Jews have been at the heart of liberalism since the 18th century, and today they consitute an important element in liberal ranks. However, Wisse argues, the liberal attitude to Jewish persecution has been ambivalent, seeming to imply some Jewish responsibility for the outrages committed against them. The reason for this liberal ambivalence is nothing other than the survival of anti-Semitism - the most successful ideology of the 20th century, according to Wisse. Instead of meeting anti-Semitism with the outright rejection it deserves, many liberals, unwilling to accept that men can simply be driven by hatred, seek to find some reason for this hostility in the Jews themselves, thus partially condoning the crimes to which it gives rise. Thus, liberalism has itself become tainted with anti-Semitism, and even liberal Jews have accepted the moral equivalence between Zionism and racism. Wisse argues that liberals must re-examine their attitude towards the Jewish question and extend their own principles of tolerance to the Jews by condemning those who seek to persecute or annihilate them.
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Although it has since been retracted, in 1975 Arab leaders introduced the "Zionism equals racism" equation to the United Nations. Wisse views this move as part of an Arab propaganda campaign against Israel, which she believes the predominantly Arab states seek to annihilate. This ongoing campaign, Wisse writes, has caused Americans on the political left and right alike to reflexively blame Israel for Middle East problems. As a result, American liberals' support for Israeli rights has weakened, and Jews in the Diaspora can no longer seek refuge behind the banner of liberalism, she cautions. A professor of Yiddish and English literature at McGill University in Montreal, Wisse has produced an impassioned, hard-line polemic. Calling anti-Semitism "the most durable ideology of the twentieth century," she judges liberals' perennial hope that Arabs will turn friendly and tolerant of Israel to be misguided. She chides modern Israeli writers who, ambivalent about Zionism, "deliver up the image of the ugly Israeli." Her contentious essay is framed by a personal letter to an ex-lover who emigrated to Israel.
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