General Antisemitism

Update on Guardian partner, The Arabist: On “Jewish Money”


Looking back at a few posts from The Arabist, the Guardian’s new partner blog, I found this by one of the blog’s main contributors, Issandr El Amrani, on President Obama’s AIPAC speech in May.

It’s interesting that a lot of people who follow Israel lobby issues think that Obama’s speech to AIPAC was actually a tough one, once you strip away the usual “unbreakable bond” stuff…Netanyahu will once again get away with running circles around an American president. People might be growing increasingly bitter about this, but American politics is structured in such a way that it resets frequently. A new PM in Israel or a new president in the White House and we might be back, for all intents and purposes, to zero while we wait for the long game of delegitimizing AIPAC and the lobby more generally.  

El Amrani then quotes Phillip Weiss, the founder of the anti-Zionist blog, Mondoweiss:

Obama said that time is running out on the endless peace process. I was abusing him through most of the speech but when he said, “The world is moving too fast,” I cried out in pleasure. Obama knows what we on the left know: that because of the Arab spring and the millions on the Arab street whose demands he dignified today, and because of the disgust of peoples everywhere with the American-led peace process…as he reminded the lobby– the world is sick of a Jim Crow state.

And when Obama spoke twice of the “demographic” realities west of the Jordan, he was only echoing what [John] Mearsheimer said the day before, there is a majority of Palestinians between the Jordan and the sea, and this is your last chance to gerrymander a Jewish majority on the vast majority of the land that you already ethnically cleansed. I believe he spoke these words about demography with rage– how can an anti-racist say racist phrases without rage?…Obama doesn’t believe in a Jewish democracy any more than he believes in a white or a Christian democracy. He will say these words over and over, in bitterness, to the lobby that has got him politically hogtied because he depends on…Jewish money, and he may well believe in partition for the same reason Mearsheimer does, to head off violent cataclysm in Israel and Palestine, but he is on our side in his heart. On the side of the world moving forward with progressive ideals. 

So, Israel is as an “ethnic cleansing”, “Jim Crowe” state which is propped up by “Jewish money”.

In surveying recurring anti-Semitic motifs, one of the more popular is that of the Jew as a corrupting force. This is a derivative of the theme that Jews dominate the world with their money.

Arab political cartoonist Khalil Bendib

I never cease to be amazed at the lack of cognitive dissonance of those who fancy themselves anti-racists while simultaneously advancing narratives of the injurious effects of Jewry on the body politic – arguments historically associated with explicit anti-Semitism of the the extreme rightconspiracy theorists, and Islamists.

The Arabist and the Guardian: A partnership made in heaven. 

6 replies »

  1. Well, looks like we have yet another ‘brave’ soul defying the taboo that never shuts up. Him, the Guardian, and Weiss will probably make more propaganda.

    On a unrelated note, I’ve been checking out Mondoweiss lately. For a blog that claims to be about the ‘War of Ideas in the Middle-East’, they don’t seem to be paying any attention to the one-sided slaughter in Syria.

    • “I never cease to be amazed at the lack of cognitive dissonance of those who fancy themselves anti-racists while simultaneously advancing narratives of the injurious effects of Jewry on the body politic”

      The reason they can think of themselves as anti-racists is because they don’t actually think of Jews as human beings. Whatever they call us, “Zionists,” “Israelis,” “the Chosen People,” they believe they cannot be “racist” towards us because we are “the Other,” lesser beings who refuse to stay in our place and need to be taught a lesson by our betters.

      Virulent, murderous anti-Semitism is inextricably wound into the DNA of Europe, as much as it is in Dar-al-Islam. When Jewish babies are stabbed to death they blame the baby. When Arab terrorists fire at Israeli schoolbuses and murder teenagers they call it nothing, because everyone knows that those homemade projectiles never hurt anyone.

      They actually believe that we are injurious to the body politic. They believe that we kill thousands of innocent Arabs every year. They believe that we are paranoid for no reason, and would do fine in a single state dominated by Islam. Besides, they didn’t care when European Jewry was “ethnically cleansed,” in fact, they didn’t lift a finger, so they really are not going to care when another six million Jews disappear.

      In fact, I think they will actually be rather pleased because as they have said all along, the Jews brought it on themselves.

  2. This is hilarious.

    First, you’re highlighting a blog post which consists almost entirely of quotes from other people.

    Then, you excise some key words from the Phillip Weiss quote — you say “the lobby that has got him politically hogtied because he depends on…Jewish money” — but the original post looks like this:

    “to the lobby that has got him politically hogtied because he depends on, according to the Wall Street Journal, Jewish money”

    So not only has Mr Arabist not said these words, even Weiss hasn’t said them.

    The “Wall Street Journal” mention is a reference to this article:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703509104576331661918527154.html

    with the headline “Jewish Donors Warn Obama on Israel”. The first sentence goes like this: “Jewish donors and fund-raisers are warning the Obama re-election campaign that the president is at risk of losing financial support because of concerns about his handling of Israel.”

    I hope you’ll be attacking the Wall Street Journal next — how dare they invoke the anti-Semitic trope of a president concerned about raising money from Jewish donors.

    • Oh, come on. Given the tone of the article and the fact that he did indeed make the “Jim Crow” and “ethnic cleansing” comments amongst numerous others, it’s pretty damned obvious that he fully agrees with the sentiment that he relies on “Jewish money” and he used the WSJ article to reinforce that – just read the bloody text that comes before that part:

      “And when he said that Israel and the U.S. share the background of claiming their freedom against overwhelming powers – the British, the Arabs—I think he was offering an ironical history lesson. Obama doesn’t believe in a Jewish democracy any more than he believes in a white or a Christian democracy. He will say these words over and over, in bitterness, to the lobby that has got him politically hogtied because he depends on, according to the Wall Street Journal, Jewish money,”

      Even in it’s proper context, the quote virtually reads the same way, read up to the world. Let’s remove the Jewish money part just to get a feel for the tone:

      “And when he said that Israel and the U.S. share the background of claiming their freedom against overwhelming powers – the British, the Arabs—I think he was offering an ironical history lesson. Obama doesn’t believe in a Jewish democracy any more than he believes in a white or a Christian democracy. He will say these words over and over, in bitterness, to the lobby that has got him politically hogtied.”

      Now if you throw “because he depends on, according to the Wall Street Journal, Jewish money” on the end of that, it’s clear he’s not referencing the Wall Street Journal in a benign manner – it is clear however that it’s a bitter reference used to back up his shitty views especially when you consider the fact that the paper predominantly covers American economic, business and finance issues.

  3. “The Arabist and the Guardian:A partnership made in Heaven.”

    A partnership made in the bowels of Hell…..