More on the fascinating parallel UK debate. Oxford philosophy professor Brian Klug, who wrote “The Myth of the New Anti-Semitism”, penned this essay as part of the launch of Independent Jewish Voices (IJV).
If there is one thing on which Jews can agree, it is this: it’s good to argue. Jewish culture has thrived on argument – frank, sincere disagreement – ever since Moses disputed with God. But today an oppressive and unhealthy atmosphere is leading many Jews to feel uncertain about speaking out on Israel and Zionism. People are anxious about contravening an unwritten law on what you can and cannot discuss, may or may not assert.
It’s worth checking out both the essay and the many comments.