For many years, we have had the opportunity to get “used to” the distortions, half-truths, double standards, denial of fact, and plain lies promulgated by the anti-Israel crowd. We can recognise that being anti-Israel is a litmus test for acceptance in certain circles. But it doesn’t take away the sense of betrayal at seeing Western, enlightened values, including the use of reason and evidence trashed in favour of narrative and agendas.
Caroline Glick, in her recent article The age of dissimulation provides a comprehensive overview of the motivations behind some of the anti-Israel fervour. While it doesn’t explain the voluntary obeissance in the West, quite compelling is the sense of “dhimmitude” that emanates from Christians anxious about their safety in Muslim countries who are scared to complain about the Muslims.
Instead they complain about the Jews … somehow a reminder of that old Jewish joke – Elderly, ailing Mr. Rabinowitz has demanded to be moved from St. Luke’s hospital to Mount Sinai. His new doctor wants to know why. “Was the medical care inadequate at St. Luke’s?” asks the doctor. “No,” says the old man, “it was all right.” “How about the nurses?” “The nurses were nice; I can’t complain,” he says. “The food? You didn’t like the food there?” “Nah, the food was all right, can’t complain.”
“So why,” asks the doctor, “did you demand to be switched to Mount Sinai?” “Because here,” says Rabinowitz, “I can complain.”
And while on jokes –
A lady is taking her young son to his first day in school. She’s walking him to school and she starts giving him a little lecture. She says, “Now, bubele, this is a marvelous thing for you, bubele. Bubele, you’re never gonna forget it. Just remember, bubele, to behave in school. Remember, bubele, anytime you want to speak, you raise your hand.”
They get to the school and she says, “Bubele, have a good day. I’ll be waiting for you when you get out of school.”
Four hours later, she’s standing there, and the little kid runs down the steps. She runs toward him and says, “Bubele, bubele, it’s been such an exciting day. Tell me, bubele, what did you learn today?”
He says, “I learned my name was Irving.”
Daniel Greenfield on the Sultan Knish blogsite also has a good take on the biases in the media.
And back to Caroline Glick who states (with my added bolding)
“Today, practically, the only individuals willing to speak honestly about who Islamic supremacists are and what they want are the Islamic supremacists themselves. For instance, in an interview last week with Reuters, the Islamic supremacist Hamas movement’s “foreign minister” Mahmoud al- Zahar told the Christian West, “You do not live like human beings. You do not [even] live like animals. You accept homosexuality. And now you criticize us?” Al-Zahar also made the case for Islamic feminism. As he put it, “We are the ones who respect women and honor women … not you. You use women as an animal. She has one husband and hundreds of thousands of boyfriends. You don’t know who is the father of your sons, because of the way you respect women.”
Finally, al-Zahar claimed that Westerners have no right to question Islam or criticize it. In his words, “Is it a crime to Islamize the people? I am a Muslim living here according to our tradition. Why should I live under your tradition? We understand you very well. You are poor people. Morally poor. Don’t criticize us because of what we are.”
Al-Zahar can sleep easy. The citizens of the West have rarely heard anyone in any positions of power and influence criticize Islamic supremacists “because of what they are.” In fact, the most remarkable thing about al- Zahar’s interview was not what he said but that Reuters decided to publish what he said. By letting its readers learn what al-Zahar thinks of them, Reuters inadvertently gave Westerners a glimpse at the simple truth its editors and their counterparts throughout the Western media routinely purge from coverage of current events.Rather than discuss the nature and threat of Islamic supremacism, the Western media along with nearly all Western political leaders and academics deny and dissimulate. Rather than address the threat, they accept the Islamic line and blame Israel for everything bad that happens in the world.”
These comments ring true when recalling Paul McGeough’s complaint that the Palestinians have not been that good at presenting their “narrative” in a light that is favourable to Westerners. Perhaps it’s because crystal clear comments from people like Mahmoud al- Zahar make it hard for Hamas apologists to obfuscate.
On the other hand, the Republican victory in the U.S. Congress today should shake things up!