Anne Karpf : 'The Children Of The Holocaust ... '
I've just been talking on the phone to an aunt in Israel - a Holocaust survivor like my mother. After swapping news about the family, the subject of the Middle East came up.That wasn't either of one of us 'speaking' -- it was Anne Karpf.
Though our views sometimes overlap they also differ because, despite her strong criticism of the current Israeli government and despair over their incursion last year into Lebanon, she's ultimately a passionate defender of the state.
Our conversation was heated but never less than amicable: what struck me was how long it is since I've had such a vigorous exchange of views about the Middle East with other Jews in Britain with whom I disagree that didn't end with me being accused of something - from being self-hating, to undermining the very future of Judaism.
She's a popular accomplished columnist in the (Saturday), Guardian's Family section, as well as a writer and broadcaster. She's also the author of the 'The Human Voice' (2006).
We like her.
Here's the header from Anne's piece from which we borrowed the bit we began with, above.
Children of the HolocaustDid we mention how much we admire Anne?
The more the Israeli government claims to act on behalf of all Jews, the more I feel obliged to make my dissenting voice heard.
February 7, 2007 04:00 PM
Here's something else she has to say.
I draw inspiration from the long Jewish tradition of fighting for human rights, other people's as well as one's own: Jews have been prominent in virtually every major modern movement for civil rights and social equality.Like we said -- we like this lady -- a lot.
I also refuse the idea of "our civil rights versus theirs", as though justice for Israelis and Palestinians were not only divisible but also mutually exclusive.
This is a form of polarisation beloved by those unwilling to expose their arguments to counter-evidence, who prefer slogans to dialogue, and who promote a false idea of winners and losers.
In my view this formulation has played a significant part in perpetuating the conflict in the Middle East.
We recommend accessing all of Anne's remarkable article here, so as to see for yourself if you rate her as highly as we do.