Please, stop supporting us

Posted: November 20th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: the US and us | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

Read Haaretz’s Anshel Pfeffer on the damage Israel’s supporters in the US and Europe might be causing us:

(…) The real problem with today’s Israel lobby, in Britain and the United States, is not with its finances and their lack of transparency but with its entire mind-set. The basic fact is that by its actions, the lobby is now causing Israel more harm than good (…) On every level – moral, political, diplomatic, economic, military and religious – this country is being rapidly corrupted and damaged by the continuing occupation of the West Bank. By granting blanket support to all policies of whatever Israeli government happens to be in power, and by branding critics of these policies as either self-hating Jews or anti-Semites, they’re contributing to Israel’s siege mentality and delaying the day when Israelis will finally realize that there’s only one practical and ethical alternative.

Personally, I couldn’t agree more. It’s time for Jews around the world to ask themselves if they want this generation to be remembered as nothing but cheerleaders for the occupation (or as Yoel Marcus wrote,  “5 million Africaners”).

5 million Afrikaners

Posted: October 30th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: the US and us | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

How could Israel keep millions of Palestinians without civil rights for more than 42 years? Yoel Marcus – a centrist veteran pundit for Haaretz, not some lefty anti-Semite – comes up with a provocative answer:

The leaders of pre-state Israel who were prepared in 1949 to give up large sections of the land in return for recognition from the Arabs took advantage of the Arab’s refusal to expand. It was the left’s leaders who started the settlements. A settlement policy was never on the right-wing Revisionists’ list of things to do. Slowly, war after war, and in the 60th year of its establishment, Israel remains the only country in the world without permanent borders.

The [Israeli] politicians have been lucky over the generations that the United States supports Israel. During one of my visits to South Africa, a tough Afrikaner said to me that if they had had 5 million Afrikaners in America, they would never have given up South Africa. Maybe this is so and maybe not. But there is no doubt that the American Jews’ strength has caused even those presidents who have not especially loved Jews to support Israel, or will win their support for Israel in the future.

I would love to see what Jeffrey Goldberg has to say about this.

I would love to see what Jeffrey Goldberg has to say about this.