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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

If You Are Not an Anti-Semite, Then Why Are You Obsessed with Jews?

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Mr. Young, you sent me an email around midnight badmouthing me for my previous post about Israel. Bottom line: I think Israel has a right to exist. You don't think Israel has a right to exist, that is, if I read your post correctly, overripe as it is with insults, obscenities and misspellings – one would think that "you" is not so hard to spell that someone could manage to misspell it twice in one brief message.

I did not post your message because the ratio of insults, obscenities and lies to substance was one hundred to one.

I deleted your message and walk away and yet I found myself thinking of something you wrote. I'd like to address that here.

You wrote, and this is a cut and paste, "I'm not condemning jewish people." The lower case on "Jew" is in the original and is fairly typical in "I hate Israel but I'm not an antisemite" internet posts.

I have a question for you.

If you are not an anti-Semite, then why are you obsessed with Jews?

You splutter hatred against Israel and the IDF in an email sent to a little-known blog, and a little-known blogger.

Why did you bother to do that?

Why do you bother to hate Israel and the IDF?

Mr. Young, according to statistics I found online – please feel free to check the source; I will include a link – well, here is the quote:

"11 million Muslims have been violently killed since 1948, of which 35,000, (0.3 percent) died during the six years of Arab war against Israel, or one out of every 315 fatalities. In contrast, over 90 percent who perished were killed by fellow Muslims." Source

If you care about Muslims dying in the Middle East, why do you not care about the many more Muslims murdered by fellow Muslims – many more – not dozens more or hundreds more or thousands more but millions more murdered by their fellow Muslims than by Jews?

Why don't you care, for example, about the Shiite Iraqi Army soldiers handcuffed behind their backs, thrown into a ditch like logs, and methodically massacred by ISIS fighters, who posted photos of this event online?

Please answer that.

I have friends on Facebook who post florid protestations against Israel. They don't post any protests against ISIS. Why is that?

I wonder if you understand the concept of percent. Fewer than one in one hundred people, worldwide, are Jewish.

Actually, Jews are .02% of the world population. According to Wikipedia, in 1939 Jews were .08 % of the world population. And then Hitler methodically massacred them, as the world stood by and watched. That population decline has not been reversed.

Why are you obsessed with .02 % of the world's population?

I can't find what percent of the world's land mass Israel occupies, but I have discovered that Israel is ranked the 155th country in the world in terms of size. It is tiny. Israel could fit 545 times into the land mass occupied by Arab countries. Israel is roughly the size of my own state of New Jersey, a state I could comfortably drive across in less than a day. Why, Mr. Young, if you really don't hate Jews, are you obsessed with a country that is so tiny you can barely see it on a world map the size of a standard piece of paper?

Me? I'm not obsessed with Jews. I'm sick to death of talking about whether or not Israel has a right to exist. I'm sick to death of trying to talk to people who seem to have part of their brains shut off. You say you don't dislike Jews but you argue for a position that would result in millions of Jews being slaughtered?

Did someone inject your brain with curare? Did someone study, with an MRI, where thoughts about Jews arise, and learn how to paralyze that very Jew-thought spot? And do you expect me to swallow your idiocy? Why?

I'm Catholic. I want to focus on the Christians being massacred by your friends and allies. But the first thing I read this morning is your misspelled anti-Semitic screed, and your insistence that you don't have a problem with Jews.

I've been reading the anti-Israel posts that pass through my Facebook feed, and on internet discussion sites. Anti-Israel posts are remarkable for their level of vituperation. Israelis are baby killers, big-nosed, sadistic, shameless, manipulative, hairy, ape-like, arch evil, all powerful, world dominating Nazis. Israel is a slaughterhouse, a concentration camp, Auschwitz, one big gas chamber. Israelis drink blood.

The level of hate in your posts is breathtaking. That some of you Jew-haters have advanced degrees, have "Save the Whales" bumper stickers and attend vegan potlucks – always with one "enlightened" token Jew as a friend – scares the beejammers out of me.

And you insist, in spite of the bile you spew like a geyser, that you don't hate Jews?

Can you please explain any of this to me?

This is what I think is going on. I think you guys have an idea in your head of what an antisemite is. I think you think an antisemite is a white supremacist from the Southern United States, a KKK member, or a bad, old Catholic. And you see yourself not only as not any of those things, but as having risen above such lowlifes. You are atheists or secularists or New Agers or Pagans or members of enlightened denominations like the Anglicans.

You're not a KKK member, and your name is not Jethro, and you are not a hated Catholic; incense makes you queasy, so you can't be an antisemite.

Further, you surround yourself with other "enlightened" people who ignore jihad and Christian persecution and Sunni on Shia violence and gender apartheid, and you are all chanting the same chant, and you all have your fingers in your ears and you are all saying "la la la la la la la" to anyone who isn't part of your anti-Israel clique, so you never have to confront your own utterly public emperor-has-no-clothes degree of intellectual and moral naked self-exculpation and blindness.

Is that it? Is that how it works in your spaghetti-twisted brain?

Maybe I am missing something. Maybe your obsession with less than one percent of the world's population, with less than one percent of the world' land mass, with fewer than one percent of the deaths that have occurred in the Middle East in the past one hundred years, makes sense in some intellectually and ethically rarified way that I am unable to grasp.

Please explain.

Oh, and when you do, be kind to my old eyes, and please give spellcheck a try. Thank you. 

7 comments:

  1. Good for you -- about time those questions were asked. Not that any answers will be forthcoming. You are my hero - or should I say heroine.

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  2. "If you are not an anti-Semite, then why are you obsessed with Jews? " ... Why is it that if anyone says anything against Israel, all of a sudden they're anti-semites? How hard is it to understand that many of us don;t like what "ISRAEL" is doing. That has nothing to do with Jews, nor is it hatred of Jews. I don't like a lot of what my country is doing either, that doesn't make me anti-American. To propose that disliking Israel's actions is an attack on Jews is a purposeful use of a logical fallacy:

    "Etymological fallacy – which reasons that the original or historical meaning of a word or phrase is necessarily similar to its actual present-day meaning" . Just as all dromedaries are camels, but all camels aren't dromedaries, All Israelis 'may' be Jews, but not all Jews are Israeli.

    And:

    "Fallacy of composition – assuming that something true of part of a whole must also be true of the whole." Because one dislikes the actions of the Israeli government, it doesn't follow that a person dislikes all Jews.

    And:

    "Fallacy of division – assuming that something true of a thing must also be true of all or some of its parts" ..Again, just because a person dislikes the actions of some in Israel, it does not extend to all Jewry.

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    1. " if anyone says anything against Israel, all of a sudden they're anti-semites?"

      I never said that.

      You won't find that in this blog post or in anything else I've written.

      In fact I am harshly critical of Israel in a published book, "Bieganski."

      Your argument is a straw man.

      "many of us don;t like what "ISRAEL" is doing. That has nothing to do with Jews"

      Israel has nothing to do with Jews? That is a profoundly false and absurd statement.

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  3. Dear Gorilla,
    This is my definition of racial, religious or ethnic prejudice:
    Do you treat a group differently? Do you treat them worse?
    If the answer is 'yes' you are a racist, bigot, antisemite or whatever.

    Do you treat Israelis different and worse then others? Yes. Then you are a hater. Make up whatever sufficiently deprecating term for yourself that you want. I dont care because is not about the words, it is about the hate.

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  4. @Gorilla
    It is a typical sophistic tactic to retreat into pedantry and obfuscation to duck the real essence of an argument. In doing so one is committing many many logical fallacies that I do not want to discuss and abet your attempt at distraction.
    Basically you make 3 distracting arguments because you dont like how it feels to be identified accurately as an anti-Semite. I would refute each...but it once again, abets distraction.

    You are ignoring/dancing around a the 300 lb gorilla in the room. Israeli is the only Jewish state. You cannot talk about Israel without talking about Jews. It was created to be a homeland for the Jews and all Jews whether they like it or not, are deemed to citizens or potential citizens of Israel. Israel have rescued entire Jewish communities of several nations of all ethnicities. It flies Jews, for free, from all over the world to visit Israel in their Birthright program.

    If you are hating Israel, you are hating Jews. Does it matter to me if you hate all? You hate enough to earn the title 'anti-Semite'.

    Maybe you can understand it this way: Dont piss up my back and tell me its raining.
    I know you are an anti-Semite. I will describe you and one and treat you like one.
    If you werent a hater, you would already understand this but you dont. So I have no delusions that you will suddenly understand.

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  5. "You cannot talk about Israel without talking about Jews."

    Yes ...

    And you can't talk about Israel's enemies without talking about genocide.

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