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Thursday, September 06, 2007

A night at the theater with the Israeli self-haters

At Culture for All, Red Tulips talks about a disillusioning night at the theater in which she got a lesson in just how much self-hate there is among Israelis:
Last night, I saw something that had me very deeply disturbed. I saw a play called 'Masked,' about three Palestinian brothers. This was written by Ami Dayan, Moshe Dayan's nephew. One of the brothers is a suspected 'collaborator' with Israel, one is an Arafish stooge, and one is young and impressionable - the question is where he will go in the future. The play ignored several key parts to the 'Palestinian' question, namely, Islam and jihad. The word 'jihad' was not mentioned once. Moreover, the suffering of the Israelis at the hands of these 'Palestinians' was not mentioned at all. I also saw the choice of the 'collaborater' brother as a false one. Given how leftist Barak basically left a number of the Southern Lebanese army to die after the withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000...why would ANYONE want to risk their life to be a 'collaborator' if they get little to nothing in return?

But anyway, that was only half of my criticism. The brunt was aimed at one of the members of the panel discussion after the play, Elik Elhanan. He said that he lost his sister, and he blamed the death of his sister on the 'cycle of violence' caused by 'the occupation.'

I raised my hand and said "With all due respect, Mr. Elhanan, but there is no cycle of violence. Arafat was offered all that Israel could be willing to give in 2000, and he answered that with the Intifada."

In response, Elhanan said "Oh, but you don't know what was offered, have you seen maps?"

I said "Yes, I have. Dennis Ross wrote a book about this."

Then he incredibly said that you cannot trust Dennis Ross! Abram Epstein, an old and tired leftist Jew also on the panel, responded that his 'Palestinian' friends would say this was all about East Jerusalem. I responded "With all due respect, this was not about East Jerusalem. This was about the 'right of return,' which everyone knows is a ploy to destroy Israel. And moreover, when Israel does not return fire, they get MORE fire, not less. There is absolutely no cycle of violence."

Then some other audience members had a few other comments to make, and Epstein had the gaul to say that Hamas does not have to recognize Israel, as that would be like having the Native Americans recognize America. The most we could expect is they will renounce violence. I responded (shouting out in the audience), "Oh, you mean a hudna." He got very angry at that suggestion, and said "No, I mean long term peace." I laughed at him when he said that. It should be noted that Native Americans recognize America, and certainly have no terror campaign as the 'Palestinians' do.

Finally, it was down to closing comments. Blah, blah, blah. Then down to Elhanan. My friend sitting next to me whispered "Watch him say occupation!" Next thing you know, Elhanan, in his sinister way, said "Really, this is all about the occupation. My sister died due to the occupation. Little children on all sides have died due to the occupation. The occupation is the cause of all the troubles, and drives the 'Palestinians' to commit their terror!" (talk about soft bigotry of low expectations!) My friend and I laughed out loud, right in front of him, as he uttered such tripe.
Read the whole thing (yes, there's more).

A few comments. First, I'm sure a lot of you are asking how Moshe Dayan the war hero produced such leftist offspring. Moshe Dayan was a war hero in the 1956 Sinai campaign, but he was also a leftist. It was Moshe Dayan who turned the Temple Mount over to the Wakf when they fully expected to be expelled from it in 1967, it was Moshe Dayan who made the IDF take the Israeli flag down from over the Mount and it was Moshe Dayan who begged the 'Palestinians' of Hebron to stay in 1967 when they asked for 48 hours to leave. It was Dayan who nearly prevented Israel from going after the Golan Heights in 1967 in the first place. His daughter, Yael, is an extreme leftist who has thankfully left politics. When she was in the Knesset, she would have herself photographed on the beaches of Tel Aviv on Yom Kippur. In a bikini of course.

Second, Elik Elhanan is apparently the son of Nurit Peled Elhanan, who was a speaker at last week's anti-Jewish hate fest in Brussels. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Unfortunately, like many of Israel's elites, Dayan, Elhanan and other Israelis on the panel are afflicted with post-Zionism. That's an affliction that is only likely to become more widespread with the likes of Comrade Yuli in charge of educating our children. For those of you who want to understand more about post-Zionism and its effect on the State of Israel, I highly recommend reading the first 100 pages or so of Yoram Hazony's The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel's Soul. The entire book is worth reading, but the first 100 pages or so are critical for understand post-Zionist thought and how it is killing this country.


At 1:48 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I am not sure that self-hate is the correct or exclusive reason. Yesterday evening my husband (certainly not left-wing and self-hating) shocked me by saying that maybe, yes, we should negotiate with Hamas.

In the end I felt that he is just utterly exhausted and needs to think that there is something we have not yet tried...

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Red Tulips said...


Thanks for the link as well as more information about Elhanan's mother.

I just am very disturbed of the thought that Israeli leftists travel the world to indoctrinate laypeople into Israeli hate. I think this is more destructive than anything else. These people have a veneer of legitimacy, after all. They remind me of the rabbis who used to denounce the Talmud in Europe, back in the 1700 and 1800s, and did much to contribute to modern antisemitism.


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