Haaretz, Dec. 27, 2015


The whole world says that the killing of more than 2,000 Gazans during Operation Protective Edge last year was a war crime, while only here they claim, in good conscience, that it was self-defense. And if that weren’t enough, Zionist Union cochairperson Tzipi Livni said following that awful wedding video that her Judaism is different.

[...] [L]eaving tens of thousands of Gaza residents homeless after Operation Protective Edge fits her Judaism perfectly. Even the terminology here reflects an approach grounded in the assumption that Jews are different than other people. [...] All this abundance and we’re only talking about secular Jews. We haven’t even gotten to the religious ones.

But all the thunderous laughter of last Wednesday was nothing compared to the thunderous laugh of history that rang out Sunday after the government backed the bill that would make representatives of human rights groups wear a special tag. Oh, Europe of the benighted 1930s, we have returned.