But Professor Massad shows little respect for his audience or for history. At a core passage in the piece, he quotes Theodore Herzl's Der Judenstaat as saying, "The unfortunate Jews are now carrying the seeds of anti-Semitism into England." Massad uses as evidence that Zionism sees anti-Semitism as valid and encouraged it. He ignores the next paragraph where Herzl describes anti-Semitism in 1800's Europe: "
Monday, May 20, 2013
Massad Is A Dangerous Distraction
A Ramallah-based Ph.D candidate and I engaged recently in a debate over the exact same issues Professor Joseph Massad of Columbia University raised in a now-infamous editorial last week on al-Jazeera. Our discussion focused on the same topic as Massad's piece: Zionist coordination with the Nazi regime. To say that such coordination occurred in a limited scope is a matter of plain historical fact. It is entirely legitimate for my colleague and I to discuss these issues with the basic mutual respect we showed each other.