Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Fair Play (Not) of the Jewish Book Week in London

You want balance?

The Brits, and especially Jewish Brits, know how. Here are two examples from their Jewish Book Week confab:

Human rights activist Prof. Francesca Klug, J Street advisor Daniel Levy and Ben-Gurion University's Prof. David Newman will discuss the debate between those labeled as "self-hating Jews" and ardent supporters of Israel who give unconditional support to Israel


Between whom? Between what opposing views?

All three are far-left with Klug an Independent Jewish Voice, Newman attacking in classic McVarthy-style the NGO-Monitor group and Levy, well, he's been at the Geneva Initative and is going left.

For sure, though, a good collection of self-hating Jews.

and this, too:

JBW has been criticised for hosting on Sunday the critical of Israel editor of the London Review of Books (LRB), Mary-Kay Wilmers. Last year Wilmers told The Sunday Times: "I'm unambiguously hostile to Israel because it¹s a mendacious state. They do things that are just so immoral and counterproductive and, as a Jew, especially as a Jew, you can't justify that." LRB did the first review of Walt and Mearsheimer's 'Israel Lobby' book in 2006 and LRB writer Ed Harriman produced the documentary earlier this year that implied there was a powerful and influential Israeli lobby at work in the UK.

D'Amico told the Jewish Chronicle this week that Wilmers has been invited to discuss her latest book and not her views on Israel.

But, of course. What else would she discuss?

Oh, here's a review of that book and I am confident that Mary-Kay will easily slip Israel into her family's history retelling.


Anonymous said...

Please don't bracket Levy, Klug and Newman with Mary-Kay Wilmers. Just because their politics don't fit into your world view doesn't make them self-hating Jews, an increasingly empty and meaningless phrase. The first three are genuinely and seriously exercised about Israel and its future. Wilmers is a different proposition.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps I should add that Wilmers and Ali went out of their way not to mention Israel - presumably having been tipped off by the JC piece. That said, however, her presentation was rambling and incoherent and one was left with the distinct impression that Jews, for her, are an anthropological curiosity. Certainly she is unlikely to have been in the company of that high number of Jews at once before coming to Jewish Book Week.