Gaita’s book

I’ve skimmed some of it lightly. I’m already amazed at the warm reviews its gotten. Consider, for example, this passage (p 26, Gaita’s “Introductory Essay”)

But whether Israel remains a Jewish state is surely for Israeli Jews and no one else to decide (assuming that events even allow such a decision).

A few sentences earlier, he notes that “Israeli Arabs are now second-class citizens in Israel”. So it is not as though he doesn’t know they exist (or that they are subject to systemic discrimination). Their views just don’t matter, even if they make up 20% of the population.

I won’t have time to read or review the book for a while. But really – how can anyone fail to find this shocking?

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