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Kenneth Lonergan Is the Greatest Jewish Playwright You Didn’t Know Was Jewish @ The Tablet:
Lonergan told me that he was brought up with a very keen awareness of the Holocaust and with plenty of exposure to anti-Israel sentiments.
“I remember hearing the same comments over Thanksgiving, endlessly. Broadly speaking, most New York Jewish intellectuals tend to be anti-Israel, and I disagree with a lot of my friends on this,” he said. “Someone asked me recently if I was pro-Israel. I said, ‘Well I’m not pro-Hamas!’ The standard comment is, yes we know they’re terrible, the Islamic extremists and anti-Israel factions in the Middle East, but - and then they go on about how horrible Israel is.”
He said he felt that this common posture was a sort of liberal racism, “where you have an overly benevolent and understanding position toward non-white cultures that behave just as appallingly as white cultures that you are very quick to jump on and condemn. That’s a very common feature of the atmosphere I grew up in. It accounts for quite a lot of the strange bias that you hear in left-wing circles and it fits the pattern just as well as the clearly racist xenophobia that you hear in right wing circles.”