Wednesday, March 10, 2004

In an interesting article, Hypocrisy and anti-Semitism, Yossi Sarid (member of Knesset from the Meretz party, a left-wing, secular Zionist party in Israel), makes some telling points about the linkage between the Israel right and the fundamentalist Christian right in the U.S., which supports the state of Israel and has also extolled the wonders of "The Passion" by Mel Gibson. I think he's misled on some points in the article (for example, he seems to think that the movie is just being faithful to the gospels, when it's clearly not, since so much is taken from Emmerich's writings), but he does sound the alarm about something real (for more information on this linkage, see the recent book by Gershon Gorenberg, End of Days on Jewish, Christian, and Muslim messianism centered on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem).

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