Wednesday, August 06, 2014
And so it begins (again)...
... not that it ever really stopped, mind you.
I'm talking about anti-semitism masquerading as anti-Israel activism. There are long periods where such sentiments and activism are driven underground because of political considerations (or at least considerations of political correctness).
But whenever Israel's security situation becomes so intolerable that we are forced to retaliate and/or launch any sort of military operation to protect our citizens, the gloves (and masks) come off the anti-semites around the world.
And, of course, leading the charge of those giving full-throated condemnation of Israel is former US President Jimmy Carter, who has accused Israel of "deliberate attacks on civilians" in Gaza, and who recommends that the US and EU "formally recognize Hamas as a legitimate political actor":
"There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war. Israeli bombs, missiles, and artillery have pulverized large parts of Gaza, including thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals. More than 250,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Gaza. Hundreds of Palestinian noncombatants have been killed. Much of Gaza has lost access to water and electricity completely. This is a humanitarian catastrophe.... " . [source]
It just goes to show, once again, that Jimmy Carter never met a despot or terrorist organization that he didn't like. And if the despot or terror organization stands against Israel... [~ swoon ~].
It isn't bad enough that we are now engaged in delicate cease-fire negotiations with an unreasonable, intransigent opponent. Jimmy obviously feels that this is the ideal time to fire the opening shot in this year's Joo Season.
So sit back and watch the boycotts, divestment and sanctions start to pile up at our doorstep.
To paraphrase the excellent essay by Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch:
'If you couldn't be bothered to raise your voice in condemnation when thousands of civilian protesters were killed and injured by the governments of Turkey, Egypt and Libya, when a record number of people were hanged by the government of Iran, when civilians were bombed in Afghanistan, when whole communities were massacred in South Sudan, when 150,000 Syrians were starved and murdered by Assad's forces (among them more Palestinians than perished in the recent Gaza operation), when hundreds in Pakistani civilians were killed by jihadist attacks, when 10,000 Iraqi civilians were killed by terrorists, when scores of villagers were slaughtered in Nigeria... yet you somehow found the time to raise your voice to cry out for Gaza, then you aren't pro-human rights, you are anti-Israel.' [source]
Update: Britain's Student Union has just voted to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israeli. [source]
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a flaw in neier's argument: the un has always been more critical of western countries than non-western countries. thus the world boycotted apartheid out of existence while far worse offenses were being committed on the African continent.
still, the numbers he offers relative to the condemnations issued seem so...disproportionate.
Posted by: dave | Aug 6, 2014 8:14:53 PM
I wonder if Jimmy Carter has ever read the Hamas charter,or listened to or read Hamas` many explanations of their core philosophy.I try to put out my mind that I voted for this man in 1976,but now can only feel shame that he was once President.
Posted by: ED | Aug 6, 2014 9:53:10 PM
All these people who advocate a boycott against Israeli products . . . .
Can we advocate others buy Israeli products?
David, What is the name of the company you work for? I want to buy its stock. If you feel uncomfortable posting the name publicly, email me.
Posted by: antares | Aug 7, 2014 5:58:18 AM
If you are using a PC with any Intel chips in it - you are supporting Israel. If you use any Apple products - you are supporting Israel. If you use the internet and your packets are going through Cisco routers - you are supporting Israel. If you use a wireless phone its calls are going through Motorola switches and you are supporting Israel.
Look for Osem products at your local grocery store. Look for Naot shoes shoes. Buy a SodaStream machine.
Am Yisroel Chai!
Posted by: Tuvea | Aug 7, 2014 6:16:03 AM
Jimmy Carter is one of those ongoing train wrecks that never seem to get cleaned up. Since his failed presidency he has just become more and more hateful of the hemisphere he grew up and which gave him all his opportunities.
Posted by: Garnel Ironheart | Aug 7, 2014 6:46:14 PM
I bought a SodaStream machine a few weeks ago. With every satisfied belch, I am happy that I contributed to the betterment of Israel - not to mention the economic well-being of the Arabs who are working for that company.
As for Jimmy "Failed Presidency" Carter, I can only hope that he is nearing his expiration date. As he gets older, he gets ever more hateful towards Israel and the Jews.
Posted by: Elisson | Aug 7, 2014 10:45:03 PM
"...the opening shot in this year's Joo Season" -- where've you been?? The season's been going strong for at least a month now!
Posted by: Alisha | Aug 8, 2014 2:09:50 AM
There is still much investment in Israel by American companies. That will not change because it is good for business.
Posted by: Manusia Baru | Aug 9, 2014 9:17:27 PM