Standing Against A Tide of Hatred

[…] I watch the pro-Palestinian rallies that have been staged in capitals across the globe, and I try to tell myself that these people are not against me, or even Israel; that they just are dismayed with all the violence. I tell myself, as Jean Renoir pointed out with such pellucid irony in The Rules of the Game, that everybody has their reasons. But here is what I finally know: with all the troubles in the world, with the terrible things that the Chinese do in Tibet, and do to their own citizens; with the horrors of genocide committed in Darfur by Sudanese Muslims; with all the bad things that Arab governments in the Middle East visit upon their own people – no need for Israel to have a perfectly horrible time – still, the focus is on what the Jews may or may not be doing wrong in Gaza. And it makes people angry and vehement as nothing else does. The vitriol it inspires is downright weird. But that makes sense, because antisemitism itself – creepy, dark, ancient and insidious – is, more than anything else, just plain weird.
   – – “Standing Against A Tide of Hatred” – Elizabeth Wurtzel, January 16, 2009

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  1. I am always dumbfounded by this argument. On the one hand, Israeli’s want most people to think of their country in terms of academy award nominations and Sports Illustrated covers, i.e., “we’re just like any other Western nation,” but on the other, when it comes to Palestine, the argument seems to be: well, as long as it doesn’t get as bad as it is in Darfur, STFU. How does this make sense? You can’t have it both ways. You can’t be a modern, enlightened democracy while continuing to behave like a third-world colonizer. No offense.

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