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January 05, 2003

The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews



"If I am not for Myself...
The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews"


By Ruth R. Wisse

For over a century, Jews have been identified with liberalism. Not only have they been a driving force behind the spread of liberal politics; they have also been steadfastly loyal to a doctrine that promised them both safety and political acceptance. Recent evidence suggests that their commitment has not waned. But while Jews continue to stand up for other groups and "vote their conscience," contends Ruth Wisse, the liberal commitment to the Jews is not nearly so strong. Whenever Jews have been attacked -- from the trial of Captain Dreyfus to the sustained military and political war against Israel -- liberals have been slow to defend Jewish rights and have preferred instead to hold the Jews responsible for the persistence of their enemies.