Hmm, I think you might be underestimating how proud other people are of their heritage, people and culture - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Michael UK
    • 14.10.10 | 16:38 (IST)

    "Add to it peoplehood, nation, language, permanent persecution, holocaust, way of life, religious or counter-religious specificity... mindset sometimes, perhaps even a certain collective psyche... Now all that is more, way more, than what you have in an ordinary nation-state." Yours is a genuinely moving expression of what you feel it is to be Jewish. Having said that, if I sat down and wrote something about what it means to be British I could come up with something fairly similar, with waves of immigrants and invaders all coming to this tiny island and over the centuries mixing and mingling into a special culture that built the world's greatest empire and spread ideas of democracy, personal freedom and the rule of law. Is being British much less special than being Jewish, or being French, or Druze or Iranian or American or, of course, Palestinian? I don't know. I'm deeply suspicious of the idea that any one people is more special than others. Plenty of peoples have had that idea over the centuries and it's generally only ever produced conflict, for obvious reasons. The reason I wouldn'r sit down and write of how wonderful being British is, is because I am very aware that our history contains some great things like fighting Hitler alone, but also some terrible things like slavery and medieval pogroms. Jewish history too has good bits and bad bits. Diaspora Jews have not had the opportunity to abuse power much but don't forget the slaughter of the Canaanites, pre-state Jewish terrorism, the Nakba and cast Lead.

    from the article: The core of the conflict
    First published 02:29 14.10.10 | Last updated 02:29 14.10.10
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