Sunday, August 14, 2016

Podcast: the Demonization of Israel

The Raw Material

Heya guys, this is Michael Lumish coming to you from Oakland California, the land of Mexican food trucks, the Hells Angels and medical cannabis.

Y'know, the guys over at J-AIRs Nothing Left, Michael Burd and Alan Freedman, were kind enough to allow me to express myself on their venue and I appreciate it very much. It all goes back to Shirlee Finn of Jews Down Under. Were it not for Shirlee Michael and I would never have met.

So, what I think that I want to do are regular podcasts - once a week - maybe five minutes or so.

My previous bits were under the heading of quote The Failure of Progressive Left Zionism unqote. And I ran through my critisms on that topic over at Nothing Left with the felahs in Melbourne. And, of course, its on the right sidebar here at Israel Thrives.

And, I have to tell ya, when a number of years ago I first drew up that list it seemed to me that these were criticisms very much in need of making. I knew that it would piss off certain people and it did. And the thing of it is is that this is not scholarly material, this is not academic work, these are merely my impressions and understandings put forward in a casual manner about a topic - the Arab-Israel conflict - that is important to me.

And the only reason that you would even be listening to this is because it is important to you, as well. I cannot for the life of me imagine why anyone else would listen to this stuff. Can you???

So this format - podcast - or whatever the hell it is - is a kind of new start. And, I have to tell ya, that I am not the least bit comfortable with it. I am someone comfortable with producing text, not audio.

I think, tho, that my core message is that the demonization of Israel by so many on the progressive left is both unjust and a betrayal of the Jewish people and that Jews who care about the well-being of their fellow Jews should object!

Stand up.

Fight back.

Y'kno, this weird historical inversion that is so often employed wherein Jews are the New Nazis and Palestinian-Arabs are the New Jews is an ideological club used by anti-Jewish racists to smack the holy crap out of the Jewish people employing the very worst catastrophe that has ever happened to us.

In other words, progressive-left anti-Semites use the Holocaust as a bludgeon upon contemporary Jews.

And these are the people who think of themselves as anti-racist!

The hypocrisy is profound.


  1. While we like to breathe in the anger and respond in kind it's important to take a step back and categorize this

    For example, with 80% of the effort of the UN, 90% of the effort of HRW and AI, virtually 100% of the effort of social justice warriors dedicated to the extinction of Israel...what are they missing? And I don't mean conceptually, why are they not addressing chattel slavery, child labor or FGM in Muslim countries. I mean in raw metrics ANY other issue from domestic violence, to food scarcity to hundreds and hundreds of other things they COULD pay attention to? Years ago both AI and HRW both admitted that because of their own obsessive fixation on Israel they not only have hurt their own fund raising efforts but they're maxed out human resources-wise to address essentially anything else. Literally anything else. Not even to the exclusion of their hatred of Israel if that's what gets them out of bed in the morning.

    Next, let's not worry about framing Israel hate as hate Jew hate and defending it against people who say it is not. It is - they are interchangeable. Just carry on that it is and stop twisting yourselves in knots about it. It is. If 40% of the 'Jews' in the US argue about that, so what? Their opinion carries no more weight than anyone else be they white protestant Americans, Muslim Americans, or anyone else. It is and claims that it is not are in fact nonsensical.

    Let's also be free to not worry about how much 'they' demonize Israel. They are silly people saying silly things who have nearly zero import on what happens to or in Israel. They are them, we are us. If every single American college campus decided to boycott Israel there would be some problems in the sciences but if the anthropologists and women's studies programs across the nation decide to never talk to an Israeli again would the world fall off its axis? If every Arab country on the planet never took advantage of Israeli innovation in agrigculture or medical science would it change the world? No. Polio is erupting in Nigeria, again. Does it matter?

    It's time to stop worrying so much about this.

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  3. Can Jews learn something from Captain Kirk?

    Captain James T. Kirk said:

    “We do not negotiate with those who threaten our lives or the lives of others.”

    SOURCE: Star Trek: Savage Trade (chapter 17, bottom of page 303) by Tony Daniel, year 2015, Pocket Books, New York, ISBN: 9781476765501 ISBN: 1476765502

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