Since the publication of Eichmann in Jerusalem, serious scholars have debunked the most inflammatory of Arendt’s charges. Nevertheless, for today’s defamers of Israel, Arendt is a patron saint, a courageous Jewish intellectual who saw Israel’s moral catastrophe coming. These leftist intellectuals don’t merely believe, as Arendt did, that she was the victim of “excommunication” for the sin of criticizing Israel. Their homage to Arendt runs deeper. In fact, their campaign to delegitimize the state of Israel and exile it from the family of nations—another kind of excommunication, if you will—derives several of its themes from Arendt’s writings on Zionism and the Holocaust. Those writings, though deeply marred by political naivety and personal rancor, have now metastasized into a destructive legacy that undermines Israel’s ability to survive as a lonely democracy, surrounded by hostile Islamic societies.She may have hated Dave (Ben-Gurion) but she remained steadfast in her loyalty and devotion to former amour Marty (Heidegger). That, in a nutshell, tells you practically everything you need to know about her.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Thanks for Nada, Hannah
Hannah Arendt's legacy consists of more than her banal (but still widely believed) observation about the Nazis' "banality of evil." As Sol Stern writes, she bequeathed us something far more toxic--the intellectual underpinnings of today's Zionhass: