People Who Regularly Admit They Are Loyal To Israel Are Angry Others Call Them Loyal To Israel
On Friday, I called out the pro-Israel bias of the right-wing website The Daily Wire. Since then, Ben Shapiro — the founder of said website — has said nothing about the Netanyahu scandal. He has, however, made sure his website calls out those such as Rep. Omar (D-MN) are antisemitic because she mildly criticizes the state of Israel.
Of course, the claim Omar is antisemitic is just ridiculous. It started after she talked about AIPAC being America’s pro-Israel lobby. I wounder what AIPAC would have to say about this?
Well, that did not turn out the way I thought it would. I mean, in order for this argument to make any sense you would have to except that every group has a lobby except Israel.
The latest claim against her involves a meeting that I already somewhat covered on Friday. During a conference last week, she said the following:
I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country
Josh Hammer — who we talked about last time —used this as a jumping off point to talk about how the entire left is antisemitic. Here’s a quote from Jonah Goldberg — columnist from William F. Buckley’s creation The National Review — Hammer chose to use:
For Marx, capital and the Jew are different faces of the same monster. …Marx’s writing, particularly on surplus value, is drenched with references to capital as parasitic and vampiric. …The constant allusions to the eternal wickedness of the Jew combined with his constant references to blood make it hard to avoid concluding that Marx had simply updated [anti-Semitic imagery] and applied it to his own atheistic doctrine. His writing is replete with references to the “bloodsucking” nature of capitalism. He likens both Jews and capitalists (the same thing in his mind) to life-draining exploiters of the proletariat.
Okay, I’m no expert on Marx and even I know more about him than you. First off, this would be very odd considering Marx was Jewish and regularly a target of antisemitism. In fact, the NAZI’s often dismissed communism as a Jewish theory and as such dismissed — and later killed — socialists and communists based on this idea. In fact, the NAZI’s went after the left first. Why do you think it’s “first they came for the socialists, . . . then they came for the trade unionist, . . . then they came for the Jews?”
Second, this barley counts as evidence. He wrote about something he hates in a similar manner to how other people write about a group they hate? George Orwell hated authoritarians, O’Brain in 1984 is shown to be very manipulative, which is a common stereotype for the Jewish. Does this prove George Orwell is antisemitic? Of course not!
In fact, the idea of talking to people through means they understand — even if what they understand is wrong — is very common. Going back to Orwell, why do you think so many of his stories took place in London?
All of this is ignoring how little it matters that a man born in Europe in 1818 was antisemitic. Next you’ll tell me Thomas Jefferson wasn’t all that great on racial issues.
But okay, what does Hammer have to say?
[Antisemitism] is why, during the noxious “Occupy Wall Street” protests in 2011, Abe Greenwald at Commentary lamented how, “The Jew-hatred among protesters and sympathizers is diverse and unapologetic. It is, in fact, atmospheric. Tune in randomly to live television coverage of the spectacle and you’ll see — as I did — placards scapegoating Israel, Zionism, or ‘Hitler’s bankers.’”
The article contains no images. The sources are instead YouTube videos of one or two people saying something that is certainly antisemitic. Also, I wouldn’t personally say calling a group “Hitler’s bankers,” is antisemitic since Hitler was — and I understand Hammer and Greenwald may not know this — very antisemitic.
But is the claim of ‘dual loyalty’ accurate? After all, if the statement is accurate the idea of it being antisemitic should be obviously wrong. Well here’s what Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said last year at IAC:
I have said to people when they ask me, if this Capitol crumbled to the ground, the one thing that would remain would be our commitment to our aid, I don’t even call it our aid, our cooperation with Israel. That’s fundamental to who we are.
But what about minority leader Chuck Schumer? Well this is what he had to say at AIPAC.
So we have someone who admits that our relationship is Israel is more important than the rest of the US, a theocracy supporter on foreign policy, and a second party calling the first two antisemitic.
I would like to end with this, we as a society understand false claims of racism, homophobia, and sexist happen. Why should antisemitism be any different?