It takes a Hollywood ignoramus to give flesh to the argument of a radical anti-Semitic Iranian. Jewish history did not begin with Kristallnacht. The first Zionist Congress occurred in 1897. The Jews fought for and received recognition for the right to establish a "Jewish national home in Palestine" from Britain in 1917 and from the League of Nations in 1922, two decades before the Holocaust.You see Krauthammer is anxious that Spielberg suggests that Israel exists because of the holocaust. For the American Krauthammer, Israel is a miracle based on a 2,000 year longing of Jews (a minority of the world's Jews that is) to return to the ancient homeland. You don't have to be from Hollywood to be an ignoramus. It shows the strength of American imperialism when a well known writer can speak of "rights" enshrined in an imperial decree like the Balfour Declaration and the rubber stamping of that decree by the League of Nations.
January 17, 2006
Another Munich review
I've been asked not to post anything more about Munich the movie until I've seen it but it doesn't go on release here til 27/1/2006 and I just stumbled on this review by Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post. Many zionists are unhappy about what they see as Spielberg drawing moral equivalence between Israeli "commandos" and Palestinian "terrorists" but Krauthammer sees a deeper seated propaganda element to the film. See this: