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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Lefty Blog Roundup for July 11, 2007

This is a roundup of some more noteworthy of the Leftist articles I’ve recently read. The most significant, US Role in Islamist Terrorism by Ivan Eland, has been given a post of its own. A reminder: the purpose of these links is to show the mainstreaming of Jew-hatred in the Western Left under the cover of anti-Zionism.

Slouching Toward A Palestinian Holocaust, by Richard Falk, from July 7, 2007. The “Zionists = Nazis” comparison is already in the title, as you can see. The author says of himself:

Against this background, it is especially painful for me, as an American Jew, to feel compelled to portray the ongoing and intensifying abuse of the Palestinian people by Israel through a reliance on such an inflammatory metaphor as ‘holocaust.’ [Emphasis mine. —ZY]

But despite his pain, he is conclusive in his verdict:

Is it an irresponsible overstatement to associate the treatment of Palestinians with this criminalized Nazi record of collective atrocity? I think not.

I have a question too: Is it an irresponsible lack of foresight to make a comparison which could easily lead to the international acceptance of a real repeat of the Holocaust (G-d forbid)? And I too am conclusive in my verdict.

From Left I on the News comes an ominous headline of the day for July 9, 2007, where, after citing Jerusalem Post on the likelihood of a strike on Iran, the blogger says, “Expect Joe Lieberman (D I-Jerusalem) to pick up the call tomorrow.” It was “D-Jerusalem” before an edit, as can be seen in the screenshot I took:

The principle, however, is the same: sentiments with which I’m familiar from my reading of the history of 1930’s Europe are now being repeated, only by the Left rather than the Right (except the most extreme fringes on the Right, which now form a mutually symbiotic system with the Left on that point). It’s in the form of anti-Zionism and “criticism of Israel’s occupation”, and framed in the narrative of post-colonialism, but underneath nothing’s changed. In Yiddish we have a saying for that: Der zelbe dreck mit an andre dekoratsye (“the same excrement with a different decoration”).

From Daily Kos, the diary Israel/Palestine; Violence, the State, and Democracy for Some, from July 9, 2007, from a poster with a username that screams out his obsession: “jon the antizionist jew”. (Who knows, maybe it’s Richard Falk himself.) Of a solidarity concert held in Tel-Aviv for the people of Sderot, he has this to say (after a “please do not get me wrong” passage I don’t find very convincing):

Just look at the intent, that the people of Sderot should live just live the ‘safe’ citizens of Tel Aviv. I can imagine that the Euro-American settlers felt much the same way on the constantly expanding borders of the American frontier, vulnerable to attacks from the ‘barbaric’ violence of the natives, which of course, they were just defending themselves from, of course. But that is the way of the colonial settler society; the central, thoroughly ethnically cleansed homeland is much less risky than the rough borders of such activity, whether we are talking about Sderot and Tel Aviv or Little Bighorn and New York City.

And he gives us a subtle hint of the idea that Sderot is getting something it deserves:

And let’s also not forget that this is not new; Sderot was built on/next to the ruins of the ethnically cleansed Palestinian village of Najd, and has, like many areas bordering Gaza and the OPT, has felt its share of violence from the conflict.

Now, I’m not saying Jon the quisling anti-Zionist Jew is representative of the stance of all Daily Kos posters (though the fact that he feels comfortable voicing such ideas there goes to show something); however, the casual brushing off of the continuous suffering of the inhabitants of Sderot by the charge of “blowback for settler colonialism” is something that has taken firm hold in the thinking of Western Leftists. Significant also is the fact that Sderot is within the 1949 Armistice Line border of Israel, i.e. it’s a pre-1967 part of Israel, meaning that the old and cold comfort of being spared the ire meted on the “West Bank settlers” can no longer be sustained. Ultimately, it means there are many on the Western Left who wouldn’t be shaken much by a Muslim massacre of Israeli Jews (G-d forbid).

To make lemonade out of these lemons you can see above: we can scarcely be under more condemnation and vilification than we are now, so let’s put down our reins of “civility” and accountability to “international law” and do what G-d says.

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