Israel Palestine Infos
Hallelujah, the World is Against Us!
A LOCAL TV station told us this week about a group of Israelis who adhere to conspiracy theories.
They believe that George W. Bush planned the destruction of the
I wonder that they have not yet uncovered the most nefarious conspiracy of all:
the one perpetrated by the gang of anti-Semites who have taken control of the
PROOF? NOTHING easier. One has only to read the papers.
The Foreign Minister, for example. Who but a diabolic anti-Semite could have
appointed Avigdor Lieberman, of all people, to this post? The job of a foreign
minister is to make friends and convince world opinion that we are right.
Lieberman is working hard and skillfully to get
Or the Minister of the Interior. He works from morning to night to shock human
rights defenders and supply ammunition to the worst enemies of
Or the Chief of Staff. He persuaded the government to boycott the UN commission for the investigation of the “Cast Lead” operation, thus abandoning the field to the accusers of the IDF. And since the publication of its report, he has been orchestrating a worldwide defamation campaign against the Jewish Zionist judge, Richard Goldstone.
Now the IDF has announced its determination to block the flotilla that plans to
bring symbolic supplies to the besieged
The conspiracy reached its climax this week, when Professor Noam Chomsky was
denied entry into the
THIS AFFAIR has no credible explanation except a vicious anti-Semitic plot.
In the beginning I thought that it was just the usual mixture of ignorance and folly. But I have come to the conclusion that it can’t be so. Even in our present government, stupidity cannot have reached such proportions.
Briefly, this is what happened: the 81-year old professor arrived at the
And what were the questions? Why he does not lecture at an Israeli university. And why he has no Israeli passport.
The professor returned to
That is, of course, a mendacious excuse, since the ministry itself has recently
denied entry to several personalities who profess sympathy with the
Palestinians, including the most popular clown in
A PERSONAL memory of mine: a dozen years ago I took part in a heated public
I hastened there and saw the building surrounded by a dense crowd of young men
and women. With great difficulty I pushed my way to the stairs which led up to
the lecture hall, but was stopped by the ushers. I pleaded in vain that I was a
friend of the lecturer and that I had come all the way from
Noam Chomsky is, perhaps, the most in-demand intellectual on earth. His reputation goes way beyond his academic specialty – linguistics – where he is considered a genius. He is the guru of millions around the planet. The world media treat him as a cerebral celebrity.
If so, what could have induced the Ministers of the Interior and/or Defense to hold this man for four hours and then send him back where he came from? Abysmal folly? Malice? Vengefulness? All of these? Or perhaps something else?
THIS AFFAIR has many wide-ranging implications.
First of all: it is a provocation against the Palestinian Authority, with whom Binyamin Netanyahu wants to have direct peace negotiations – or so he says. It’s like spitting in their face.
Chomsky arrived as a guest of Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian leader who espouses non-violence and human rights. He came to give lectures at a Palestinian university.
How does that concern
And what does it tell us about Netanyahu’s perorations about “Two States for Two
Peoples”? What kind of a Palestinian state is this supposed to be, if
SECOND, ALL over the world a campaign is in full swing to boycott all Israeli
universities. Not only the self-styled “University Institute” at the Ariel
settlement, and not only
Several associations of academics in the
The opponents of the boycott raise the flag of academic freedom. Where shall we be if we boycott researchers and thinkers because of their country of residence or opinions? The Italian writer Umberto Eco has written his colleagues an emotional letter against the boycott. I, too, oppose it.
And here comes the government of
That is a direct help for the boycotteers. The more so since not a single
THE ASSERTION that Chomsky is an enemy of
He bears an eminently Hebrew first name, and so does his daughter, Aviva, who accompanied him.
I met him for the first time in the 60s, when I visited him in his cramped
quarters at MIT, one of the most respected academic institutions in the
He spoke with some nostalgia about the kibbutz (Hazorea, of the leftist Zionist Hashomer Hatzair movement), where he had lived for a year in his youth. We exchanged opinions and agreed that the two-state idea was the only practical solution.
His first name was given to him by his parents, who were born in the Russian
empire and emigrated to the
I have been following his statements ever since. I never found any opposition to
the existence of
When the two professors, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, published their revolutionary expose supporting the claim that Israel controls US policy through the Israel lobby, Chomsky contradicted them and argued that the reverse was true: that it is the US which exploits Israel for its imperialist designs, contrary to real Israeli interests.
As for myself, I believe that both theses are right. Chomsky’s assertion may be illustrated by the present American veto on a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, as well as the American intervention that prevents the Gilad Shalit prisoners’ swap.
So why, for God’s sake, was this man denied entry into the country?
I HAVE a theory which would explain everything.
For many centuries, the Jews were persecuted in Christian Europe. Anti-Semitism turned their life into hell. They fell victim to pogroms, mass expulsions, confinement in ghettos, oppressive edicts and discriminatory laws. In the course of time, they developed mental and practical defense mechanisms, methods of survival and routes of escape.
Since the Holocaust, the situation has changed radically. In the
That was wonderful, but below the surface of the national consciousness – if one may generalize - a sense of unease, of disorientation, set in. The tried and trusted defense mechanisms, which had given the Jews a feeling of orientation and awareness of lurking dangers, disintegrated. They felt that something was out of order, that the well-known road signs were not working anymore. When the Gentiles laud the Jews or are ready to make alliances with them, that is suspicious. Clearly, something sinister must be behind it. Things are not as we knew them. That’s frightening.
Since then, we have been working feverishly to bring the situation back to normal. Without being conscious of it, we do what we can to be hated again, to feel at home, on familiar ground.
If there is a conspiracy, it is a conspiracy of ourselves against ourselves. We shall not rest until the world is anti-Semitic again, and we know how to behave.
As the jolly song goes: “The entire world is against us, but what the hell…”