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