Thursday, December 22, 2016

Latest NY Times Smear: Zionism Is Illiberal, Antisemitic - by Ira Stoll

...By propagating the antisemite’s negative caricature of Israel, complete with the dual loyalty canard, Professor Boehm himself is the one who is advancing ideas traditionally associated with antisemites. It’s far worse than the “anti-Semitic tropes” that Professor Boehm accuses Donald Trump of trafficking in. Professor Boehm’s false accusation that Zionism is illiberal is itself an antisemitic trope — all the more so because Jewish nationalism is the one that the professor, enabled by the Times, chooses to single out among all others for attack.

Omri Boehm. Photo: Twitter.
Ira Stoll..
21 December '16..

In what seems like its never-ending quest to smear the Jewish state and its supporters, the New York Times has managed to come up with a new one, or perhaps a new variation on an old one: Zionism is antisemitism.

At least, that seems to be the accusation made in a lengthy and barely comprehensible screed by Omri Boehm, an assistant professor of philosophy at the New School for Social Research. The Times published it as part of “The Stone,” which is described as, “A forum for contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless,” and led by series moderator Simon Critchley, another NSSR philosophy professor.

Perhaps the Times, which recently announced it is vacating eight floors of its headquarters, has laid off so many journalists that it now has to rely on academic “moderators” instead of veteran editors. But whatever the back story, this article is one that would have been better off staying confined to the philosophy department of the New School, or better yet, to Professor Boehm’s brain, rather than being inflicted on New York Times readers (and linked from the newspaper’s online home page, as it was for some time this week).

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More of Ira Stoll’s media critique, a regular Algemeiner feature, can be found here.

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