[Image: The “Is this a pigeon?” meme. An android marked “Goyish leftists” holds his hand up to a yellow butterfly labeled, “Basic things about Judaism,” and asks, “Is this Zionist propaganda?”]
Brooke Goldstein’s article “The Time Is Now for a Jewish Civil Rights Movement” takes an opportunity to make an argument for Jews and uses it instead to take cheap shots at trans people, anti-ICE activists, and Palestinians.
Marx was baptized, raised Protestant, and knew nothing of Judaism his entire life. His father had gone to great pains to escape his Jewishness and provide a better life for himself and his son, even changing his name. As a result, Marx was inevitably brought up with a considerable amount of internalized antisemitism.
Someone asked in a comment on The Queer Diasporist facebook page whether or not Jewish communities try to control the lives of its members. Here’s my attempt at an answer:
Bundism wasn’t created to oppose Zionism; it was created as a solution to the very same crushing oppression faced by European Jews of the time that Zionism was created to solve.
Separating “Hebrews” from Jews is a Christian tactic used to rationalize the cognitive dissonance between their contempt for Jews and their religion’s reliance on “Hebrew” scripture.
The resurgence of the Jewish left is a great opportunity to shed the antisemitism of the broader left, but only if it such antisemitism isn’t imposed from within.
There are many people who argue that Jews are nothing more than a religion; that the Jews may have been a people in ancient times, but are not anymore. This demonstrates either ignorance or omission of the opinions of actual ancient Jews as transmitted through stories such as that of Ruth.
This list of resources on antisemitism was compiled when a German comrade asked me for resources to help them distinguish antisemitism from anti-Zionism.
Jews have existed as a nation for thousands of years, and most of that time we have been without a state of our own. This is no accident.