A local dinner speaker of Irish ancestory used to say, "It is well known that, except for the ugly ones, the Irish are the most attractive people on the planet."
I imagine he was poking fun at the absurdity of saying this group or that is more attractive than others. More attractive to whom, and by what critera? It is really a silly topic. And one that, by the prevailing biases of US society, is probably won by the Scandivaians. Yet, I remember ten years ago visiting Stockholm, and a local fellow I met up with complained that he couldn't stand the local women and went to South America every chance he got.
Many Jews no doubt, like many of all groups, take pride in those of their number they consider attractive, and some may consider that they have more of these than most other peoples. But few, I suspect, would raise the point, even indirectly as Kate has done, as bearing on the question of whether criticism of Zionism is necessarily anti-semitic.
In a message dated 6/12/2003 7:48:26 PM Eastern Standard Time, [log in to unmask] writes:
> Why do I get the idea that dear Carol would not find the Jewish people so fascinating a topic if the Israelis did not have the second most powerful military in the world and if America was not so blessed with an abundance of intelligent, artistic and wealthy persons of Jewish descent and if some Jewish women weren't so drop dead gorgeous and sensual as to make him cringe and wish himself dead at their laughing rejection of him. As to my first two points, as far European anti-semitism goes, I feel it is indeed inter-related, i.e. anti-zionism, anti-semitism, anti-Americanism. As to American anti-zionism and anti-semitism, its existence is so insignificant as to make it insignificant, another example of why the Europeans, Froggies in particular, have become so estranged from us and so pathetic a picture in general.
> In a message dated 6/12/03 1:18:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time, [log in to unmask] writes:
> [Note. I of course disagree sharply with Julius's identification of
> anti-zionism with anti-semitism, but otherwise his article
> is of some
> interest to Eliot readers. cbc]