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“Blamed for everything we might disapprove of”

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Columnist Julie Burchill is leaving the Guardian for The Times in part because of the former’s anti-Semitism. Consider me among the Jew-lovers:

    But if there is one issue that has made me feel less loyal to my newspaper over the past year, it has been what I, as a non-Jew, perceive to be a quite striking bias against the state of Israel. Which, for all its faults, is the only country in that barren region that you or I, or any feminist, atheist, homosexual or trade unionist, could bear to live under.

    I find this hard to accept because, crucially, I don’t swallow the modern liberal line that anti-Zionism is entirely different from anti-semitism; the first good, the other bad. Judeophobia – as the brilliant collection of essays A New Antisemitism? Debating Judeophobia In 21st-Century Britain (axt.org.uk), published this year, points out – is a shape-shifting virus, as opposed to the straightforward stereotypical prejudice applied to other groups (Irish stupid, Japanese cruel, Germans humourless, etc). Jews historically have been blamed for everything we might disapprove of: they can be rabid revolutionaries, responsible for the might of the late Soviet empire, and the greediest of fat cats, enslaving the planet to the demands of international high finance. They are insular, cliquey and clannish, yet they worm their way into the highest positions of power in their adopted countries, changing their names and marrying Gentile women. They collectively possess a huge, slippery wealth that knows no boundaries – yet Israel is said to be an impoverished, lame-duck state, bleeding the west dry.

    If you take into account the theory that Jews are responsible for everything nasty in the history of the world, and also the recent EU survey that found 60% of Europeans believe Israel is the biggest threat to peace in the world today (hmm, I must have missed all those rabbis telling their flocks to go out with bombs strapped to their bodies and blow up the nearest mosque), it’s a short jump to reckoning that it was obviously a bloody good thing that the Nazis got rid of six million of the buggers. Perhaps this is why sales of Mein Kampf are so buoyant, from the Middle Eastern bazaars unto the Edgware Road, and why The Protocols of The Elders of Zion could be found for sale at the recent Anti-racism Congress in Durban.

    …. I can’t help noticing that, over the years, a disproportionate number of attractive, kind, clever people are drawn to Jews; those who express hostility to them, however, from Hitler to Hamza, are often as not repulsive freaks.

    Think of famous anti-Zionist windbags – Redgrave, Highsmith, Galloway – and what dreary, dysfunctional, po-faced vanity confronts us. When we consider famous Jew-lovers, on the other hand – Marilyn, Ava, Liz, Felicity Kendal, me – what a sumptuous banquet of radiant humanity we look upon!

Damn right, woman.

    Judeophobia: where the political is personal, and the personal pretends to be political, and those swarthy/pallid/swotty/philistine/aggressive/ cowardly/comically bourgeois/filthy rich/delete-as-mood-takes-you bastards always get the girl … As the darling Jews them-selves would say (annoyingly, but then, nobody’s perfect), enjoy!

How dare they revere and enjoy life? Only the otherworldly and abstemious will meet God/Allah, right?

I despise the despisers. L’chaim, assholes.

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  • jadester

    spot on, eric.
    i am more than alarmed that a majority of conspiracy theories around these days suggest the Jews are trying to take over the world
    it’s like, what the f*ck? talk about wholly mis-directed uber-paranoia…

  • Eric Olsen

    thanks J.

  • mike

    “Anti-Zionism” is not anti-Semitism. That line is just an attempt to silence criticism of Israeli apartheid. Many of the original Zionists, like Martin Buber, were opposed to the creation of an Israeli state. They wanted a binational secular state for Israelis and Palestinians that would have enshrined the principles of the U.S. Constitution, especially its separation of church (or mosque or synagogue) and state. Had they been listened to, we wouldn’t be in this mess.

    Modern Zionism is a deformed and racist version of the original. Count me as “pro-Jew” (my wife is Jewish) and “pro-Binational Zionism” but “anti-Modern Zionism.” It’s the only morally tenable position, in my view.

    Once Sharon begins expelling Palestinians from the occupied terrorities, an ethnic cleansing that will violate the basic principles of Judaism and evidence all sorts of sickening similarites to what happened in the Balkans and elsewhere, it will be interesting to see how Israeli apologists react. My guess is they will support this atrocity and attack anyone who opposes it as anti-Semitic. That’s what it’s like to be a flak for a corrupt racist state.

  • http://fando.blogs.com Natalie Davis

    “Modern Zionism is a deformed and racist version of the original. Count me as ‘pro-Jew’ … and ‘pro-Binational Zionism’ but ‘anti-Modern Zionism.’ It’s the only morally tenable position, in my view.”

    Indeed. One of my grandfathers was Jewish, so I grew up celebrating and revering both of my family’s religions (the other, Roman Catholic). I love Judaism and being part Jewish and all. I love the Israeli people. I do not love the Israeli government. I am pro-Jew, pro-Palestinian, and anti-terrorist.

    I have to laugh (beats crying) to hear how Europeans feel about Israel. To me, it’s obvious the main threat to peace in the world is the US.