Let’s start with an excerpt to explain the context:
The dustup centers on Goliath, a new anti-Israel screed by Blumenthal, the son of Clinton administration figure Sidney Blumenthal, published by Nation Books. But to Blumenthal’s chagrin, the magazine (which is no stranger to anti-Zionist articles) allowed columnist Eric Alterman to write about it in The Nation. Alterman is himself a fierce and often obnoxious critic of Israel and defenders of Israel, and has been a major promoter of the myth that the pro-Israel community has been seeking to silence the Jewish state’s critics. Yet Blumenthal’s book was so appalling that Alterman took it apart in the magazine that spawned it. Calling it “The ‘I Hate Israel’ Handbook,” Alterman scored it for its frequent comparisons of the Jews with the Nazis and its complete absence of any acknowledgement of the Muslim and Arab war to destroy Israel. As Alterman wrote in a subsequent blog post, “It is no exaggeration to say that this book could have been published by the Hamas Book-of-the-Month Club (if it existed).”
Yes, it’s Jew v Jew again, in the traditional fashion of being our own worst critics!
The full article, called “The Anti-Zionist Civil War on the Left”, written by Jonathan Tobin (available here) is a good essay – I would say: a reasonable essay – about what is going on in certain fields of political discourse when it comes to Israel. It’s well worth reading.
Bottom line: for some, any version of Israel is an aberration. But, hey, we’re here to stay.
[I first saw the Tobin article mentioned at My Right Word, and that blogger’s commentary (here) is worth adding to the pot.]