Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Damn Jewish Anti-Semites

by Nick
"Eyal Zusman and Amitai Sandy from Israel followed the unfolding of the 'Muhammad Cartoon-Gate' events in amusement. But when they read that an Iranian newspaper had announced a contest for the best anti-semitic cartoon, they felt insulted.

'We'll show the world we can do the best, sharpest, most offensive Jew hating cartoons ever published!' said Sandy 'No Iranian will beat us on our home turf!'

"Today they announced the launch of the Israeli Anti-Semitic Cartoons Contest - this time drawn by Jews themselves."

The winner, judged by a panel consisting of amongst others Art Spiegelmann, should be announced shortly.


Blogger Brian said...

I don't get most of these. I guess I'm just not anti-semitic enough to understand. What's a "rabbi"?

3/22/2006 10:26:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I thought the cold juice one was pretty funny. I would have liked to have seen Spiegelman's.

3/22/2006 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger willtotruth said...

Just trying to get a clearer picture here, narrowing the focus to so-called Jewish anti-Semites and the Jews who label them so.

Jewish anti-Semites are Jews who are racist about Jews. The Jews called anti-Semites invariably are Jews who criticize Israel. (I’d welcome evidence that challenges this claim.) The Jewish defenders of Israel accuse the Jewish critics of Israel of hating Jews. But do they?

It seems as if some kind of racist assumptions are already in operation when Jews call Jewish critics of Israel, racists. Like somehow such criticisms are a violation of a racist notion about racial identity and oneness amongst a “people” such that members of that “race” could not possibly criticize that “race” (or its Israeli members of that “race”) without the criticisms being … well, racist.

Of course, Jews can criticize the actions of other Jews (say, Israeli Jews, for example, or U.S. Jewish elites) without it being anti-Semitism. It just seems that when Jews do so criticize, they are quick to be labeled anti-Semites by other Jews.

There is something odd in this because it seems clear enough that the accusers are by no means free of the anti-Semitic slurs they sling at particular Jews. Think about it. Think about these Jews who criticize Jews such as Jacqueline Rose, Michael Neumann, Tony Judt, Norman Finkelstein, Sara Roy, Gilad Atzmon … . I mean, they are criticizing Jews, even calling them racists and they are doing so despite how each has offered a legitimate and defensible perspective on matters Israeli (and Jewish).

Which is why I suggest that what we are dealing with here in these Jewish critics of the Jewish critics of Israel is a bunch of rabid Jewish anti-Semites. Self hating Jews, every one of them. After all, how often do these critics of the critics have anything of substance to say in criticism rather than merely labeling or otherwise attempting to discredit such critics on the basis of slur campaigns rather than on the basis of rational critique?

And the moral? Next time you hear of some Jewish scholar accused by other Jews of being a Jewish anti-Semite, beware of the accuser. He or she just might be a Jewish anti-Semite!

12/25/2006 02:16:00 PM  

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