Arun Ghandi writes in a short, foul column for the Washington Post:
“Jewish identity in the past has been locked into the holocaust experience – a German burden that the Jews have not been able to shed. It is a very good example of a community can overplay a historic experience to the point that it begins to repulse friends … it seems to me the Jews today not only want the Germans to feel guilty but the whole world must regret what happened to the Jews. The world did feel sorry for the episode but when an individual or a nation refuses to forgive and move on the regret turns into anger.”
As usual (see Issa Khalaf for another piece of pseudo-psychology on ‘Jewish pathology’) for pundits who have decided to attribute Jews’ problems to ‘the Jewish psyche’ or ‘the Jewish identity’, Ghandi serves it up without elaboration, tacitly confident in his readers’ common-sense understanding of ‘what Jews are like’. In stating his aberrant opinion, Ghandi characterises Jews – all Jews, everywhere – as homogenous, with a ‘community’ and an ‘identity’, collectively peddling an overplayed Holocaust card. The piece ends, incredibly:
“We have created a culture of violence (Israel and the Jews are the biggest players) and that Culture of Violence is eventually going to destroy humanity.”
His advice to Jews? The instructive implications of the Holocaust are now obsolete. Take down the security fence and “befriend those who hate you”. In other words, meekly accept your fate.
Do we have Mearsheimer and Walt to thank for the fact that he gets to write like this kind of stuff in the Washington Post?