Friday, October 14, 2016

Sticks in his Craw:
Bob Dylan, the Nobel Prize and  Arab displeasure

Even if the Jews have not all been geniuses,their general average of intelligence and intellectuality is far above our general average--and that is one of our reasons for wishing to drive them out of the higher forms of business and the professions.
It is the swollen envy of pygmy minds--meanness, injustice.

(Mark Twain)


Asad Abukhalil, "Angry Arab News Letter",  professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus, has a different theory as to why Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature this year:

"Did Bob Dylan win the Nobel Prize in literature for this poem [The Neighborhood Bully]?

He wrote this after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, when Dylan--who admired Meir Kahane--supported Israeli war crimes and massacres."

I'd also have liked to believe this song played a pivotal role in the decision of the Nobel committee but it's unlikely. However, I do derive a certain perverse pleasure  from imagining that this selection sticks in Angry Arab's craw to the point of incontinent vomiting.

This walking incarnation of ugliness, Arabofascism, and implacable irredentism, teaches young students on how to read texts and historical events. And then you wonder about the condition of American society these days.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Obama prepares to honour his Promise to Palestinians

Is anyone really surprised that Obama is making good on his promise to Ali AbuNimah*?

Is anybody really surprised that the bottom line of Obama's "diplomatic" assault on Israel is: It's the Jews ' fault, for wanting to live where they are not wanted?

Is anybody really surprised that Obama shares Black Lives Matter's ethos, according to which the darker the skin colour, the more virtuous you are?

"The Obama administration is manufacturing a crisis with Israel in anticipation of a post-election diplomatic push targeting the Jewish state, and this past week launched a series of broadsides criticizing the Israelis through the media and in press briefings, according to congressional sources and Jewish-American officials who spoke to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

The White House and State Department lashed out after the Israelis advanced plans to build in areas the administration considers to be off-limits to new Israeli construction, using language that reporters noted is usually reserved for terror attacks.

Asked by journalists why the administration stated that it "strongly condemn[ed]" Israel's plans to advance construction, a phrase ordinarily used "to denounce acts of terrorism," White House spokesman Josh Earnest replied that the construction "provoke[s] strong feelings in the administration." In that briefing, Earnest also suggested that Israel betrayed commitments to Washington, while a State Department official separately said Israel would be "cementing… perpetual occupation" if it built the houses."


 * By Abunimah's own testimonial, this is what Obama said to him in

"the winter of 2004 at a gathering in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. He was in the midst of a primary campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat he now occupies.
As he came in from the cold and took off his coat, I went up to greet him. He responded warmly, and volunteered, "Hey, I'm sorry I haven't said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I'm hoping when things calm down I can be more up front." He referred to my activism, including columns I was contributing to the The Chicago Tribune critical of Israeli and US policy, "Keep up the good work!"