Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ignorant or Malicious? Probably Both. With Cowardly Thrown In (Up Dated).

geoffff

A great article from Isi Leibler that will strike a resonant chord around here:

Liberal Jewish Israel Bashers: Ignorant or Malicious?


January 17, 2013 by Isi Leibler
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I must confess to a rising sense of frustration and rage when observing the increasing number of ill-informed and fallacious critiques of Israel by liberal Diaspora Jews…writes Isi Leibler.
Isi Leibler
Isi Leibler
This is not in reference to the loathsome so-called anti-Zionist Jews who call for boycotts of Israel. Nor even to jaundiced far-Left Jewish groups like J Street, that inflict considerable damage on the Jewish state by calling on the US government to pressure Israel, or orchestrate petitions such as those recently circulated among liberal Jewish clergy demanding that Israel cancel plans for residential construction in Jerusalem’s Jewish suburbs and the E-1 area.
I refer to those Jews who, when it was fashionable, were enthusiastic supporters of Israel. But the estrangement of many of their liberal non-Jewish friends from the Jewish state encouraged them to also assume politically correct attitudes, even adopting an “anti-Zionist chic.” Some were swept up in the tide of post-modernism with its often espoused view that Israel was born in sin and represents one of the last bastions of colonialism.
This was an evolutionary process which began with the progressive application of moral equivalence to Israelis and Arabs and climaxed with Binyamin Netanyahu’s election and demonization as an extremist nationalist. At this point, these Jewish liberals began chanting the mindless mantra that Israel had become obsessed with maintaining “the occupation.”
They adopted the Arab narrative that settlements represented the greatest obstacle to peace, dismissing the fact that settlements comprise only two percent of territory over the Green Line and that since Oslo, every territorial concession from Israel merely emboldened Palestinian radicals and resulted in intensified terror.
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Do read it all. The simple unpleasant truth and plain common sense. 
hat tip Shirlee
cross posted Geoffff's Joint

Update

Posted this in the nicely  functioning comment box at the J-Wire thread for Isi's article.  I bet pretty well every one else around there calls him Isi so why shouldn't I even though I have never met him.  

The comment was directed at the previous commenter robert but it could just as easily be at Isi's important piece. 

Well done Shirl BTW. Your kvetching was a mitzvah 

geoffff says:
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Well said.
Professional Jews. People who are Jews only because they are anti-Israel.
If you want to leave Jewishness then leave. That is easy anywhere where Jews live but especially in the US, Australia and Europe. But to then use a Jewish identity to attack the Jews or Jewishness and especially Israel suggests something unpleasant at the very core of their souls that might be best left unexplored.,
Especially from the comfort of the other side of the planet.
That is what I believe.
They have forgotten the most important lesson of the last century. Ultimately it is they who define who is a Jew. As surely as slave-owners defined who was black in the century before.


2 comments:

  1. Some are ignorant. This is true.

    Some are malicious. This is also true.

    And some are both and that is unquestionably true.

    But, and we should hold this in mind, some are neither.

    There are any number of Jewish leftists who are intelligent people with a reasonable knowledge of Jewish and Israeli history, and who have no malice toward Israel and who even see themselves as supporters, yet who project a false view of that country in a manner that is deeply detrimental to Israel and to the well-being of the Jewish people.

    Every time that we talk about "Occupation" (particularly with that stupid capital "O" which implies it is the Great Granddaddy of All Occupations) or erase Jewish history on Jewish land by referring to Judea and Samaria by the Jordanian term "West Bank" we are engaging in behavior that harms Israel and Jewish well-being more generally.

    Jews who do this kind of thing, and there are many other examples that I can point to, are not ignorant, nor malicious.

    What they are are subject to the "Palestinian Narrative." They have allowed themselves to be ideologically colonized in a manner that is not only false, but ultimately sourced to the enemy camp.

    We all have it in some measure, but it's our job to be self-aware and to root out ahistorical or detrimental ways of thinking on the subject to the best of our ability.

    In a sense it's like we need to start over in our thinking on the Arab-Israel conflict or what I call "the long Arab war against the Jews."

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  2. I edited the heading from "Both" to "Probably Both" before I read your comment, Mike. Now I think we're on the same length depending on how you define "Ignorant".

    There's a lot of straight out intellectual cowardice around. A lot of people just go along with the narrative that it's all Israel's fault because it is easy.

    There's also a very strange phenomenon going on here. You would have received an email from Shirl of Richard Millet's latest post which sent shivers down my spine. But that guy (the Palestine Ambassador to the UK?) makes an interesting point. The "Palestinians" are the best educated most intellectual people in the Arab world. Of course they are. Especially now that it is trendy among Israeli Arabs to identify as "Palestinian". I reckon it is a safe bet that "Ambassador" was educated at Israeli universities.

    I'm going to post on that after I have had a chance to mull on it.

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