Sunday, April 23, 2006
No matter what you say or do you will always remain a Jew
It is a curious phenomenom that some Jews will always bend over backwards to besmirch other Jews and Jewish causes to attempt to find favour in certain gentile circles. They want to show the world that they are not "one of those Jews".
The interesting thing is that this has happened all throughout history and each and every one of them have never found favour in the eyes of those that they seek. To ceratin anti-Semitic circles, once a Jew, always a Jew. Karl Marx is a good example of this, no matter how much he lambasted Jews few forgot that he himself was a Jew.
One of the greatest examples of this today is that of Noam Chomsky. Chomsky is a Professor of Linuistics at MIT, but curiously is better known for his rabid anti-Zionism and even according to some anti-Semitism. There is even a good amount of evidence that Chomsky has agreed with many Holocaust-deniers and questions ceratin parts of the historical record on the Holocaust.
Recently there has been a big debate as to the role of the "Jewish-Lobby" in the US.
The brouhaha began in late March when two American academics published in The London Review of Books a paper critical of the Israel lobby. John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt argued that neither idealism nor hard-nosed practicality justified American support of the Jewish state. Nevertheless, a "loose coalition of individuals and organizations" has been steering US policy in that direction for years.
Writing in Z Magazine, the aging anarchist Chomsky commended Mearsheimer and Walt for their "courageous stand" but then attacked their notion of an informal, far-flung lobby as an empty label. "M-W focus on AIPAC and the evangelicals," wrote Chomsky, "but they recognize that the Lobby includes most of the political-intellectual class - at which point the thesis loses much of its content." However, this slight difference of opinion has won Chomsky few fans amongst his 'friends'.
Veteran pro-Palestinian activist Jeffrey Blankfort, has taken issue with Chomsky's early experiences in the Marxist-Zionist Hashomer Hatza'ir movement, saying that they somehow blinded him to the political machinations of his fellow American Jews.
Amazingly, Blankfort - himself Jewish - has lambasted Chomsky as "a boon for AIPAC" and, by extension, "Israel's position in the United States."
Like Blankfort (and post-Zionist historian Ilan Pappe), James Petras also disagrees with Chomsky on the M-W paper. In fact, the Marxist sociologist gets downright nasty in his critique, suggesting that Chomsky's analytic skills "are totally absent when it comes to discussing the formulation of US foreign policy in the Middle East, particularly the role of his own ethnic group, the Jewish pro-Israel lobby and their Zionist supporters in the government."
Once again, Chomsky is covering for the tribe.
One would think that the Jewish anarchist has already paid his dues. Chomsky has attacked Israel time and again; described French Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson as "a relatively apolitical liberal of some sort"; commended the scholarship of the late Israel Shahak, author of the vile Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years, and claimed that the charge of anti-Semitism is used to stifle criticism of Israel.
The fracas with Chomsky proves that, if you're Jewish, no matter what you say and do, you're always just one essay away from being labeled a pro-Israel lobbyist. In the eyes of many, once a Jew...always a Jew.