Building on his 2016 essay for Mosaic, Yoram Hazony stresses the contrast between the particularism of the Hebrew Bible and an imperialist and universalist tradition that, in his view, stretches from the Assyrian empire to the European Union. In so doing, he advances a Jewish case for a global order made up of independent nations, each pursuing its own understanding of natural law. In support of his argument, he points to an Anglo-American conservative tradition, going back the 14th century, that is deeply informed by the Hebrew Bible and later by Protestantism and that emphasizes limited government and national sovereignty. (Video, about one hour.)
Judaism, Nationalism, and Conservatism Are Three Complementary Philosophies
The Evidence of BDS Anti-Semitism Speaks for Itself
Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs recently released a lengthy report titled Behind the Mask, documenting the varieties of naked anti-Semitic rhetoric and imagery employed by the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the Jewish state (BDS). Drawn largely but not exclusively from Internet sources, its examples range from a tweet by a member of Students for Justice in Palestine (the “world would be soooo much better without jews man”), to an enormous inflated pig bearing a star of David and floating behind the stage as the rock musician Roger Waters performs, to accusations by an influential anti-Israel blogger that Israel is poisoning Palestinian wells. Cary Nelson sums up the report’s conclusions and their implications, all of which give the lie to the disingenuous claim that critics of BDS are trying to brand “legitimate criticism of Israel” as anti-Semitic.
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