Monday, August 30, 2004

Regarding "The Jewish problem, according to Theodorakis", Ha'aretz Magazine, August 27, 2004:
Automatically accusing criticasters of Israel's policies of being anti-Semites is indeed for many Israelis often "an excuse,[...] a way to avoid self-criticsm". Still, when in an interview so many classical expressions of anti-Semitism are uttered by somebody - whether he is a Romanian president or political candidate, or a major Greek composer - it is hard not to receive the impression that that person could very well be an anti-Semite. Mr Theodorakis' life story seems to offer much food for thought for those who try to analyze ( the genesis of ) the often blurred boundaries between social and political activism/criticism on the far right/left and anti-Semitism. As the article says, Mr Theodorakis might be " a person whose work and life embody the spirit of the contemporary European left ". The fact that ordinary Palestinians and Israelis are at the mercy of corrupt leaders of unstable regimes, who are supported either by that European left ( which is often motivated by a fierce anti-Americanism, and sometimes also by diluted or virulent versions of anti-Semitism ) or by its European or American neo-conservative counterparts ( who often harbor a passionate Islamophobia ), holds out little hope that drastically positive changes lie ahead for the two peoples in the near future.

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