Sunday, March 10, 2013

Happy Birthday To Me -- updated

Che Gorilla

My blog is twelve months old today. Che and the other bloke take great pride in that and especially in the fact that we have attracted about twice as many readers as what would attract regulation  from Finkelstein's Frankenstein if that abomination was ever to come to pass.

So in celebration I've decided to repost one of the posts that still attracts a few readers every day. Months after it was written in about five minutes and put up as a comment to another blog on the other side of the world and refused publication there.

The Off-Topic Post


The truth that antizionism is the new antisemitism is no longer banned at Connexions, the blog of Methodist Minister Richard Hall.   Could this be the first sign of the tipping point that his pal, colleague and fellow blogger Kim Fabricius talks of? The paradigm shift that he prays for? That we all pray for?

It is however off-topic

And I'm still banned from the thread where it was on-topic for having brought the subject up in the first place.

geoffff 10.06.12 at 12:43 am

No because I never implied that <snip>…</snip>
[Richard adds: I beg to differ, but we can leave it at that. I've done you the favour of removing the rest of the comment. I'm sure you didn't mean to take the thread off-topic.]

So would you like to see the full off-topic comment?  Not just the first six words?

You've come to the right place:

No because I never implied that and I most certainly have not lied..
What I implied is that the very notion that by now in the present and now antizionism is just another form of antisemitism so shocked and offended you, was in fact so silly that you deleted my comment and refused to hear anything more from me on that active thread.
You enforce that to this day. I have the pastes to prove it. Which part of the word “ban” do you take exception?.
The thing is Richard I think that antizionism is at the very core of the new antisemitism that is sweeping across the globe like a tsunami and I intend to keep on saying so because as a secular human rights activist I believe it is right to speak this truth to power. .
To do so is to defend human rights. Everyone’s human rights including the poor bloody “Palestinians” nurtured in perpetual grievance and pointed at a foreign enemy by their real foreign oppressors who rule by deploying Nazi era racial hatred against the Jews.
Also the human rights of the Syrians. Look at the horrors ahead for those people. How does destroying the human rights of Israelis help them?
The human rights of the remaining Christians in Muslim lands. The ancient Christian communities from Iraq through Syria Lebanon Gaza, PA controlled Judea and Samaria and even Egypt are dwindling and starting to pass into history like the Jews before them. What about their rights?.
The human rights of the women.
I believe that the mantra of the left that antizionism is not antisemitism is wrong. Antizionism means something much much more than criticism of Israeli policies.
I think that antizionism is offensive. Ignorance can not explain it. It never does. It involves holding impossibly contradictory views about Israel and Jews that are straight from the shelves of history.. It is at the very core of the new antisemitism and that should scare you.
cross posted Geoffff's Joint


  1. Congrats on twelve months. I can't even go twelve days without rethinking about how I want to do mine... ;)

  2. Mazal tov

  3. Hey Geoffff,

    congratulations on the one year anniversary.

    The core of your message is this:

    antizionism is at the very core of the new antisemitism

    Given the history of the Jewish people it disgusts me that many people who think of themselves as champions of human rights think otherwise.

  4. however, I must ask you this:

    what is up with this "Che Gorilla" thing?

    I don't know what it is, really, and I wonder if it doesn't detract from your message?

    Your blog is a companion to IT, but I honestly do not get it.

    I ask this as a friend.

  5. OK Mike, thank you for your congratulations and I will do my best to explain the "ape" thing. You are entitled to that.

    We live in a world where everybody can broadcast what they have to say to everyone else in the world for free. That is an extraordinary thing. I'm a little older than you and I would never have thought such a thing was possible not so long ago.

    Therefore a lot of us do exactly that. That's because we are human. That's what humans do. That's what humans have always done. That's what we always will do.

    The strangest thing has happened however. All this communication has broken down communication. We read each other blogs but have no interest in anybody else's. You and me, my friend? We spend our days preaching to the converted. Talking to those who already agree with us and who probably have better ideas about the subject matter than we do. This often saddens me.

    The "ape" thing is obviously a play on the racist slur about the "sons of pigs and apes" but it is much more than that. If I was black and American and this was the fifties I would probably decorate my blog with a watermelon as well as a monkey.

    I am an animal lover. I have been all my life. Animals are beautiful. Animals are innocent.

    I use this imagery not to reach a large readership but in the hope of honing in on a single mind. That is the only thing I can seriously hold out any hope for.

    Also, like you, I am am volunteer. That means I don't get paid and I have to find my amusement where I can.

    I hope this goes some way to explaining this aspect of my blog. I'm keeping the ape. I like him.

    Cheers old friend


  6. Happy Birthday geoffff, and to your lil gorilla too!