Friday, June 25, 2010

The Helen Thomas Travel Plan

When Helen Thomas declared that Jews have no place in Israel and should go home to Germany and Poland, she unleashed a current of outrage within the American Jewish community. How dare she suggest, they wondered, that Jews should return to the countries of ‘the Final Solution.'

From her comments, it was unclear if she meant that Jews should have been killed in the Holocaust or that they should simply go back to what she viewed as their ancestral homelands--never mind that Israeli Jews are from all over the world, including Israel itself. However, the reaction within the community to the suggestion of Germany and Poland demonstrates that for many American Jews, it amounts to the same thing. But, in fact, it is not. While her proposition is at best preposterous and at worst despicable, let us examine for a moment what exactly today's Israeli Jews would discover waiting for them in Germany and Poland if they left Israel.

Read the full piece here.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

News Link Round-Up

Like everyone, I've been overwhelmed by articles about the flotilla incident. Here are some of the more insightful ones I've come across: from the Deutsche Welle and Slate.

Other news, other wars. More than 60 years since the end of WWII and still its legacy remains.

A video of a massacre of German civilians in Czechoslovakia is released for the first time.

A WWII era bomb exploded in Germany.

Finally, a twist on Muslim-Jewish relations in Europe. The NYTimes magazine section this past Sunday had a great article about Job Cohen, Amsterdam's Jewish mayor and perhaps next Dutch prime minister.