This "normalisation" of Jews presupposes of course that Jews are not normal and that the European Christian man or woman of action is the norm. This tells us a lot, as David in his article explains, about zionist racism generally but it also shines a light on an under-reported issue of antisemitism (as in anti-Jewish racism) intrinsic to zionist ideology and the zionist project.
The Zionists greatly admired the physical beauty of the native, the "Jewish Gentile" who had been anointed king of the new Israel, and they contrasted him with the ostensible ugliness of the Diaspora Jew [...]. Writers of this era [...] described the native as a robust youth with "gentile" characteristics, a kind of Jewish muzhik, or Russian peasant -- strapping, self-confident, and strong-spirited, as opposed to the stereotypical Diaspora Jew, who was pale, servile, and cowardly.
Here's what it says on HuffPo about David Shasha:
David Shasha is the director of the Center for Sephardic Heritage in Brooklyn, New York. The Center publishes the weekly e-mail newsletter Sephardic Heritage Update as well as promoting lectures and cultural events. His articles have been published inTikkun magazine, The American Muslim, the Christian Progressive and other publications. To sign up for the newsletter visit the Sephardic Heritage Google Group at http://groups.google.com/group/DavidshashaThe newsletter is always a good read.