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Leveraging the Holocaust

This is a letter by Irish peace activist and Nobel Prize winner Máiréad Maguire which the New York Times refused to publish.

In 2009 Israel’s foreign minister Avigdor Liebermann ordered all foreign missions to distribute a 1941 photograph of the then Palestinian leader in exile, Haj Amin Al Husseini meeting Hitler.   The motivation behind Liebermann’s order lay in international criticism of Israel’s decision to further expand its illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem; the not too subtle subtext being that as Palestinians are Nazis any policy implemented against them is justified.

This week the David Horowitz’s Freedom Center perpetrated the same historical distortion in its advertisement comparing college professors who advocate Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel to the Nazi government’s persecution of Jews.  Ignoring the political and human rights context in which the call for BDS has been made, and its ultimate aim of securing compliance with international human rights standards, its proponents are instead vilified as Jew haters and their opposition to illegal Israeli policies presented as hatred of ‘the Jewish state.’  Through a series of outrageous assertions their support for Palestinian human rights is linked to the Nazis, calls for genocide and the Toulouse murders.

The truth however is that the call for BDS lies neither anti-Semitic in intent or effect, but reflects the recognition that after 20 years of failed negotiations and almost 44 years of military occupation and illegal colonization, there is no means by which Palestinians can achieve their basic human rights and freedoms except through the activism of international civil society.

The obligation to act is itself embedded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights prescription that “every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, secure their universal and effective recognition and observance.”

And of course, if states were to take their own obligations seriously there would be no need for this international civil society action.  Until that day however we are all under obligation to secure human rights for everyone, regardless of race, creed or class.  Those who advocate for BDS are fulfilling this mandate and it is perhaps a sign of the threat they pose to an unjust situation that they are deliberately misrepresented as Nazis – the vilest of all human rights abusers.

Yet the reality on the ground is that whilst Israel’s calculated colonization of Palestine contuines apace its attendant violations of civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights will only increase.  In this situation the calls for BDS will not diminish but will grow, and scurrilous attempts to defend injustice and silence people of conscience by sowing fear and defamation will ultimately not only fail but are themselves extremely dangerous.  By mendaciously claiming anti-Semitism where none exists they devalue the whole concept and aid the anti-Semitic agenda of making anti-Semitism respectable once again.  Indeed they already sully and trivialise the memory of the Holocaust by using it as a means to defend present injustice.

Commenting upon Liebermann’s ploy of using the Holocaust era photograph to defend present illegality one Israeli source remarked that it had been met amongst Isreali diplomats by “laughter, scepticism and a sense of misplaced communication that this doesn’t help one bit the real argument.”  The same can hopefully be said of Horowitz’s current distortions, yet in its calculated attacks on individual integrity it may be much more sinister than that.

A Pyrrhic victory is that particular type of victory where you might win an argument, but you forever lose the chance of a romantic encounter with the girl. Also, I get annoyed when people completely misunderstand what quantum mechanics is for.

A Pyrrhic victory is that particular type of victory where you might win an argument, but you forever lose the chance of a romantic encounter with the girl. Also, I get annoyed when people completely misunderstand what quantum mechanics is for.

"So, these two Jews go into a bar-"
"No they don’t."

"So, these two Jews go into a bar-"

"No they don’t."

If you don’t find this funny, then your sense of humour is different to mine.

On Antisemitism II

  • solo1y: Asians are great. They put up with all sorts of abuse. You can't talk like that to black people. Or Jews. They get really annoyed.
  • spookydoo: That. is awesome.
  • solo1y: I was in the Jewish frat house in UCR some time ago, and I just leaned over to the guy and said "Are you sure it's a good idea to put all the Jews in the one place at the one time?"
  • solo1y: He just looked at me.
  • spookydoo: hahaha oh man
  • solo1y: And then SOMEONE ELSE came along.
  • spookydoo: oh that's great
  • solo1y: And he said: "Jewish people."
  • solo1y: So I said "What?"
  • solo1y: He said "Say 'Jewish people'. We don't like 'Jews' "
  • solo1y: So I said, "Don't worry about it. No one else does either.'
  • spookydoo: Oh god.
This was my first ever post on a LiveJournal community thread. This particular thread was about Kiki Kannibal, who was the subject of a Rolling Stone article about cyber-bullying. Subsequently, she was discovered sharing some rather un-PC views on disabled people and lesbians. This LJ thread, which I have heavily edited for concision, was about whether or not it’s appropriate to make fun of her.
There are hundreds of posts on this thread. In the screenshot above, I said the first thing that popped into my head, which is to “hilariously” confuse popular New York night-time TV host Jake Fogelnest with REO Speedwagon founding member Dan Fogelberg. Instead of telling me to fuck off for being stupid and borderline anti-Semitic, he said it’s the first “sensible thing someone has said all night”.
I think he meant this less as a recognition of my comedy genius and more to throw into sharp relief just how stupid the rest of the thread is.

This was my first ever post on a LiveJournal community thread. This particular thread was about Kiki Kannibal, who was the subject of a Rolling Stone article about cyber-bullying. Subsequently, she was discovered sharing some rather un-PC views on disabled people and lesbians. This LJ thread, which I have heavily edited for concision, was about whether or not it’s appropriate to make fun of her.

There are hundreds of posts on this thread. In the screenshot above, I said the first thing that popped into my head, which is to “hilariously” confuse popular New York night-time TV host Jake Fogelnest with REO Speedwagon founding member Dan Fogelberg. Instead of telling me to fuck off for being stupid and borderline anti-Semitic, he said it’s the first “sensible thing someone has said all night”.

I think he meant this less as a recognition of my comedy genius and more to throw into sharp relief just how stupid the rest of the thread is.

It’s very brave for people to stand up for the truth on this in America. Ironically, America’s media is more censorious about Israel than Israel’s media! I’ve seen stories in Ha’aretz that just wouldn’t get published in America.
Israel is an apartheid state where Palestinian Arabs are routinely treated as second-class humans. The security forces commit grave human rights abuses and cover it with “defending ourselves against terrorism”. Any criticism - including (such as the photo above) non-editorialised facts - can be answered with “antiSemitism”.
For supporters of Israel, I always have the same question: how far would they have to go - what outrage would have to be committed - before you would say “Hey now; you’ve gone too far.” ? I have yet to receive a satisfactory answer.

It’s very brave for people to stand up for the truth on this in America. Ironically, America’s media is more censorious about Israel than Israel’s media! I’ve seen stories in Ha’aretz that just wouldn’t get published in America.

Israel is an apartheid state where Palestinian Arabs are routinely treated as second-class humans. The security forces commit grave human rights abuses and cover it with “defending ourselves against terrorism”. Any criticism - including (such as the photo above) non-editorialised facts - can be answered with “antiSemitism”.

For supporters of Israel, I always have the same question: how far would they have to go - what outrage would have to be committed - before you would say “Hey now; you’ve gone too far.” ? I have yet to receive a satisfactory answer.

(Reblogged from randomactsofchaos)
As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed to [U.S. embassy economic officers] on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge.

-A recently leaked U.S. diplomatic cable from November 2008. 

This is the sort of thing which would lead to accusations of anti-Semitism. But it’s true. It’s also true that the Israelis were pushing for Hamas to win the elections YEARS before they won, presumably so they could be justified in shelling it.

(Reblogged from officialssay)

On "Splice" (the movie)

  • solo1: Have you seen splice?
  • {ypop}: no, what is it?
  • solo1: It's a new movie with Adrian Brody.
  • solo1: And it's very WTF
  • {ypop}: i don't know who adrian brody is
  • solo1: He's some actor or something. He's in some shit. And some other stuff. He's got a big Jew-nose.
  • solo1: If he gets hay fever, stay out of his way.
  • solo1: And he always looks tortured or sad.
  • solo1: Because of the way his Jew face is put together.
  • {ypop}: lmao
  • {ypop}: hahaha
  • solo1: Him and his fucking piano.
  • solo1: http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q=adrien+brody&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=z6UNTJqJL4e2nAeklZHYAw&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=7&ved=0CE0QsAQwBg
  • {ypop}: oh i know him!
  • {ypop}: what did I see him in
  • solo1: King Kong?
  • solo1: I don't know.
  • {ypop}: i actually have no idea
  • {ypop}: anyway
  • solo1: But he's in Splice as a scientists who goes fucking around with DNA
  • solo1: WHAT COULD GO WRONG?
  • solo1: So they make a half-human hybrid thing.
  • solo1: WHAT COULD GO WRONG?
  • solo1: It goes wrong.
  • solo1: The end.
  • {ypop}: lmao
  • {ypop}: worth watching?
  • solo1: It's not that bad. It kind of goes a bit who-cares at the end, but the lead up is pretty well-written. And very WTF AM I WATCHING OH GOD TAKE IT AWAY FROM MY EYES
  • {ypop}: lmao
  • solo1: You know how people's faces look like when they've come out of the pool and water's falling off them?
  • {ypop}: yup
  • solo1: Adrien Brody looks like that. All the time.
  • {ypop}: lmao

On Antisemitism

  • {ypop} says:
  • what's your similar news?
  • solo1 says:
  • The similar news. I was talking to a Jewish guy recently. Shit.you know how I feel about Israel right?
  • {ypop} says:
  • em, no not really
  • solo1 says:
  • A bunch of murdering psyopathic gangsters. No time at all for this "HURR DURR TWO SIDES TO THE STORY" bullshit.
  • Anyway, he was complaining about how Hamas have written in their charter that they want to "drive the Jews into the sea" (which is true). But before I could stop myself. Oh god. I said "Well I don't agree with that at all. Let the fuckers walk."
  • {ypop} says:
  • LOL
  • solo1 says:
  • Which didn't get as bad a reaction as when I SOMEHOW found myself at the Jewish fraternity house chatting to the pledges
  • And said "Are you sure it's a good idea to advertise that you'll all be more or less in the same place at the same time?"
  • THAT got some dirty looks.
  • {ypop} says:
  • HAHAHA
  • you're such a legend
  • solo1 says:
  • Meh. Fuck 'em. They're genocidal maniacs, drunk on Arab-blood. If they're going to get sensitive over a little joke. Also I'm working on a holocaust joke, but I only have the punchline. It has to be something about grandmothers baking cakes or whatever. And then, "Well, my grandmother died in the holocaust, so the only baking she did was in the intransitive sense."