I think we'd do better to use those but just wait a week so (hopefully) it's not quite so visceral or subject to us looking bad taste if it escalates further after we post it. Your article though so I'll ask if you're OK with that.You're the one who'd be getting the abuse so your call but maybe if you don't use israel and palestine hashtags it'll be ok?
@SpanishSpy's article really. I think it's a good article and I'd like to see it advertised but as long as Alex is fine with it, I don't see any harm in delaying that until you're comfortable.I think we'd do better to use those but just wait a week so (hopefully) it's not quite so visceral or subject to us looking bad taste if it escalates further after we post it. Your article though so I'll ask if you're OK with that.
I always think of Liberia as the closest analogy. But yes, you have to remember the extent to which Zionism fitted naturally into what everybody else in the world was also doing at the time. Both terra nullius and civilising missions were very mainstream idea and Zionism was more justified than a lot of it.Herzl's idea that the natives would be grateful for Western colonists taking over their land in the name of an idiosyncratic mission civilisatrice does very much fit the zeitgeist of the high imperialist era. That was also, by and large, the French conceit vis-à-vis Algeria.
Sorry, yes, I misread the author.
We'll wait on this one a tad then.I'm with Thande, the risk of social media-ing it is it looks like we've actively timed it to coincide with current events, which is tasteless and untrue.
Not to get sidetracked but I think Maus and Vladek is a good example about how someone can deal with the Holocaust without dehumanising everyone involved but also making it about human beings and not as you said paragons of empathy. I must discuss a bit of this on the books section of the forum...The example that sticks out in my mind is in Art Spiegelman's Maus, where Holocaust survivor Wladek is viciously racist to an African-American hitchhiker. In retrospect, it's surprising we didn't mention Israel at all in that class.
The country wasn't designed by Evangelicals, though; if we're going with the science fiction metaphor, those Christians are the weird periphery fanbase that nevertheless gives the Israelis a lot of money and so the latter has to put up with the former.I think in addition to the Jewish utopia, Israel as it is today is also supported by the utopia of some small but important sects of American Christianity, one of a coming Apocalypse and the Millenium (which requires a strong Israel to be a precursor to be absorbed).
Definitely. I'm reminded of John-Peter Pham's book, Liberia: Portrait of a Failed State, which does something similar.I always think of Liberia as the closest analogy.
I keep intending to read more about Liberia, partially because it seems to be a mirror of Israel from my vantage point.Definitely. I'm reminded of John-Peter Pham's book, Liberia: Portrait of a Failed State, which does something similar.
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