October 11, 2008

Israel's Jewish Cossacks

Check out Seth Freedman as he continues his journey leftwards, this leg of the tour being his take on "pogroms" in the truest sense, officially supported racist mob violence. I'm in a hurry so I'll skip to the conclusion.
There is much to be said for respecting others' religions and customs, but at the same time "your freedom ends where my nose begins" cannot – and must not – be allowed to extend to a national scale. When that happens, and when the state apparatus fails to condemn such behaviour, then the game is well and truly up. And all the screams of "pogrom" in the world won't cover up who the true Cossacks are in such a case.
I hope I've understood him correctly but I can always correct later.


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