In our previous post, CiF legitimizes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, again, Israelinurse adeptly exposed CiF columnist John Whitbeck’s crude rhetorical assault on Israel and his thinly veiled attack on the organized community.
However, Whitbeck was actually quite restrained in his CiF piece, compared to his previous commentary. For starters, Whitbeck is a confirmed 9/11 truther, who has stated:
After reading David Ray Griffin’s previous books on the subject, I was over 90% convinced that 9/11 was an inside job. Now, after reading Debunking 9/11 Debunking, I am, I regret to say, 100% convinced.
It’s his thoughts on Israel, however, per his recent column at Comment is Free, where his past essays are of especial relevance.
In “Zionism: An anti-Semites Dream (A tragically bad and unsustainable idea)” (Counterpunch, Oct. 19, 2009), Whitbeck, in a slightly more refined version of Helen Thomas’s screed that “Jews should get the hell out of Palestine and go back to Poland and Germany,” launches into an utterly vicious assault on Israel.
In a chilling passage – 0ne which would be more fitting in an Islamist or right-wing extremist propaganda organ, (but which hauntingly mirrors his Dec 29 CiF piece) – Whitbeck says the following:
Western governments…rather than feeding justice, human decency and international law into a shredder through blind subservience to a racial-supremicist, settler-colonial experiment (and thereby earning themselves the hatred of much of mankind), be opening their doors wide to any and all Israeli Jews who might be tempted to build a new and better life for themselves and their children, with less injustice and less insecurity, by returning to their countries of origin…”
Whitbeck’s wish that Jews should leave the “racial-supremacist, settler-colonial experiment” of Israel is followed by this:
[Such an exodus would provide] recognition that Zionism, like certain other prominent 20th century “isms” which once captured the imaginations of millions, was a tragically bad idea — not simply for those innocents caught and trampled in its path but also for those who embraced it — which is unsustainable, which does not deserve to be sustained and which has already caused (and, if perpetuated, will continue to cause) profound problems for the Western world…
Whitbeck lays out the obstacles to such a scenario. He says that, in order for such a utopia to occur:
[Western politicians will have to resist] a few wealthy and powerful Zionists, most of whom live comfortably and safely far from the Middle East.
But, don’t fret. Whitbeck ends his utopian fantasy, of world free of Zionism, by laying out how to overcome such powerful and wealthy Jews:
civil society will have to take the lead in delegitimizing Zionism and pointing the way toward a better future for all concerned — and, like it or not, everyone on this planet is concerned.
Better yet, John, who needs civil society to morally delegitimize Israel when you (and so many other of your fellow travelers) are continually provided a platform to advance this urgent cause by the Guardian?