Thursday, August 10, 2006

Herzl-as-Uncle Sam, in French



OK, so perhaps this Tagar would be a bit to my right, but perhaps not, hard to say, and this may not even be an issue of left versus right. This whole Tagar/Betar, French-Jewish self-defense stuff remains fascinating, and is something I intend to look into a whole lot more, not just for this blog. What exactly is the role of a militant/vigorous Zionist organization in the Diaspora? Is it merely a means to knock some sense into those Jews silly enough not yet to be in Israel and to get us on our way, or does this movement also allow for staying put but fighting back? Is Tagar/Betar actually violent, or more of a self-defense, stay-in-shape sort of thing?

I am, of course, stunned to learn that I grew up not far from Betar's NYC chapter, but I can't say I knew anyone involved with potentially violent Zionist youth movements of any kind. What sort of altercations anyone ever had around 218 East 79th Street I can't imagine--a run for the 79th Street crosstown bus gone awry? Oren's was closed? If any stretch of this planet is unlikely to see much action, that would be it.

But the fact remains: would the above not make an amazing t-shirt? My most notorious Halloween costume as a little kid was "Sister Bear (from Berenstain Bears) dressed up as a fairy." Notorious because who on earth would guess the explanation for my costume, that I wasn't just some creature with both fake fur and fake wings? That my costume wouldn't be immediately apparent didn't occur to me. Clearly my thought process hasn't changed all that much.

2 comments:

Petey said...

"My most notorious Halloween costume ... was "Sister Bear (from Berenstain Bears) dressed up as a fairy."

If only I were a furvert...

"What sort of altercations anyone ever had around 218 East 79th Street I can't imagine"

Calling someone a Jabotinsky-ist is more a five dollar way of calling them a Likud-ist.

Phoebe said...

"Calling someone a Jabotinsky-ist is more a five dollar way of calling them a Likud-ist."

But the two mean quite different things at this point. Not quite like calling all Democrats Marxists, but something along those lines.