A master's thesis at University of Toronto has drawn unusual attention. The subject is white privilege in Israel and exploitation of the holocaust to play perpetual victimhood by the most powerful rulling class in the Middle East. If you Google Jennifer Peto you will not only get a link to her thesis, you will see the type of vitriol heaped on anybody who criticises Israel: anti-Semitism, self-hatred (whatever that means), and the like.
Here is the link to her thesis: Thesis/Israel-Jennifer-Peto.
At least, read her abstract:
Master of Arts Degree 2010
Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
University of Toronto
This paper focuses on issues of Jewish identity, whiteness and victimhood within hegemonic Holocaust education. I argue that today, Jewish people of European descent enjoy white privilege and are among the most socio-economically advantaged groups in the West. Despite this privilege, the organized Jewish community makes claims about Jewish victimhood that are widely accepted within that community and within popular discourse in the West. I propose that these claims to victimhood are no longer based in a reality of oppression, but continue to be propagated because a victimized Jewish identity can produce certain effects that are beneficial to the organized Jewish community and the Israeli nation-state. I focus on two related Holocaust education projects – the March of the Living and the March of Remembrance and Hope – to show how Jewish victimhood is instrumentalized in ways that obscure Jewish privilege, deny Jewish racism and promote the interests of the Israeli nation-state.