Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Compelling agreement ...

"In a
speech at Brooklyn Law School, Rashid Khalidi made this claim:

This carefully crafted propaganda was the work of seasoned professionals. People like someone you probably never heard of, a man named Edward Gottlieb, for example. He’s one of the founders of the modern public relations industry. There are books about him as a great advertiser.

In order to sell the great Israeli state to the American public many, many decades ago, Gottlieb commissioned a successful, young novelist. A man who was a committed Zionist, a fellow with the name of Leon Uris. He funded him and sent him off to Israel to write a book. This book was Exodus: A Novel of Israel. Gottlieb’s gambit succeeded brilliantly. Exodus sold as many copies as Gone With the Wind, which up to that point was the greatest best-seller in U.S. history. Exodus was as good a melodrama and sold just as many copies."

Now read this article, by Martin Kramer, from which the above quote is taken.

And now this reminder:

"Consider Jewish scholars in this light: All of them have a high regard for logic, that is for compelling agreement by force of reason; they know, with that they are bound to win even where they encounter race and class prejudices and when one does not like to believe them. For nothing is more democratic than logic; it is no respecter of persons and makes no distinction between crooked and straight noses.. "

(Nietzsche, The Gay Science, 348)
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3 Comments:

At 11:12 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

from Spengler Oct 12, the conclusion:
"...For extra credit, class: If 15 million Egyptians starve to death, and all the Copts are murdered, and Syria plunges into a genocidal civil war, and Turkey kills another 40,000 Kurds, and the Iraqi Shi'ites and Iraqi Sunnis all fight to the death, whose fault will it be?

I bet you guessed right this time. Israel's, for building apartments in Gilo."

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MJ12Ak02.html

see ya'

K2K

 
At 6:05 PM EDT, Anonymous Will James said...

What an elegant and impressive piece of research by Martin Kramer. If Rashid had any dignity, he would be embarrassed. But I think we all know better than to expect humility in the presence of truth from the ranks of the Palestinian propagandists.

 
At 1:42 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-china-jews-20111016,0,1894957,full.story

"Chinese Jews feel more at home in Israel: Descendants of Persian traders in Kaifeng, China, move to Israel with the help of a religious group and finally learn Jewish rules and traditions."

thought you would enjoy reading this - I did even tho it reminds me of the hurdles of aliyah for those of us without proof of matrilineal descent.

Last night, saw a program on the Science channel that worked diligently to provide scientific evidence of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt - the most interesting bit was that Moses apparently was given the Ten Commandments at a volcano in what is now Saudi Arabia. The Red Sea crossing was determined to be near Eilat - it was very convincing, but made me ponder whether the Saudis would give up any Islamic claim to the Temple Mount if Israel did not push to claim this mountain as a Jewish historical site :)

K2K

 

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