Not long ago a visitor to Israel Thrives told me this:
Nagaura Apr 21, 2012 09:05 PM
Why can't just admit that you believe the Palestinian's deserve nothing. That they should just leave the West Bank and Gaza Strip because they have no right to be there.
Every once in awhile someone will march onto Israel Thrives and tell me what I reeeeally mean. As a writer, and as someone who has, in my own small way, put himself into the public sphere, I find it fascinating when people tell me that although I may say this or that, what I really mean is something else entirely.
It doesn't matter what I actually think or what I actually say, what matters in the mind of critics such as these is what they want me to believe or think or say. It's an entirely illiberal attitude. It is a way of thinking that is, in my view, entirely inconsistent with liberalism or the left... or the left the way that I once thought it to be.
Nagaura has the chutzpah to tell me that what I reeeally want is the ethnic cleansing of the local Arabs from Israel. To my mind this is something akin to telling Black people that any discussion of the history of African-American slavery is reeeally nothing more than hatred toward White people.
What garbage. What doo-doo. What mierda.
What I object to is the ongoing Arab and Muslim attempt to subjugate the Jews in the Middle East. And if I complain about this never-ending anti-Jewish hostility, it means that I am racist? That what I really want, as Nagaura suggests, is the ethnic-cleansing of Arabs from Jewish land?
Nagaura, no doubt, is a well-meaning leftist who wants what she perceives as "justice" for the Palestinian people. Sadly, she is not the only kind of visitor here that feels more than free to tell me who I am and what I think, in complete contradiction to anything that I have written.
This blog is non-partisan. We may be critical of the Obama administration and the progressive-left, but this does not magically turn us into either conservatives or Republicans... although I may be willing to oblige in the not too distant future. Defining others, in opposition to the way that they define themselves and in opposition to historical truth or one's personal history, is strictly an authoritarian activity. It is, in fact, just what the Nazis did to the Jews before they slaughtered us.
How is it that some people who disagree with my view accuse me of being that most loathsome of creature, a conservative? I favor a woman's right to choose. I favor Gay rights. I favor a tax code more favorable to the poor and the middle class. I opposed and marched against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, yet these obnoxious morons have the temerity to walk onto this blog and in a facile and insulting manner dismiss me as a "Republican"?
Nothing could be further from a liberal sensibility or from the truth.