Monday, March 07, 2016
Finally Finding (And Crossing) The Left's Red Line
I've often wondered what, if any, red lines exist for the extreme left of Israel's political spectrum.
So far they have found a way to condone, and even embrace, such acts as:
- Draft Dodging (or encouraging widespread disobedience of orders after enlisting)
- Stealing and passing nuclear secrets to journalists (and by extension, the world)
- Stealing and passing military secrets to journalists (and by extension, the world)
- Denunciation of Israel as a racist, fascist apartheid state at academic and governmental forums abroad
- Supporting and encouraging the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in their efforts to isolate Israel
All of the above have not only been excused and explained away by Israel's extreme left and their flagship mouthpiece Haaretz, but in many cases have been openly sanctioned and encouraged.
So it came as somewhat of a surprise that this week something happened that finally reached a level of post-Zionist / self-hatred that those gathered at a 'Cultural Conference' sponsored by Haaretz were forced to declare a red line, beyond which, apparently, lies that terrible thing called 'disloyalty to the State':
It seems that the entertainment hired by Haaretz for the event - Israeli actor Ariel Bronz - was concluding his performance of a provocative one-man play entitled "Love the Juice: The Art of Squeezing the National Dream Into an Orange", when he suddenly produced an Israeli flag and proceeded to stuff it up his, er, posterior region. On stage. In full view of everyone.
Immediately the audience began booing, screaming 'enough' and 'stop', and even throwing squeezed oranges at the stage (which had previously been thrown at the audience as part of the play). But as the saying goes, 'the show must go on'.
It wasn't until Haaretz's senior management instructed the venue's security staff to forcibly remove the actor from the stage that it was clear to all “La commedia è finita” (“The comedy is over”)*.
Although I'm relieved to know that the left does, in fact, have at least one uncross-able 'red line', I find it sad that it is such a trivial, and entirely symbolic gesture they refuse to condone.
It seems that, for the extreme left, it has never really been about democracy or democratic values... it has been about appearances. You can actively work to destroy the State of Israel, but don't you dare besmirch its symbols.
I, for one, have no problem with the act for which Mr. Bronz was given the hook. In a democracy, what he did (no matter how distasteful), is called 'protected free speech'. And far from endangering the state, the fact that a citizen can get up on a stage and do such a thing here in Israel is actually an encouraging sign of our democracy's strength and health (albeit not its taste in entertainment).
Now you can congratulate me for the self-control required in not allowing myself a single butt joke.
[* dorky opera reference]
Posted by David Bogner on March 7, 2016 | Permalink
i dont think it was the flag the audience objected to per se. i think they would have opposed the anal insertion of any item.
so it was less a protest of zionism and more a protest of taste.
not sure if that makes matters better or worse.
in fact now it seems it was a plain white flag, not an israeli flag...
Posted by: fred | Mar 7, 2016 9:38:40 PM