Independent

Independent posts op-ed by Ilan Pappe calling Israel a ‘supremacist’ Jewish state


The Times of Israel recently published a story titled ‘Israeli soldiers sperm in hot demand‘, which reported an increase in the number of Israeli women seeking sperm donors with a military background, likely reflecting the fact that the war in Gaza may have given many of the women new insights into the value of heroism and patriotism.

However, as we’ve seen time and time again, the most popular anti-Zionists among British news editors tend to be those who can take a relatively innocuous fact about the Jewish State, and manage to impute the most malevolent and racist motives.

To boot, an Aug. 17th op-ed at the Indy by the anti-Zionist Israeli historian Ilan Pappe (What a rising demand for the sperm of IDF soldiers and a “fun” questionnaire reveal about Israel) takes the Times of Israel story about sperm donation trends into a predictable direction.

Here are the relevant passages in Pappe’s op-ed:

The first is the present drive among infertile Jewish parents to seek the sperm of the combatant elite units who fought in Gaza. This is to ensure the purest and most supreme DNA possible for their prospective children. And it is fully supported by the official Israeli Sperm Bank.

To be honest, these soldiers did not do too well in the battlefield. Conventional armies are inept when it comes to battling face-to-face with desperate guerrillas dug deep in tunnels and bunkers. Possibly the HAMAS DNA would have been a bit more fitting for this purpose, if one wishes to take ad absurdum this Israeli Jewish obsession with human engineering.

It was bad enough to base the whole Zionist idea on the wish to create an exclusive and supremacist Jewish democracy, in a land where the Jews were not and are not going to be ever such a majority (unless they genocide the local population).

There are other enormously problematic elements of Pappe’s op-ed, but the charge leveled against Israel that those Jewish Israeli women who want the father of their children to be Israeli soldiers reflects some sort of endemic Jewish racism should briefly be put in context.

The term “Jewish supremacism” – an especially vile form of the ‘Zionism = Racism” charge – has been popularized by extreme antisemites such as former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke and a neo-Nazi style extremist named Gilad Atzmon. Indeed, the doctoral thesis written by Duke was titled ‘Zionism is a form of ethnic supremacism’. 

But, at the heart of Pappe’s charges is something much darker than merely a commentary on Zionism.  If you recall, back in 2011 the Guardian’s Deborah Orr achieved well-deserved notoriety for complaining that so many Zionists believe “that the lives of the chosen are of hugely greater consequence than those of their unfortunate [Palestinian] neighbors” – “Zionists” of course being a euphemism for “Jews”.

Such an ugly distortion of the Jewish ‘chosen people’ idea often suggests that the Jewish faith, in practice if not by theological design, arguably shares an ideological similitude with other odious, exclusivist 20th century ideologies in that they see their group as a superior race.

Ilan Pappe had to be aware of the ideological baggage associated with that the term “supremacist” in relation to the state of the Jewish people, and editors at the Indy – which claims to be a champion of enlightenment values – should certainly not have allowed its editorial pages to be used as a repository of such reactionary, racist notions about Jews and Israel.  

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  1. Wow… Out of morbid curiosity I track quite a bit of the nonsense the Independent publish On Israel, but this really takes the cake! Could very well be the most vile and horrible piece I’ve seen. The assumptions he makes and the terminology employed are INSANE.
    There’s simply no way the Independent’s editors could deny it’s intentionally inflammatory and intentionally associating with Nazism.

  2. Pappe is quite sick. He has no history to enlighten us with and is full of political theory and bad, bad theory. Stephen Sakur on Hard Talk did quite a nice job on him recently revealing him to be an inept and dishonest person trying to prove the impossible and make a case for it.

  3. Well, Pappé has to justify his generous funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council…

    • Absolutely right Peter. Everyone else is wrong, however strong the evidence, only HE knows the “truth”. Implying that the listener or reader have to dismiss the strongest cases for his flimsy theories. And they are more than just flimsy.

  4. Old habits die hard. Pappe already ranted about Israel in a German neo-Nazi paper, so why not to repeat a successful performance in the English version?

  5. I believe that Pappe’s article barely hides his annoyance that young, Israeli women do not want his sperm. They would rather have the sperm of the young, vibrant heroes who risked their lives fighting Hamas than an old grandpappe! Pappe’s article is really just penis envy!

  6. Pappe lies for the meretricious adulation of AntiSemites. He invented this:

    “Ben-Gurion declared: “The Arabs will have to go, but one needs an opportune moment for making it happen, such as war.””

    And as far as I know never retracted it. But then he has told us that truth is not for him.

  7. German/Austrian Jews are highly susceptible to anti-Zionism and self-hate. Is it because they want to be 100% British and Jewishness presents an impediment?
    It looks like their wish will soon come true in a judenfrei UK. He and Mira Bar-Hillel should shack up together.

  8. Pappe: “The first is the present drive among infertile Jewish parents to seek the sperm of the combatant elite units who fought in Gaza. This is to ensure the purest and most supreme DNA possible for their prospective children.”

    That’s obviously batshit crazy talk – as well as being offensive.

    CIFWatch’s counter-proclamation that “the war in Gaza may have given many of the women new insights into the value of heroism and patriotism” is surely meant as a joke in response. Erm … isn’t it?

        • I think it’s a silly criteria for a sperm donation, but I don’t see what’s so cynical about heroism and patriotism. I don’t think these are automatically “Stalinesque” notions. The left has brainwashed us to think that.

  9. If Pappe thinks that Hamas won – it merely tells me that he never served in the military. They could have lost a worse, but only if we had stayed in Gaza.

    Egypt is still bragging about their great ‘victory’ in 1973. If their ‘victory’ had taken another week – I would have been pi$$ing on the pyramids that we built so long ago.

    Yes we are ‘the chosen people’, we choose to make a covenant with the L-rd. If that is supremacist – then everything is as well.

    Yes Jewish mothers want to have the children of Jewish men. That is racist? If so I guess that any women that want children of that culture are all racist as well

  10. I find that many “anti-Zionists” are not very bright people. I am not saying that no anti-Zionist is smart (Noam Chomsky is extremely intelligent), nor am I saying that pro-Zionists are necessarily intelligent, but it just happens to be a pattern that many anti-Zionists do not seem to grasp simple concepts of logic and reasoning. Case in point-an analysis of Ilan Pappe’s claims (I concede that these are merely from the snippets referenced here):
    1) What is his point about “conventional armies are inept” in such urban warfare as playing out in Gaza (and thus Hamas’s DNA being superior)? First off, I guess Pappe is no geneticist, but it should be painfully obvious to anyone with a few brain cells that being a member of a conventional vs. guerilla fighting force has nothing to do with one’s genes. Being a member of the elite force of a state (whatever that may be) is an indication of superior genes (in certain respects). Secondly, why does Pappe make the assumption that effectiveness of the military tactics being used is even close to one of the factors considered by these women seeking Israeli soldiers’ sperm?
    2) What does it mean to be an “exclusive” and “supremacist” Jewish democracy? Instead of baselessly making such claims, perhaps Pappe could muster his few brain cells together to, I don’t know, maybe back up his assertions. I acknowledge that any idiot Israeli can become a success by merely being anti-Zionist, but perhaps Pappe should try and earn his notoriety by demonstrating some intellect. If Israel were really striving to be “exclusive,” where would the “supremacism” arise? Who would they reign supreme over??
    3) How could Pappe even argue that Jews would never be a majority within any portion of the land (unless Israel engaged in genocide, or, you know, maybe people move like they have in countless other formations of states)? Jews are CURRENTLY a majority in Israel-proper. Is Pappe unaware of this statistic?

    • (Noam Chomsky is extremely intelligent)

      But not an intellectual because he has no idea of truth and its necessity.

  11. To be honest, these soldiers did not do too well in the battlefield. Conventional armies are inept when it comes to battling face-to-face with desperate guerrillas dug deep in tunnels and bunkers. Possibly the HAMAS DNA would have been a bit more fitting for this purpose, if one wishes to take ad absurdum this Israeli Jewish obsession with human engineering

    I don’t quite see Pappe’s beef here. If, as he says, Israeli soldiers didn’t do well against ‘Hamas Heroes’, then using their sperm would actually be decreasing the ‘racial supremacy’ that ‘consumes’ him.

  12. To be honest, these soldiers did not do too well in the battlefield.

    How does he knows that ? unless of course he prefer to belive Hamas version