Monday, October 20, 2008

A Deviant Left

Deviant:

- deviating from what is considered acceptable behaviour, striking away from what is right, proper, or good; corrupt, aberrent and perverted

-a person whose behaviour deviates from what is considered to be acceptable

Pilar Rahola (Barcelona, October 21, 1958) is a Spanish Catalan journalist writer and former politician and MP.

She comes from a
republican and anti-fascist family. Rahola is doctor in Spanish and Catalan Philology in Universitat de Barcelona. She has published several books in Spanish and Catalan and she is a columnist in La Vanguardia, in Spain; La Nación in Argentina; and Diario de América in the United States. She also works usually in television and has taken part in several lectures in universities.

In a recent interview with Ha'aretz, Pilar Rahola said:

"I don't see myself as a defender of Israel," she points out, "but as a defender of the truth...

In the conflict in the Middle East ... most European intellectuals stop thinking and only repeat empty cliches. This anti-Israel bias of both the left and the media is a disguise for anti-Semitism ...

... our deviant way of dealing with [guilt about the Spanish inquisition and the Holocaust] is to attack Israel, of all countries. Because the worse Israel is, the less guilty we are. The attacks against Israel are our way of clearing our conscience, and that's something I definitely can't accept. ...

Meanwhile, unfortunately, anyone who is not anti-Israel immediately becomes suspect."

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