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What emerges through Loewenstein’s re­porting is a dark history of multinational corpo­rations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world’s most valu­able commodity. Disaster Capitalism is published by Verso in 2015 and in paperback in January 2017.

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Easy question, easy answer

For many Jews, Israel is the single most important foreign affairs issue. Jews come first and the rest of humanity exists far behind. Such is the disease of nationalistic fervour. Is there any chance of helping Africa?

Israel’s northern cities and towns need massive reconstruction aid to repair the widespread damage caused by a month of indiscriminate Hezbollah rocket attacks. Israelis whose lives were torn apart by the war are in need of financial and emotional assistance. And Jerusalem needs the political support of American Jews to ensure that Washington holds firm on insisting that Hezbollah is reined in, as required by the United Nations agreement that ended the fighting.
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Without a doubt, Israel is, and should be, the main foreign-policy priority for American Jews. But we must seriously consider the cost of spending our time and resources solely on helping Israel.

What, in particular, of the genocide in Darfur? Must Jewish efforts on behalf of the victims of that tragedy be put on hold until Israel’s acute needs are met? 

The fact that this question isn’t obvious to the writer speaks volumes.

7 comments ↪
  • Keith

    The fact is that Jews are leading the campaign against geonocide in Dafur. Maybe if there weren't so many people in the world hell bent on the genocide of Jews in Israel, evem more effort would also spend on other issues – which they already do.

    Why aren't you as a Jew leading the campaing agains genocide in Dafur Antony rather than leading the campaing against your perceived idea of Israel being an aparthied state. Or is it ok for a jew to focus all their attention on attacking Israel but not on supporting it.

  • monica

    If a member of my family was engaged in criminal acts, I would hope that I had the strength to rein that person in and if they were still unwilling to desist, I would hope that I would see that they were brought to justice. The one thing I would not do is act as cheerleader for their wrongdoing. This would encourage them on a path of illegality and the eventual reckoning would be that much tougher.

    The same could be said about the relationship of many Jews to Israel. They act as cheerleaders for unending brutality and criminality instead of acting as good friends should do, and witholding support until the state had begun to conform to universal civilised norms. Rewarding the bully only makes their actions ever more extreme.

  • Aaron Lane

    "The fact that this question isn’t obvious to the writer speaks volumes."

    In fact, it is obvious to the writer. The article's point is that Jews cannot simply focus their humanitarian efforts on Israel, and that common decency requires them to assist other peoples in need–including those in Sudan. The article's final sentence makes this perfectly obvious: "We cannot wait. Action on behalf of Darfur is required now."

    I really cannot conceive of how Antony missed this. Three possibilities come to mind: Firstly, he is too stupid to appreciate the point the article is making; second, he failed to read the whole article, and penned his criticism after reading just the first couple of sentences; or third, that he knew exactly what the point of the article was, and chose to obfuscate it in the interest of taking a cheap shot at jews. You decide which is most likely.

  • Suze

    I agree that the article's main point is that they must respond to the crisis in Darfur despite Israel's own crisis at this time. I assume he wrote this is haste.

  • Adam

    Everyone apart from the Jews knows what the policy of the Jews is towards their own and towards others. This article is not justifying what the objective of the Israelis is but rather pointing out the sections which exist within Israel and USA which differ in their opinion and a highlight of the debate amongst themselves.

    Darfur aid and help is urgent and important but is a recent event but people’s attention is always diverted away from another major problem which is not recent but is equally important and urgent compared to Darfur and this is the massive concentration camp where millions of Palestinians are held by the Israelis and their big brother USA.

    Darfur also existed in Palestine, exists today and will continue to exist so long as Israel is present in Middle East against the wish every single Arab in the region. The characteristics of Darfur may alarm people around the world and of different backgrounds including Hollywood Actors but what more alarming is that people forget that Palestine is another Darfur where Antony is trying to expose to the world (as well as few others who have ability to put aside all relations to speak the truth).

    The victims of Palestinian Darfur have been forgotten over time and the oppressors have been supported more and more over time by the west.

  • JohD

    Dafur should be a pet Jewish project; which of them would pass up a chance to both patronize black people and slaughter Muslims at the same time?

    Anyone who cannot understand that Dafur's indigenous Bedouin are just as much victims of the situation deserves the condemnation of right thinking people. The 'Arab Janjaweed' war cry is a dead giveaway.

    Alex De Wall

    As usual, neo-liberals take significant detours to skirt the fact that Governments they target are themselves neo-liberal. In this case, the Sudanese government is certainly pursuing neo-liberal policies; the problem being that the beneficiaries are the Chinese and Malaysian.

    We should not, in knee-jerk fashion support the manipulations of the neo-liberal agenda by unthinkingly mounting our hobbyhorses. In this case, the obvious strategy would be to adopt the slogan of the pan-Africanist; “Not about us us, without us.” To bolster the security of the people. If the African Union is without resources, then the obvious tactic would be to bolster support for the African Union rather than replace them with Imperial Forces.

  • Keith

    Well thank goodness the oppressed people of the world don't have to rely on you guys. If only people could get past their hatred of Jews, good things might start to happen in the world.