Saturday, June 11, 2016

Murray Dobbin Denounces the Apartheid State, Our Friend and Ally


It was bad enough when the Hooligan Party tabled their motion to denounce the Canadian Boycott/Divest/Sanction movement. It was cringeworthy when a bootlicking prime minister and his government threw in with them.

He's a couple of weeks late to the party but Murray Dobbin is taking a stand against the Conservatives, the Liberals, even New York governor Cuomo, and their vile "new anti-semitism." Dobbins argues that Netanyahu's "silent allies" are empowering the spread of fascism in Israel.

By now anyone even vaguely aware of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has heard the phrase ''the new anti-Semitism.'' It is a clever propaganda piece aimed at anyone who dares criticize Israel for its illegal occupation of the West Bank and its continued brutalization of Palestinians in Gaza.

...even such dire public warnings from members of the Israeli governing and military elite are having no discernible impact on the West's carte blanche support for the Netanyahu government. It raises the question: Is there any development in Israel that would cause Western nations to intervene in the longer-term interests of Israel and say enough is enough? Just yesterday, Uri Ariel, the Israeli minister of agriculture made a proposal to annex a huge chunk of the West Bank and expel 300,000 Palestinians. Does that cross a red line? Does the West even acknowledge a red line?

Israeli political commentator Michael Brizon, who writes under the pseudonym B. Michael, concluded the failure of Western governments to criticize what is happening in Israel is itself a new form of anti-Semitism. Writing in a Haaretz op-ed titled ''Yet Again the Jewish People Face Great Danger and the World Is Silent,'' Brizon lamented the fact that the greatest danger to Israel is now from within, not from its traditional enemies. ''With our very own hands, we anointed the Huns who rule over us.''

The irony for Michael is palpable: Israel's promise has been lost, he wrote, and ''all that remains is a big mouth, brandished fist, and endless hidden hatred, militarism, paganism, and self-righteousness. And the world is silent.''

That silence is what terrifies Michael: ''...if you persist in your silence, you indifferent world, that will be categorical proof that you really are anti-Semitic, exactly as we've always been told.''

Of course we're not silent. Not Canada, our Parliament, our Liberal government. They're not silent. They're giving Netanyahu's fascist movement a standing ovation, a big pat on the back.




6 comments:

UU4077 said...

I often wonder at the support Netanyahu's Israel gets from the West when it is so obviously becoming racist - even according to a former Israelie PM. Is there something we don't know?

UU4077 said...

Not "racist" - fascist (damn spell "corrector")!

Stig said...

One such "friend" would seem one too many. Yet, considering our cozy relations with Saudi Arabia, one not too surprising.

Pamela Mac Neil said...

To be indifferent to what Israel is doing to the Palestinian people, tells me Trudeau has no conscience.

Toby said...

In many ways, Ronald Reagan was the ideal President. He could remember his lines, glad hand any room, make friends with a smile and pretend to lead. In Trudeau, the former drama teacher, do we have another Reagan? Is Trudeau's governing all about play acting? If so, who's in charge?

The Mound of Sound said...


Unfortunately the Israel problem demonstrates how freely our new government will abandon principle for political expediency and partisan advantage.

There was absolutely no need, much less justification, for our prime minister to throw his party's support behind the Tories motion to censure the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement. This had nothing to do with Israel or the Palestinians. He did it because he thought it would cost him if he didn't.