Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Solway on Jews Who Do Dirt to Jewry

I highly recommend David Solway's latest essay--one of his best ever, I think. It's all about Jewish intellectuals who harm Jewry and Israel. Some do out of the "good" intentions; some out of bad; and some out of plain ignorance. Here's his take on the worst of the baddies--a hanging judge from South Africa:
Perhaps the worst of this lot, in terms of the empirical harm done to the Jewish state and by extension to Diaspora Jews as well, is the South African jurist Richard Goldstone, crouching like a spider at the center of a UN web of lies. On September 16, 2009, Goldstone tabled his United Nations Report on Israeli conduct during Operation Cast Lead, accusing Israel of crimes it did not commit while effectively exculpating Hamas for crimes it did. Goldstone’s strategy was initially to establish a moral equivalence between a country defending its citizens and a terrorist organization deliberately attacking that country’s civilians. As one delves deeper into the Report, the strategy becomes ever more insidious, presenting Israel and Hamas not merely as moral equivalents but as political incompatibles, that is, Israel is depicted as a terrorist regime and Hamas as a legitimate government. Goldstone also implied that Israel, but not Hamas, might be referred to the International Criminal Court. In the words of Alan Dershowitz, with reference to the breaking scandal of Goldstone’s apartheid past as a white South African hanging judge, “Goldstone is an ambitious opportunist…He has always put personal advancement over principle.” With Jews like Goldstone, who needs antisemites?
To be considered the worst of them all in a grouping that includes Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe and that fathead Finkelstein--now, that's impressive!

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