Weekend links

I’ve been saving these up, hoping to write something or somethings from them. But life has kept me from it. So here you go for your weekend reading …

  • “The Banality of Good.” A surprisingly decent piece from Slate on how people who rescued Jews during the Holocaust found it so hard to talk about what they did.
  • We tend to think of the Poles as being willing, eager collaborators with the Nazis in the extermination of Jews. As usual, the real picture was more varied.
  • Sometime-TZP-contributor Ilana Mercer says “cut the ‘cycle of violence’ crap and recognize what’s really going on with the latest round of attacks on Jews.
  • And the great Paul Rosenberg asks to look honestly on the anti-Jewish cancer in the liberty movement. (H/T ML)
  • Finally, on a more cheerful note, an Israeli hummus cafe gives substantial discounts to Jews and Arabs dining together.

(H/T to colleague Y.B. ben Avraham for several of these stories.)

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One thought on “Weekend links”

  1. The “banality” article was good, except I started getting annoyed at the collectivist notion of saving “Jews”. The people saved were individuals, and the reasons they were saved might have had a heck of a lot to do with their individual characteristics, just as much as the savers’ individual characteristics. Not every Jew is like every other.

    My eyes kinda glazed over at Illana’s article. All this talk, talk, talk does nothing. Why don’t individuals simply ignore the talk and arm themselves? No doubt some already are, but why do we continue with the talk? The solution is obvious. If people don’t want to adopt this very obvious solution, IT’S ON THEM.

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