A friend of mine was sitting in NY in Aroma, a cafe who some
know is owned by Israelis. All of a sudden a demonstration appeared in front of
it about Israel. The people sitting with him were appalled, one of them German,
as protesting in front of a café because it is owned by Israelis is so
reminiscent of Nazi Germany and many former actions against blacks.
In case people didn’t hear Helen Thomas’ recent interview:
Yes, the Jews/Israelis should return to Germany and Poland
where they came from she says. What Helen Thomas exposed was the true thoughts
and bigotry behind the purported “political” opinions of many who constantly
talk against Israel. If she was younger she would have been more careful, as
many of her associates are, but she wasn’t. People are upset at her as she
exposed a secret, the secret of their real opinions.
In France a cinema chain (hilariously named Utopia) canceled
all screenings of a film for being made by an Israeli, only lifting the ban
after another filmmaker sent a letter withdrawing his films from the cinema
chain and they were afraid of the repercussions.
Many such actions existed before, such as Ken Loach call for
, British academia constant attempts to boycott Israel, and
growing voices in American academia.
After any action taken by Israel immediately all the bigots
jump out. I say bigots and not antisemites because while in Europe this bigotry
is a continuation of a historic antisemitism in America its origins are more of
pure bigotry mixed with old-fashion anti-Semitism. The latest case=excuse was
Israel taking over of ships trying to break a blockade on Gaza. This happens
everywhere where ships try to break blockades. This time the “peace activists”
armed with weapons attacked the stupidly unprepared soldiers kidnapping a
soldier. The soldiers then quickly killed the kidnappers and freed the soldier.
The operation of taking over the boat was mishandled, like so many military
operations all over the world. There are constant military screw-ups – the
military is not the smartest part of any country. In this case they thought
they were coming to stop peace activists and weren’t prepared for the militants
on board (which are now a usual part of many groups of “peace activists”.)
Result: world condemnation and a continuing of the
deteriorating relation with Turkey which is quickly becoming a second Iran. (As
a side note I’ll mention that Europe’s demands of a lessening of the power of
the army in Turkey, the only power that kept Turkey a democratic and secular
country instead of an Islamic dictatorship is one of the many ways the world is
increasingly becoming a war zone between the religions.)
Every time something happens all the world jumps, and all the
bigots come out. For some reasons attacks by the Hamas don’t bring about calls
to boycott Palestinian films or people.
The special kind of bigotry against jews/israeils that is
spreading in the US is very different from anti-Semitism, and one can call it
that only for ease of use. It is based on wanting to be part of a community and
is usually bound together with other political opinions. I can’t well describe
which kind of community at the moment as though I find it very worrying I spend
very little time thinking about it. Like
my friend who sat in Aroma, like the people in Nazi Germany, I too find these
people too silly to think or worry about. But they are growing.
There is actually a point to this post besides expressing my worries, and that is a point repeated in many other posts. What is there to do? The
case in France was resolved by a dualism of censorship. Is that really the only
way? Is an economic boycott of bigots really the only way to stop them?