Final Points to Ponder

1. Irena Klepfisz, a Jew born in Poland in 1941, escaped the 1943 Warsaw Uprising (her father was killed on the second day of the Uprising).

She writes:

“Jews ... have been unable to absorb the experience of the Holocaust, have not learned how to transcend the catastrophe. They’ve mistakenly thought that to transcend means to forget the past, that to think about the present is to abandon the past. …it's kept many of them from universalizing their experience, from joining with others who have experienced oppression—not perhaps an exact duplication of Jewish oppression, but nevertheless oppression.”
http://www.bartleby.com/66/9/32909.html

  • Is Antisemitism caused by Jewish isolationism, or did Antisemitism cause Jewish isolationism?
  • Do you agree with Klepfisz?
  • What is the philosophy behind the ADL's work in the wider community on Hate?

2. Is Antisemitism primarily either a or b, and why?:

a: A Jewish problem?
b: A non-Jewish problem?

3.What antisemitic themes are common to Muslim, left and right-wing Antisemitism?

4. How do these three ideological sectors defined and changed by their own Antisemitism, according to the following quotations?

  • What would they have or be, without this hatred?
  • What values have been lost through their Antisemitism?

    “Take away hatred from some people, and you have men without faith”
    Eric Hoffer (1902–1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 225 (1955).

    “Hatred is a feeling which leads to the extinction of values”
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883–1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. “To the Reader,” Meditations on Quixote (1914)

5. What has been the contribution of the Internet to Antisemitism, and what is it's potential impact on Antisemitism?

6. What is the best way to campaign against Antisemitism? What have you found to be effective?

7. How can Israel help combat Antisemitism?


 

 

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