Saturday, 09 June 2012 08:19
Racism is not amusing
The comic novel “The Finkler Question” by Jewish British writer Howard Jacobson won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for 2010 but one can well ask did it answer the question? The questions implicit in the novel seemed to revolve around the nature of Jewishness and the moral challenge to Jewry of the race-based Jewish colonization of Palestine. Unfortunately while the novel wittily explores some aspects of Jewish exclusivity it fails to properly address the huge moral issue of racist, genocidal Zionism. Further, much of the humor is at the expense of anti-racist Jews opposing the human rights abuses of Apartheid Israel.