Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Birds of a Feather ...

Dr. Mearsheimer, of  "Israel Lobby" fame, is on record schmoozing with and pandering to, rabid antisemites and other mad dogs (when it comes to Israel, his very own particular bĂȘte noire.)

Here are two examples:

"To give you a better sense of what I mean when I use the term righteous Jews, let me give you some names of people and organizations that I would put in this category.   The list would include Noam Chomsky, Roger Cohen, Richard Falk, Norman Finkelstein, Tony Judt, Tony Karon, Naomi Klein, MJ Rosenberg, Sara Roy, and Philip Weiss of Mondoweiss fame..."

"Gilad Atzmon has written a fascinating and provocative book on Jewish identity in the modern world. He shows how assimilation and liberalism are making it incredibly difficult for Jews in the Diaspora to maintain a powerful sense of their 'Jewishness.' Panicked Jewish leaders, he argues, have turned to Zionism (blind loyalty to Israel) and scaremongering (the threat of another Holocaust) to keep the tribe united and distinct from the surrounding goyim. As Atzmon's own case demonstrates, this strategy is not working and is causing many Jews great anguish. The Wandering Who? Should be widely read by Jews and non-Jews alike.'"

And here is his most recent triumph : 

 "I had a chance to ask John Mearsheimer yesterday at the University of Chicago about his experience since the publication of his article (with Stephen Walt) and later book about the Israeli lobby.  He permitted me to cite on the blog: he told me that he had published 11 op-ed pieces in the New York Times before the appearance of the article on the Israeli lobby.  Two of those were solicited by the Times. He said that after the appearance of the article, he has not published one op-ed piece and the ones he sent were rejected.  He said that his speaking engagements went through a steep decline as a result.  But it was refreshing to see him not intimidated by the Israeli lobby that he wrote about.  I suggested that some academic should write a book similar to the book that Paul Findley wrote about the US Congress. "

Weep for Prof. Mearsheimer and salute the courage of Prof. AbuKhalil. What courage?

Here, as exemplified in this proclamation: 

"People have been asking me about him a lot as of late: in the UK and the US.  I make it very clear: this is somebody that we should reject from the pro-Palestinian advocacy movement.  He is anti-Jewish and his offensive language against Jews and Judaism should be categorically rejected.  I would put the name of Israel Shamir in the same category.  Anti-Semites belong to the Zionist side, and not to our side."
Clearly the prof. is a man of deep and binding convictions. He is quite happy to accept the word of a man who had enthusiastically endorsed the writings of an author whom AbuKhalil deemed an irredeemable antisemite of the worst kind. Of course, the greatness of knowledge and moral perspicacity of AbuKhalil are impossible to emulate. Consider the lengths he is willing to travel in his quest for the annihilation of Israel. He is even willing to sit with and quote approvingly the utterances of an antisemite and a Zionist like Mearsheimer.


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