Tuesday, July 5, 2011

An appraisal of the levels of anti-Israel bias

Anti-zionism, is not Anti-Semitism is one of the chief defenses of the anti-Israel movement. But, Is it right? As much we Jews have historical habit of finding enemies 'round every corner. The world has become more complex and identifying our enemies has become harder. Sure, the terrorists are against us, that's easy enough. They make no illusions about wishing death to Israel. But, what about politicians and activists. Who do we trust? Who do we keep an eye on? The answers are even harder to understand than the question. Every criticism of Israel is on its own level. Even reasoned critiques of Israel don't exactly mean anti-Israel bias. Or does it?
10.  The Fair Weather Friend: 
Barely qualifies as anti-Israeli but needs to make the list if for no other reason then to bridge the gap between a passionate loyal supporter of Israel and a peacenik. When a bomb goes off in the Jerusalem shuk, they will be there to condemn Hamas. However, when a picture of a dead Palestinian "protester" makes it way to CNN, they won't offer a strong defense of Israel's military actions. They might go so far as to say they are "disappointed" This person can be highly educated, so their position on Israel is unlikely to budge. Truth be told this person is harmless, but irritating at times. In favor of a two-state solution, in which Israel is dominant.
Note: If the entire world was "anti-Israel" in this fashion. The Jewish State would be in great shape.
Most likely to say:
“Israel has the right to defend itself, but they are heavy handed sometimes.”
Gets information from: New York Times International Section Activities: Arab/Israeli dialogue symposiums. Examples: Barack Obama, Arianna Huffington
9.  Moral Equivalency
Still not quite anti-Israel, but has sympathies with PA Arabs. They will readily acknowledge that terrorist attacks are evil and need to be stopped, but are unlikely to do so unprompted. They are likely to believe that Israeli Defense Forces' actions are responsible for provoking militant action by Hamas, Hezbollah etc. This person might not condemn terror attacks because it should go without saying. Ultimately this person believes in peace (a noble virtue) but believes that this goal can be reached with negotiations, land deals and cease fire agreements(ultimately na├»ve).A big difference between this type and other liberal critics of Israel is they are unlikely to ignore the human rights violations of dictators around the world, including Arabs. In favor of a two-state solution in which both sides make painful concessions to bring about peace.
Most likely to say:
“Terrorist attacks are immoral, but Israeli actions may ultimately provoke them.”
Gets information from: New York Times Editorial page, John Lennon's "Imagine" Activities: Visiting with Israelis, but also Arabs who have yet to renounce Terror Examples: Hillary Clinton
8. The Morally Superior Intellectual 
This Person sometimes seems like he has a real bug about him on Israel. They will criticize Israel's defense actions, but remain oddly silent after terrorist attacks. These are the guys who describe Israel as occupiers and use words like Apartheid. Are in favor of a two state solution, but one that ultimately favors more Israeli concessions. They have a hard time acknowledging Arab hatred of Jews as a motivation for terror.
Most likely to say:
“Peace not Apartheid”
Gets their information from: European Press, Al-Jazeera Activities: Writing books critical of Israel walking tours of Gaza Examples: Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Christiane Amanpour
7. The Fire brand out for "Justice": 
Wildly unfair in his appraisal of the conflict. This guy looks at the plight of the Palestinians and can only see the muzzle of an IDF M-16. They will condemn IDF attacks on civilians, ignoring that Hamas and Fatah have blurred the line between civilian and combatant worse than anybody North of the African continent in history. People in this category have held Israel to a higher standard than any nation at a war in the history of the world.
Most likely to say:
“The Palestinian people are under siege and there have been war crimes committed against them. The hostilities against them need to cease and the perpetrators need to be prosecuted..”
Gets information from: Biased reports by Arab civilians, Activities: Lobbying UN to prosecute Israeli "war criminals" Examples: Richard Goldstone, Amnesty International
6. Anti-Zionist Hasidim 
You will see these guys protesting at the Israeli Day Parade. Neturi Karta, their philosophy is that Jews should not take control of the holy land until after the coming of Moshiach. What's not really known is that many Hasidim share a similar view, including the Lubavitcher Rebbe who sent many shulichim (representatives) to Israel. The difference is that The Rebbe never advocated any move that would put Jewish lives in danger.
Now to be completely clear the people who you see visiting with Yaseer Arafat and Mahmoud Ahmedinejad are part of a splinter faction that doesn't represent most. Their activism is ironic, considering that many of them live in Israel and current allegiances notwithstanding, would probably be murdered if the Israeli state were to fall.
Most likely to say:
“Be gone, hated Zionists”
Get information from: Unusual interpretations of Talmud Activities: Parading with Palestinian flags, spitting on non-religious Jews  Examples: Moshe Hirsch
5.Kaffiyah Heads:
 This are they guys that everybody thinks of when you mention left-wing liberal anti-Zionists. Their view of Palestinians as victims is so narrow there is no room for error. Will often equate the second intifada with the Warsaw uprising (inaccurately) Any mention of terror, will have them screaming about dead Palestinian children but they will never address the morality of Arab/Muslim terror attacks on civilians.
 Are ever present at every on-campus protest wearing a Palestinian Kaffiyah scarf. The odd thing about the Khaffiyah heads is that they are idolizing Yaseer Arafat who was a terrorist and an odd idol for "peace activists"
Most likely to say:
“Not in my name.”
Gets their information from: Internet message boards: Fliers Activities: On campus Protests, vandalizing Israeli products in stores
4. Flotilla Flotsam
These guys are like Kaffiyah Heads on cocaine. These are the guys who take part in the "Freedom Flotilla" They will tell of Palestinians under siege, but their opinions are short of context. Furthermore, their charitable acts often have little-to-no actual impact. It is pretty much established that the Flotilla's goal was not to deliver aide, but to break Israeli's blockade of Gaza. The most perplexing thing about these guys is their priorities. If their goal is to alleviate suffering and fight oppression their are places in the world were such oppression is  far worse (Sudan, Somalia, Eritria, Syria, Saudi Arabia just to name a few.) Also, they seem to be oddly silent about Palestinians who are killed by other Palestinians or somehow find away to blame even those deaths on Israel. The most famous of whom is Rachel Corrie who was killed in an accident when she stood in front of a bulldozer that was razing a home in the Gaza strip. Of course then theirs Vittorio Arigoni, who was killed deliberately by Palestinian terrorists.
Most likely to say:
“End the occupation”
Get their information from: Hamas Activities: Flotillas, Jumping in front of bulldozers Examples: Vittorio Arigoni, Rachel Corrie
2.(Tie) Despots and Terror Supporters
These guys while not directly involved in terror. Are the ones who make it happen. They fund terrorism and espouse violent anti-semitic rhetoric. Their goal is not merely the reclamation of the "land of Palestine" but the destruction of Israel and the annihilation of all the Jewish people. While they claim moral superiority in their advocacy for the Palestinian people, they use them as pawns in the game of "try to destroy Israel".
Most likely to say:
“Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury.”
Get their information from: They're at the top so they must be making it up. Activities: Funding terror through telethons for Hamas. Denying the holocaust Examples: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Sadam Hussein, Bashar Assad
2.(Tie) Terrorists 
These guys are the murders; the scoundrels; the haters. They kill even their own people. They kill soldiers, politicians,  children, mothers, fathers, sisters, daughters, sons, brothers, friends, teachers, painters, old, young, Jew, Muslim, Christian. The argument that they are motivated by altruism or defense of their home land and people or anything virtuous is so utterly ridiculous its barely worth refute. Lets do it anyway. Anybody who kills a child purposefully. Does not belong on this world and has no right to justify is actions.
Most likely to say:
“We are going to win because they love life and we love death”
Get Their Information from: Madrassas, Radical Imams Activities: Murder, bomb making Examples: too many to mention but Osama bin Laden, Hasan Nasrallah, but in particular Samir Kuntar
1. Holocaust Deniers. 
You might be surprised to see anybody beat terrorist. However, the despotism of the Holocaust denier is particularly insidious. It is because with the politician, there is the attempt to maintain an appearance of fairness. With the activist there is a misguided altruism. With the terrorist there is at least the minuscule part that is motivated by wanting his people to be victorious. But the holocaust denier is motivated solely by hate and hubris. KKK head David Duke (right) once traveled to Syria to address a crowd of ravenously anti Jewish Arabs. He aligns himself with despots like Mahmoud Amadinejad and other terrorists who wish to destroy Israel and the United States.
Most likely to say:
“[Zionists] occupy most of the American media and now control much of the American government…It is not just the West Bank of Palestine, it is not just the Golan Heights that are occupied by the Zionists, but Washington D.C. and New York and London and many other capitals of the world.”
Get Their Information From: The Protocols of the elders of Zion Activities: Spreading hatred, attempting to infiltrate government Examples: David Duke, Mahmoud Amadinejad, Mahmoud Abbas

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