"The problem here is a totalitarian uniformity, a cult-like mentality such that even allies are enemies if they fail to follow the Exact Party Line. " - Phyllis Chesler

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Right Questions

It's so funny to have certain thoughts running around my head -- attempting to figure out how I wish to write about them and then to go over and read Phyllis Chesler and see how she just blogged about a similar topic or hit the subject somewhere in the middle of a post for that day.

I remember a conversation with a former co-worker I had about 2.5 years ago, on a park bench in a Manhattan, during lunch hour in the park around 23 street, the famous little park where so many movies get scenes shot. He and I were commiserating together about our shared boss and our frustrations and I turned to him and said, "It's not so much what is said but what isn't said that is being refused to be looked at and into." And he said to me, "Funny you should say that. I'm reading about all about that." And showed me this little red book.

So today Phyllis blogged about an exchange with an old "friend" of hers and included a comment from a previous post for which I'll share with you here:

“One needn’t be right wing, nor a Zionist, or even Jewish to understand what animates those who fulminate over Jewish ’settlements’. One only has to ask the right (no pun intended) questions to understand what their agenda really is. For instance - since there are many, many more illegal Arab buildings/settlements in E. Jerusalem and ALL over Israel, are the people who are clamoring for Jewish ’settlement’ to cease, also calling for Arab demolitions? Further, while 20% of Israel’s population are Arabs with full citizenship, why is the PA allowed to demand that Judea & Samaria become Judenrein, all in the name of ‘peace’?

These type of questions to a fair minded person would be answered in a fair minded manner. However, when the agenda is fueled by anti-Zionist/anti-Semitic nuances, these same (righteous) questions become nothing more than a hindrance to ‘peace’ efforts.

There is nothing more important within this framework than to expose the hidden prejudices of the (in)human rights brigade.”

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