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I Do Not, In Fact, Viscerally Hate My Heritage

By Matthew Yglesias  

"I Do Not, In Fact, Viscerally Hate My Heritage"

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I appreciate that my opinions about U.S. policy toward Israel are not shared by all American Jews. And I think it’s great for us to debate the issues. But I have to say that it really pisses me off to read James Kirchick write in Commentary that myself and other progressive Jews are actually motivated by “visceral hatred of [our] Jewish heritage.” I don’t know if people who write that kind of thing don’t understand how offensive and absurd it is, or if in their bullying zeal they just don’t care.

As it happens, I like my Jewish heritage just fine. I’m not very religious, but I was making High Holy Days arrangements with my aunt a couple of weeks ago. I think it’s too bad that you can’t buy a decent knish anywhere in DC. At my grandmother’s suggestion I made sure to visit the old Jewish ghetto in Venice when I was in Italy. I think it’s ridiculous that you can get cheese on your pastrami sandwich at Loeb‘s. I spent one summer refurbishing a Jewish cemetery in the Czech Republic. I like Phillip Roth and Woody Allen. I also don’t think a perpetual US-financed Israeli occupation of the West Bank is either moral or practical for the United States or Israel.

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