The Jewish state of Israel and the organized Jewish communities abroad have constituted the Zionist Jewish people, whose aggrandizement has replaced liberalism as the Jewish social principle. This outlook has also deeply affected the Jewish left, who have abandoned the classical liberalism of the Enlightenment and emancipation, which rejected Zionism categorically, for a minimal critique of Israel’s “occupation” of the territories conquered in 1967, etc.
The article has three sections, “The Establishment,” “The Jewish Left,” and “Noam Chomsky.” It is 17,000 words plus notes, the merest introduction to the subject. It is in the current issue (#38) of Left Curve available from Left Curve. The article is also online, in PDF form, at The End of Modern Jewish History. A summary of EMJH was read at a publication party held at the Emerald Tablet Gallery in San Francisco on July 9.
Publication was delayed by the passing of the editor of Left Curve, Csaba Polony, on March 9. See the obituary and remembrances at
“A memorial to Csaba last night at an SF art gallery was SRO … The audience was a who’s who of who remains ambulatory in the North Beach culture scene,” wrote a friend in an email. RIP Csaba, you have gone to your reward.
Number 38 also contains an article by Rahela Mizrahi: “Usurping Art: Patterns of Expropriation, Conversion & Appropriation of Palestinian Heritage by Israeli Fine Arts.”
LC #37 contained a fine poem on the 30th anniversary of the Sabra/Shatila massacre by James Scully. See
Thirty Years After the Massacre
“The End of Modern Jewish History” is an emerging theme. See Enzo Traverso, La fin de la modernite juive (Paris, 2013). English account at
The end of Jewish modernity?
Judaic Studies at Brown offers a course, “The End of Modern Jewish History”. See JUDS 1716, 2/3 of the way down this page
JUDS 1716. The End of Modern Jewish History
Moreover, left Zionism is crumbling by the day. On July 2 Chomsky published an attack on boycott/divestment/sanctions and other positions in The Nation, On Israel-Palestine and BDS, and was promptly criticised.
Tom Suarez on Mondoweiss Chomsky and BDS
Max Blumenthal at 22:45 in this segment on Russia Today
Frank Barat, on his Facebook page (July 3 post, scroll down for that and others)
“Chomsky is wrong. Fact.”
On July 7 Chomsky wrote about the dissolution of the Middle East, citing the US, not once mentioning Israel and its US supporters. How Bush-Blair-Obama war crimes tore the Middle East to shreds. This is no more tenable than his attack on BDS.