Saturday, May 30, 2015

Sunday Column for the Elder

Screen ShotThe old and wise Elder of Ziyon generally publishes my bits and pieces at 11 AM EST, Sunday mornings.

My thing tomorrow is entitled, A Few Thoughts for the pro-Israel Left... which, needless to say, they have been hankering to get out of me for years, now.

Here is a tid-bit:
My conclusion was not, as it is sometimes claimed, that the western-left is crawling with veiled anti-Semites who use the "Palestinians," and sometimes even the Holocaust, as a club with which to beat up on the Jews of the Middle East and their diaspora supporters.

On the contrary.  In my experience, a majority of left-leaning westerners are most certainly not anti-Semitic.  However, after decades of rolling around in the sour and ahistorical muck of the so-called "Palestinian Narrative" they have come to look upon the Palestinian-Arabs as the quintessential victims.  Having won the Grand Sweepstakes of Victimhood, the Palesinian-Arabs represent victimhood lifted skyward to an iconic status.  Look up the word "victim" in the proverbial dictionary and find the grinning visage of a keffiyeh-draped Yassir Arafat leering back at you.

1 comment:

  1. In many respects, Caroline Glick's piece, "Barack Obama’s anti-Semitism test," illustrates the mentality of progressives, who can articulate antisemitism as they practice it, oblivious, yet no less dangerous to Jews as a whole.

    Israel’s concerns for Palestinians should outweigh its concerns for itself. This is what they believe Jewish values are. Actually, they are progressive values. And they justify a double standard toward Israel and bigoted view of Palestinian values.

    Obama's view of Israel's is a fantasy, made worse by his adherence to the philosophy of Orientalism, and completely ignores the Sephardic experience. The Jews he hangs with are the most privileged and insulated from actual Jewish experience and antisemitism. The subscribe to the same progressive interpretation.

    It's really past time that left-leaning Westerners explain why they pay lip service to antisemitism in this way, and why they appear to be on the retrograde side of the equation when it comes to actual human rights.