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CiF contributor characterizes Israel’s relationship with India as an alliance based on Islamophobia


I think the definition of an anti-Zionist ideologue is someone who can spin almost any Israeli act or government policy as evidence of the state’s villainy.

Deborah Orr displayed such moral jujitsu by framing the release of over a thousand Palestinian terrorists in exchange for Gilad Shalit as an example of Israeli racism.

Today, CiF’s Kapil Komireddi exercised similarly adept ideological and rhetorical contortions in an essay titled, “India and Israel: a friendship deepened by prejudice, oddly placed in the CiF Belief section, which characterizes India’s alliance with Israel as evidence of the two nations’ shared Islamophobia.  

After noting that India and Israel’s bilateral relations were barely existent during the cold war, Komireddi’s writes:

“Today, India is Israel’s closest eastern ally and its largest arms market. Annual non-military bilateral trade alone exceeds $4.5bn.”

Why the change? Komireddi explains:

“[Israel is viewed by India as] a nation to be revered for its ability to defeat, and survive among, hostile Muslims. As the liberal Israelinewspaper Haaretz put it, “Relations between Israel and India tend to grow stronger when … India experiences a rightward shift in anti-Muslim public opinion or in leadership”.

Like so many other CiF contributors, Komireddi truly seems at a lost to understand that what Israel opposes is not “Muslims” but, rather, Islamism, a radical, violent, antisemitic brand of Islam manifested by state and non-state actors who openly seek their destruction, such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and Iran.

Both India and Israel indeed share a bond as democracies who are one the front line in the battle against Islamist terror.  

India, for instance, faces constant threats from Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed (both operating out of Pakistan), the “deadliest” terrorist organizations operating in the region.

Both Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed are on the United States’ foreign terrorist organizations list, and are also designated as terrorist groups by the United Kingdom, India, Australia and even Pakistan.

Jaish-e-Mohammed was created in 1994, has carried out a series of brutal terrorist attacks all over Indiaand is the group implicated in the kidnapping and beheading of Jewish American journalist Daniel Pearl.

Lashkar-e-Taiba has similarly attacked civilian and military targets throughout India, and was the group responsible for the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks

Interestingly, The Lashkar leadership describes Indian and Israeli regimes as the main enemies of Islam

That democratic India and democratic Israel have formed a strong military, diplomatic, and economic relationship should come as no surprise to anyone who takes the threats posed by militant Islam seriously – which, almost by definition, excludes writers licensed by the Guardian to provide commentary about the Jewish state. 

 

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  1. I like your reference to Orr’s “moral jujitsu”

    Is that anything resembling Ban Ki Moon’s “moral vertigo” or is the latter caused by the antics of the former ? 🙂

    What passes for the motives behind Komireddi’s “thinking”, which would probably be battened onto by Orr because it so readily chimes with hers, has to be a sort of paranoid projection which sees the behaviour of other countries in terms of that of their Palestinian pets – who cannot maintain alliances based on collaboration and positive objectives but are themselves united by hatred.

    What a warped, one-eyed way of perceiving motives has Komireddi. He will sink far with the Guardian.

    • I like your reference to Orr’s “moral jujitsu”

      Too kind. More like being mauled by a dead sheep, as a famous phrase went.

  2. I have always found the Israel obsession of Indians, who have a huge sub-continent and their enormous population, very strange.

    The attempts to compare partition in Palestine with Partition in India are of course a constant theme and a source of this issue, but this lunatic, somehow making the leap that Hindus, who have resisted the Moslems since they were invaded centuries ago, need assistance or find a model in Israel, is laughable. A bit scary, actually, when you think of what a warped mind it takes to make that leap and comparison between Israel, surrounded by millions of Arabs, and huge India, adjacent to at worst the Pakistanis.

  3. You must understand the author AKUS. His name Komireddi predestines him for writing antisemite shit for the Guardian.
    Nomen est omen!

  4. AKUS when you write,
    “India, adjacent to at worst the Pakistanis.”

    That would be the Pakistanis who have Nuclear weapons, a strong military and an Intelligence Service that backs the Taliban.

  5. From the article:

    Throw a stone in Panaji and it is likely to land on an Israeli backpacking through India after his post-mandatory service.

    I suggest you Mr. Komireddi to think twice before throwing a stone at an Israel backpacker in Panaji or wherever else. The consequences could be extremely damaging to your health…

  6. The lowpoint of the article:

    So Israelis must wonder what has become of them, their nation, that their most fervid admirers in the most pro-Israeli country in the world happen to be fascists.

    Similarly, certain idiots claim the EDL “support” Israel and that this reflects poorly on the latter.
    In fact the EDL just hate Muslims more than they do Jews.

    In the case of Hindu nationalists: Israel is only indirectly relevant.

    • “So Israelis must wonder what has become of them, their nation,…”

      No, they don’t. Such self-flagellating and defeatist thoughts as you try to insert into most Israeli Jews’ brains left them in the course of the 2000s decade.

      Least of all do they believe the mainstream media can be relied to tell the truth about anything. “Fascist” in MSM-speak (which you have adopted) = one who doesn’t toe the Politically Correct line.

      Regarding Islamophobia, I think any Hindu who isn’t Islamophobic is simply insane. The relationship between the Muslims and the Hindus has been well-nigh like that between the Nazis and the Jews (the most conservative estimate has it that the Muslim invaders murdered 90 million Hindus).

  7. I had an Indian Muslim co-worker and he also hated the Palestinians. He called them scum, usurpers and terrorists leaching on the world.

  8. Even by CIF standards, this is a weak, sorry argument. The writer doesn’t seem to notice (or perhaps acknowledge) that the Indian distance from Jerusalem was largely a function of the SINCE-ENDED Cold War, that both countries cannot abide the die-hard Islamic terrorists group that are endemic to either area and his Hard Left toadies constantly cheer on or make excuses for, or that he’s had to face his best allies in this fight being…Pakistan. Or…Iran. If this is the Guradian’s heavyweight puncher on South Asian issues, for the first time since I began commenting here, I kind of feel a little bit sorry for them.

  9. They got a trashing on that thread,as usual comments were deleted or vaporized,every time thatone of these Guardian anti-Israeli articles come out,I think shit, this one is worse than the former one,and true to form they don’t disappoint……..

    Now there is another article by Jonathan Freedland about Israel on CiF.

  10. Based on Islamophobia………Where do they dig up these writers,are they cloned somewhere in the dungeons of the Guardian…..

    • 2008 Mumbai attacks
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Mumbai_attacks

      “The 2008 Mumbai attacks (sometimes referred to as 26/11) were more than 10 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across Mumbai, India’s largest city, by Islamist attackers[5][6] who allegedly came from Pakistan.[7] The attackers received reconnaissance assistance before the attacks, Ajmal Kasab later claimed upon interrorgation that the attacks were conducted with the support of Pakistan’s ISI.[8][9] The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation, began on Wednesday, 26 November and lasted until Saturday, 29 November 2008, killing 164 people and wounding at least 308.”