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CiF Watch post “Better Jews: The moral vanity of Israel’s leftist Jewish critics” wins essay contest


Here’s Jonathon Narvey, editor of the online magazine “The Propagandist“:

The 2nd Annual Essay Contest for The Propagandist introduced us to some excellent works by our regular contributors as well as first-time pundits. Our readers were treated to critical analysis of issues as far-ranging as Turkey’s democratic drift, the threat of jihadism in the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden and the consequences of the Arab Spring.

Without further ado, the winning submission of the 2nd Annual Essay Contest for The Propagandist is (drumroll, please)…

Here’s an excerpt:

“This recurring tendency of Jews, such as Murane, to pay greater attention to their own moral performance than to the necessities of survival is a trait which Ruth Wisse characterizes as “moral solipsism”.

In displaying the resilience necessary to survive in exile, many Jews have come to fetishize weakness, and believe that they could pursue their mission as a “light unto the nations” on a purely moral plane.

However, Jewish history has surely shown that such weakness only increased Jews’ vulnerability to scapegoating and violence.

Yes, with national sovereignty there is a price that has to be paid in terms of the occasional infliction of human suffering (even if unintentional) that invariably occurs as the result of even the most responsible and restrained use of national power.

But in the lives of individual adults, as in the lives of responsible nations, rarely is there the luxury of making choices that will lead to perfect justice for all concerned.”

The runner-up in the judging was:

Thanks to all of our participants who wrote so eloquently for the cause!

And, here’s a personal thanks to The Propagandist for inspiring me to think through, and express, an idea I had been mulling over for quite a while, and to the the other talented writers who I competed against. 

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  1. Congrats. You also deserve a prize for your sheer, persistent, voluminous output. It’s phenomenal. Where do you find the time – let alone the energy? It must be in Israel’s famous water!

  2. I am glad that such acknowledgment has gone out to a great writer, however I think there should be some kind of smaller prize for any people who have had to ever confront the likes of @KungFuJew or @JewSchool. It is great that such disgusting characters have inspired a person to find greater wisdom in their experience with such people, but those of us who also dealt with them and had a mental breakdown as a result should also be mentioned. . I’m still recovering from a dialog with them. When I read Adam Levick’s piece I remember thinking… why didn’t I write that? I’m sure there are a lot of other Zionists that feel likewise. When I saw Blumenthal’s birthright video this week a similar feeling of angst and sickness struck me. I had my Bar Mitzvah in a Reconstructionist synagogue and the characters are very familiar. I’m still recovering. When I stub my toe, flashbacks of grinning anti-establishment faces go through my skull. When I have a toothache I can hear the start of the Blumenthal video where a girl goes, “NOT” when mentioning a romance with an Israeli soldier. Where is my prize? I’m hurting!

  3. Kol hakavod and yasher koach Adam!

    Speaking personally, you have been a great inspiration to me, and I’m sure that can be said for all of us here. Let’s carry on fighting the good fight!

  4. All power to you, Adam! Well done!

    Sometimes it must seem like too long and steep a road, but persistence does pay off.

  5. Thanks to all of our blog’s supporters! Even though I only know many of you “electronically”, I still feel privileged to be part of such a dedicated Zionist community.