Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Mondoweiss and its Friends: Ratbag commentators

This is a guest blog by Professor William D. Rubinstein.

He writes:

Mondoweiss has been the subject of three previous guest blogs by me on the Daphne Anson site, here and here and here

For those who don't look at "Mondoweiss," it is a virulently anti-Israel website run by two American Jews.

Well-produced and obviously well-funded, it is updated daily, and consists of giving a platform to every conceivable critic of Israel, most of whom are marginal figures totally unknown outside of extremist circles, and of highlighting every act by the Israeli government and the Israeli military.

Needless to say, there is absolutely no balance of any kind on Mondoweiss, which consistently whitewashes Islamic and Palestinian terrorism by ignoring it.

Many followers of Mondoweiss have asked whether it is antisemitic. Few readers of Mondoweiss probably have the patience or the stomach to go beyond the articles it publishes to read the comments that it posts below each article. They are usually sent to the site a day or two later, by a rather predictable group of regular commentators.

Needless to say, too, no blog is responsible for the ratbags, bigots, and trolls who are attracted to it and post comments, but every blog is responsible for monitoring them and removing offensive postings. Mondoweiss allegedly has a "Comments Policy" that includes "no racist or sexist comments" and "no trolling," which is more honoured in the breach than in the observance, probably because if they were removed, there would be nothing left.

Below is a highly typical selection of comments received about its postings in the last week or ten days. They are not taken out of context, and I could easily have substituted another twenty very similar or identical set of comments of the same ilk.

Readers will have to judge for themselves whether they are antisemitic, and also what kind of blog it is which attracts sewer-level commentators on a daily basis.

"Eljay" believes that:
"It's time for the Zio-supremacists of England to abandon Zio-supremacism, to stop defending the colonialist, (war) criminal and religion supremacist state of Israel and to embrace their English homeland..."
"Emory Riddle" asks:
"Which nations in the ME is Israel destroying? It has destroyed Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, and via the installation of violent repressive leaders, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon." (In other words, Israel ordered the Egyptian army to remove President Morsi from power and install al-Sisi, and then got 96 per cent of the Egyptian electorate to approve of al-Sisi's installation. If the Israelis can do that, they should also be able to get Egypt to move the Pyramids and the Sphinx to Tel Aviv as tourist attractions.)"
"An American Critic" believes that
"Strong support' of Israel at AIPAC constitutes direct support of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, and/or religion, violence, ethnic cleansing, and a host of other policies that constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity."
Another commentator who believes that Israel possesses supernatural powers is "Ossinev":
"Any road up the Yahoo [sic] has made it clear what his [Obama's] American minions must do so nothing much has changed in the Zionist scheme of things- the so-called greatest power on earth being controlled and directed by a tiny little Fascist cult colony in the Middle East. Americans should feel proud that Zionists have chosen them as their favored Untermensch."
Hillary Clinton is often singled out for special excoriation, for instance by "Pauline":
"Hillary Clinton, who has openly endorsed Israeli occupation, apartheid, and genocide as she positions herself as the candidate of the Zionist killing machine"
This message was endorsed by "Kalithea," who claims that
"The Queen [Hillary Clinton], benefactress, and soon-to-be priestess of Zionism is about to be crowned by the Lobby and just wanted to ensure Zionist purity. Let's not forget how deeply plagued with insecurity their fanaticism is. Only fascists need to dot every I and cross every T. Their control must be absolute, as with all supremacist ideologies everyone else is inferior and suspect..."
"Amigo" is certainly no friend of Israel, and nor, it seems, of Jewish holidays: 
"Palestinians Under Repressive Israeli Monsters
I am sure your so called most moral army will keep the Undermenschen suitably imprisoned while your Zionist Ubermenschen enjoy your holiday [Purim] without a care in the world for those you oppress and ethnically cleanse. Jews celebrating their saving as they murder, oppress, imprison, starve, and generally treat the Palestinians as subhumans. Disgusting."
 "Xanadou" is pessimistic about the future:
"For now and in the absence of anyone else who is not an outright uncritical panderer, I need to believe that the Palestinian nightmare may end before the savage hordes that comprise the israeli army and settler gangs, will escalate the deadly rampages into hekatombs [sic]...Perhaps I'm delusional, but the stories and images of unconscionable savagery perpetrated daily in fascist Israel will haunt well into the distant future..."
And so on. Every day sees commentary just like this on Mondoweiss, often even more extreme than that quoted here and regularly even more incoherent.

Enjoy.

10 comments:

  1. One month I need to take a look at Edward Alexander's writings and try to understand the phenomenon of the wicked son, that of Jews who seek to validate themselves by turning against their own background and heritage. It's a distinct branch of anti-Semitism with its own historical heritage.

    One wonders to what extent the antisemisphere would collapse without these people. I'm sure it would continue on, but in what form.

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  2. Weiss is a Jew hating Nazi and should be put down like a mad dog.

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  3. Sorry, I couldn't find one that wasn't antisemitic.

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  4. Julian Burnside making a fool of himself again
    Another “refugee” enjoys his human rights to the very full

    Treating terrorists as victims
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CepkW8lWIAI_3OH.jpg

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  5. “In our efforts to appease radical Islam, we accept blame for its iniquities, or blame them on Israel. We pressure Israel to offer land-for-peace, naively assuming that radical Islam will stop thirsting for our blood.

    But history teaches otherwise: appeasement through territorial concession only strengthens the aggressor. In the run-up to World War II, Hitler understood this principle far better than did Chamberlain. The British Prime Minister served up Czechoslovakia to his German counterpart in exchange for peace, only to be repaid with war.

    But there is an even more dangerous lesson that appeasement teaches:

    It tells our enemy that there is no need to compromise with us.

    Whether in Israel, Spain, or Britain, appeasement hands radical Islam all the cards and says that we will play by its rules, [and] that concessions will come from our side.”

    SOURCE: They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (Introduction Chapter, page 9) by Brigitte Gabriel, year 2008, year 2010, St. Martin’s Press, 288 pages, ISBN 0312571283, ISBN 9780312571283.

    MICROBIOGRAPHY: Brigitte Gabriel, the author of They Must Be Stopped, is a Christian Arab, born in Lebanon. Arabic is her native language.

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    Please help Shurat HaDin SUE the terrorists in court:

    www.IsraelLawCenter.org

    Shurat HaDin wins $9.4 million in appeal against Iran for terror victims:
    http://israellawcenter.org/pr/terror-victims-win-court-victory-over-iran/

    Shurat HaDin successfully froze over $600 million in terrorist assets:
    http://5tjt.com/bankrupting-terrorism/

    Shurat HaDin’s victory for Israel on FaceBook:
    www.algemeiner.com/2016/01/08/facebook-finally-caves-on-anti-israel-hate-pages/

    www.causematch.com/projects/shurat-hadin-givingtuesday/

    Thank you!

    PS: Please check out these pro-Israel web sites:
    www.camera.org * www.HonestReporting.com * www.memri.org * www.ActForAmerica.org * www.aish.com * www.IsraelLawCenter.org

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  6. “Olso failed because the Palestinians, while talking peace in English, continued to build hate against Israelis in Arabic, in their mosques and textbooks.

    And they continued to draw maps of a future Palestinian state that erased Israel.”

    SOURCE:
    Longitudes and Attitudes (page 224) by Thomas L. Friedman, 2002 April 7

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  7. Dennis Prager said:

    “Israel, it ought to be recalled, is the only country in the world targeted for annihilation. That has been true from the day it was proclaimed as a state in 1948 until today [December 2015].

    It was true before Israel was forced to conquer East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank.

    It was true after three Israeli prime ministers:
    Yitzchak Rabin, Ehud Barak, and Ehud Olmert, agreed to give up virtually all of Gaza and the West Bank to the Palestinians to set up a Palestinian state.

    It was [still] true after Israel have every inch of Gaza to the Palestinians.

    All of which proves that when Palestinian spokesmen say they want peace, they do not mean peace WITH Israel, they mean peace WITHOUT Israel.”

    SOURCE: Why I am in Israel and you should be by Dennis Prager, December 2015, Country Yossi magazine, December 2015, page 48

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  8. Winston Churchill said this in year 1921 CE:

    “Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion [Islam] paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde* force exists in the world.”

    * VOCABULARY NOTE:
    The word RETROGRADE refers to an object which moves in the backward direction or degenerates to a worse condition.

    SOURCE 1: Churchill and the Jews
    (chapter 6, page 53) by Martin Gilbert, year 2007 CE

    SOURCE 2: An older source for this quote:
    The River War, by Winston Churchill in 1899 CE,
    www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1592070/posts

    CHRONOLOGY:
    Winston Churchill was British Prime Minister
    from 1940 to 1945 CE and from 1951 to 1955 CE.
    ____________________________________________________

    Please help Shurat HaDin SUE the terrorists in court:

    www.IsraelLawCenter.org

    Shurat HaDin wins $9.4 million in appeal against Iran for terror victims:
    http://israellawcenter.org/pr/terror-victims-win-court-victory-over-iran/

    Shurat HaDin successfully froze over $600 million in terrorist assets:
    http://5tjt.com/bankrupting-terrorism/

    Shurat HaDin’s victory for Israel on FaceBook:
    www.algemeiner.com/2016/01/08/facebook-finally-caves-on-anti-israel-hate-pages/

    www.causematch.com/projects/shurat-hadin-givingtuesday/

    Thank you!

    PS: Please check out these pro-Israel web sites:
    www.camera.org * www.HonestReporting.com * www.memri.org * www.ActForAmerica.org * www.aish.com * www.IsraelLawCenter.org

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    1. Mr Cohen, please accept my apologies! Your comment was in the Spam folder, I didn't see it until now.

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