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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Anti-Jewish Hatred From The Folks Who Call The Tea Party Racist
The progressive world is usually very quick to place the "bigot" label on people. The people who opposed the ground zero mosque are Islamophobes, critics of the President are doing so because Obama partially of African descent. It is interesting that some of the same progressive media which tries to brand the tea party movement as racist spews bigoted venom against Jews.
The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, published a report which examines Anti-Semitic cartoon content used in some of the major progressive sites, such as Mondoweiss, The Daily Kos and Indymedia. Some of the content of these blogs pointed out in this report is short of startling. The sites use "political cartoons: to reinforce negative stereotypes against Jews. The cartoons cloak their Antisemitism in a veil "anti-Israelism."
This is not in any way to suggest that all anti-Israel expressions are anti-Semitic, but it is clear that these cartoons have crossed the line. The cartoons show Jews or Israelis as being Nazis trying to paint Jews as the ultimate evil and at the same time diminishing the evil of the Holocaust. Other illustrations try to perpetuate the anti-Semitic canard that Jews control the world, or the blood libel about Jews using Gentile children to satisfy some imagined blood-lust.
All this is happening despite the fact that these blogs publish policies which expressly prohibit content which contains, "hateful" or "inflammatory" content, most of the time, these hate cartoons are not removed from these sites.
The cartoon above, showing a bloodstained Israeli flag with the "Jewish Star" morphed into a swastika, is posted on the Daily Kos. It's part of a post called "Eulogy before the Inevitability of Self-Destruction: The Decline and Death of Israel," which warns of "A Zionist movement multiplying like cancer cells". This post and cartoon was still on the site as of 9/7/10, despite the fact that the Kos posting rules say Diaries which contain hateful or defamatory writing are prohibited.
The cartoon above compares the Israeli security fence which was built to prevent deaths via homicide bombings, with Auschwitz. This one too is can still be seen at the Daily Kos as of this writing. Again the question is why Kos allows its rules against hate posting to be violated over and over.
This was the Daily Kos illustration for the post, "Zionism was and remains a racist ideology," It shows Israeli foreign minister Lieberman as Adolf Hitler. This post was pretty popular attracting 564 comments, many of them defending the cartoon. One comment suggested that "the artist was not claiming Jews are Hitler. He was comparing the behavior of Avigdor Lieberman to Hitler." Yet the word Zionism in blood and the Skull with the Star of David, belie that claim.
The Cartoon above showing former Israeli PM Sharon kissing Hitler, appeared on DC Indymedia
Another cartoon on DC Indymedia compared the war in Gaza with the genocide of Jews by the Nazis
The above was published by UK Indymedia to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day.
During the 12th century, Christian England invented the "blood-libel" which spread the hateful notion that Jews needed Christian blood for their Passover service. The libel portrays Jews not only as murderers, but murderers who prefer to target children. Some of the Cartoons used in progressive blogs have updated that theme:
Another DC Indymedia favorite suggests that not only do Israeli leaders intentionally kill Palestinian children, but they practice infanticide to get votes
This DC Indymedia cartoon is meant to evoke the famous Holocaust photo of a little Jewish boy in the Warsaw Ghetto raising his hands in surrender to the Nazis.
There are also cartoons promoting the hate, that there is a world-wide Jewish conspiracy controlling American Foreign Policy and indeed the world.
This one above was posted on Daily Kos but was eventually taken down. It ran with a story by the author alleging that the vast Jewish conspiracy was preventing Dr. Juan Cole from being appointed to a position at Yale.
Sometimes Jews are promoted as animals, savage beasts that are less than human.
The above is how a Mondoweiss blogger, called Seham, represented the May violent incident with the terrorist led-flotilla. If the illustration looks familiar there is a reason. The Nazis often portrayed the Jews as an octopus with tentacles wrapped around the world. The Cartoon below is from 1938 and was part of Nazi propaganda.
Sometimes I am asked why Jews seem to always vote Democratic. Part of the answer is that until William F Buckley Jr. came along and purged the movement, the conservative world was very anti-Semitic. Despite the fact that the Progressive movement has many Jews within their ranks, progressivism has taken over the Antisemitism mantle. While the conservative movement has become very inclusive in its tone, the progressive world has become anti-Semitic.
What makes the hatred of these sites so hypocritical is are usually the first to label any criticism of President Obama as racial hatred. Some progressives under the umbrella of George Soros' Media Matters have even created a website to track the non-existent racist hatred coming from the Tea Party movement. Maybe before they look to find hatred that doesn't exist from the Tea Party movement, they should look to clean up their own house.