Beinart's Jewish double-bind: Support oppression or you're out of the family

Feld, Peter

Publisher:  Mondoweiss
Date Written:  28/04/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19300

Even when he's serving up a soul-crushing ultimatum, you have to give Peter Beinart some credit. By comparing Israel to "your violent, drug-addicted brother," but saying that if you call the cops -- i.e., support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) -- to "make them change their destructive and self-destructive behavior” you are putting your “personal morality" ahead of family loyalty, he's enraged Israel defenders and anti-Zionists alike. In this way, he becomes the personification of the untenable situation he writes about.