situations seen as challenges to serious political action. 1 The Role of Government The role of government is not confined to the preleadership function of signalizing. The agencies of gov1. This account is based on Arthur D. Morse, While Six Million Died: A Chronicle of American Apathy ( N e w York: Random House, 1967). , 1980), Walter Laqueur 35 Politics as Leadership erament form a collective infrastructure of political leadership whose duty it is to assist the constituted leaders in performing their functions of defining situations, devising policy responses, and implementing these responses.

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