Israel as a Counterweight to Anti-Semitism

(Israel Hayom) Prof. Shmuel Trigano - There is a problem with turning the "lessons of the Holocaust" into the moral basis for fighting anti-Semitism. Jewish suffering is put on display as a call to end hatred, instead of presenting Israel's status as a sovereign country as a counterweight to the new anti-Zionistic anti-Semitism. When the justification for Israel's existence is predicated on the memory of victimhood, Europe can view the state as a type of humanitarian tent for Jews, and less as a sovereign country. Consequently, Israel is not permitted, in the eyes of Europe, to realize its legitimate right to self-defense. The moment the Israeli soldier ceases being the emaciated extermination camp survivor, he morphs into a monster in the eyes of the Europeans. The writer is professor emeritus of sociology at Paris Nanterre University.

2020-01-24 00:00:00

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