14 May 2004
By now Jews in the US are the most privileged and influential part of the population. You find occasional instances of anti-Semitism but they are marginal. Theres plenty of racism, but its directed against Blacks, Latinos, Arabs are targets of enormous racism, and those problems are real. Anti-Semitism is no longer a problem, fortunately. Its raised, but its raised because privileged people want to make sure they have total control, not just 98% control. Thats why anti-Semitism is becoming an issue. Not because of the threat of anti-Semitism; they want to make sure theres no critical look at the policies the US (and they themselves) support in the Middle East.
Noam CHOMSKY, Anti-Semitism, Zionism, and the Palestinians, FromOccupiedPalestine, 11-Oct-2002 www.fromoccupiedpalestine.org/node.php?id=116&PHPSESSID=9c35e3147896d6707671c9c86a1a6ebb
May 1 / 3, 2004
Victims of Our Own High-Flown Morality
The "Good Guys" Who Can Do No Wrong
By ROBERT FISK
Why are we surprised at their racism, their brutality, their sheer callousness towards Arabs? Those American soldiers in Saddam's old prison at Abu Ghraib, those young British squaddies in Basra came as soldiers often come from towns and cities where race hatred has a home: Tennessee and Lancashire.
How many of "our" lads are ex-jailbirds themselves? How many support the British National Party? Muslims, Arabs, "cloth heads", "rag heads", "terrorists", "evil". You can see how the semantics break down.
Add to that the poisonous, racial dribble of a hundred Hollywood movies that depict Arabs as dirty, lecherous, untrustworthy and violent people and soldiers are addicted to movies and it's not difficult to see how some British scumbag will urinate into the face of a hooded man, how some American sadist will stand a hooded Iraqi on a box with wires tied to his hands.
The sexual sadism the bobby-sox girl soldier who points at a man's genitals, the mock orgy in Abu Ghraib prison, the British rifle in the prisoner's mouth might be a crazed attempt to balance all those lies about the Arab world, about the desert warrior's potency, the harem, polygamy.
Even today, we still show the revolting Ashanti on our television stations, a feature film about the kidnapping of the wife of an English doctor by Arab slave-traders, which depicts Arabs as almost exclusively child-molesters, rapists, murderers, liars and thieves. It stars heaven spare us Michael Caine, Omar Sharif and Peter Ustinov and was made partly in Israel.
Indeed, we now depict Arabs in our films as the Nazis once depicted Jews. But Arabs are fair game. Potential terrorists to a man and a woman they must be softened up, "prepared", humiliated, beaten, tortured. The Israelis use torture in the Russian Compound in Jerusalem. Now we torture in Saddam's old jail outside Baghdad and for this is where British soldiers beat a young Iraqi to death last summer in the former office of Saddam's most murderous chemical warfare fascist, the awful "Chemical" Ali.
We are all victims of our high-flown morality. "They" the Arabs, Muslims, "cloth heads", "rag heads", "terrorists" are of a lesser breed, of lower moral standards. They are people to be shouted at. They have to be "liberated" and given "democracy". But we little band of brothers, we dress ourselves up in the uniforms of righteousness. We are marines or military police or a Queen's regiment and we are on the side of good. "They" are on the side of "evil". So we can do no wrong.
Excerpted from Counterpunch www.counterpunch.org/fisk05022004.html
Last update - 01:29 26/02/2004
Ze'ev Boim's 'Arab genetics' slur sparks outrage
By Yair Ettinger
Ze'ev Boim, the deputy defense minister, yesterday created a firestorm of outrage by rhetorically asking: "What is it about Islam as a whole and the Palestinians in particular? Is it some form of cultural deprivation? Is it some genetic defect? There is something that defies explanation in this continued murderousness."
Boim's office issued a statement later in the day saying his comments, made at a memorial service for the victims of the 1978 coastal road massacre, were taken out of context. But the excuse fell largely on deaf ears as voices rose in the Knesset calling on him to retract and apologize at the very least, while others called for his resignation.
Jamal Zahalka, MK (Balad), responded: "Whoever says Palestinian behavior is caused by a genetic defect has a brain defect himself, as well as the values of a racist fascist ... Boim gives racism a bad name, and is returning to the same primitive, sickening and dangerous racism from which the Jews themselves suffered for many generations." Zahalka demanded that the law against racism be enforced on Boim.
Vilan Avshalom, MK (Meretz), also condemned Boim. "What is this, a Mein Kampf?" he said, demanding that Boim retract the statement. Vilan noted that Boim was a high school principal before becoming a Likud politician, and said he was worried about the school system if that kind of racism was prevalent in school administrations.
Ophir Pines-Paz, MK (Labor), also called for Boim's resignation if he did not apologize, while Ahmed Tibi, MK (Hadash), said he'd prefer that Boim not resign, "because he's an asset to proving the Palestinian case that the Israeli government is embracing fascists."
However, Yehiel Hazan, MK (Likud), supported Boim. "What Ze'ev Boim said, it hasn't been researched, but according to my experience this is true. I think he is correct. It is well known that Arabs have been slaughtering and murdering Jews for more than a generation. I think this it is in their blood. It is something genetic. I have not researched this, but there is no other way to explain it." Hazan added, "don't believe an Arab, even one who has been in the grave for 40 years."
Meimad leader MK Rabbi Michael Melchior slammed the statements as racist and contrary to the tenets of Judaism. He likened them to claims of genetic flaws linked to Jews by the Nazis and others throughout history.
Ronni Bar On, MK (Likud) was one of the few MKs on the right who openly criticized Boim. "His comments are not worthy of anyone from the movement of Ze'v Jabotinsky, and certainly not of Jews, who in the past were labeled as genetically defective. As soon as genetics is mentioned, murder and other horrible things become allowed." Bar On called on Boim to apologize and retract his statement.
Mussawa, the Arab civil rights group, warned that the Boim remarks "opened the floodgates to racism."
Jews, perhaps more than others, should avoid throwing blanket insults and accusations at other peoples because they themselves as a people and not as individuals have been blamed by the Fascists for all sins. Why do you, then, proclaim all Ukrainians to be genetic anti-Semites? Why, in addition to talking about the police did you not also talk about the rescuers of Jews, did not show a single one of them? And in Lviv, there are many of them. Is it that you couldn't find any, or that you didn't want to look?
Michael Jordan Letter 04 12-Jul-1996 Levitas letter to Za Vilnu Ukrainu www.ukar.org/jordan04.html