Helen Thomas, of late retired, famously suggested that the Jews should “get the hell” out of Israel. Far less known were the comments of NY Sen. Chuck Schumer a day or so later, in which he told the Jewish Orthodox Union that Israel should continue to strangle Gaza. UC Irvine history professor, Mark LeVine, has brilliantly juxtaposed these extreme comments. Link
About the time LeVine’s opinion piece came out in Al Jazeera, a member of the Canadian Parliament, Libby Davies from Vancouver, made a public comment about the Israeli occupation of Palestine that set off fireworks from the Canadian Neo-cons, including Zionist-butt-kisser Prime Minister Harper.
That evening Steven Quinn on CBC radio interviewed Denis Pilon, a political scientist at the University of Victoria. Quinn asked some very relevant questions about why it is that any mention of Israel in a negative tone brings such exaggerated reactions from politicians — even non-Jews. Pilon struggled for an answer, and never did succeed. He failed, for instance, to speculate on the money politicians receive from Jewsish donors and organizations and what effect that has on reactions. But Quinn’s questions were pointed and Pilon’s answers were honest — trying to understand why it is that any criticism of Israel brings such outrage. The Pilon interview can be heard here. Link
LeVine and Pilon are right, Israel has an amazing knack for shutting down negative dialog. My explanation for this phenom is the time-worn, jaded one: Jews control so much of what gets put out by the media, they can pretty well be sure their arguments are heard first, last, and loudest. But not here on the LogoPhere where everybody’s BS gets equal airtime.
As for Chuck Schumer — for anyone who had any doubts, his let’s strangle Gaza sentiments prove he is a American Jew representing Israel in the US Congress. Had any congressman made a comment about strangling Israel, he would have been tarred and feathered and run out of town — the way Helen Thomas was. The fact that the US media ignored Schumer’s apartheid statements tells us all we need to know about who runs the media.
– The Gutter Grunt
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