7/17/2006

Anti-Israeli Media: More Proof

My husband sent me this article. It is an older article about how the media twists what happens in the Middle East. In light of the current and biased coverage of Israel versus Hezbollah, and the insane "discussion" had here (sorry you can't post. I had to close it), I thought the article might serve as a reminder to all of what we are dealing with.
Being anti-Israel or anti-Zionist is merely another form of anti-Semitism. Doubt me? Then I would suggest you read this bizarre entry at Daily Kos. A "historical" perspective is put forth. Many key facts, such as the Arab refusal to accept partition and the immediate declaration of war on Israel the day it was created, are omitted. Zionism is equated with colonialism, and is apparently "without moral justification." The authors "history lesson" is remarkable for one thing in particular: he entirely ignores history.
Israel is blamed all too often for the problems in the Middle East. They are not the cause of the problems in the Arab world.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Being anti-Israel or anti-Zionist is merely another form of anti-Semitism."

Being anti-Palestine or anti-Arab is merely another form of Islamophobia.

Uh oh, I guess you're going to shut down comments for this post as well...

Pathetic.

Ruth said...

You assume (yet again) that I am anti-Arab and/or anti-Palestinian.
Do you equate support for Israel with these things? If so, then your political view is under-developed, as it is fully possible to support both groups.

Anonymous said...

ALL I did was mockingly repeat one of your enlightened principles of discussion on the Middle East, but from the opposite stance.

I made no reference to you being anti-Arab or anti-Palestinian.

And, quite frankly, I really don't care if you're anti-Arab or anti-Palestinian. Or whether you are Islamophobic.

But with ALL due respect, Ruth--and I am being completely honest and respectful here--the only thing that concerns me is that you've put foreign (Israeli) interests at the same level or even higher than some Canadian interests...namely, the importance of our people's security abroad.

This is a mistake.

Despite our affinities abroad, we as Conservatives need to at least create the appearance of being patriots...you and others have failed in this regard.

Sadly, some leftist blogs have rallied to the defense of these Canadians...they aren't anti-semitic or anti-Israel...they just have the balls to tell Israel: "Maybe you should scale back a bit...you've killed 7 of our own"...as opposed to this pussy response of "Israel you are reserved this" and "measured that."

A crisis for Canadian nationalism is what this is...and I know and have spoken with MANY conservatives who agree with me.

That's the end of this discussion on my part.

Joel K. said...

Before I looked into things more deeply, I believed what most media outlets told me about the Middle East... that both Israel and Islamic terrorist groups were morally equivalent, and that it's just an endless cycle of violence, with both sides to blame.

However, I've since learned the truth left out by most MSM reports, the truth that tends to put everything into context... radical Muslims want nothing less than to wipe Israel off the face of the map. Period.

There is no negotiating with those who want to destroy you.

So it comes down to the simple choice all of us "Infidels" have: submit to Islam, or die. Israel has chosen to fight, and we should support them every step of the way.

Anonymous said...

I just came from the CTV.ca news site and I couldn't believe the cruel treatment of a female Muslim by men forcing her to do a press conference showing support for Hezbullah and bash Israel and Harper with scripted diatribes .
The 15 minute farce showed exactly what's wrong with our Mulitculturalism Policy and 3 year Citizenship Policy for foreigners wanting dual-citizenships of convienence , the female claiming to be born here asserted "My home" was attacked and Israel is murdering civilians in lebanon.
How sick and twisted for a Muslim cleric to sit by at the table a allow the deaths of Canadians to be exploited as martyrs in paradise with Allah and Muhammad , plus I couldn't even see a Canadian flag at the Jew-Bashing hatefest .
This is a typical Islamic ruse to turn Canada against "The jews"
and justify terrorism in Canada towards jews and their Synagogues
or schools as we saw recently with the firebombing by Middle east immigrants in Montreal.

Where was the outrage when 19 MUSLIM'S slaughtered 24 Canadians on 9/11/01 , the Liberals have kissed up to the Al-Qaeda family known as the Khadr's , and Chretien and Martin did little about the 240+ Canadians murdered by Sikh's based right here in canada.
Muslims org.'s in canada seem to only care when other Muslims are killed, and the overt silence oand denial over the 17 Jihadists arrested in Toronto pretty well explains why Shariah-Law was trying to be forced on canada.
Dan McTeague in on a video recorded at a Mosque and he appeases the Muslims by denouncing Jesus as the Messiah even though he is a Catholic , Liberal MP Wahlid Khan also takes the Mic and declares the Quran and Allah allow for "Revenge" attacks on people harming islam.
The press Charade was only topped by the Arar USA-Bashing and the Khadr son's statements while Rocco Gelati sat their hearing Khadr claim he was NOW telling the real truth about his Terroism link and the CIA spying he did for $5000 a month.
We're being played for the fool, the media even avoided reporting that Gamil Gharbi was on a Jihad mission when he murdered 14 female students in Montreal in 1989.

Andrew Mason said...

I don't think its acceptable to argue that anti-Zionism is anti-Semetism pure and simple. Let me state for the record that my sympathies in this struggle are with the Israelis rather than with their foes; plucky Israel may be the 'big kid on the block' now that is a result of their having been invaded on all fronts by their neighbours on several occasions.

However, one can oppose the policies of a state, or a faction within a state, without harbouring hatred for its people. The truth is that Zionism only truly became popular within the Jewish communities of the diaspora after the horrors of the Holocaust. Many Jews to this day consider themselves anti-Zionists for both religious and political reasons. Zionism is, after all, a political and social ideology that was influenced and nurtured by numerous and disparate trends: a legitimate response to pogroms and violence, the ethnic nationalism of the late 19th century, religious feeling and utopian socialism. The fact that many Jews continue to contribute to states the world over shows that Zionism was not "necessarily necessary", if you take my meaning. I think equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semetism is a political ploy when applied too broadly. That having been said, anti-Zionism is also a tool for legitimatising anti-Semetic discourse. So we have to be wary and sort the racism from the political critique.

Ruth said...

Zionism was not "necessarily necessary"
Hmm.
Given the political climate of the world at the time prior to and during the creation of the state of Israel, I would have to disagree. Without the Zionist movement, I don't see how Israel could have come into existance, much less survived the many onslaughts it has.
However, you are correct in saying that some Jews (I would not say many) are anti-Zionist. It would be silly of me to call these people anti-Semitic. I should rephrase what I said and say that anti-Zionism is often used as a mask for anti-Semitic views. As in the historically inaccurate article I pointed out, many argue against Zionism using arguments that are clearly anti-Semitic. Perhaps calling it a form of was too strong. Still, it cannot be argued away that the two are found hand in hand with alarming frequency.

Andrew Mason said...

Ruth said: "I don't see how Israel could have come into existance (without Zionism)" -- my point was that after the menace of nazism was dispensed with the situation in non-Communist Europe was far improved for what remained of the Jewish community. I was implying that the mass exodus to Israel was not "necessarily necessary". In fact I sometimes think that one of Hitler's longest standing "legacies" (if so grotesque an occurance can be so dubbed) was convincing so many Jews that they did not belong in Europe - I would hesitate to say it ressembles the "Madagascar solution" that was rejected in favour of the "Final Solution" but in term of practical results there are some unintended similarities. In fact Balfour argued for an independent Jewish state precisely because he was motivated by anti-Semitism.
A trip to the battlefields of WWI allows one to see the graves of Jewish soldiers, buried amongst their fallen non-Jewish comerades, both in German and Allied cemetaries. Much of Germany's cultural achievements in the later 19th and early 20th centuries were the result of Jewish contribution. It could possibly be argued that the creation of a Jewish state, surrounded by enemies and constantly criticised in the international media, has led to an anti-Israeli mentality that is carefully manipulated by anti-Semites. This anti-Jewish feeling does not seem to otherwise exist in the relationship in Western nations between Jewish and non-Jewish/Gentile communities. Just a thought - bear in mind that I fully support Israel, its right to exist and its right to vigorously defend itself from terrorism and invasion.

Ruth said...

It could possibly be argued that the creation of a Jewish state, surrounded by enemies and constantly criticised in the international media, has led to an anti-Israeli mentality that is carefully manipulated by anti-Semites.
Yes. This is certainly true. However, I would not say that this is an argument against the creation of a Jewish state. It is more of an observation of an unfortunate side-effect.

Hannah said...

Historical perspective for you...

At the emergency meeting of the UN, the floor has been given to the Israeli The Israeli Ambassador began, "Ladies and gentlemen before I commence with my speech, I want to relay an old Passover story to all of you...

When Moses was leading the Jews out of Egypt toward the Promised Land, he had to go through the nearly endless Sinai desert... The people became thirsty and needed water. So Moses struck the side of a mountain with his cane and a pond appeared with crystal clean, cool water. The people rejoiced and drank to their hearts' content. Moses wished to cleanse his whole body, so he went over to the other side of the pond, took all of his clothes off and dove into the cool waters. Only when Moses came out of the water he discovered that all his clothes had been stolen ... And I have reasons to believe that the Palestinians stole his clothes."

The Palestinian Ambassador, hearing this accusation, jumps out of his seat and screams, "This is a travesty. It is widely known that there were no Palestinians there at the time!!!"

"And with that in mind," said the Israeli Ambassador, "let me begin my speech..."


...and that's all I have to say about that. ;)

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