Latest update: April 24th, 2012
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The execrable Letty Cottin Pogrebin is at it again. Pogrebin, a left-wing feminist who helped found Ms. magazine in the early 70’s and whose hectoring of Israel becomes shriller by the year, is complaining about those who urge Israelis to unify behind the Sharon government.
Writing in Moment, the magazine that tries to be all things to all Jews with predictably unsatisfactory results, Pogrebin notes approvingly that fringe left groups like Gush Shalom, the Coalition of Women for a Just Peace and Rabbis for Human Rights have no intention of falling into line for what Gush Shalom spokesman Adam Keller calls ‘a bad government.’
But then the investigative journalist Jeffrey Goldberg reported in The New Republic that black soldiers had never liberated those two camps, and the American Jewish Committee issued its own report which concluded that the film was riddled with ‘serious factual flaws.’ The credibility of the film and its producers vanished almost instantly.
None of that seemed to matter to Letty Pogrebin, who came up with a truly asinine piece for the radical magazine Tikkun in which she essentially downplayed the importance of truth when measured against political expediency.
‘The film presents us with a problem of ethical slippage and well-intentioned embellishment,’ she sheepishly acknowledged, but ‘not a hoax.’
And then Pogrebin got right to the heart of her intellectual dishonesty: ‘Truth must be defended, yes,’ she wrote, ‘but so must the liberal vision of black advancement and the struggle for black-Jewish harmony.’
Something to bear in mind the next time you read or hear Pogrebin’s brainless bleating about the struggle for Palestinian-Jewish dialogue or similar pabulum.
About the Author: Jason Maoz is the Senior Editor of The Jewish Press. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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