Response to ‘Zionist BDS’ / Op-ed: Some ‘open minded’ Jews fail to understand damage they do to historical Zionist narrative (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Asaf Romirowsky Published: 03.25.12, 18:03)
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Jewish individuals like Peter Beinart, author of the forthcoming The
Crisis of Zionism, fuel the notion that Israel’s so-called settlement
activity is at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian strife.
Furthermore, Beinart questions the very legitimacy of Israel’s
Beinart believes that the answer is “Zionist BDS” against Israeli
settlements and all they produce. Like many post-Zionists and
revisionists he tries to draw a reality that puts the entire onus on
Israel. Such distorted narrative maintains that Israel is largely to
blame for the collapse of the Oslo negotiations and subsequent
failure to revive them, rather than Arab rejectionism or Yasser
Arafat’s web of lies to his people, Israel and the US.
All of the above ties nicely into the views of the United Nations,
which recently passed a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council
ordering its first probe of how Israel´s West Bank settlements are
infringing on Palestinians´ rights. The resolution was adopted with
36 votes in favor and 10 abstentions. The US was the only country to
vote against the draft resolution.
Cognitive dissonance - the discomfort caused by carrying conflicting
beliefs or values simultaneously - applies to many aspects of the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is an especially apt description of
the emotions produced by the difference between historical fact and
the Palestinians’ own view of their national narrative.
The notion of “occupation” has become the defining lens through which
everything about the Palestinians’ self conception is explained and
justified. This is exactly the myopic view taken by Beinart. The only
difference is that unlike anti-Israel ideologues like Norman
Finkelstein, Ilan Pappe and others, Beinart claims to be a lover of
Zion – just one who is having a difficult time grappling with
the “harsh” Israeli reality.
Israel alive and well
Palestinians clung on to notions of being “stateless,” “occupied” and
forever refugees, allowing them to never take responsibility or be
accountable as a functioning society and “state to be.” Believing
this is the truth produces Beinart’s anguish. However, this is not
The American Jewish community is facing a crisis, one that has made
the red lines of Jewish identity blurry and led to the “big tent”
debate - in other words, the perceived Jewish need to accept everyone
in the name of being open and pluralistic. Of course, such well
meaning individuals who have made Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) a
religion would not dare “occupy” another people, ergo, Israeli
policies are bad.
Despite the above, the Zionist enterprise of 2012 is alive and well -
not perfect but indeed thriving, as illustrated in Start Up Nation.
The so-called crisis is only in the minds of Beinart, JStreet and its
followers, who feel uncomfortable with the measures Israel has to
take in order to ensure its survival. The failure among such “open
minded” Jews to understand the damage they do to the historical
Zionist narrative by adopting the Palestinian one will only prolong
the “occupation,” rather than end it. Asaf Romirowsky is an adjunct
scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Middle East
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