This is whom Jewish Currents decided to give a forum to attack Bari Weiss’ new book on anti-Semitism.
During a 2006 teach-in at UC Berkeley, several years after both Hamas and Hezbollah were designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department, Butler painted the terror groups as social movements, remarking that “understanding Hamas, Hezbollah as social movements that are progressive, that are on the Left, that are part of a global Left, is extremely important.”
Inviting Judith Butler to discuss a book on anti-Semitism is as legitimate as asking David Duke, Louis Farrakhan, etc… but Jewish Currents did so anyway. Butler rushes around squeaking for a while, warily circling her thesis that the real issue is the crimes “perpetrated by the Israeli state.”
“It may well be, as Weiss avers, that Zionists feel censored and marginalized within certain progressive circles, but so too do those who wish to raise questions about Zionism within broader circles, questions that would have been part of public debate in the 1910s and ’20s in Europe and arguably within the mainstream Jewish community until about 1967,” Butler whines.
Not to mention the 30s and the 40s. Just ask Gertrude Stein and other leftist Nazi collaborators.
But Hamas, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union are all equally progressive anti-Zionists and it is important to understand them as part of a global Left.