Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Jews are Jews

Turkey has made some diplomatic moves towards Israel to register its displeasure at the Anti-Defamation League's recent reversal of its stance on the Armenian genocide. People have kind of taken it as a given that Turkey would do this (and this was one of the primary reasons the ADL held off on taking this position until now). But I have to ask: does Turkey recognize that the ADL is not an arm of the Israeli government? That they can take separate positions on issues? As Matt Yglesias says, its perfectly understandable why Israel might take more of a hard-nosed realist approach to this issue, without demanding that American Jewish groups do the same. But this conflation of every Jewish institution as if they were part of one large meta-structure is uncomfortable to me.

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