Sunday, April 11, 2010

Dershowitz clears anti-Zionists

Why do we slam Israel, and only Israel, when Iran executes gays, Saudi Arabia lets girls die in a blaze rather than allow them to flee the burning place immodestly dressed, and Syria suppresses dissent and intervenes in Lebanon? The Middle East being such a mess, why do we focus on the Jewish state? It used to be because we were antisemites.

Not any more, according to a recent Alan Dershowitz blogpost. The piece is intended to make some point about the Catholic church trying to fend off widespread criticism of sexual abuse by priests, and using antisemitism in the process. Mirroring Zionist tactics, Catholics might ask why so much is being said about unpunished sexual violence within their faith and so little about abuse coverup in other religious communities. Dershowitz senses that, but has a response:

It is true that there is stereotyping and anti-Catholic bigotry in some of the criticism of the Pope for conduct of which he's probably unaware. It is also true that sexual abuse by those in positions of authority is widespread in many religious and secular institutions, and the focus on the Catholic church seems unfair. But the Catholic church is the most powerful religious institution in the world, and much of the criticism comes from disappointed Catholics.

So, according to this Dershowitz doctrine, selective slamming is allowable under two conditions: (a) that the criticized entity is powerful; (b) that abundant criticism comes from the people said entity claims to represent.

So that to apply the doctrine to the case of Israel, it is true that Iran or Saudi Arabia are worse human rights abusers than Israel. But with over 200 nuclear warheads Israel is the most powerful country in the Middle East, and much of the criticism for its policies comes from disgruntled Jews, including many Israeli ones.

It's official: we're not antisemites. Israel deserves to be preferentially criticized for about the same reasons that the Catholic church does.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Manchmal bin ich so geistreich, dass ich nicht ein einziges Wort von dem verstehe, was ich sage."
Oscar Wilde

Anonymous said...

What a load of pretentious bollocks.

Anonymous said...

The point of Dershowitz' post was that, in the classical tradition of the Catholic church, they're blaming "the Jews" for their misfortunes. Because, you see, the Jews are organized into a "cabal" (check etymology) that directs the press and public opinion at its pleasure. Except that now, post-Holocaust, it's politically incorrect to say this so instead they call it the "Jewish Lobby" or "international Zionists". This is exactly the same tactic so many Arab governments, far-right European political parties and "leftist" pro-Islamist groups do. In other words, it is classic antisemitism dressed-up with post-modern terminology.

Anonymous said...

Nice theory on cabal etc, mr. Anonymous #3. Does it sell? Where and to whom? And especially: _how_ do yo sell it?

eGuest

Anonymous said...

Well obviously, Anonymous 4, I don't need to sell it since it seems you've bought this antisemitic propaganda already.