Editorial: Antisemitism has to be called out wherever and whenever it shows up – whether in its most vile form, as in the so-called “memes” of extremist groups, or in its most benign, as in comments or jokes that are made in the course of the news.
The latter, such as the one that this article cites, is a classic example.
That is an important point, and I will make it again in a moment.
Today’s column is about another case of antisemitism: the antisemitism that is found in Israeli culture.
Here, I am going to focus on the antisemitism that is found among Israeli Jews.
The author of the column, Rania Khalek, whose parents are of Israeli descent, is a noted Israeli journalist. I have found her articles not only deeply revealing, but also of unusual intellectual energy and depth and richness. In addition to the Jewish history of the Israel she loves, she has written on the history of the state of Israel through the prism of its Jewish roots.
In her column “When the Jews Went to the Olympics,” “It’s All about Jewish Life,” she describes how the Olympics have always been an important venue for Jewish athletes. In other words, the Olympic Games are the very embodiment of the Jewish aspiration for a life of dignity and honor.
In so doing, Khalek describes the great sense of pride and satisfaction that exists in the Jewish community, even after the horrific events that took place in the recent Olympic Games in Nazi Germany.
She notes with pride that Jewish athletes, who represent their people as athletes, often win medals (which is the only measure of success in the Olympic Games) – and she tells us that this is not just a sign of Jewish pride, but a sign of Jewish identity.
Even if this is true and not simply her own prejudice, it is at least true that Judaism and the Olympic Games are as closely linked as they are in the Jewish tradition and in the Jewish faith.
Indeed, it is very easy to see