Antisemites of the world, unite! (II)
In this post I drew my readers' attention to the de-facto alliance between neo-Nazis and Indecent lefties. It could be claimed that the SWP leaflet message -- of a small "h" holocaust being about thousands of victims who were trade unionists and the disabled -- was just some sort of slack and lazy writing; this can hardly be excused on such grounds:
"One of the formal complaints was made in relation to a series of particularly poisonous and nasty emails written by a Sheffield-based UCU activist called Jenna Delich. That complaint was also dismissed.
Yesterday Jenna Delich wrote the following message on the activist list in order to support a boycott of Israeli academics....
"The website which she links to is the website of David Duke, who is the former Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan, and perhaps the most notorious racist and anti-semite in the world. The article itself was originally posted on an extremist conspiracy nut website, but appears only on David Duke’s website. It is therefore reasonable to infer that Jenna Delich reads and takes her information on world events from neo Nazis."
To quote Jenna Delich: "No comment necessary. The facts are speaking for themselves."
Update, a little later in the day: On the Engage thread we hear from one of the commenters, Spartacus' Diary, that:
"...the fact that a regular "anti-Zionist" has offered links to what can be politely called a "far-right politician" has been explained away as a "mistake".
But the mistake is not really so outrageous; for
"... austere members of BRICUP on the UCU list" the fact that "the "Zionists" are exploting this (perfectly reasonable) .... genuine mistake for no other reason than to clobber "anti-Zionists" is the eal outrage in the whole story.
As an experienced Internet user, I have to wonder how other Internet users can make such a mistake. On the rightside margin of the David Duke webpage one finds a list of articles written by him, among which one can read the following titles
Black Population Welfare Bomb Ticks
Fighting the Cultural War in America
Is Russia the Key to White survival?
Israeli Terrorism and Sept. 11
The Hypocrisy of Jewish Supremacism
The Lies of Globalism
The War against America
The titles should immediately ring some alarm bells for anyone who purports to be antiracist. I mean, which discourse is most likely to include such terms as "Black population bomb"? Or "Jewish Supremacism"? or "White survival"?
The David Duke link could only slither through the net of decent thought to public consumption if the person doing the searching and writing is quite numb to their import. And why would someone so active in the anti-Israeli lobby among British trade unionists lack responsiveness or alertness when it comes to antisemitic tropes?
For me the explanation is clear. Some anti Zionists are just anti Zionists, but some anti-Zionists are only anti-Zionist because the target of their animus are Jews and supporters of Jews. They live a very precarious intellectual life, where the outside of their speech masquerades under the Human Rights anti-Zionism banner while the inside of their mind is teeming with bona fide antisemitic hostility and terminology. The two lines are close and parallel to each other. So much so, that complete control and vigilant separation is often disrupted, especially when the tension of animus reaches a certain critical mass and something of the internal thought slips out...
It is something like the Freudian slip, though the deliberate linking to a neo-Nazi website when alleging legitimate criticism of Israel can hardly be blamed on subconscious antisemitism. There is no deeper meaning to this mistake. It was caused by a person whose carelessness and indifference to Jewish history or pain cannot be overstated.
As a common pun goes, "A Freudian slip is like saying one thing, but meaning your mother. " Delich thought she was making a case against Israeli "aggression" by actually linking to an antisemitic website whose main purpose in life, after defeating African-Americans, is defeating "International Jewry" and Jewish world domination.
"Civilization is not self-supporting. It is artificial. If you are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding of civilization -- you are done." (Ortega y Gasset)
Friday, August 22, 2008
Antisemites of the world, unite! (II)