One of the few remaining pro-Israel / pro-Jewish advocates on Daily Kos goes under the moniker JNEREBEL. I remember her from back in the day and I certainly have nothing against her, but when I look at the terrible defamation toward the Jewish people that goes on at that venue on a regular basis and then when I look at the soft Jewish push-back, it gets me a tad nauseated.
JNEREBEL has an exceedingly lame "diary" up at Daily Kos entitled, UN says Palestinian rocket killed Gaza baby. Here is the thing in its entirety:
The old saying goes that truth is an early casualty in war seems fitting based on the new UN report stating that the child killed in the first day of fighting last November was likely struck by a rocket fired from Gaza and not Israel.
Omar al-Masharawi, an 11-month-old infant, was killed on Nov. 14, the first day of fighting. An Associated Press photograph showed Omar's anguished father, Jihad al-Masharawi, clutching his slain child wrapped in a shroud. Palestinians blamed Israel, and the image was broadcast around the world and widely shared on social media. Now a report from the U.N. office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says the baby was "killed by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel." Gaza's rulers, the militant Islamic group Hamas, whose fighters fired most of the rockets into Israel during the conflict, had no response Monday.
The report cannot be 100% confirmed but based on "information gathered from eyewitnesses" the rocket was attributed to fire from Palestinian militants.
Any civilian causality is a tremendous loss and this information will not help the family's ability to cope but it does show that the fog of war hinders accurate early reporting.The main problem with "progressive Zionists," such as JNEREBEL, is that they are weak.
The truth, of course, is that much of the vast Arab-Muslim majority in the Middle East does whatever it can to demonize the tiny Jewish minority in order to stoke violence against them, just as they have done generation upon generation, century upon century. What's new is that progressive-left venues, such as Daily Kos, now fan the flames of this theocratic hatred under the banner of "human rights."
Yet all JNEREBEL can say is that truth is an early casualty in war.
Yes, JNEREBEL, truth is, in fact, a casualty of war, but do you even recognize that you are in a war?
Do you honestly understand that the Jewish people of the Middle East are a people under perpetual siege by those who do not share your scruples or your morals or your inclination to be polite about it?
I don't think that for one moment that you do.
You are so needful for a pat on the head by non-Jewish western progressives who hold Israel in contempt that this is all you can muster in pushing against the lies and defamation of the Jewish people within your own movement?
It's a disgrace, is what I say.
The Jewish people of the Middle East are standing before an onslaught of hatred the likes that we have not seen since the early-middle twentieth-century in Europe and yet the most "progressive Zionists" can muster is something to the effect of, "Gee, we're not really that bad."
It's a losing proposition that no one will respect. The progressives will not respect it because they will simply repeat the mantra of Jewish guilt, as Corvo does in the comments. Non-progressive Jewish defenders of the state of Israel will not respect it because we see it for the milk-and-cookies that it is.
The problem, obviously, is that JNEREBEL finds herself torn between her desire to be liked by her progressive-left allies and her desire to defend her own people. This is why her remarks in defense of the Jewish people and the Jewish State are flaccid.
What she doesn't understand is that the Jews in the Middle East are not the aggressors, but the victims, and they have been so for fourteen centuries.
Until western progressive Jews figure that out they will remain more or less worthless, if not detrimental, in the ongoing fight for Jewish sovereignty and freedom.
I have no particular desire to be harsh with JNEREBEL, but if we cannot find it within ourselves to stand up for ourselves then who will?