Note: This is an old article that I am republishing, as I had to reformat it. A lot of the stuff that got transferred from WordPress lost a lot of its formatting, especially spaces between paragraphs. I also rewrote the piece. My old writing on Jews was rather, ummm…uhhhh…anti-Semitic? I’m trying to get away from that sort of hardcore antisemitism. It just feels ugly. It was actually embarrassing rereading it.
I’ve still retained watercooler antisemitism, but that’s not even antisemitism. In fact, when I’ve brought up watercooler stuff to people I knew who were careful about how they talked about Jews, Germans for instance, it sparked an immediate flash of recognition and an attitude that this was just the common everyday knowledge of what these people were like psychologically. It was as if I were simply stating obvious facts that anyone knows.
When I go beyond that, I try to be very careful about how I write about Jews and make sure my critiques are as factual as possible which inevitably ends up toning them down quite a bit.
It was written under an anti-Israel rubric, but face it, a lot of anti-Israel rhetoric is antisemitic. Let’s get real here. Those pricks who are acting so horrible over there are indeed Jewish people. Perhaps in a sense antisemitism is a logical consequence of Jewish behavior in Israel. At the very least an awful lot of Jews are acting pretty awful over there. Be that as it may, I don’t wish to attack Jews on an antisemitic basis over Israel’s behavior. I hate too many people as it is. I need to hate fewer people, not more people.
On the other hand though, what is the average Jew in the Diaspora doing to Palestinians besides having a bad attitude about them? Is Honest Guy hurting Palestinians, even with his mind? I doubt it. But antisemitism would target him too.
I guess the moral to the story is that when a lot of the people in your group start acting like complete pricks, don’t be surprised if people start disliking your group. Even if you are not in on it, people will assume you are because you are one of them. Perhaps the best thing a Diaspora Jew could do in this case would be to distance himself from Israelis:
Look, I don’t support what my people are doing over there at all, ok? Why do you think I’m here in the Diaspora? You think I want to move there and have that hanging over my conscience? Here in the Diaspora I can avoid complicity and sleep well at night to boot.
I don’t think Diaspora Jews have to support Palestinians or Arabs either. Obviously Palestinian behavior leaves much to be desired, and a lot of it is very hard to support. Palestinian resistance against Israel has been nothing but sheer terrorism from Day One, and most of the most important figures in the Palestinian movement have openly advocated terrorism against Israeli civilians.
Indeed the whole war has been against Israeli civilians because they are classed as “settlers” and therefore not innocent civilians.
Note that it comes with 135 old comments, a lot of which are very interesting! This blog used to have a wild commenting section with a lot of crazy but very smart regulars. I learned quite a bit just rereading the comments section here. The comments need to be reformatted too. Perhaps I will have to do that too.
Israel assassinated Yasser Arafat via poisoning him with polonium in 2004.
Israel had a right to assassinate Arafat the same as the Palestinians had a right to assassinate Israeli leaders like Rehavam Ze’evi (shot down by the PFLP in 2001). Fair is fair in war after all. As usual, those who killed the outrageously nicknamed “Gandhi” are in Israeli prisons for life, while those who killed Arafat are walking free or dead of natural causes. The Israelis always win and always get their way, every time.
This assassination was apparently the hand of Ariel Sharon and the head of the Mossad, Meir Dagan. Ariel Sharon asked for permission from George Bush to kill Arafat. Bush granted it to him. So it looks like instead of the Israel killing Arafat on its own, it was in some way a sort of dual killing.
At the time, Ghada Karmi, a PFLP-allied Palestinian activist and physician, said that Arafat had been poisoned via his cook, who was hired by the Mossad. There were all sorts of rumors that he died of AIDS. His Palestinian enemies outrageously refused to do an autopsy, and his crooked widow, Suha, who along with Arafat stole many millions of dollars from the Palestinian people, went along. At the time, I opined on my site that Arafat had been assassinated via poison by Israel.
Only Israel had the motive and means to assassinate Arafat, so they did it. Israel has a huge nuclear weapon and up to 200-400 nuclear weapons, which it has never acknowledged. The US media also refuses to acknowledge this nuclear stockpile.
Traces of polonium up to 10X the normal were found in Arafat’s personal effects, strongly hinting at poisoning. I believe that the Palestinians finally had his body exhumed and it had elevated levels of plutonium in it.
Arafat deteriorated markedly and rapidly over one month with a bizarre and unexplained illness that doctors were never able to diagnose, though some French doctors thought he may have been poisoned. His deterioration was so rapid and strange that people felt it had to be either AIDS or poisoning.
Excellent work via an 9-month investigation by Al Jazeera to scoop the story.