Monday, January 16, 2012

Israel Derangement Syndrome - Part Two

Pursuant to this post, here is another deranged complaint about Israel that surpasses the vilest imagination, via Simply Jews:

"A Dutch lady spends some time in Israel, while pregnant. She goes through the usual rigmarole of prenatal tests, is diagnosed with some virus which is subsequently taken care of. Eventually, she gives birth to a healthy baby and here it starts: she pens an article The chosen people have to be perfect. It's her unique way to thank the Israeli medical establishment, I guess. With statements like this:

To be pregnant in Israel is comparable to a military operation. Countless echos and blood tests should produce the perfect baby, nothing can be left to the luck of the draw. The state demands healthy babies and a lot of them too.
Or like this:
What makes things even more emotionally charged is the Israeli demand to produce many children."

Please note how a well functioning health care system that actually goes out of its way to make absolutely certain that babies are born healthy is thus being demonized as a Nazi-like institution obsessed with "perfect babies".

Please note how the mother viciously concludes her insane diatribe :

"... finally we held this little baby boy in our arms that went through all those tests. When we admired his little fingers and toes we saw that one of his toes was too small. His personal revenge on the Israeli health system."

Her son being born slightly deformed she considers a revenge and a moral triumph.

One needs to hate unconditionally and without boundaries in order to be able to produce this piece of rhetorical poison.


I sent this comment to Ms. van Heusden:

Hello Ms. van Heusden:

I read the report about your recent article about "The chosen people have to be perfect". I couldn't quite understand why the critics were so appalled by its contents. To me it seems like a very good example of how one can write trenchant criticism so ironically that readers can actually believe that you meant it to be understood straightforwardly. It is a brilliant, current day version of Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal".

As you would know, he also wrote about babies. Swift, in his wisdom, suggested that impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food for rich gentlemen and ladies. This ironic hyperbole mocked the heartless attitudes towards the poor, as well as Irish policy in general. As your piece was clearly meant to mock antisemitic attitudes towards Israel and Jews and to prove how your intended audience can be so easily fed all sorts of monstrous tales about Israel. It seems impossible your readers are so easily duped into believing that a mother could actually rejoice in her baby's being born slightly deformed in revenge for the meticulous health care and supervision administered during the anxious pregnancy period by heartless Israeli physicians and nurses bent on making sure your baby would be born healthy and happy. But you pulled it off. The use of the serious tone and sincere feeling highlight the absurdity of your account and complaint and shames the gullibility and unconscious bigotry of your readership who will believe anything evil about Jews.

Congratulations, then, on the finest piece of ironical criticism I read in many years.

BTW, in his day, Swift's "Proposal' aroused an uproar of indignation, and many read it as an actual suggestion. So you can consider yourself to be in good company in that regard, as well.

So keep on the good work. We Jews need advocates like you.



At 4:54 PM EST, Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

Ach, Noga, it was so sweet. Please remind me from time to time never to argue with you ;-)

At 5:00 PM EST, Anonymous Brian Goldfarb said...

I take it that the lady in question failed to respond, thus demonstrating that her grasp of English language irony is a little thin.

And Snoopy, you'r only saying that because it's rude to argue with a lady, not because you're afraid of the sharp endue of Noga's tongue.

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