Is the ‘Juicebox Mafia’ Today’s ‘House Jews’
Are anti-Israeli Jews self-hating? And what should they be called?
Adam Serwer, an American Prospect writing fellow, parses Jewish identity politics on The Root today. You see, Marty Peretz and his staunchly pro-Israel acolytes have taken to belittling bloggers more critical of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians, like Matt Yglesias, as the “Juicebox Mafia.” It’s a Jew-on-Jew slur, Serwer says, that’s basically equivalent to the old denigration of “house negroes”—in other words, that the “Juicebox Mafia” consists of self-hating Jews who’ve begun internalizing the stereotypes of their oppressors. Serwer doesn’t quite buy the charge. And neither does Ta-Nahisi Coates, writing on his Atlantic blog. But Coates has a deeper problem: “The real issue,” he says “is a shocking lack of imagination among the Jewish people. Seriously, how could those who gave us Phillip Roth and Michael Chabon also give us a phrase as unliterary, and unevocative as ‘Juicebox Mafia?’”