My main problem with Israel's critics are a lack of accuracy and a monofocus on Israel disproportionate to reality. There are alot of problems in the world but the focus on Israel almost exclusiely by some is pathological. There is a world of difference between points raised by some and others who also favor a Palestinian State.
The twisting of history into comic book forms is symbolic of bigotry. Israel has never engaged in any form of ethnic cleansing. Israeli Arabs live in Israel and enjoy more rights than they do in almost any other Muslim Nation. Check the country indexes of Freedom House and look for yourself. How does one ethnically cleanse a population that grows exponentialy ? One can look at the fate of Jews in Muslim countries to find out about real ethnic cleansing. Kindly vist JIMENA and read for yourself. Google the demographics of any Muslim country if one wants to look at ethnicaly cleansed territory try Turkey, Jordan & Pakistan.
The other terms are absurd comparisons between South Africa and Nazi Germany. Israel is not an Aparthied state. Jews not Sunni Arabs are the indigenous people and this is backed by history and archeology. The left has a decided blind spot for Muslim and Arab colonialism. Where does the Recidivist stand on Assyrians and Coptic nationhood ? Is he consistently against indigenous people when they are Jews or is he a Muslim first person. This rationale would explain the scant attention or interest in Assyria or Copts. Pointing out an oasis of democracy and rights in a sea of violent totalitarianism is disingenuous.
Zionism as Racism is another staple he posts. The Jewish people are cosmipolitan and have every race represented in Israel. Have the Falsha's become martians ? Zionism is the legitimate right of the Jewish people to self determination. The law of return is similar to laws in Russia , Germany and elsewhere. The fact remains Jews are the indigenous people , Sunni Arabs are not. The Recidivists mono focus on Jews and Israel is part of a larger problem.
Then there is the initial comment anout US Jews being paranoid. All sources that disagree with him are tainted by Zionism. The fact that a writer writes somethingthat disagrees with his opinion makes him a Zionist Schill. The facts of the writers are impugned merely because they support Israel. David Horowitz is a fine author and writes the facts as he sees them. The responses and tone of the responses of the Israel critics (kafka & zombie, chemist excluded) prove his theseis about bigotry on the left against Jews and Israel. His premise about Zionist propoganda comes close to the David Duke line of Jewish media control.
The response of the Recidivist about his European Jewish comrades is typical of a US Redneck. Do not say I'm a bigot I got plenty of Jewish friends who agree with me. The point is that when we dissent from his view we become propagandists and paranoid.The truth about the extreeme left (not you Kafka )is that it is a mindless Utopian cult. You have your daily two minutes of hate against Bush and Israel and a series of PC views.
The problem with the left is that it has gone overboard. A typical post on an excellent blog the disruntled Chemist " the President is a Pussy ". These angry voices do not convert a single follower. In fact they push them away as people do not listen to angry people. They also do not listen to Conspiracy nuts. Fortunately, we do not have them here yet.
If you support the Palestinians there are better arguments and organization. The David project takes a balanced views of the entire ME situation . They do not white wash Islamic History or current events. They talk about all the minorities in the Middle East. They do favor a Palestinian State and human rights for eveyone. There is a major difference between that group and the bigoted fulminations of the Recidinist and Jews Sans frontieres.
If you care about Islam get behind Stephen Schwartz. Stephen Schwartz wants to purge his faith from the Wahabi nihlistic cult of death. He is an American patriot who is working to reclaim his faith. He has thrown enough thunderbolts at me to last a lifetime.