Mar
7
2010

Series – Anti-Zionists and The Israel-Right-or-Wrong Crowd Have Much In Common: Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Israel-Right-or-Wrong vs Anti-Zionsts

What do the Israel-Right-or-Wrong crowd and anti-Zionists groups in Australia have in common?

Surprisingly, they share a number of traits and tendencies that leave sensible folk – Jews and non-Jews alike – bemused,  furious, or very, very bored.

This post begins a series examining the the similarities in these two groups: Continue reading Series – Anti-Zionists and The Israel-Right-or-Wrong Crowd Have Much In Common: Part 1 →

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Mar
9
2010

Part 2: Anti-Zionists and The Israel-Right-or-Wrong Crowd Have Much In Common

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Israel-Right-or-Wrong vs Anti-Zionsts

This is the second installment in this series. Click here to read part 1.

So, what else do the Israel-Right-or-Wrong and anti-Zionists groups in Australia have in common?

Fury at dissent within own ranks:

For our non-Jewish readers, let me tell you about a communal treasure.

He’s a tireless letter-to-the-editor writer, and apparently an avid mass emailer about matters he considers very important – such as any suspicion that someone or some group may not be backing every single Israeli action to the hilt, and the importance of blackballing such a person, or group.

People joke privately about his extremism, and he is not in any official position of leadership, yet he seems to have some influence. Few in the community wants to be labelled, “anti-Israel,” and everyone wants to appear to be as loyal to the homeland as possible, so few people will publicly take this man on. Continue reading Part 2: Anti-Zionists and The Israel-Right-or-Wrong Crowd Have Much In Common →

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Mar
10
2010

Part 3: Conclusion to the Common Characteristics shared byAnti-Zionists and The Israel-Right-or-Wrong Crowd

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Israel-Right-or-Wrong vs Anti-Zionsts

Before reading this the final installment of the series, I encourage readers to read the comments in the previous post. Many of the contentions of this series are amply demonstrated by some of  the commenters – exemplars of extremism.

Of particular note is a comment by “Michael.” He neglects to provide his full name; however, he admits to being responsible for a style of mass email campaign that is designed to silence debate in the community – including inquiry among Jewish academics – and defends his right to do so because he believes his views represent “mainstream” Jewry. He does not – indeed, can not – provide evidence for this claim.

Disregard for the welfare of the people they purport to represent:

This characteristic is as ironic as it is horrible.

Along from using the suffering of people on their own side for points scoring purposes, there is another insidious component to this black and white discourse of outrage.

When you care deeply for someone, and he/she is doing something that is potentially damaging to him/herself, is it not incumbent on you not to crtiticise those destructive actions?If this is so with individuals, why is it not so with homelands/causes? Continue reading Part 3: Conclusion to the Common Characteristics shared byAnti-Zionists and The Israel-Right-or-Wrong Crowd →

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