Catfish and Cod
Wednesday, July 16, 2003
Tell it like it is II: the Israeli point of view.
(Link path: the Footballs of Rabid Pro-Semitism, Meryl Yourish, Jewish World Review)
The Footballs can't pull a representative quote out of this one. I can:
In the contemporary world, the world of human rights, when you call a person a right-winger, this is the first step toward his or her delegitimization.
The scary thing is when you listen to Fox News and realize that the converse is also true: if you call a person a left-winger, they are well on their way to being de-legitimized as well.
In the South, we used to have this archaic tradition called an "honorable opponent". What happened to it everywhere else?
The Left blessed the Jews as the victim "par excellence," always a great partner in the struggle for the rights of the weak against the wicked. In return for being coddled, published, filmed, considered artists, intellectuals and moral judges, Jews, even during the Soviet anti-Semitic persecutions, gave the Left moral support and invited it to cry with them at Holocaust memorials. Today the game is clearly over...
The Jews that survived Nazi-fascist persecution, the persecution of the Right, created a socialist state inspired by the values of the Left, work and collectivism, and by doing so, again sanctified the Left as the shelter of the victims. In exchange for this, the Jews were granted legitimization...look at the passionate and paternalistic tone of the Bologna professors, as they seem to plead: "Come back, our dear Jews. Be ours again. Let us curse Israel together and than take a trip together to the Holocaust memorials"...
Because the left has a precise idea of what a Jew must be, when Jews don't match its prescription, they ask: How do you dare being different from the Jew I ordered you to be? Fighting against terrorism? Electing Sharon? Are you crazy?...
This is only the most egregious effect of the Left's foreign policy logic (the egregiousness, as the author correctly states, is due to anti-Semitism). But the pattern is the same everywhere. The Left only defends "victim" cultures. It only attacks "imperialist" ones. When neither a victim nor an oppressor is apparent, the Left doesn't care: it might even uphold the government at the expense of the common people. (Example: Zimbabwe.) The great masses of humanity are not especially victimized or oppressed as the Left defines those terms. So Europe and the NGOs leaves them, by and large, to starve in poverty.
In the case of Israel, the Jews were once a "victim" culture, and so supported. But after the '67 war, the Left discovered new "victims" in the Palestinians, and saw Israel associate itself with the U.S., an "imperalist" culture. Therefore, Israel was "imperialist" and proper to attack. And with nothing to stop it, European anti-Semitism started to grow again. (Arab anti-Semitism, which was taught to the Arabs by Europeans in the interbellum period, never died out at all.)
No quotes can do the piece full justice. The phrase is now trite and overused, but you really should read the whole thing.