New Internationalist

Struggle for balance

December 2004

Your recent issue on Judeophobia (NI 372) was very informative and challenging. I recognized my own struggle in finding balance in my views as I read the opening words: ‘Whether it’s antisemitism or the polar opposite, rarely are Jews seen as ordinary human beings – as flawed and perfect as everyone else.’ As a supporter of peace (for Jews and Palestinians), I admit I have, at times, found it difficult to separate the politics and military actions of the Jewish state from Jews themselves, and this in turn has given me a negative view of Israelis. However, I am proud to say that, since reading your articles, I have been able to confront the fact that I do not approve of the Israeli Government without it clouding my view of the Jewish people. I now have a new appreciation for Jewish culture and can clearly see how leftwing activists can miss seeing the wood for the trees in their own attitudes towards people groups. I believe that with this sort of educational resource available, people will be able to cease either idolizing or despising the Jews – it certainly sharpened my own beliefs.

Emily Chapman Oatlands, Australia

Front cover of New Internationalist magazine, issue 374 This column was published in the December 2004 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

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