Colin Shindler and Robert Fine on the nationalism of the editors of both the Jewish Chronicle and the Guardian
Colin Shindler’s letter in today’s Guardian:
“The mark of an arrogant nation that has overreached itself” sounds more like an irritated imperial satrap of a bygone era than a reasoned Guardian editorial about the Mossad (24 March). Why nation and not government? Everybody? Does this include the Israeli peace camp, as well as those Israelis who held doctored British passports? Since many Israeli Arabs consider themselves to be members of the Palestinian nation, does this arrogance really only apply to Israeli Jews? What about those British Jews who define their Jewishness by their ethnicity? Would this attribution of collective responsibility have been applied to any other national group? Exuding patriotic indignation and resorting to spitting imagery about Jews per se aligns the Guardian with reactionaries.
Soas, University of London
Robert Fine’s letter in yesterday’s Guardian:
The editor of the Jewish Chronicle writes (Comment, 19 March) of the Palestinians seeking a pretext to block negotiations with the Israelis so that Israel is further delegitimised internationally. What he neglects is that the building of these homes exclusively for Jewish Israelis is aimed at placating and supporting the most fundamentalist elements of Israeli society. There is not only a conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, but a battle between those who believe in a mixed, tolerant and non-racial society, and the forces of ultra-nationalism in both Israel and Palestine. We have the same battle against ultra-nationalism in Europe. We have the same need to renew our political language to recognise political pluralism across and within camps.
University of Warwick