Arabs of the Jewish Faith: The Civilizing Mission in Colonial Algeria (review)

Arabs of the Jewish Faith: The Civilizing Mission in Colonial Algeria (review) | 141 America of "using" the Holocaust in order to preserve the loyalty of the next generation of Jews and in order to justify Israel's behavior against the Arabs. One can be sympathetic to the plight of the Arabs; one can even put all of the responsibility for their problems on the Israelis: one can excuse their own leadership for their share of responsibility, without daring to pollute language or pervert reality by calling the situation of the Arabs in any way whatsoever comparable to the Holocaust. There are no gas chambers in Israel. There is nothing whatsoever comparable to the Holocaust in their situation, and to claim that there is is an insult to language and a total distortion of the facts. And now, Alvin Rosenfeld writes with great trepidation, we may be entering a stage in which the Holocaust will not be, as we once thought it would be, a warning against inhuman behavior, but will be instead a precedent for inhuman behavior. I am not sure that he is right in criticizing Harold Schulweis and others who have focused our attention on those who rescued Jews so that we can hold on to our belief http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

Arabs of the Jewish Faith: The Civilizing Mission in Colonial Algeria (review)

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| 141 America of "using" the Holocaust in order to preserve the loyalty of the next generation of Jews and in order to justify Israel's behavior against the Arabs. One can be sympathetic to the plight of the Arabs; one can even put all of the responsibility for their problems on the Israelis: one can excuse their own leadership for their share of responsibility, without daring to pollute language or pervert reality by calling the situation of the Arabs in any way whatsoever comparable to the Holocaust. There are no gas chambers in Israel. There is nothing whatsoever comparable to the Holocaust in their situation, and to claim that there is is an insult to language and a total distortion of the facts. And now, Alvin Rosenfeld writes with great trepidation, we may be entering a stage in which the Holocaust will not be, as we once thought it would be, a warning against inhuman behavior, but will be instead a precedent for inhuman behavior. I am not sure that he is right in criticizing Harold Schulweis and others who have focused our attention on those who rescued Jews so that we can hold on to our belief

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Dec 30, 2013

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