Why Israel Needs The Palestinian Arabs
Without them, our whole “settler-colonial” society would collapse from within, according to a world renowned scholar.
Patrick Wolfe (1949-2016) was an Australian anthropologist; he seems to be one of the founders of colonialism studies. It is him we have to thank for having popularized the preposterous idea that Israel is a European settler-colonial project, one that has evidently captured the imaginations of historians and other scholars who hate Jews. His work fulfills their need for something seemingly academic upon which to heap their vile and to elegantly express their wish to see the demise of Jewish sovereignty over our indigenous homeland.
In a forum dedicated just to him, we find the following amazing concept:
The existence of Mizrahim or Arab Jews, and their position in unequal relations of power with Ashkenazi or European Jews, mean that the Palestinian ‘other’ is required to maintain the illusory homogeneity and unity of the Israeli state. As Wolfe’s penetrative insight explains,
‘Israel cannot survive without its Palestinians. Without the Palestinians – which is to say, when everyone is Jewish – the Mizrahim once again become Arabs…When everything is Jewish, difference itself becomes Jewish – a return to the precise condition that Zionism sought to suppress in order to build a nation out of groups of people whose differences from one another were greater than their commonalities’.
Now if I thought that Wolfe was a Moslem, I might say that he was projecting here. It is well known that Moslem sects despise one another and view anyone but themselves as true Moslems; the others, not true Moslems, deserve to be decapitated right along with the rest of us kafirs (infidels). Therefore, one could understand how Moslems might think that different branches of our Jewish people are not regarded by the Ashkenazim as true Jews. Of course, Wolfe would suggest that the Ashkenazim are the only true Jews because, being white skinned, they fit his theory that Israel is a European (White) settler-colonialist society wanting to eliminate the Arabs he views as indigenous to the land. But Wolfe was not a Moslem and not an Arab. It seems he was just a run-of-the-mill antisemite.
Wolfe established his reputation by studying the settler-colonialist society of Australia. Might have been nice had he restricted applying his “penetrative insight” to what he knew best – Australia. Because he obviously knew nothing about Jews if he could say that the differences between Mizrachim and Ashkenazim are greater than our commonalites. Unfortunately, the truth matters not a whit if you can find a way to have a lie demonize The Jewish People.
I don’t care for your headline. It sounds like it is your position, even though I have been following you long enough to know better..
At least put it in quotes.
I thought about your suggestion long and hard and decided to leave the title as it. I appreciate your suggestions and hope you will continue to make them because I am sure to accept some of them,thereby improving my work.
Sheri, it works for me. And there is a perception among “foreigners” that there is a major difference between Mizrahi and Ashkenazi Jews. There is, from an orientation standpoint, but both admire the other.
Yes. I do believe they do.
I cannot help but wonder what Wolfe’s position was in respect of the indigenous population of Australia? Did he write a paper on Why Australia Needs The Aborigines by any chance?
I considered that, but that is confusing the Aborigines with the Palestinian Arabs. The former is an indigenous population and the latter are colonialists. You might ask if the Palestinian Arabs need the Jews and the answer to that one is yes: before Israel, there was no reason to invent the Palestinian Arab myth.
I agree entirely. However, my question was rhetorical and aimed sarcastically at Wolfe’s hypocrisy in taking aim at non-colonial Israel in order to rail against the evils of colonialism, especially given his own country’s murky colonial history.
You know, people in glass houses throwing stones?