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Is Leibowitz’s warning relevant again now?

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Published: 16 April 2016

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz, an ultra-Orthodox Israeli intellectual of such stature that streets in Jerusalem and Herziiya have been named after him, coined the term ‘Judeo-Nazis’ decades ago, when warning against the rise in Israel of an extremist minority of a kind found in many societies. Is his warning relevant again now?

The Judeo-Nazis in Israel’s legislature – Uri Misgav – Haaretz 12.04.16
Racism is always offensive and it is important to fight it. But even racism has its degrees. This is not just ordinary racism. MK Bezalel Smotrich’s vocabulary is that of the master race. The time has come to recognise this phenomenon.
Read op-ed here

And see:

There are Judeo-Nazis; every human group has people like that – Yeshayahu Leibowitz 1982
Watch YouTube here (8:50, Hebrew with English subtitles, uploaded 11.01.11)

Yeshayahu Leibowitz: prophet of wrath, harbinger of the future – Carlo Strenger – Haaretz 13.03.13
Because of his provocativeness, it’s easy to miss Yeshayahu Leibowitz’s profound moral seriousness and the great relevance of his thought today.


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