, long a champion of peace and reconciliation in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, conducted a concert in the Gaza strip last week. Barenboim is such a decent human being -- I wish I could call him my favorite conductor. (He takes a lot of flack for conducting Wagner, yet his way with Wagner often strikes this listener as being somehow "off.".)
That said, I certainly admire his resilience in the face of horrendous, ugly attacks. This fellow
calls him a "neo-fascist":
Daniel Barenboim, orchestra conductor and a leading example of an anti-semitic Jew, has just been given honorary palestinian citizenship.
For this traitorous act, taking citizenship of a non-existant nation, not to mention how he supports terrorism and racism, he should have his Israeli citizenship revoked
Israeli education minister Limor Livnat called Barenboim "A real Jew-hater, a real anti-Semite."
The "anti-Semitic Jew" canard is an utterly disingenuous manipulation trick, and an increasing number of Jews can see right through it. In a similar vein, Dubya supporters in 2003 would call you "anti-American" if you did not support the invasion of Iraq. These shoddy rhetorical devices simply won't fly anymore.
All of that said, I disagree with Barenboim on the key issue: A two-state solution is no longer viable, given Israel's indefensible history of military incursion into Lebanon. I favor a single-state solution. The idea of a "Jewish state" was always a sick and inherently racist dream. It was a racist conception in Biblical times, and it remains so today. That dream must end. The replacement must be single, secular state where all who have family roots in the land are considered citizens, and all citizens have equal rights.
A growing number of Israelis favor a single-state solution
. But in America, that idea is considered unthinkable -- and those who do dare to think such thoughts are considered bigots. Why are certain concepts permitted to an Israeli but forbidden to me?
The democratization movement in the Middle East means that Israel will no longer be able to claim to be the only democracy in the region. Hell, it's not a true democracy now. The new Egypt will not deny voting rights on the basis of ethnicity.