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NATIV   ■   Volume Twelve   ■   Number 4&5 (69-70)  ■  September 1999   ■  Ariel Center for Policy Research




Destruction of the Soul

Yehezkel Kaufman

Jewish self-hatred takes many forms.  One of its most fascinating manifestations is "anti-Semitism motivated by love".  This primarily typified various Zionist authors and philosophers such as Yehuda Leib Gordon, Avraham Schwadron, David Frishman, Chaim Brenner, Micha Yossef Berdichevsky and many others.  Their intentions were good, that is, the portrayal of the Diaspora as Judaism’s greatest tragedy.  Frishman:  A Jew’s life "is a dog’s life…arousing revulsion"; Berdichevsky:  "A non-nation, a non-people, non-human"; Brenner:  "Gypsies, dogs, filth, mire and repulsiveness, rotten egg, non-human, wounded dogs…" etc., etc.  A.D. Gordon:  "Parasites, inherently defective people", etc.; citations from Avraham Schwardron’s recent articles:  "Helots, slaves, the lowest form of impurity, worms.  Rubbish and filth, muck, parasitic detachedness, slave and dog", etc., etc.  Marking the Histadrut Labor Union’s holiday, the newspaper of the workers’ movement, Davar, published a headline in large letters with vowels:  "Renaissance of the Nation, Renewal of the Parasite Nation…"  This repetition of the classic anti-Semitic stigmas is, as mentioned above, an expression of profound self-hatred which even poisons the soul of the Jew in his own land, and constutes what Yehezkel Kaufman refers to in the title of this article, "The Destruction of the Soul".

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