This is a small blog, but I very much appreciate the participation of my friends and few have been a more stalwart supporter than my old buddy, Doodad.
I remember Doodad from way-back-when at Daily Kos. In fact, he was one of the first Jewish progressive-left exiles to join me in this venue. When we started out we were practically howling into the wilderness all by ourselves.
But we persevered because the issue of how the world treats its Jewish minority matters.
It obviously matters to us and it should matter to all Jewish people, everywhere. Frankly, I think that it should matter to everyone with a conscience or historical sensibility, but it does not. Just as I do not spend much time fretting over the fate of our friends in the Czech Republic - and they are, in fact, among the best friends that Israel has - so I do not really expect non-Jews to fret over the fate of the Jews in the Middle East.
That seems to be our job.
But Doodad has a recent piece entitled, The Only Good Palestinian......, that I would like to discuss.
This actually started off as a comment under that piece, but I decided that maybe I have enough to say that I could front-page it on a relaxed Sunday morning.
So, here it goes.
Doodad, you say that you have disdain for Palestinian-Arabs, yet you extol Mohammad Zoabi who is not only a Palestinian-Arab, but one from an exceedingly prominent political family. I like Mohammad Zoabi, as well. He is a brave and highly intelligent kid and a friend to the Jewish people.
He, in fact, stuck his neck out for us and we need to appreciate that fact, as you clearly do.
Part of the problem that we have, though, is that non-Jewish westerners tend to think that people like you - or me, for that matter - are simply racists.
Because they have gobbled-up the Palestinian Narrative of Total Victimhood they naturally believe that the Jews of Israel are bullies to the "indigenous" population... as if Jews are, somehow, not indigenous to Judea.
Thus, if you have disdain for Palestinian-Arabs this simply makes you a bad person.
What they never seem to seriously take into account is that Arabs have been kicking the holy crap out of Jews in the Middle East for fourteen hundred years. In fact, the hostile Arab-Muslim majority, which outnumbers Jews by a factor of 60 or 70 to 1, have done an excellent job of keeping our numbers small, over the centuries in that part of the world, so that we would never regain autonomy or the means of self-defense.
The real source of Arab hostility toward Jews is that they failed to keep us in submission. The overall project of submitting the Jews failed. Barack Obama, former president of the Harvard Law Review, never took the time to figure that out.
How many more centuries are Jews supposed to get our asses kicked before we stand up and say, "no"?
They honestly believe that the Jews are the aggressors. Of course, Germans in the early part of the twentieth-century were absolutely convinced that the Jews - who represented 1 percent of the German population at the time - were likewise aggressors.
So, really what is going on here is that unless Jewish people throughout the world accept the idea that the hostile Arab majority in the Middle East have every right to try to kill Jews, we are "racists" who should be either ignored, disdained, or actively fought.
And yet the progressive-left still expect to get our political support, our money, and our votes.
It's astonishing, really.