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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Home truths

I was speaking this morning on new AM station Radio 2 about the Gaza withdrawal. Hosts Ian Rogerson and Mikey Robbins wanted to know the real agenda behind Ariel Sharon's moves and I was more than happy to explain his intention of maintaining the West Bank occupation. The news that a Jewish fundamentalist has killed three Palestinians in a crazy attempt to stop the evacuation proves that Israel has created a monster within.

After the interview, the show's producer thanked me for my time. She said: "you know, when you see these mussies do all these suicide bombings and realise that Israel is surrounded by all these millions of Palestinians, it must be hard." For the uninitiated, "mussies" was short for Muslims. I politely explained that the situation was complex and Israel was certainly far from blameless.

We have a long way to go.


Blogger Shabadoo said...

How many Jews danced in the streets and handed out lollies after the shooting, eh Ant?

[chirp...chirp...deafening silence...]

Thursday, August 18, 2005 9:47:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

The way you fail to see the deep and profound racism within Israel and settler society is telling.
But then, Westerners are never as evil as those dirty Arabs, are they?

Thursday, August 18, 2005 9:58:00 am  
Blogger Oscar said...

How many Jews are under an occupation, eh Shab?

Thursday, August 18, 2005 9:59:00 am  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

I concur with Oscar's sharp point.

Another telling factor is hidden within the words "refugee camps" - we hear them so much that we seem to forget their meaning.

Would the witty one-liners and glib generalisations and patronising remarks flow so smoothly if the critics were themselves living in such conditions?

Chirp.. chirp...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 11:37:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Oscar: You mean all the Jews who lived as dhimmis in various Islamic countries until they were chased out in '48, and forced to give up their properties, etc?

Ant: The fact that you only choose to see racism in Western/Jewish societies is what is so disturbing. Go try wearing a Star of David and a kippah through customs in Saudi Arabia...try it. Oh wait, they don't let in Jews. And Bibles and Korans get shredded on sight (so much for Islam's roots in the faith of Abraham and Moses). Try being a Coptic Christian in Egypt...yep, helluva lot of fun there. Try being a Buddhist in Southern Thailand or an Animist or Christian in dramas there. Your obsessive tunnel vision of Israel and the West as the sole font of evil, and your utter ignorance of the context or relative degrees of things is what is so perpetually bizarre about your thinking.

Thursday, August 18, 2005 11:40:00 am  
Blogger Rich Bowden said...

Excellent article in New Matilda this week on this subject Antony. Congratulations on the "in-depth" and challenging investigation of the politics behind the Gaza situation rather than the cursory overview that passes for journalism elsewhere in our media.

Hangin'out for the book!

Thought you may be also be interested in the following story in today's Australian.,5744,16295840%5E2703,00.html

Thursday, August 18, 2005 9:16:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Thanks Rich.
I've been pretty disappointed yet unsurprised with the mainstream's coverage of the Gaza withdrawal. The drama may make for great TV, but joining the dots isn't their speciality...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 10:19:00 pm  
Blogger Oscar said...

Oscar: You mean all the Jews who lived as dhimmis in various Islamic countries until they were chased out in '48, and forced to give up their properties, etc?

This was very much an irrational response. It had nothing to do with occupation and cheering terrorism. Were the dhimmis under occupation? No. I wonder if they cheered the crusaders. The massecres they brought on against Jew and Muslim alike would make it seem otherwise.

The antisemitic backlash in the Arab world, lest we forget, was upon the creation of the Israeli state.

btw, thanks dirtbikeoption.

Friday, August 19, 2005 10:06:00 am  

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