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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Obsessive compulsive Israel disorder

Jonathan Bash says that it's time to stop defending Israel and to start proactively showing the truth instead.
[Bash] feels that the fixation of the eyes of the world can be broken by repeated showing of what is happening to recent refugees in Darfur and other places. The Arab world and the United Nations have instead focused on the poor living conditions of Arabs left to languish in “refugee camps” for decades instead of being absorbed into their host country’s population, as is done with other refugees.


“Terrible things are going on in the world,” Bash told Israel National News, discussing his video on refugees. “It is a disaster and the world is not doing anything about it. The issue is not what’s going on in Israel. Over the last few years 300,000 people have been killed in Sudan,” he said and added that Google searches for Darfur are a mere four percent of those for Israel.

Here's an example. Let's go to the videotape.

Here's a second video that's more direct. Let's go to the videotape.

I like his approach. We don't have to apologize for anything. What do you all think?


At 5:59 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I do think Israel doesn't have to apologize to the rest of the world for existing. If the world doesn't like Israel's policies, it can in a word, go to hell.

At 6:00 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

Innate Antisemitism
No other reason. Period.

Even lefties like Alan Dershowitz who says it is ok to criticize Israel but the roots of the obsession go unspoken! It is unspoken to the exclusion of ignored genocides and rampant human rights violations by other countries. Say what you want about Dershowitz however if he can speak of innate antisemitism why can't we on the right demand this truth be acknowledged?

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Mr. Gerson said...

He misses out the reason behind the focus on Israel: antisemitism.
That isn't going to change, we can't force people to change their focus onto more important (aka. Real) humanitarian situations.

At 6:57 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Nomatter and Mr. Gerson,

While anti-Semitism is undoubtedly a motivating factor, I don't believe that 100% of the non-Jewish world is anti-Semitic (although in the leadership ranks it may approach that percentage).

I believe that Bash's approach will speak to many Americans, who are more fair-minded than their counterparts in other Western countries. And I believe that his approach will also speak to people who are seriously concerned about Darfur and other other trouble spots that the World ignores in favor of its Israel obsession.


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