Friday, February 27, 2009

Have You Read Melanie Phillips "Liberal Fascism"?

This piece is important.

Liberal fascism


It's about


...the now common analogy that is drawn between Israel and the Nazis, or Gaza and the Warsaw Ghetto, as used by such Israel-haters...It is used for very specific political purposes. Since Nazism is totally beyond the pale – and since the Israel-haters believe, falsely, that Israel’s legitimacy rests upon the Holocaust – tarring it as a Nazi state delegitimises it and thus advances the agenda of its destruction.

...I would also make a further point that Rich does not make. Calling Israel a Nazi state retrospectively sanitises the Holocaust and lets complicit Europe off the hook – Britain too. After all, Britain was partly responsible for the murder of thousands of Jews to whom it refused entry to Palestine -- in order to appease the Arabs of Palestine who were in league with the Nazis – and who perished in the Holocaust as a result. If the Jews have become Nazis, then their victimisation at the hands of the Nazis stops being the crime of crimes.

It also allows people safely to hate the Jews once again...


Read it all.

18 comments:

paula said...

I agree that these anti-Israel, pro-Hamas protests are not justifiable criticisms. They are actually anti-semitic demonstrations.

I read the article. Parts of it were difficult. Even though I am a "knuckle dragging right winger", and a Christian, I think that Israel is correct in its treatment of Hamas. Israel is defending itself against an enemy who has openly stated time and again that Israel does not have the right to exist. Israel does have the right to exist and it should have the right to defend itself against attack.

galia said...

Does Palestine have a right to exist?
Does Palestine have a right to defend herself?

Ron Russell said...

Liberal Fascism has a somewhat different meaning to me. Its a liberal idea that theirs is not only the best way, but the only way for government to progress. A 1984, Orwellian, big brother state with them at the helm. Theirs is a dark, flat, twilight zone of zombies wondering around waiting for government to show the way. Sad!!!

galia said...

Here, pictures speak louder than any words

http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/article.php?pg=11&ar=2510

Paula said...

I looked at the pictures, and no, I don't think that there is any comparison to what is happening in Gaza to what happened in Europe to the Jews. The Germans and their sympathizers tried to systematically wipe Jews from the face of the earth.

This comparison of Nazi Germany's treatment of the Jews to Israel's treatment of the Palestinians was the topic of the article. That kind of comparison is hate rhetoric. It is language used in a specific, non factual way to win an argument at any cost.

Israel is only responding in self defense against the unceasing rocket fire from Gaza and the looming threat from Syria and Iran.

galia said...

Paula,
The comparison is very much evident from the pictures, as well as from statistics and from the news. It is only different in its details.
I think we need a new term for you guys. "Palestinians genocide deniers"?

"Israel is only responding in self defense against the unceasing rocket fire from Gaza and the looming threat from Syria and Iran."
"The war that was forced upon us" or "if Jewry should plot another world war in order to exterminate the Aryan peoples of Europe, it would not be the Aryan peoples which would be exterminated, but Jewry". Guess who?

Thor said...

What makes it impossible to accept this piece of writing seriously is its use of emotionally loaded and sensational choice of words. E.g. Israel Haters.

I don't have to hate Israel to hate the obvious injustice performed against Palestinians. Israel is systematically trying to ensure that when the two state solution takes hold, its land area will be as big as possible. Settlements are part of that plan. Palestinians have been driven off the land in masses, refugee camps since the six day war are still full of people despite the Genevan convention etc.

Yes Hamas is bad, they are fanatical and totalitarian. But they draw their strength from Palestinians who have been wronged by the state of Israel, and they are many.

galia said...

The rethoric that is hard for some to take seriosly, serves for others as a source to feed their egos. It's absolutely essential for them to keep Holocaust and anti-semitism alive, otherwise how can they play their role of a victim?

YMedad said...

So, Galia, we're "playing" at being victim?

Here's a report from four years ago

Here's another from two years ago

and here from last March

galia said...

13 killed vs 1300. Which one would you say is a victim?
123 Israeli children vs. 1487 Palestinian children killed since 2000.?
1072 Israelis vs 6348 Palestinians killed since 2000?
8864 Israelis vs. 39019 Palestinians injured since 2000?

Should i continue?

It's ridiculous. You can either be agressors and continue your politics in palestine or you can be a victim, but then you have to stop killing Palestinians and give them the land back. You can't be both.

galia said...

And there is discrimination and racism based on skin color, race, religion etc etc. It's not solely aimed at Jews, so don't make it look like you have monopoly on being discriminated and mistreated.

BTW, do you consider yourself islamophobic?

YMedad said...

No, I am not islamophobic.

I am wary of fanaticism, extremism and political violence that seem to be based on religious teachings rather than what people do that could be wrong and unjust.

I am also wary of people who quote ridiculous biased sources top rationalize their dislikes.

galia said...

"No, I am not islamophobic"
I didn't know i was anti-Semite, but according to some definitions I am since i did participate in anti Israeli protests and see a similarity b/w Warsaw and Gaza.

"I am wary of fanaticism, extremism and political violence that seem to be based on religious teachings"
Any particular reason you choose Islam ? Correct me if i am wrong, but i don't recall you being wary of any violence based on teachings of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism or any other religion other than Islam.

galia said...

And here another opinion (of an Jew) on anti-semitism.

"In the 1930s, only anti-Semites were incensed at Jews. Today, while there are certainly masses of anti-Semites who are incensed at Israel, they're not alone. Today the world is filled with people who are not anti-Semites yet who are incensed at the things this country has been doing. Lots of them, myself included, are Jews"
I guess i have a hope

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull&cid=1235410719855

YMedad said...

Gali, Larry Derfner is an out-and-out Leftist and I have had run-ins with him previously. He doesn't always have command of facts in addition to his radical opinions.

galia said...

So? Just because he is Leftist and you are Rightist, doesn't make one right or wrong. You may disagree with him, you may see things differently, but again it does not necessary makes him wrong. If he "doesn't always have command of facts" then you should point it out and cite your source, but as far as "radical opinion", first, that's your perception of his opinion, and second, radical is not necessary and not always a bad thing, is it? I think he makes some valid points.

YMedad said...

Gali, you missed my last point. He fools around with facts.

galia said...

No, i didn't. "If he "doesn't always have command of facts" then you should point it out and cite your source" Where was he wrong?