Tuesday, March 08, 2005

From the excellent article Racists Feel “Intimidated” Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing at Columbia:

"Enter the “new anti-Semitism.” This doctrine turns reality on its head, declaring criticism of Israel’s racist behavior to be itself racist – “anti-Semitic.” Empathy for Palestinians being beaten, bullied, and bulldozed out of existence, the doctrine goes, is nothing but some disguised expression of Jew-hatred. Goose-stepping Germans and uprooted Palestinians are portrayed as part of the same unbroken line of anti-Semitism, even though those inhabiting concentration camps today – the largest ever to exist,” says Israeli historian Baruch Kimmerling - are the Palestinians themselves. (2) But no matter. Abusing the memory of Holocaust victims to shut down criticism of Israeli crimes – crimes unearthed mostly by Jewish historians - may be obscene, but it is also effective."

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