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What do you want ME to do?

I read this the other day. It makes my blood boil. Particularly this part:
Israel cleverly tries to use worldwide Jewry to promote its policies. [And has cleverly succeeded.] Critics err by publicly pressuring Jewish communities to rally against Israel’s oppressive policies. [Which would be useful.] Pressuring in private has benefits, [which are...?????] but public demonstrations promote the concept that world Jewry is indirectly responsible for the oppression. [World Jewry does not want to be held responsible for the oppression, but they also don't want to come out and say so "in public."] The approach is counter-productive because it reinforces the belief of a close attachment of all Jews with Israel, arouses anti-Jewish sentiments and forces Jews to seek assistance from Israel. [How this "forces" Jews to seek assistance from Israel escapes me.] It is also cowardly because it transfers the responsibility to directly attack the institutions and persons supporting Israel’s policies from the critics to Jewish persons. [Who are presumably "not critics," and therefore, "not responsible." Well they are sort of critics, but you know, not *that* much. I mean, c'mon. What do you want? You want them to say something in public? Are you crazy?] It’s almost as if these detractors fear a backlash from Jewish institutions, tread softly when criticizing Israel and solicit others to perform their tasks. [It's "almost as if" these detractors think they will hear from the ADL or something.] Making others seem powerful reinforces their power. [You don't say.]
You know, I'm sorry, but I'm so fucking distraught after looking at pictures of dead Palestinian children that I don't really feel like explaining reality to this guy, so I'll keep it short.

The reality is that non-Jews who criticize Israel are labeled "anti-semitic." Hello???!!!????

That's why Jewish Americans a b s o l u t e l y have an obligation to speak up unequivocally about the atrocities and crimes committed by Israel. It IS your problem, whether you want it to be or not. Now is not the time to play dumb.

Here's more reality: you cannot enjoy all the benefits of the amazing Jewish-Israeli-American juggernaut and then whine that you're not responsible for the problems it creates. This entire country has been relentlessly browbeaten to support Israel. Thus, non-Jews will assume that Jewish Americans support Israel. So if you want people to know that you oppose Israel, you are going to have to say it clearly just like everybody else; and if you're afraid to speak up because Israel is out of control, welcome to our reality. Wash your hands of it because it's uncomfortable? Ha. No shit.


Pete said…
But you know, it really doesn't matter what jews say collectively or individually. You have to go by their actions, as their words as just words.
A. Peasant said…
You know it. That rule applies to everybody.
Pete said…
I have to believe that somewhere in the world there is a jew who donates some money to other than a zionist cause, and doesn't take the write-off. They call me a hopeless dreamer.
A. Peasant said…
Pete, Here's some unconfirmed news:

I don't know if it's true, but it fits in with other things I've read about the level of corruption.

It would be really wonderful if somebody just got so disgusted that he blew the lid off. I hope this is the case here.

"The Israeli who called me is personally disgusted with his governments ongoing attacks against unarmed civilians in the West Bank and Gaza strip. He says the bombing of civilians has been far worse than reported in the media, with at least 2,000 dead and 10,000 injured."

...And so he sent a spreadsheet over...
Pete said…
I had just seen that too. My gut tells me Turner is a phony and/or an operative.

There's the tactic of leading the movement in circles by having them follow a nice carrot. Like 9-11, just endless discussion. Like Sherman Skolnick, a continuing saga.

Unless the direction of the guns change, what really does?
A. Peasant said…
That's possible. I don't really follow the guy to have an opinion on his credibility.