This is preposterously long, for what it is, but quite entertaining and easy to read. The comments at Mondoweiss contain the ‘sadistic attack’ led by Mooser against an Orthodox Jew who protests fairly mildly that he doesn’t regard his Pindostani identity as basic and his Jewish identity as peripheral, as the highlighted passage below says he should. Phil Weiss sells himself as a loyal servant of the Pindosi Left-Demagogue Global Imperial Project, which of course requires only the second coming of Jesus to make it work as it should. Until then it must remain a mirage, as Phil knows very well. He clings to his own form of political Judaism (I use this term very broadly, as coextensive with Jewishness), despite the fact that his children will never be considered Jewish in any sense other than the perpetually melting reform-assimilationist ‘community’ unless they get the Chabad or the Na-Na-Nachman Born-Again Blues. The answers to the conundrum of Phil’s Jewishness lie within the various volumes of his doubtless excellent Norman Mailer collection – RB
Jeffrey Goldberg terrorizes peers into silence over his daily intellectual and moral outrages
Yakov Hirsch, Mondoweiss, Apr 29 2016
You feel guilty, you invent a plot, many plots. And to counter them, you have to organize your own plot.
– Umberto Eco
A few days ago Jeffrey Goldberg tweeted out a piece by James Kirchick, saying “Important essay on Bernie Sanders and the Jews.”
The article was published in the Jewish magazine Tablet as Bernie Sanders’s Jewish Problem, and Ours. Kirchick mocked the idea that Bernie Sanders had broken any taboos when he spoke about Isro-Pal & criticized Israeli attacks on Gaza during the Demagogue debate on Apr 14. Let’s begin with this excerpt:
Within seconds, hosannas from the herd of independent minds poured forth. “Historic” declared the HuffPost. “Bernie Sanders just shattered a Pindosi taboo on Israel,” gushed Vox’s Zack Beauchamp, whose knowledge of the Middle East is so voluminous as to include the imaginary, like the bridge connecting Gaza to the West Bank, which naturally Israel “limits traffic on.” Nicholas Kristof of the NYT exclaimed: “Bravo to Sanders for saying that Israel’s assault on Gaza was disproportionate! Truth in a campaign! Wonders never cease!” In reality, as Beauchamp wrote, standing up for Plastelinans’ humanity is as much a “taboo” as being in favour of healthy school lunches or cleaner air and water. To think otherwise, one would have to inhabit world where ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, the WaPo, the NYT, the BBC, the Graun, every major European broadcast network and newspaper, Vox, Salon, Slate, Pindosi academia, the UN, AI, HRW, Oxfam and countless other media outlets and international institutions don’t exist. Bush 43, remember, was the first Pindosi president to call for the creation of a Plastelinan state.
Not so fast, James, I can’t let you pull that one off. You see, the “taboo” wasn’t “not sticking up for Plastelinan humanity.” Though just in case it was, Hillary Clinton made sure not to make that mistake in her AIPAC speech. It was the first time a serious presidential candidate attacked another for being “too pro-Israel.” Until now, politicians only got attacked from the right over their position on Israel. That was the taboo. James, concentrate hard now. Do you recall a politician (David Duke doesn’t count) with designs on the White House who insisted and refused to back down from a statement like “Israel used disproportionate force”? It used to be if a Pindo politician, in a fit of masochism, proclaimed during a debate that Netanyahu was “not right all of the time,” you and Jeffrey and all your friends would go on and on about why said politician “suspiciously” picked Netanyahu as someone who was “not right all of the time” while billions of people in the world are not right all of the time! And so his singling out Netanyahu raised “certain suspicions.” James, let me give you a tip before you write your next article on subjects like this. You might want to follow the ADL on Twitter. I think you have a lot in common. This is what the ADL had to say about that same debate:
Hmm, interesting. Does the ADL have a problem with Senator Sanders standing up for “Plastelinan humanity?” Maybe it does, but that wasn’t the taboo, was it? But you know all this. If Sanders had not “broken a taboo,” namely criticizing another politician for being too pro-Israel, it’s a lot less likely you would be writing, “Bernie Sanders’ Jewish problem.” Back to Kirchick:
But to a particular type of commentator, and a particular type of Jew, the relevance of Sanders’ remarks lay not in what he said; rather, it is the act of virtue-signalling that sends the proverbial thrill down the leg. Only we, the righteous Jews, as opposed to those cold-hearted tribalists, appreciate another people’s suffering. … While Sanders’ even-handedness on the Isro-Pal conflict is utterly banal, there is one sense in which his campaign is genuinely historic. He is the most successful Jewish presidential candidate in Pindosi history. But unlike Joe Lieberman, who was the first Jew to appear on a major party ticket in 2000, Jewishness, religious, cultural, political, is not something that Sanders likes to discuss. More often than not, it has been a source of awkward embarrassment, which he often tries to avoid by identifying himself as Polish. In an interview last June, NPR’s Diane Rehm asked Sanders to address his “dual citizenship with Israel.” When Sanders informed Rehm that he is “a Pindosi citizen, period,” the host protested that his name appeared on a list of USraeli dual nationals. Rehm later apologized, though why she and her producer accepted as fact the assertions of neo-Nazis on the Internet has not been sufficiently explained.
I love when you guys look for hidden motives. It can’t just be exactly what it looks like, which is the most normal perspective anywhere else in the world. You see, James, when a people is under a military occupation for 50 years, it is not shocking that most people think they’re the victims. There is no need for your “virtue-signalling theory” to explain their behaviour. One would think that a group of people so very sensitive to questions about their own motives would exercise a little more restraint before looking for psychological explanations in someone else’s conduct. Oh, and Sanders’s “utterly banal” even handedness: I’m going to point to the ADL tweet again. It’s his criticism of Israel that breaks the taboo. And what about what he said to Diane Rehm? Now we get to the heart of the matter. Bernie Sanders is a proud Pindostani who happens to be Jewish. Before you and your friends moved the goalposts for Jews, that’s what Jews wanted when they came to this country. They wanted to be “a Pindosi citizen, period.” They dreamt of being able to be Pindostanis, and unlike where they came from, they were hoping not to stand out as Jews if they didn’t want to. They wanted to “happen to be a Jew.” They wanted to be like all other Pandoxians. But now this is Bernie Sanders’s Jewish problem, as you put it. Bernie Sanders is not allowed to be a “Pindosi citizen, period.” It could be “awkward embarrassment,” James, or maybe Sanders is thinking: “What’s the point of all these Jewish questions? What does this have to do with the minimum wage, or trade, or Hillary’s Wall Street speeches? Why can’t I just be a Pindosi? Why must I be tribal? Why can’t I just be a fucking Pindo who happens to be Jewish?”
Rehm later apologized, though why she and her producer accepted as fact the assertions of neo-Nazis on the Internet has not been sufficiently explained.
I agree with you that Rehm’s explanation is not sufficient. Do you think she has a Nazi boyfriend? Or maybe she’s been bought off? Or maybe she just woke up that day and said, “Today I’m going to empower the anti-Semites!” Be sure to email Jeffrey Goldberg and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Jennifer Rubin and Daniel Goldhagen and Bret Stephens and Abe Foxman and put your heads together and come up with a united game plan as to what to do about Rehm. Even though she issues an apology, maybe we should demand she make a donation to Birthright. I have to say, there is still something disturbing about it. I don’t think it’s premature for AIPAC to open a file on her, unless of course there is one already. In any event, I think you guys should pay special attention to her for a while.
Earlier this month, anti-Semitism again reared its ugly head in the form of a questioner who confronted Sanders at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and asked/asserted: “As you know, the Zionist Jews, and I don’t mean to offend anybody, they run the Federal Reserve, they run Wall Street, they run every campaign…” Struggling to finish over the audience’s loud booing, the only hopeful sign in an otherwise dispiriting moment of an already dispiriting campaign season, the man asked (very red in the face by now, I should think – RB): “What is your affiliation to your Jewish community? That’s all I’m asking.” As Tablet’s Yair Rosenberg noted, Sanders’ answer was disappointing. Rather than use the outburst as an opportunity to rebuke blatant bigotry and leave it at that, Sanders thought it necessary to express his pro-Plastelinan bona fides, so that no-one might think he was that kind of Jew. He said: “Talking about Zionism and Israel, I am a strong defender of Israel, but I also believe that we have got to pay attention to the needs of the Plastelinan people.” Of course, the questioner was not talking about the subtleties of the Middle East conflict when he alleged that Zionist Jews control everything from the nation’s money supply to its political system. His use of the term “zionist,” as is so often the case when anti-Semites wish to disguise their anti-Semitism, was plainly conspiratorial.
Dear James, I’ve never read you before, but I’m sure you make Jeffrey Goldberg proud. This is what Yair Rosenberg actually wrote:
“As you know,” opened the questioner, “the Zionist Jews, and I don’t mean to offend anybody, they run the Federal Reserve, they run Wall Street, they run every campaign…” As this unfolded, Sanders began wagging his finger in dissent and interjected to deem “Zionist Jews” a “bad phrase.” His interlocutor, pressed to articulate a question, concluded by saying: “What is your affiliation to your Jewish community? That’s all I’m asking.” Sanders quickly replied to the question’s underlying prejudice, saying to cheers from the audience: “No, no, no! That’s not what you’re asking! I’m proud to be Jewish!”
So Sanders’s actual response to the question was (1) that “Zionist Jews” is a bad phrase, (2) “Your question is not innocent.” (This sentence is not found in the article cited – RB) Sanders is implying if not saying outright that the guy has a problem with Jews, which he restates when he says (3) “That’s not what you’re asking,” ie you are prejudiced, and (4) “I am proud to be Jewish!” What is James Kirchick’s takeaway from this exchange?
Sanders thought it necessary to express his pro-Plastelinan bona fides, so no one might think he was that kind of Jew.
Has he no shame at all?
Bernie Sanders’ campaign has illuminated the new rules that govern Jewish participation on the progressive Left. One cannot simply be a Jew. One must be a Jew who loudly and proudly declaims his distance from Israel and the Pindo-Jewish “establishment” (double sneer quotes – RB) at every possible opportunity. And unlike every other member of the progressive coalition, Judaism and Jewish peoplehood must only be expressed through a universalist vision of “social justice” (double sneer quotes – RB) that emphatically proclaims that Jewish causes and rights are no more (or usually less) worthy than those of Black Lives Matter, the Plastelinans, La Raza, etc, and which sees this self-abnegation as the price of entry, for Jews alone.
Quite a mouthful, James. Let’s see what type of “Jews” join the progressive Left. Firstly, shockingly enough, they’re going to be less tribal than you. This is not a “new rule that governs Jewish participation on the progressive Left.” I think it’s the internet that’s causing all of this. Maybe when you guys get done outlawing BDS, you can outlaw the internet. See, the problem is they read people like you and see exactly what you’re up to, and they know stuff like, Abe Foxman’s and the ADL’s position on the Armenian genocide is totally dependent on Turkey’s relationship with Israel. They know that that great moral voice, Elie Wiesel, supports ethnic cleansing on the side. That’s Haaretz’s language, not mine. They also know what your contemptible rabbi Boteach wrote about Jimmy Carter:
Mr Carter’s recent accusations of Israeli war crimes, his demand for a UN investigation into Israel’s actions in Gaza, and his call for Hamas, a genocidal terror organization, to be recognized as a legitimate political partner by Israel, is making it near impossible not to ascribe to Carter some nasty feelings toward the Jewish state. Where is Mr Carter’s call for the world to recognize the legitimacy of AQ or the Taliban?
When the choice is between Jimmy Carter, who has devoted his life to doing what he can to improve the world, and Rabbi Shmuley, then strangely enough it ain’t no choice at all for those kids. And James, you’re being dishonest again. Those Jewish progressive Leftists that got arrested holding seders at Jewish establishment offices on Passover were doing it “as Jews.” Now of course their ideas of Judaism are very different than yours. But theirs is a Jewish movement. To them, what they do is “simply being Jewish.” Oh, and there is the issue of the never-ending occupation and all its evils, that surprisingly enough leads idealistic people to activism.
The Sanders campaign is important as a space in which the Left’s universalistic pretensions are coming into conflict with the particularistic concerns of Jewish nationalism, as many on the Left single out Israel for opprobrium and demand that their Jewish comrades do the same. English novelist Howard Jacobson ridiculed what he called “as-a-Jew Jews,” referring specifically to those who invoke their ethnic identity solely to criticize Israel and their ethno-religious brethren. It is a species hardly unique to the Jewish tribe, but one that is certainly louder than any other genus of self-styled ethnic dissenter, and the recipient of more disproportionate and fawning media coverage, a type that when found in other communities is generally ridiculed as an Uncle Tom or a puppet of the patriarchy.
Again questioning motives. You do realize that you people are the only ones questioning their motives? For the rest of the world, there is no mystery at all. You guys are the mystery. All the deceit, the witch-hunts, character assassinations, the hysteria, the fanaticism. You guys act like a bunch of Bolsheviks (sic, this being ‘progressive liberal’ territory – RB). Did you guys ever consider that, being members of the most moral people in the world, with the most moral army in the world, you don’t need to get so emotional and destroy all your enemies? Tell Jeffrey to take a day off! It can’t be easy: every second Tweet, he has to waste so much energy on “Is it good for the Jews/ not good for the Jews/ good for Israel/ not good for Israel?” It has to take a toll on him. You have justice on your side! The world will inevitably come around to you! And I notice you invoke the “particularistic concerns of Jewish nationalism.” Is that what Netanyahu means when he responded to one IOF’s execution of a prone Plastelinan, who btw had every right according to international law to stab a soldier in Hebron, ground zero of occupation, by stating:
I hope that a way will be found to find a balance between the act and the overall context of the event.
When Netanyahu said, “overall context of the event,” did he mean the context of the “particularist concerns of Jewish nationalism,” in which our murdering medic is doing his very tribal best?
Sanders’ snub of the bipartisan AIPAC conference was a defining mark of this tendency. He was the only presidential candidate not to address its nearly 20,000 members.
James, I have a question. I know you would have liked Sanders to have flown back to Washington and have you write his speech for him for AIPAC, but how many of Sanders’s supporters do you think wanted him to do that? Some would say that it is more accurate that “bipartisan AIPAC” snubbed Sanders. He was perfectly happy giving the speech to them by video, he couldn’t justify going back to Washington. AIPAC said no thanks. Just between us, James, the goyim don’t have to know your answer: What do you think would have happened if Sanders had said he had no interest in giving any speech to AIPAC, and Hillary said because of this ridiculous Sanders campaign she had to stay on the road campaigning and couldn’t come to Washington for the AIPAC conference, but would love to give her speech via video hook-up? And she could probably even get a permission slip from her mega-donor Haim “I’m a one-issue guy and my issue is Israel” Saban to do it? I suspect an ”exception” would have been made over the video policy. It’s only against Sanders that they enforce that rule. Hillary could have sent her speech by carrier pigeon and it wouldn’t be an issue. But then again, maybe I’m a paranoid conspiratorial self-hating Jew. Maybe Jeffrey Goldberg’s diagnosis of Glenn Greenwald applies to me as well. Maybe someone beat me up when I was a kid in Yeshiva! Remember Goldberg’s diagnosis:
Self-hatred is a deeply inexact description of the people this reader is trying to describe. In my experience, those Jews who consciously set themselves apart from the Jewish majority in the disgust they display for Israel, or for the principles of their faith, are often narcissists, and therefore seem to suffer from an excess of self-regard rather than self-loathing. “Self-hater” is a euphemism then for “auto-anti-Semite” or some other such locution. I generally try to stay away from such descriptions, though there are some very obvious candidates for the label of auto-anti-Semite, including the Mearsheimer-endorsed neo-Nazi Gilad Atzmon (!!! – RB). I often suspect that some really bad shit happened to him (Greenwald) in Hebrew school. …… This is not to say I don’t admire some of his stands, including his forthright stance against torture. Of course, this is a very Jewish position to take, if you ask me.
I’m not a shrink, but it’s very strange to me that Goldberg so unselfconsciously talks about narcissists and an excess of self-regard. If there are any characteristics you guys all share, it’s exactly that. Go down the list: Jeffrey Goldberg, Jennifer Rubin, Marty Peretz, Rabbi Boteach, Bret Stephens, Daniel Goldhagen, Alan Dershowitz… The list goes on and on. The preening self-confidence, the nauseating degree of self-righteousness, the smugness, the sanctimonious moralizing, the lecturing, the hectoring, the unscrupulousness, the lack of humility, and of course no sense of fair play at all. Where does Jeffrey Goldberg get this chutzpah? He admires some of Greenwald’s stands, like on torture, but we all know this is a very Jewish position! Poor Glenn Greenwald! Who knows what happened to him in Hebrew school? And now Goldberg can’t even let him have his anti-torture position in peace! No, it’s the “Jew in you”! That’s the only reason you’re against torture, Glenn Greenwald! If I were Jeffrey Goldberg, I would be a little concerned that perhaps history is more likely to say that Jeffrey Goldberg got beaten up in Hebrew school, and that’s why little insecure Jeffrey thought Meir Kahane’s JDL “had all the answers,” as he put it at a time when the Kahanists were beating up black people, because as much as he prayed and fantasized at night about going back in time and killing Hitler, it didn’t look like it was happening. And then Jeffrey realized that Pindosi inner cities are small potatoes. He could get on a plane and get a real gun and be in his very own Jewish army and shoot Arabs, or at least be a prison guard. And then Jeffrey thought to himself, “Anyone can be a prison guard for Arabs! Maybe Hashem has bigger plans for me (sic… RB). Maybe I can become one of those Middle East experts! If you know the right people, you never know how the gig will turn out!” And lo and behold (biblical, “ve hine… ” – RB), now Jeffrey Goldberg is Pindostan’s “most influential Jewish Journalist”! Instead of imprisoning Arabs, he can fight the good cause in less brutal ways. There’s a special place in Jewish heaven for Jeffrey Goldberg (sic, and that ends the perverse-ironic religious metaphors – RB), for all the extra-curricular work he did surrounding Trump’s AIPAC speech. Before the speech, Goldberg was very clear about what was happening: Trump is a fascist. Here are three of his re-Tweets:
So you see, Jeffrey was all ready to demonstrate to Pindostan once again the moral superiority of Jews: the special ears we have for fascists. He should have realized though that it is much easier to convince his readers how wonderful Jews are by repeating the standard talking-points every day ad nauseum, than actually having an almost-scientific experiment in which you could compare Jews’ and non-Jews’ reaction to a Trump speech. It seems just a little risky, but understandable. Years of bullying everyone has made Jeffrey feel invincible. Because maybe Jeffrey should have entertained the possibility for a brief moment that all of the wonderful things he thinks and says about the Jews and Israel might be influenced so very very slightly by his ethnicity and Kahane and the JDL and the IOF and being an Israeli prison guard and all that stuff. Because maybe Jews are just like everyone else, and they might actually respond to Trump like other crowds do! Yikes! Poor Jeffrey! The AIPAC crowd didn’t act as hoped for! They applauded raucously, with several standing ovations! So he really needed to work his magic now! 15,000 delirious Jews responding to Trump! So what does Goldberg do? Well, he’s been here before. The main thing is not to panic. First, try denying reality:
Translation “Wow! Trump used his Trumpian evil magic to get the 75 or 100 Obama-haters in the crowd of 20,000 to express their displeasure with Obama!” It’s brilliant what the words “quite effectively” contribute to the meaning of the sentence. Problem: even “the most influential Jewish Journalist in Pindostan” can’t get people to believe his Tweet over their eyes and ears! Second up: nothing to see here.
“Pro-Israel audience.” What’s that about? Why not write “the Jewish audience”? It’s because it can’t hurt to suggest that the 45 Christian Evangelicals in the AIPAC arena were making all that ruckus. And did you notice his “liking” the Trump speech, instead of “loving” it? But that still doesn’t solve the big problem. Jeffrey needs to tell the goyim what the correct way to understand what happened is, with the minimum damage to the good guys. It’s amazing just how impervious Goldberg feels here, from even needing to have a defensible position on his favourite subject: the evils of prejudice. It’s true he had no good answer that would satisfy the goyim. He had foolishly set himself up by drinking his own Kool-Aid. He believed his own propaganda. AIPAC Jews were “better” than an average Trump crowd. In fact, any non-Jew could have told Jeffrey (if they dared) that the AIPAC crowd would be just as loud as the rest of Trump’s rallies, as long as Trump just told them what they wanted to hear. But thankfully, Goldberg still had one thing left: his moral authority. “Those of you who are surprised a pro-Israel audience likes a pro-Israel speech by Donald Trump, should stop being surprised.” You should know better than to even think these Jews are doing something wrong! You need to stop thinking those things immediately! But why, Jeffrey? Can you explain why different rules and standards apply to Jews? Why is it OK for Jews to act like that when they hear a bigot, but nobody else? Jeffrey, what are you doing here? What is this all about? Why are you trying to mislead everyone? I know nobody else can suggest a motive, so what’s your answer? Jeffrey Goldberg has long ago lost the ability to realize how he comes across to other people, especially when you look at his own motive-mongering. Here for instance is some of Andrew Sullivan Is Frightened by Complexity:
If it is condescending to think that Andrew Sullivan, formerly an embarrassingly rabid Zionist who lately has become an embarrassingly rabid anti-Zionist, doesn’t know much about the Middle East, and fears its complexity, well, I guess I’m guilty. …… I remember when Andrew, of course, characterized
PlastelinansArabs as devils and thought IsraelisJews wore haloes, but as he told me over lunch one day a couple of years ago, this was before he realized that in his opinion, Netanyahu was standing in the way of Obama’s destiny. Andrew said that once Netanyahu got in the way (of Obama), he (Andrew) was finished defending Israel. It’s fairly obvious that both sides in the conflict have screwed up, in different ways and at different times, but to acknowledge that this is all very complicated is to forgo the opportunity to demonize Israel and its Jewish supporters, and Andrew wouldn’t want to miss that opportunity.
“Formerly an embarrassingly rabid Zionist” = you were always a little crazy in the head even when you were on our side. Now you’re crazy in the head in their side. “Characterized Plastelinans as devils” = you were a fanatic when you were on our side. Now you’re a fanatic on their side. During lunch, Andrew “told me” = Not something I heard, a rumour or a guess or an assumption. Andrew himself told me what I’m about to tell you. Look what Goldberg is doing to his erstwhile friend. He has lunch with his then-friend, takes a couple of words that Sullivan says totally out of context, and turns it into “This is what Sullivan told me with his own mouth.” Who does things like this? Netanyahu is standing in the way of Obama’s destiny, so Sullivan is finished defending Israel = Andrew really knows Israel is “correct”, but she is standing in the way of Sullivan’s irrational, almost-religious obsession with Obama’s destiny. Goldberg is telling his readers that Sullivan is willing to cloud his own judgment or lie or trick himself because he just can’t think straight when something gets into the way of Obama’s destiny. Of course Sullivan never characterized Plastelinans as devils, Sullivan simply used to accept the Goldberg narrative of Isro-Pal as reality, but no good deed goes unpunished. This is what absolutely no scruples looks like. OK. Back to James Kirchick on Sanders. The Vermont senator’s Jewish problem just gets worse and worse:
So too was the hiring of Jewish outreach director Simone Zimmerman, whose key qualification for the job of liaising with Pindosi Jewry was antagonizing her fellow Jews. When it was revealed that Zimmerman had attacked Clinton’s AIPAC speech as “racist and orientalist,” had called on Hillel to provide a platform for anti-Zionists and other supporters of the BDS movement against Israel, and had authored an expletive-laden Facebook tirade condemning Netanyahu as an “asshole” who had “sanctioned the murder of over 2,000 people,” the Sanders campaign suspended her. Rushing to Zimmerman’s defense was the chameleon-like Peter Beinart (Rhodes Scholar, Marshall “declined”), who, having grown tired of being a leading liberal hawk, shape-shifted into a left-wing critic of Pindosi imperial hubris, now bears the burden of being the self-appointed conscience of Pindosi Jewry. He told the NYT that Zimmerman’s suspension amounted to “the Pindosi Jewish community eating its own.” Beinart elaborated on that, saying “She cares deeply, and wants to make it live up to its own stated ideals.” If only Pindosi Jews were as conscientious and caring as Peter Beinart and Simone Zimmermann!
Maybe it’s just me, but it looks like a lot of taboos are being broken by a leading presidential candidate! Whatever you want to say about Peter Beinart, he comes to his positions honestly. This shit is really eating him up. You have to feel bad for him. He debated all of you. He is so earnest, naive and idealistic. And careful to be precise, in every word he said. While the bunch of you are the most cynical, dishonest debaters around. If God came down and said you guys were wrong, you would look to find a way to trip Him up. But you can’t bully history. (Just read those last two sentences again: you can bully God, but you can’t bully history. That’s what I call “sub-Marxism” – RB). Unless Sheldon Adelson buys the world, you guys are likely to be compared unfavourably to the likes of Walter Duranty, the NYT Moscow correspondent now known as “Stalin’s apologist.” But relax. The ADL is not going to make you give all those awards back. I don’t know what you guys’ religion actually is, but Simone Zimmerman and her friends aren’t joining it, not because something bad happened to them in Hebrew school, nor because they have “excessive self-regard,” nor because they’re narcissists. It’s most likely what everyone else assumes it is: they just don’t want to lose their souls.
A more revealing aspect of the Sanders phenomenon concerned his notorious interview with the NY Daily News editorial board, in which he incorrectly asserted that 10,000 civilians had been killed in the 2014 Gaza War. After Sanders consulted with the ADL, his campaign revised the number down to the UN estimate of some 1,500 civilians Israel maintains the number of innocents killed is substantially lower.
Ah, the “notorious” NY Daily News interview! Who decided it was “notorious?” Perhaps the same people that Jennifer Rubin was talking about when she described the interview as “disastrous” in the WaPo?
he incorrectly asserted that 10,000 civilians had been killed
Let’s look up the word “asserted.” Assert = “to state a fact or belief confidently and forcefully.” Now let’s go back to the notorious and disastrous NY Daily News interview.
Sanders: Can anybody help me out here, because I don’t remember the figures, but my recollection is over 10,000 innocent people were killed in Gaza. Does that sound right?
Daily News: I think it’s probably high, but we can look at that.
Sanders: I don’t have it in my number … but I think it’s over 10,000. My understanding is that a whole lot of apartment houses were levelled. Hospitals, I think, were bombed. So, yeah, I do believe, and I don’t think I’m alone in believing that Israel’s force was more indiscriminate than it should have been.
Why would you use the word “assert”, which is a lie, and then to cover your tracks you don’t put the NY Daily News link, although you put in the Times of Israel link? Do you see why Simone Zimmerman and her friends want to have nothing to do with people like you? And what do you folks tell yourself when you realize that journalists like Peter Beinart or Andrew Sullivan never do what you just did? That it’s just the Walter Duranty types that do it? And that every single one of your crowd does it literally every time they write anything? If it’s too challenging to be a journalist, if the burden of being honest is too much, perhaps Sheldon Adelson can open a dental school and you all can become successful dentists! And the rest of the country can breathe a sigh of relief and go about their business!
The questioning of casualty figures, however, is beside the point, because to Sanders and his supporters, the number doesn’t matter. Even 500 or 100
PlastelinansArabs killed by IsraelJews in Gaza, in the midst of a racist war started by a genocidal terrorist organization, would have been “disproportionate”!
James, who is speaking here? Who says the casualty figure here is beside the point and doesn’t matter, and even 100 dead would have been “disproportionate”? Oh, ok, it must be a hunch or theory of yours.
Which in turn brings up a very important point: If the numbers are irrelevant, and the need for moral outrage is not based on the quantity of the dead, then what is it based on, exactly?
So it’s your claim that for them numbers don’t matter at all, “which in turn bring up a very important point: if the numbers are irrelevant.” Just a second, James. I would like to suggest that if only 100
Plastelinans Arabs died in the last Gaza war, Sanders would not use the word “disproportionate” but would sound much more like Hillary, and also that there would be a good chance you would never have heard of Simone Zimmerman.
Why are Bernie Sanders and his Jewish surrogates not permanently outraged by the nearly half a million dead civilians in Syria? The answer apparently is that there exists a special kind of math in which even one dead
PlastelinanArab killed unintentionally by IsraelJews in the midst of an ethically-justified defensive war provoked by their adversary, is proof of some horrible moral outrage committed not by the PlastelinansArabs but by Israelthe Jews. Meanwhile, these selfsame critics have little or nothing to say about the incessant Pindosi drone strikes, dramatically intensified by a president they idolize, which have killed far more innocent people than the IOF, never mind the atrocities committed by Russia, China, Iran, Syria, Egypt and practically every other country on the planet.
Yada Yada Yada Yada Yada… I’m curious. Do you believe these arguments, or do you know it’s all obfuscation?
Last month, the Village Voice published a cover story titled The Heresy and Evangelism of Bernie Sanders, which explicitly put forth the sociologically-accurate if hardly morally-binding proposition that to be good Leftists, Jews must denounce Israel. … This is not a new phenomenon for Jews on the Left, who have always had to balance their commitment to cosmopolitan principles with their communal concerns. … For many left-wing Jews, distancing oneself from Israel and the Pindosi Jewish majority has become a marker of enlightenment and urbanity not unlike the way German Jews looked down upon shtetl Ostjuden from Poland and Russia. Contemporary Western liberal Jewish criticism of Israel’s “right-wing drift” (double sneer quotes – RB) also has an unspoken racial component, as the vast majority of Pindosi Jews are of Ashkenazi descent, while more than half of Israeli Jews are of Sephardic or Mizrahi lineage. And so the tension that long existed and to some extent still exists between the old Ashkenazi Israeli elite and the dispossessed Mizrachim is now being grafted onto the USraeli relationship, with the “good Leftist” in the role of the racist Ashkenazi snobs. Bernie Sanders and his Jewish devotees can distance themselves from Israel and Zionism all they want but, as has always been the case, it will make no difference to the people they are trying to please, who will continue to reduce them to a single factor of their identity which in their minds has attained the totalizing force of an epithet: Jew.
I get all the Jewish self-hatred and (very clever) the Pindosi Jewish racism against dark Israelis is what’s behind the Pindosi Jewish critique of Israel. It looks like we’re going to hear a lot more of that.
Quite a lot of chutzpah, to accuse those Pindosi Jews sticking up for Plastelinns of being racists against dark-skinned people, but the pay-off will come if that actually catches on and becomes part of the narrative. “Simone Zimmerman! Why are you so racist against Mizrachi Jews?” Did you ever consider the alternative explanation that unlike you and your friends, these Jews have limits to their tribal loyalty, to what James calls “their communal concerns,” and when they see and read what is going on over there, they think they have more in common with their next-door gentile neighbours than with Netanyahu, Foxman, Goldberg & you? Shocking, isn’t it? And where is all this psychological analysis, when the rare Arab or Muslim agrees with you guys on Israel? I haven’t read a discussion by you guys about what gets these Arabs to “betray” their own tribe. I don’t recall conjecture from you people about what happened to them in the madrasa or talk of “virtue-signalling” when you proudly trot them out and give them jobs in your think-tanks. If you are honestly seeking the truth, you might want to watch this video:
Then, read the Israeli government’s explanation of it. The Education Minister, for instance:
If the terrorist was indeed wearing an explosive vest, the soldier would be considered a national hero. … The attacks on a soldier who protects all of us before the investigation has even started harms the military, harms Israel’s standing in the world, and is harmful towards our attempts to thwart future attacks.
Weird how it’s such a big deal in Israel, and you guys are the biggest authorities on all things Israel, and not a peep from you guys about this. And if you try hard to imagine what the Jewish kids see when they see that video, sadly for you and the ADL, they don’t have that voice in your head with all the apologetics you tell yourself when you see it. And maybe they even know all about Colonel Ofer Winter as well, leading his troops to the border of Gaza before the 2014 slaughter:
“History has chosen us to spearhead the fight against the terrorist Gazan enemy who curses, vilifies and abominates Israel’s God,” he wrote in the letter to his troops. He ended with a biblical quote promising divine protection for Israel’s warriors on the battlefield.
Jeffrey and James, your troubles are only just beginning. You have terrorized your peers into silence over your daily intellectual and moral outrages, but these kids are iconoclasts, breakers of idols, and they are not afraid of the likes of you. Ayelet Waldman, a USraeli (dual national – RB), makes a light-hearted Tweet about Israelis:
She does not have to wait long for Jeffrey Goldberg, arbiter of all things moral, to denounce it as “blatant prejudice.”
And what tends to happen with these things, happens: the most moral subgroup of the most moral people in the world are forced to take a moral stand:
And then, to produce a follow-up article about the “controversy”!
Novelist Ayelet Waldman spars with Jeffrey Goldberg over Israel’s “#nationalcharacter”!
And Ayelet Waldman is left pleading/hoping for a pass!
But let’s look at one of comrade Kirchick’s Tweets (‘comrade’ goes with the earlier ‘Bolsheviks’ – RB).
What brought on Kirchick labelling millions and millions of Austrians as Nazis? Nothing more than the victory of a right-wing Austrian political party, whose leader as it happens was in Israel two weeks ago at the invitation of the Likud, the most moral political party of the most moral country in the world, meeting government ministers.
Strache, who arrived in Israel on Monday night, told Channel 1 TV on Wednesday that he had met with government ministers during the course of his visit, but declined to mention names, saying that he had promised confidentiality.
Let me just guess what Jeffrey Goldberg’s response to Kirchick’s Tweet would be:
Those of you that are surprised that James Kirchick tweeted a prejudiced Tweet about Austria, should stop being surprised.
But no: Jeffrey Goldberg has created a fantasy life for himself about Jews, Israel and the world in which the most anodyne observation, again one from Waldman:
results in this:
Since it’s a Jewish occupation, apparently, then if you’re not surprised by resistance, that means you believe the “Jews had it coming.” For too long, Jeffrey Goldberg has done his darnedest to intimidate everyone from asking him why there are different rules for Jews and Israel than for everyone else. If Goldberg keeps it up, he might very well have a bunch of Jewish kids holding a seder on his lawn next Pesach.