Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Ynet or The Onion, You Decide!

Tweeted by Jews Sans Frontieres.

Source: Ynet News (or The Onion?)

Stop demonising Colonialism, dude! Sensitive souls should be prepared: Revisionism of colonialism, Hasbara-style, ahead:

The root of anti-Zionism must be sought elsewhere [from antisemitism] - in anti-colonialism. The belief that colonialism was an absolute evil is so deeply engrained in the contemporary Western psyche that all enterprises bearing any parallels to it are automatically censored. This explains why people whose heroes are Bolivar and Gandhi instinctively side with the Palestinians.

To these people, claims that God promised the Land of Israel to the Jews reek of religious fanaticism. To make the argument that Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East invites allegations that it pursues apartheid policies. To counter all these claims is time-consuming and requires a taste for nuances. But why should anyone trade nuances for the facile certainty that colonialism is inherently evil?

Zionism will only cease being demonized in the politically correct
corners of the West once our schools and film industry cease to demonize
colonialism. The politically correct depiction of the colonialist as a racist
and covetous brute must give space to the majority of well-meaning
administrators that helped build roads, schools, and hospitals for the

It must be shown that colonialists administered law and justice far
more fairly than most pre-colonial chieftains or post-colonial despots. It must be taught that human development indicators plummeted in the majority of African and Asian countries following independence.

Once an honest discussion about colonialism is tabled, hostility to
Zionism will wane in leftist circles. Not because they will shed the belief that Zionism is a form of colonialism, but because it will be possible for them to appreciate the merits of Zionism.

Ding dong! Listen, erm… Rafael Castro, the colonialists built roads (not to mention railroads) using slave labour, with the prime goal of better, more efficiently and faster dragging the colonial loot back to the metropolis, capisce? Perhaps Rafael should also admire the Nazis, because what was the intended and thankfully ill-fated Third Reich but a radical attempt to create a colonial empire, stretching from the most Western tip of Europe to the most Eastern tip of Russia and connected by a vast network of autobahns, built by Berlin’s slaves (in no small part presumably Jews and other untermenschen)?

Funnily enough, Rafael’s onionodorous fart didn’t even start off that badly at all:

Leftist anti-Zionism is not bred by anti-Semitism. The secular intelligentsia that supports Palestinians abhors Christian anti-Semitism and Nazi racism. Their favorite thinkers are Jewish intellectuals like Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, and Noam Chomsky. These anti-Zionists gladly rally against neo-Nazis and have no qualms about socializing with or marrying Jews.

Contrast this to the genuine anti-Semitism of pro-Israel evangelical Christians who believe that Jews are doomed to burn in hell or of xenophobic politicians who court Zionists to wage war against Islam, and we understand why the roots of anti-Zionism are usually not to be found in anti-Semitism. More crucially, the remedy prescribed to anti-Semites must not be prescribed to anti-Zionists.

Nowt queerer than folk...


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