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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Defending the rights of some by trampling the rights of others.

I find it interesting (and not a little sad) that many of the political activists who insist that their loud, and often disruptive, protests are protected free speech (and therefore inviolable), frequently use their protests to silence the free speech of others.

A perfect example of this double standard is the premeditated outburst by a member of 'Code Pink'  during Benjamin Netanyahu's address to the US Congress yesterday.

Of course, there's no rule that says one has to actually listen to the people against whom you you are protesting... but in this case, if Code Pink member Rae Abileah had actually taken a moment to listen to the person she was trying to silence, before screaming "Stop the occupation... ", she would have heard him laying out his vision for doing exactly what she demands.

But when interviewed following her release from police custody, she quickly dispelled any notion about anyone else being entitled to express their ideas, or that she had any interest in engaging the issues or solving problems.

She volunteered the information that she had "visited Gaza a year ago and witnessed the destruction caused by Operation Cast Lead".  Afterwards deciding to "devote her life to countering Israel's war crime".

I wonder if she bothered to visit Israel's northern or southern communities to 'witness the destruction' caused by the indiscriminate firing of more than 12,000 rockets by Hezbolla and Hamas to Israeli civilians. 

Nah... that's crazy talk.

In any case, as if to put to rest any doubt that she might be interested in a free exchange of ideas, or that she supported Netanyahu's right to free speech, she said, ""We are a young generation of Jews who don't intend to sit by in silence and allow prime ministers who commit crimes against humanity speak... As far as we're concerned he can speak at the International Criminal Court in the Hague."

For anyone who posits that Jews, by definition, can't be anti-Semites... this misguided and intolerant young Quisling should put that idea to rest.

Posted by David Bogner on May 25, 2011 | Permalink

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"Nah... that's crazy talk."

You won't ever see any of these people in Kiryat Shmona or Sderot. I've been thinking that such people should be invited to stay over at families in these cities, just to get a glimpse of that feeling. Oh, and maybe -totally unintended, of course- should be forgotten outside when the rockets fall (while everyone else hurries into shelters).

The young generation that won't sit still by (I am actually a part of that generation) are sitting by very still when terrorist leaders shake hands, and when these leaders kill everyone who is not of their opinion, when these leaders commit crimes against humanity. Where is that generation when this happens? Drinking coffee in Tel Aviv?
(note: I love drinking coffee in Tel Aviv. I love Shenkin. I really do. But I have strong feelings against a generation that seems so distached from reality like these people are.)

Posted by: a. | May 25, 2011 11:53:13 AM

It's free speech.
That's how it works.
People say objectionable things, that we all vilify, then we defend their right to do it.
Go figure!
:)
Larry

Posted by: Larry | May 25, 2011 4:45:23 PM

Larry... You missed the point. Like Bibi, I had no problem with her protest. That's the beauty of living in a free society. My problem was with her stated intention to use her protest to try to silence an opposing view.

Posted by: treppenwitz | May 25, 2011 4:48:58 PM

We can appreciate her right to protest and still think what she's saying is stupid and offensive.

Posted by: Yosef | May 25, 2011 6:19:32 PM

Rae Abileah also interupted Netanyahu at the New Orleans General Assembly, at the bequest of her Code Pink and JVP Overlords Incidentally, Medea Benjamin of Code Pink was named Susan when she was born. She changed her name to Madea- a figure from mythology best known for killing her own children.

Medea Benjamin finances her exploits (and Rae's) through the company she owns- Global Exchange. Give them a call 800-497-1994. Tell them what you think of them .

Sometimes there is justice. Apparently Rae Abbileah was sharing a "how to " session on interupting others free speech in Berkeley, when her fellow activists decided to interupt her. Over and over and over. Much hilarity ensued. Clearly she did not learn her lesson.

http://proisraelbaybloggers.blogspot.com/2010/11/jewish-voice-for-peace-and-bully.html

Posted by: Aardvark | May 25, 2011 9:17:21 PM

Watching on TV, I didn`t see her or hear her protest.Her behavior probably had the opposite affect on those in the Hall than she had intended. After the Giffords episode,Members of Congress have little patience for nuts acting out.

Posted by: ED | May 25, 2011 10:17:23 PM

With so many of the anti-Israel activists, its more about pathology and psychology than politics. Rae Abileah has always claimed that her Jewish father (with family in Israel) was abusive, and abandoned her family.

It seems that she is trying to get back at them with her very public temper tantrums. Perhaps therapy, rather than arrest is the answer for this clearly troubled young woman.

Posted by: Angeline | May 25, 2011 11:54:02 PM

With so many of the anti-Israel activists, its more about pathology and psychology than politics. Rae Abileah has always claimed that her Jewish father (with family in Israel) was abusive, and abandoned her family.

It seems that she is trying to get back at them with her very public temper tantrums. Perhaps therapy, rather than arrest is the answer for this clearly troubled young woman.

Posted by: Angeline | May 25, 2011 11:54:02 PM

Netanyahu wasn't at Israel's helm during Cast Lead, so her insistence that she has the right to interrupt the prime minister who was responsible for that which she alleges to be "war crimes" during that operation doesn't apply to Bibi.

Of course, I'm sure she would conjure some other excuse to justify her attempt to silence the current P.M., but this inconsistency shows how hysterical she is, and how her excuses are intended to mask her hatred of Israelis (certainly the Likudniks) generally.

Posted by: David H | May 26, 2011 10:41:29 PM

While I agree with you that she is pretty stupid, and perhas pathologically so, I am not sure that makes her an anti-semite. And we undermine our cause, which as you know I feel is best served in a different fashion than you do, when we assume anti semitism and proclaim it when all we know is that she behaves, um....stupidly, inconsistently, and at best ignorantly.

Posted by: Jordan Hirsch | May 27, 2011 6:16:51 AM

We're from the SF Bay Area, home to the People's Republic of Berserkley.....it is common practice in that area, since my own student days, to shut down any true free speech in order that only "correct" speech be heard--very Stalinist. The high point was the speech scheduled by Netanyahu at Berkeley, which drew attendees from all over the Bay Area but which turned into a Lefty riot: the Left's storm troopers were determined to stop anyone from hearing Netanyahu, so they blocked the doorways, and used violence to push ticket-holders away. One older woman was knocked to the ground for insisting on entry to the auditorium. These people aren't in need of therapy, or sympathy, or understanding. They are simply self-absorbed, righteous Fascists who believe they are the only ones entitled to express an opinion, and their vicarious outlawry makes them feel powerful.

Posted by: aliyah06 | May 29, 2011 10:51:12 PM

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