Funny, but only recently it was brought to my attention that I am listed in the “Jewish Shit” list, (where Shit stands for self-hating Israel-threatening), by some wacky rightwing organization (masada2000.org). I double clicked only to find myself perversely fascinated by the world I entered.
Is the public ritual of racial hints followed by an apology indicative of progress toward a more tolerant society? Or does it merely reveal America's hypocrisy? I am not sure. But look at it differently: an atmosphere where public figures need to apologize for sounding like bigots is preferable to one where they have to apologize for not being racist.
Yigal Bronner is an Associate Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in Sanskrit poetry and poetics. He is the author of several books including Self-Surrender, Peace, Compassion, and The Mission of the Goose: Poems and Prayers from South India (NYU Press, 2009, co-authored with David Shulman) and of Extreme Poetry: The South Asian Movement of Simultaneous Narration, Columbia U Press, 2010). Bronner grew up in Israel and spent years struggling against Israeli occupation and for peace. He has authored numerous articles and op-eds on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.