The Occupy Wall Street movement has, like pretty much everything that comes out of the left, an anti-Semitic element within it. In a brief Politico article Bill Kristol writes:
“It’s not surprising that elements of the modern left are anti-Semitic," said ECI chairman William Kristol in a statement. "It is surprising that respectable liberals have praised the protesters while ignoring the anti-Semitism. Liberals have pretended to see nothing hateful and hear nothing hateful, and therefore have said nothing to rebuke their allies. Will they now speak up?”
Kristol is, of course, correct. "Elements of the modern left are anti-Semitic." Would anyone at this late date deny this? Of course elements of the modern left are anti-Semitic however Kristol is wrong when he suggests that liberals pretend to see nothing hateful.
Having spent much of the last 30 years, or thereabouts, among self-proclaimed liberals and progressives, I believe that I can state with some authority that they do not pretend to see nothing hateful, but simply refuse to see or acknowledge their own seething hatred.
They are not pretending, however. They are simply unreflective.
They are very quick to point out perceived hatred coming from Republicans and they are very, very quick to spit hatred at those Republicans. What liberals are not very good about is, however, self-scrutiny. They seem incapable of even modest levels of reflection. If they partook of such reflection they might draw a number of conclusions.
One conclusion that they might come to is that their own movement is just crawling with people who are highly racist against Arabs and Muslims. Another conclusion that they might come to is that the progressive-movement has made of itself a home to anti-Semitic anti-Zionists and has thus become hostile territory to Jews who self-identify as Jews and who care about the Jewish state. Furthermore, if the left showed even the least little bit of self-reflection, they might conclude that spitting shear hatred at the Bill Kristols of the world... the Sarah Palins, the Michelle Bachmann's, the Glenn Becks, the Sean Hannitys, the Ann Coulters, the Rush Limbaughs... and on and on and on... does not reflect very well on a political movement that claims to represent compassion.
It's rather difficult to convince people that you represent compassion, even as you spit hatred.
Here, let me give you some examples from a recent hate-filled Kossack diary defaming Kristol for standing up for the Jews.
This progressive thinks that Kristol is up to some evil plot:
This is beyond buffoonery, this is deliberate and calculated. Never accuse someone of being a buffoon unless that is the obvious reason for their behavior. There is far more going on here than can be explained by the term buffoon ...
Ah, yes, the devious Kristol is up to something shady. It's all about protecting Israel from even a breath of criticism according to NY brit expat. It simply can't be that Kristol is correct and that Democratic leaders are ignoring expressions of anti-Semitism within their own movement.
Which, of course, is exactly the case.
They are going to label anybody (6+ / 0-)
who objects to the policies and practices of the State of Israel as being anti-Semitic.
OK, look at this video and tell me where anyone is discussing the policies of the state of Israel.
This is not about Israel, but about left anti-Semitism.
He's evil thanks for reminding me (2+ / 0-)
tipped and rec'ed.
Evil? Yes, that's right, one's political opponents represent eeeeeevil.
Bill Kristol is a warmongering ass who's wrong all the time. Fuck him and the New American Century he rode in on.
Such compassionate introspection.
In such comments on Daily Kos and throughout the progressive-left blogosphere one easily discerns the disconnect between the claims of compassionate liberalism and the actual hatred that liberals spew.
Anyways, let me say again, that the progressive-left is actually not nearly so anti-Semitic as it is anti-Arab and anti-Muslim as evidenced by the fact that they tend to treat Arabs and Muslims like little children. It's an imperialist form of racism that goes to the 18th and 19th centuries.
Too bad that they refuse to look in the mirror.
In the comments Dan Bielak has stated, correctly in my opinion, that it is not progressive-left racist condescension against Arabs and Muslims, but in favor of Arabs and Muslims.
He actually makes an interesting point. The left sees itself as "anti-racist" and theoretically proclaims friendship with those whom they perceive as living under oppression, which would, needless to say, include many, many Arabs and Muslims. Of course, theoretical proclamations of friendship don't mean a whole lot when the movement, in actuality, ignores Muslim violence and the genocides in Darfur and the Congo.
In any case, the left remains entirely racist toward Arabs and Muslims, but it is a pro-Arab and pro-Muslim form of racist condescension.
I do not really know what to make of that fact, but it is a fact and Dan is correct.
This comment is just too good not to highlight:
If Bill Kristol didn't hate America (0+ / 0-)
he'd downplay this. But no - he wants trouble.
Fight until we win. Then we can begin arguing about the details. - Kwickkick (RIP) 2009
by RickMassimo on Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 02:58:57 PM PDT
So for a Jew to point out anti-Semitism on the progressive-left is to hate America!
What a maroon.