Explanation does not equal justification - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • JP
    • 25.05.12 | 19:11 (IDT)

    I can see why it is problematic to ask such a question in a school exam, as students might understand the question the wrong way. But to say that anti-Semitism can only be condemned and cannot be explained is bizarre - as if the two were mutually exclusive. Explaining a phenomenon does not mean justifying it, and finding explanations does not mean blaming the Jews. Historians, philosophers, psychoanalysts and many others from Adorno to Sartre have studied anti-Semitism and still do. I hope education secretary Gove won't close down related institutions in the UK for being insensitive...

    from the article: In exam, U.K. pupils asked to explain bias against Jews
    First published 12:43 25.05.12 | Last updated 12:43 25.05.12
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