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The secret hand enters once again

What is the power of the Zionist lobby in Australia?

Are there limits to free speech over Israel/Palestine?

If stereotyping Jews is anti-Semitism (and it certainly can be), what about doing the same to the Muslim community?

8 comments ↪
  • Damon

    It was Michael Neumann in The Case against Israel who asked whether it was truly racist to oppose a racist ideology such as the one in Apartheid Sth Africa or the Japanese fascists. “No doubt many anti-Semites oppose Israel, and do so for anti- Semitic reasons, and conceal their motives. None of this is relevant to whether or not Israel is in fact in the wrong. No doubt many people opposed Japanese fascism for racist reasons. It does not follow that such opposition was mistaken.” I see anti semitic comments as being counterproductive for two reasons. One that they are an emotive response based on frustration rather than a clear and reasonable position and two that they play into the hands of the aforementioned Zionist lobby. Any instance is seized on and milked for all its propaganda value.

  • AJay

    Free speech brings out the crazies as well as those who would engage in reasoned debate – treat anti-semitic comments as simply unacceptable and move on to the core issues.

    Steve Walt has recently addressed another of those myths. The myth of Israeli Strategic Genius:-
    http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/01/17/the_myth_of_israels_strategic_genius

    The Spartan Culture that has become part of this Zionist mythology, needs to be exposed for the fantasy that it is. Then maybe people will deal with reality as it is, not as they wish for it to be.

  • ej

    The label ‘anti-semitism’ now means something completely different, so that the deep-seated presumption of base moral depravity in the attribution of this label can now be replaced by its opposite.
    As the very same Michael Neumann claimed, as a practising philosopher a man of atypical clarity of thought and expression:
    ” … since we are obliged to oppose the settlements, we are obiged to be anti-Semitic. Through definitional inflation, some form of anti-Semitism becomes morally obligatory. …
    ” Given the crimes to be laid at the feet of Zionism, there is another simple syllogism: anti-Zionism is a moral obligaton, so, if anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism, anti-Semitism is a moral obligation.”
    Q.E.D.

  • ej

    I find the Leibler piece in today’s Age the work of a depraved individual, a pathological liar and an inveterate defender of ethnic cleansing.
    Do I get an immediate personal entree to the Age editor to vent my outrage and have the offending Leibler shit (the same parroted shit that emanates permamently from Israel’s most prominent mouthpiece in Australia and is given carte blanche access to all Australian ‘respectable’ media) removed from all outlets of the Age?
    Don’t mention the Occupation.

  • This utterly predictable incident brought the Muse to my side (or was it the Ghost of Hillaire Belloc?)

    I am, perhaps, in a minority of one, but I suspect we tend to take these thought-police-bullies rather too seriously – almost as seriously as they take themselves.

    http://sydwalker.info/blog/2009/01/21/for-gds-sake-speak-nicely-of-jews/

  • AJay

    It could be worse:-

    US Military Analysts Chide Israel For ‘Restraint’ Shown in Gaza
    Israeli Leadership “Too Sensitive About World Opinion,” Former US General Insists

    http://news.antiwar.com/2009/01/20/us-military-analysts-chide-israel-for-restraint-shown-in-gaza/

    I think I can use the term Fascists for these people without being inappropriate – what else can they be called. Obama really has a job in front of him.

  • ej

    On the 18th January, a resident of Hawthorn East (and evidently possessed of a good education) had a letter published in the said newspaper, The Age, which included the following:
    ” … we [Australians and Israelis] are really namesakes in that we share hardships, aspirations and democracy — and eucalypts. Unfortunately, Arabs tend to disavow those cherished values and, yes, they do hate each other.”
    Why did the Letters editor publish this race libel?
    Why did not the eagle-eyed watchers for any hint of anti-Semitism in the media not rise up and complain, write a letter, demand an audience with Age senior management, etc., to demand retribution for this transparent manifestation of anti-Semitism?
    Don’t mention the Occupation.

  • ej

    The example you give is excellent – and I imagine that a comprehensive scon of newspapers around Australia would turn up a lot of similar rubbish.

    On a trivial note, it’s the first time I’ve heard of eucalypts as a ‘value’ that can be shared. I wonder why the Palestians hate them? Could it be that they are exotics (in their land), so thirsty for water that they lower the water table for all?)

    Anyhow, this raises the question whether those of us who support Palestine try to match the Zionists behaviour (“a complaint for a complaint”) or outmatch it if we can (“ten complaints for a complaint”). Alternatively, do we put our efforts into rejecting all these attempts to censor opinion?

    I used to favour the latter, but perhaps we need to try matching the censor wannabees – if only to discourage them from pushing so hard and self reighteously in future.

    It’s not only a matter of kicking up our own fusses over material like the letter you quoted.

    In the Backman case, for instance, the Zionists’ goal, at least in part, is probably to damage his reputation, business and/or career so he shuts up – and others take note of what they too might risk.

    A reasonable response is to counter-promote him! Give free ads on our websites for his gallery and books. Show that two can play the money game – and that attempts to isolate and persecute someone’s career can backfire!

    Incidentally, the best essay I’ve seen on Zionist harrassment is ‘Carter and the Swarm’ by Israel Shamir – see http://www.israelshamir.net/English/Eng9.htm