Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Those Far Right but Very Wealthy Jewish-American organizations

For the first time I took a peek today at Juan Cole's blog.

As expected, he was commenting about the recent tensions in US-Israel relationship with barely restrained exhilaration. He appears very excited by the new fashion in Washington these days to demonize Israel, but his main target remains American Jews, some of whom he describes in the following paragraph:

But the supposed ban on saying these things was always a project of a small number of far-rightwing but very wealthy Jewish-American organizations such as the Zionist Organization of America and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.

Let me repeat: "... a small number of far-rightwing but very wealthy Jewish-American organizations "

I was wondering what Juan meant to say by designating "Jewish-American organizations" as Far right. So I looked up "Far right politics" and found that the term

" involves supremacism, believing that superiority and inferiority is an innate reality between individuals and groups and involves the complete rejection of the concept of social equality as a norm.[1] Far right politics supports segregation and separation of groups deemed to be superior from groups deemed to be inferior.[2] Far-right politics and political views commonly include authoritarianism, homophobia, nativism, racism, sexism, and xenophobia."

The terms have been used by different scholars in somewhat conflicting ways.[4]

The ideologies associated with the far right are fascism, Nazism, racial supremacists (especially neo-fascists and neo-Nazis group), religious extremists, and other ultra-nationalist or reactionary ideologies and movements.[5][6][7][8][9] The terms are often used to imply that someone is an extremist." (wiki)

I expect Juan Cole can provide the necessary support for his use of the terminology he has employed in his post and prove that these rich Jews are indeed promoting racial segregation, authoritarianism, homophobia, nativism, racism, sexism, and xenophobia.

Perhaps he is relying on the latest scholarly study produced by the collaboration of two great minds:

They have organized all the wars and organized all the disorders on this planet. They were involved in the slave trade. We should know that 90% of the ships that relocated the Africans to the West Indies belonged to Jews, and the majority of slave traders were Jews.

I left a comment on his website, asking the above question. It awaits moderation.

Next day Update: My comment does not seem to have made it past moderation.

Might it be because Juan Cole does not like to be challenged?

UpdateII: I left another comment, here. It awaits moderation.

3. Israeli policy toward East Jerusalem could itself be the cause for a war. Jerusalem is sacred to Muslims and Christians as well as to Jews.

Surely, Dr. Cole, you are not suggesting that it is the Jews who dispute that “Jerusalem is sacred to Muslims and Christians as well as to Jews.”. I have not heard any Israeli leader deny these allegations. But I have heard many Palestinian, Arab and Muslim leaders deny Jewish history in Jerusalem.

“During the July 2000 negotiations at Camp David, Yasir Arafat refused to acknowledge Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, claiming the Jewish Temple never existed there. When talks resumed in Taba later that year, the Israelis agreed to full Palestinian sovereignty on the Temple Mount, but requested Palestinians acknowledge the sacredness of the Temple Mount to Judaism. They refused. According to then-foreign minister Shlomo Ben-Ami:

What particularly outraged me on that occasion wasn’t only the fact that they refused, but the way in which they refused: out of a kind of total contempt, an attitude of dismissiveness and arrogance. At that moment I grasped they are really not Sadat. That they were not willing to move toward our position even at the emotional and symbolic level. At the deepest level, they are not ready to recognize that we have any kind of title here. [Interview with Ari Shavit, Haaretz, Nov. 25, 2001]”

http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=7&x_issue=4&x_article=1404

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