Monday, September 2, 2019

Vic Rosenthal and the Real Real Reason

Michael Lumish

In this piece titled, The Real “Real Reason the Left Hates Israel”Vic Rosenthal does a concise job of breaking down the ideological backdrop and sources of contemporary western-left anti-Jewish racism and hatred for Israel.

I don't think that I would call Rosenthal "New Center," but like the New Center he identifies postmodernism, postcolonialism, and intersectionality as representing interlocked ideological constructs that, taken together, provide the justification for the never-ending harassment of Israel as the "Jew among nations."

Ultimately, without saying so directly, Rosenthal provides an explanation for how it is that the EU pays, and the Democratic Party wants to pay, the Palestinian-Arabs to keep up their ongoing war against the Jews, as it did under Barack Obama.

I wonder what percentage of the funds gifted to the Palestinian Authority go into the so-called "Martyrs' Fund"? This is when Arabs are paid by the PA, via the European Union -- and prior to Trump, by the United States -- to murder ordinary Jewish people in the streets of Jerusalem. We know it as "pay-for-slay." Within the United States, it is the Democratic Party that coughed-up those hundreds of millions of dollars for Mahmoud Abbas' mansion and the "pay-for-slay" program.

Yet, somehow -- against all reason and decency -- the Democrats still believe that they deserve American Jewish support and most American Jews are still willing to give it to them.

This is why Israeli Jews are becoming increasingly disgusted with American Jews who, for allegedly the noblest reasons, continue to support the progressive-left enemies of the Jewish people.


  1. EU will continue financing pay-for-slay, and when Progs get into power here they will pour massive amounts of money into it. American Jews will be at the forefront with enthusiastic support, as always.
    It can't be stopped at the political level.
    Israeli security services must know people directly responsible for running funds transfers. Maybe if something kept happening to them and their replacements eventually no one would want to be involved.


  3. Why the Far-Left hates Israel:

    [1] Mr. Jonathan S. Tobin
    [Editor in Chief of JNS dot org] said:

    “In the progressive [Leftist] milieu,
    the Jewish state is viewed as racist
    by definition, and the belief in
    Intersectional Theory, which falsely
    claims the Palestinian war on Israel’s
    existence to be morally equivalent to
    the struggle for civil rights in
    the United States, is widespread.”

    It’s more than just a parade for Israel
    by Jonathan S. Tobin, 2019 June 3

    [2] from Mosaic Magazine:

    “If the occupation [of the West Bank] ended
    tomorrow, Israel would still have a nationalist
    and religious identity at odds with the Left’s
    broadly post-nationalist and post-religious vision.”

    The American Left’s Abandonment of
    Both Israel and the Jews
    2019 March 12

    [3] Eric Rozenman said:

    “The Bolsheviks and their heirs
    [the Far Left] despised small European
    nationalities, as well as religion.

    So Jews as a people are a double target.

    SOURCE: Fair Criticism of Israel?
    What About the Palestinians?
    by Eric Rozenman

    [4] Mr. Charlie Kirk
    (a Conservative activist) said:

    “They [the political Leftists] hate
    the idea that certain countries can be
    better than others, and Israel is
    one of the greatest success stories
    in history of the world.

    The [political] Left does not want
    those success stories to exist.”

    Conservative activist Charlie Kirk
    speaks of ‘eye-opening’ stint in Israel:

    by Josh Hasten, 2019 March 20

    [5] Zach Goldberg said:

    “As Jews have become [symbols] of
    Whiteness in the Liberal political
    imagination — to the point that Israel
    is considered a White state, despite
    having a slight nonwhite majority —
    they have come to be associated
    with an oppressor class.”

    White Liberals Are Turning against
    the Jews and Israel
    , 2019 June 11

    [6] Rafaella Gunz said:

    “The thing is, too many [non-Jewish]
    Western Leftists want to see everything as
    black and White, oppressed vs. oppressor.

    Many do not understand the nuance of
    the Israel/Palestine conflict.

    And what’s worse, many don’t care
    to understand the full story

    I was actually blocked by a feminist page
    for trying to explain why comparing
    Israel’s military tactics to full-on
    genocide is a slippery slope.

    Despite saying numerous times that
    I’m critical of the Israeli government’s
    policies, I was banned and had all
    my comments deleted.

    When other Jews on the thread asked
    why I was banned, the admin entirely
    misconstrued everything I said.”

    How I Dealt with Anti-Semites after the Embassy
    Opening in Jerusalem
    by Rafaella Gunz, 2018 May 30

    [7] Jonathan S. Tobin [Editor in Chief of
    JNS dot org, Jewish News Syndicate] said:

    “Much of that animus stems from the fact
    that many Liberals have never forgiven
    the Israeli people for embracing the
    Israeli Right-wing coalition that
    [Prime Minister] Netanyahu now heads,
    while the Labor Zionist movement that
    Ben-Gurion once led became marginalized.”

    What Will History Say About Netanyahu?
    by Jonathan S. Tobin, Editor of JNS dot org, 2019/7/21

  4. [8] The Far Left hates the USA,
    and Israel is an ally of the USA.

    [9] The Far Left is the ideological heir of the
    former Soviet Union (USSR), which hated Israel.

    [10] The restoration of the ancient Jewish state
    and the ancient Jewish language, and Israel's
    war victories against overwhelming odds,
    and Israel transforming the desert into an oasis
    [without money from the sale of petroleum-oil],
    and Israel's success in technology and prosperity;
    all of these things hint at the awesome power
    of the Ancient-Jewish-G*D, Whom the Far-Left
    wants to forget and erase from the world.

  5. I have never heard a convincing argument come from any postmodern leftist I've met. Actually, I've rarely heard an argument, mostly just sloganeering and some weak slight of hand. I've always found the postmodernist/postcolonialist/misozionist dismissal of facts, like the rest of its justifications, too convenient way to feed itself and suck in the unsuspecting. It always strikes as a permission slip to act infantile.

    "Goldman explains how the popularity of the postmodernism of Derrida and Foucault made it difficult to challenge political narratives on the basis of factual truth. The Jews may say they are the aboriginal inhabitants of the Land of Israel, but the Palestinian Arabs claim a history of thousands of years in “Palestine,” descending from Canaanites or Philistines or whatever."

    Apparently Foucault never heard of lies or liars. That leaves a big gaping hole in the whole darned theory.

    Edward Said was fond of accusing the West, and only the West, of bias. He was a schmuck and a violently antisemitic bigot. Europeans' distorted view of Arabs was apparently a super duper problem, but Islam's view of the infidel 'just right' and never affected anything? And nothing stopped Ed from pontificating about Jews and Zionists all day long. Nothing wrong with that, huh? Because Ed Said's vision was just perfect. That's why he is god of the progressive campus elite.
    I remember when someone said to me that Edward Said was pointing out the pro-Israel "bias" vs. the Palestinian "perspective." Can you imagine how brainwashed someone has to be to let such a description go by without even blinking?

    Said's life's work on the subject can be summarized as, "Never give a sucker an even break."

    1. I can hardly bring myself to step foot on the San Francisco State University campus due to that loving mural that they have on the side of the student union.

      Of course, the student union is formally known as the Cesar Chavez Student Union which is directly adjacent to Malcolm X Plaza.

      I don't know that I have anything particularly against Cesar Chavez, but I have no idea what his opinions were concerning either the Jewish people or Israel.

      Even Malcolm X turned against racism before his brothers in the Nation of Islam shot him dead.

      But a big mural of Edward Said?

      This is not a friendly campus and if Jewish parents send their kids their they should be sure those kids know a martial art.


    Great review of an anti Howard Zinn book.

    1. I used to like Howard Zinn.

      But I read A People's History of the United States sometime during the Bush II administration and I was marching against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Times have definitely changed.

  7. The estimated net worth of Ilhan Omar is $2.15 (from This is the same Ilhan Omar who pretends to be an oppressed minority.

    The estimated net worth of Rashida Tlaib is $800,000 – far above the average American. This is the same Rashida Tlaib who pretends to be an oppressed minority.

    1. Y'know, Mr. Cohen, I normally think of political ideologues as people who honestly believe what they say they believe. Given some of the outrageous lies coming from Omar and Tlaib and AOC, it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to do so.

    2. There is commitment there, although I find it twisted, resentful, and hateful.


    Investigation: Anti- ICE “Never Again Action” Not The Spontaneous Grassroots Group It Claims To Be
    Posted by Samantha Mandeles at Legal Insurrection

    What a sorry lot of angry, hateful people. Too much Zinn!

    1. The Israel haters/antiZionists have their hands in any pie they can. We have seen this over and over again. It has wrecked a few movements, thankfully.

      It's good to see investigative journalism exposing them.

      Long article but I'm gonna go back and read it slowly and carefully. This stuff is MUST reading. Thanks oldschool.

    2. A Peoples' History? Come on! Sounds like a commie title to begin with.
      Reminds me of "How To Serve Man." :0)

    3. "How to serve man."


      They are delicious!

  9. "One day they'll make a film about the first public screening" at Venice.

    "It will feature the man who fell full-length on the steps in his effort to escape and the well-dressed woman who became so frantic to get out that she hit the stranger in the next seat," he wrote.

    "The centrepiece will be the moment 12 viewers broke for the doors only to discover that the exit had been locked," he added."

    Whatever could it be? "The Painted Bird", based on Jerzy Kosinski's highly contentious 1965 novel about a Jewish boy surviving the worst human nature can inflict on him in an unnamed Eastern European country, was hailed as a masterpiece by some and an unwatchable ordeal by others"

    So sorry it was an unwatchable ordeal; some people had to live it you morons.

  10. Huh. Facebook just sanctioned me for calling Muslims who want nukes crazy yet go to any Muslim Facebook site and you will see the most vile stuff posted about Jews. This world is upside down.

    1. Got kicked off of FB for using an alias many years old, instead of real name, and then not providing ID to the trusty overlords of actual identity.

      It's too bad some sites make you use FB to comment. They are in the rear view mirror and all is well.

    2. Yeah, I'm gonna eliminate sites that make me use Facebook to comment. I wouldn't if not for the hypocrisy.

    3. Then again, so many comment threads are generally lacking in redeeming value and utterly predictable. Last week ran across someone with over 280,000 comments since 2013. All of them gems. Like Twitter, if it didn't exist, would we be any worse off?