Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Antisemitism - then and now

George Jonas, the Canadian journalist and author, of "Vengeance" fame (the book on which Steven Spielberg's film "Munich" was based), writes about the new generation of anti-Semites, recalling his father's conversation with his Zionist uncle:.

Some anti-Zionists, though, are no more anti-Semitic than my father was who used to debate endlessly the merits of a future Israel with my Zionist uncle in Nazi-occupied Budapest. My father wasn’t worried that a Jewish state in Palestine might be bad for Arabs; he never thought it would be. His concern was that it might be bad for the Jews.

“A lifeboat,” my uncle would say. “Think of me as Noah. Israel is the Ark.”

“What do I need a lifeboat for? It’s 1944. The waters are receding. I’m on dry land.”

“Until the next Flood.”

“Miraculously, the Gestapo misses shooting me by the Danube,” my father said. “Am I to rush to Palestine now, so some camel drivers can stone me by the Jordan?”

“Camel drivers,” my Zionist uncle replied, “don’t stone people who bring them irrigation and electricity. But the Gestapo will be back.”

“You don’t know camel drivers,” my father replied.

“And you don’t know Gestapos,” was my uncle’s comeback.

Now, 64 years later, the bad news is they were both right. What’s the good news? I can’t think of any.


At 12:31 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The United States of America is the good news.


At 1:24 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might be interested in this.

via Hotair

Video: Mark Steyn vs. the “sock puppets”
posted at 5:59 pm on May 7, 2008 by Allahpundit
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The “sock puppets” being the three Canadian Muslim law students whom he says are acting as spokespersons for Mohammed el-Masry, the complainant in the Star Chamber case against him and a noted proponent of killing Israeli civilians. He’s also been known to accuse the media of being controlled by “the zhoos,” according to Ezra Levant, which should indicate how abiding his respect for “human rights” is. The clip’s in three segments: First Steyn alone, then the Puppets, then in the last third the long-awaited confrontation between the two, in which the Puppets clarify their position. It’s not that they’re fascists bent on silencing Steyn’s criticism of Islam; it’s that they’re socialists, evidently, insofar as they think Maclean’s magazine owes them a right of reply to his commentary in its pages under penalty of law. It’s the Fairness Doctrine, in other words, aimed a la the American version at confiscating private property to promote a viewpoint with which the property owner doesn’t himself agree. Here’s Steyn’s own account of the showdown. I freely admit that I had to turn it off out of disgust at their presumptuousness. Click the image to watch.


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