Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Progressive Defamation of the Jews

Part of the progressive movement seems quite intent on defaming Jews, much like Der Sturmer did in the 1930s.

For example, anyone who knows anything about the I-P conflict knows that there is ongoing tension between the Jews and the Arabs who live on the west bank of the Jordan. Sometimes Jews are at fault, often Arabs are at fault. Recently there was a Jewish attack on some Arabs in retaliation for the Arab murder of some Jews.

But how does this get characterized among liberals? Well, if Daily Kos is any indication... and it is... they blame pretty much everything solely on the Jews.

Lefty Coaster says this:

Approving racist police watching with satisfaction as a racist settler mob attacks with astounding brutality. And the US tacitly supports all of this.

And this:

Right Wing Jews as more "Price Tag" terrorism. But this time the attack was carried out inside Israel itself, showing that racist violence is now targeting Palestinian Israelis.

The appropriately named "Weasel" claims the following:

The mosque attack inside Israel, like this particularly brutal attack on activists, highlights the fact that the settlers are crossing more and more lines. These steps were almost inevitable, as Israel continues to empower, arm, and protect the settler paramilitaries.

SCFrog claims that Jews living where Jews come from are "land thieves":

Let's not call them "settlers" (5+ / 0-)

Rather what they really are: "Land thieves"

Meanwhile turthlover wonders:

Israel First Trolls haven't show up yet? (0+ / 0-)

Because if you are a Jew who cares about Israel you are an "Israel First Troll."

Hafez of Shiraz uses the bash Israel-fest as an opportunity to compare Israel to apartheid South Africa:

How much worse does it have to get before our government balks at supporting the Israeli state and the settlements that are its informal and formal extensions? But then it took a long time to get the government to stop supporting the South African regime.

This is the progressive-left.

They do not care about Muslim on Muslim violence, or Arab on Arab violence, which by the way is far, far worse than anything that Jews have ever done to either Muslims or Arabs. And they sure as hell do not care about Muslim or Arab violence against Jews.  On the contrary, they often encourage that violence through telling these blood-curdling stories of Jewish evil.

Nor do they care about the 5.5 million dead in the Congo or the hundreds of thousands dead in southern Darfur... which, needless to say, tells us that they are highly selective about just whose human rights they actually do care about.

But they just love to hate on Jews.

And, yet, they expect Jews to support their political movement and many, many Jews do precisely that.

How sick or deluded or just plain wrong must one be to go on supporting a political movement that would just as soon see you dead as look at you?

Liberal Jews are in full-on denial about what is going on in the progressive movement. For the most part they seem incapable of acknowledging what is happening before their very eyes. Some liberal Jews, such as Assaf, for example, the author of the Daily Kos "diary" linked to above, like to join in these never-ending anti-Israel, anti-Jewish hate-fests.  Assaf is even Israeli, yet he doesn't mind when anti-Zionist non-Jews compare Jews to Nazis.

How pathetic is that?

I do not really understand the psychology behind "self-hating Jews," or whatever terminology one might use to describe the phenomena, but there it is.  According to Kenneth Levin, in The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege, it's basically a coping mechanism. If they can convince themselves that the Jews are truly as bad as the Arabs say we are then we can change for the better and they will therefore stop hating us.  Levin compares it to the coping mechanism of an abused child who believes that the reason daddy beats her is because she is "bad" and if therefore she behaves like a good girl, he will stop. It gives a person some sense of control over an otherwise unendurable situation.

Other liberal Jews do their best to simply ignore progressive hatred toward their fellow Jews. These guys are not so much stupid, as they are weak.  They would rather see Jews dead than Jews fighting back.

Still others, like say Volleyboy1 or mets102, do their best to counter the hatred with reason, yet remain firmly within the progressive camp.  They do so despite the fact that it is the progressives themselves who are spreading this genocidal hatred toward us.  These guys are seeking reform, I suppose.  They are honestly hoping to change anti-Zionist minds, both Arab and progressive, through discussion and compromise.  More power to them, as far as I am concerned, although I wonder about the effectiveness of their efforts.

But make no mistake, every time someone on Daily Kos, or the Huffington Post, or the UK Guardian defames Israel and Israelis, it reflects on Jews all over the globe and results in violence against us.

There is a faction on the progressive-left that is inciting anti-Jewish violence and the rest stand back and watch, or perhaps they just avert their eyes.  But this is your political movement and it is turning on you. You may not want to face it, but it is obvious with anyone with eyes to see.

Your movement has sold you down the river, guys, and you do not even know it.

How sad.

Thankfully, your average Israeli Jew is far tougher, and far more realistic and clear-eyed, than most of their counterparts in the diaspora. This is because their characters were forged in the crucible of nearly one hundred years of Arab siege.

Thank God for Israel, I gotta tell you, because if the shit ever really does hit the fan, those Jews will stand up and fight with everything they have... and they have a lot.

My father's side of the family, unfortunately, did not have a lot.

They were taken out by the Nazis in the Ukraine during Operation Barbarossa in 1942. They, along with about 2,500 other Jews from the village of Medzhybizh (where the Hasidic movement started, by the way) were forced to build roads and then dig ditches and then they were marched into those ditches and shot dead and buried.

American and diaspora dhimmi Jews might do likewise, but the Israeli Jews, with the possible exception of Assaf, will stand the fuck up and fight back.

Good for them.


  1. Pallywood?

    "Widespread confusion and despair gripped the Beduin village of Tuba Zanghariya on Tuesday, following the torching of a local mosque Sunday night – an act suspected of being a “price tag” operation by Jewish extremists.

    “What I can’t understand is why us? Why of all places would they come here?” asked resident Dr. Muhammad al-Haib, in a plaza outside the scorched entryway of the al-Noor mosque......Widespread confusion and despair gripped the Beduin village of Tuba Zanghariya on Tuesday, following the torching of a local mosque Sunday night – an act suspected of being a “price tag” operation by Jewish extremists.

    “What I can’t understand is why us? Why of all places would they come here?” asked resident Dr. Muhammad al-Haib, in a plaza outside the scorched entryway of the al-Noor mosque."


    Well some Rabbis might have the answer.

    "Rabbi Amar: Mosque arson may be blood libel
    Chief Sephardic rabbi claims torching of mosque in village of Tuba Zangaria may have not been committed by Jews, aimed at inflaming conflict with Arab public. 'We condemn this act, which only caused damage,' he stresses in radio interview

    Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar says the torching of a mosque in the northern Arab village of Tuba Zangaria may have not been committed by Jews, and that the attempt to ascribe the act to "price tag" activists is basically a "blood libel".

    Speaking in an interview to Radio Kol Hai, Amar said the speculations were premature, but that "we have no way of knowing if this wasn't a malicious act aimed at inflaming the conflict and increasing the hatred between Jews and Arabs.......The rabbi, who visited the burned mosque on Monday afternoon, explained: "We are experienced people. As you know, blood libels about Jews killing a Christian child have been common in all generations. Damage was caused to entire communities, killing and loss, God forbid, because of those false libels."


    Wishful thinking perhaps but not unimaginable. And if it were true that it was a false flag attack would that change one bit the hatred expressed like that on dKos? Not on your life.

  2. Could be Pallywood.

    See, that's the thing. Because we know that sometimes Palestinians do, in fact, put on such productions for the purpose of inciting hatred of, and violence toward, Jews, it becomes virtually impossible to know when to take such stories seriously.

    If anyone wants to do some research on Pallywood, professor Richard Landes would be a good place to start.


  3. Paul in San FranciscoOctober 4, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Well, if an Israeli surgeon gave a needy, ailing Palestinian child a heart transplant, free of charge, the headline would be "Israeli doctor cuts heart out of innocent Palestinian child!!"

  4. Speaking of fighters, heya Paul.

    Don't forget, housewarming on the 29th.

    Official invites will be going out soon.


  5. Ah, Paul. So right. So very right. Good to see you.

  6. Ok now I'm suspicious because Assafiban quotes Kapo Richard Silverstein and also says

    " The Israeli MSM has been nearly completely silent. (3+ / 0-)
    Ynet reported the original story briefly and in an infuriating manner - calling it an "altercation" between settlers and activists, insinuating symmetry. Haaretz too, gave a lot of space to the settlers' lies, without fact-checking them. But at least they published one of the texts I quoted here.

    Regarding government... they have the settlers' back. No daylight between them, afaik. The standard version in this type of cases is that the activists were "provocateurs" asking for trouble and harassing settlers. Haven't heard it explicitly this time, mostly b/c the government didn't really need to respond."

    When is the Israeli media EVER almost completely silent on a good evil settler story? Something doesn't pass the smell test here.

  7. Another reason to suspect false flag here,

    "Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said that the apparent "price-tag" attack on a mosque in the Beduin village of Tuba Zanghariya in Israel is part of a larger operation to obliterate the "foundations of Islamic civilization on Palestinian land," Hamas-affiliate Al Resalah reported on Thursday.


    Such operations, Haniyeh explained according to Al Resalah, are part of larger attempts to silence the voice of Islam in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948."


    This ludicrous claim is likely designed to whip up violence against Israel.