Chomsky and the Juicebox Mafia

 Much internet attention has been given to the “Juicebox Mafia”, a group of very young, Jewish, liberal bloggers who have been sharply critical of Israel, especially in the wake of the recent Gaza incursion. The terms Juicebox Mafia was coined and popularized by ideological opponents of the group (Noah Pollack in Commentary, Marty Peretz in the New Republic);  but like the terms “Tory” and “queer”, it’s an insult which fast became  a badge of honor.  The core of the Juicebox Mafia would include Matthew Yglesias, Spencer Ackerman, Ezra Klein and Dana Goldstein.

I myself (without using the phrase “Juicebox Mafia”) tried to contextualize the group by arguing that we’re witnessing the emergence of a post-Zionist moment, with Jews all over the Diaspora increasingly alienated from Israeli nationalism.

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Chomsky on Gaza

Noam Chomksy spoke about the current situation in Gaza to a packed audience at MIT on Tuesday. Among other things he said, “Supporters of Israel are in reality supporters of its moral degeneration.” For a report, you can go here and for a video of Chomsky’s talk here.

Chomsky turned 80 last month. He still seems in good health although he’s had his share of personal troubles lately. Not long after his last birthday Carol Chomsky, his wife of 5 decades, died after a long bout of cancer. Much can be said about Chomsky pro and con, but he’s an irreplaceable voice. When he’s gone, the world will be a poorer place.