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  •  While I largely agree (5+ / 0-)

    (especially with the conclusion), and would never want to see the sentiments you express here suppressed, I do have a slightly different perspective.

    I have, literally, been "the only Jew in town" when teaching at one rural liberal arts college, and one of very few in town at another.  I have, literally, been asked by a guileless student about the whereabouts of my "horns."  I have, literally, been dragged through the whole "you guys killed Jesus" attack in elementary school.

    Anti-Semitism does exist.  Usually, in my experience, it comes out in areas in which the ACLU gets involved, where Christians see Jews as an impediment to their loudly proclaiming their Christian beliefs in public (in, ironically, a way that Jesus himself had something to say about, no fool he.)

    The sensitivities of Jews about certain attacks are often real, not disingenuous.  But, too often, especially as regards Israel, they can be otherwise.

    In my avatar, the blue bars show how many want Reps who COMPROMISE; the aqua bars show who wants Reps who STAND FAST no matter what. (Left=Overall; Center=Democrats; Right=Republicans.) And there's the problem!

    by Seneca Doane on Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 08:58:03 AM PDT

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    •  You've driven me to ACTION! (1+ / 0-)
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      Well, in a manner of speaking ...

      Reaching back nearly 50 years, I searched and found that Amazon has available The Complete Stories of Bernard Malamud for Kindle here

      So I've bought it and rushed to The Jewbird, the particular story this diary made me want to re-read. As it happens, there is nothing in the story directly relevant to the diary, but I now look forward to many hours of enjoyment and re-apprecation of this American master's work ...

      Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

      by Clem Yeobright on Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 09:30:11 AM PDT

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    •  Understood. (1+ / 0-)
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      I live in Guatemala. My house in the city (not where I live, I rent it out) is a few blocks from a synagogue, which has formidable walls and probably for a good reason. I've talked to people around here whose idea of "Jew" is, literally, some kind of boogeyman monster, not even remotely human. So I know that there are places where antisemitism exists, even though my milieu in the US is very much not that (for instance, I bet I have a better Purim story than most Jews, though it's not really fit for DKos).

      But unlike Black people, most Jews can get away from it. I mean, they're not subject to racism every time they walk down the street. And they have a set of cultural coping strategies which work really well.

      So I am way more sympathetic to zero-tolerance-style arguments in the case of Black/White racism, than in the case of Jewish stuff. Certainly there is stuff that's beyond the pale, but especially when you're talking about the state of Israel, the presumption for me goes very much in favor of free speech.

      Senate rules which prevent any reform of the filibuster are unconstitutional. Therefore, we can rein in the filibuster tomorrow with 51 votes.

      by homunq on Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 10:01:51 AM PDT

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