Tuesday, 25 August 2015

clipped words

presented to you here below is the rudely deleted comment which i posted late last night on david hirsh's jerusalem post article: if corbyn wins.  my response to his piece on our mangy moth-eaten messiah was clearly way too morally sophisticated for goldsmiths' college's david hirsh and the jerusalem post to handle - well, either that, or israelis can't take the criticism they dish out, and therefore refuse, or fear, to engage in proper debate.

david hirsh's attack on dirty corby was, to my mind, intellectually slack, politically sloppy, journalistically lazy, and definitely not up to scratch in comparison with the sheer academic standards we have traditionally come to expect from our highly talented jewish friends...but there again, i suppose...what do you really expect from a jumped-up souf-london sociologist?  i think 'conceit', 'arrogance' and 'complacency' are the key words which spring to mind here - obviously these israeli guys just don't want to compete on a level playing-field, and are really fucking bad losers.

"i certainly agree that mr corbyn, in common with many on the far left of british politics, appears to have far too cozy a relationship with islamists and former members of the irish republican army, but in his defence, his stated policy is one of inclusivity, dialogue, and the promotion of peace - the exact opposite of that which the american, israeli, french, and british governments have historically espoused. 
anyway, why should, for example, jeremy corbyn take up the case of israeli lobby groups, when their views are already well represented in the british parliament by so many fanatically pro-israeli members?  and why should he not commend press tv and russia today for criticizing the british and american governments, when the british broadcasting corporation and other mainstream western media outlets have time-and-again proved themselves to be intellectually and morally incapable of providing such analytical depth, let alone any semblance of objectivity?
many british citizens are sick-to-the-back-teeth of war, as dictated by our aggressive western foreign policy of military intervention, and they sincerely hope that mr corbyn possesses the requisite diplomatic skills and experience to resolve many of the issues which lead to these devastating and wickedly destabilizing conflicts in today's world - do israelis truly share these same hopes for peace?
so please, what is the distinction between criticism of israel and anti-semitism, when serious criticism of israel inevitably seems to precipitate the deliberately discussion-distracting charge of anti-semitism?
i lived for some time amongst the hasidic jewish community located in stamford hill, london, which, as i understand, strongly opposes the actions of the state of israel, and even the very foundation of the state of israel, on ideological grounds - does this therefore constitute anti-semitism on their part?  the hasidic jewish community of which i speak lives in harmony with its palestinian neighbours, and sometime in the early 1990s - check in the hackney gazette, if you please - i even remember the spiritual leaders of this tranquil hasidic community joining with local palestinians to perform a ceremonial burning of the israeli state-flag in protest over israeli repression - was that an act of anti-semitism by the rabbi in question?  i also believe that members of the hasidic jewish community are politically anti-zionist - is this to be considered anti-semitic?
appallingly, i now hear that this peace-loving jewish community has become the target of ignorant, brutish, neo-nazi thugs.
i agree that organized boycotts of israel are wrong, just as the socially-damaging economic sanctions against iran and iraq were wrong - it is estimated, by some observers, that millions may have died as a consequence of the western sanctions against the iraqis, many of them children; sanctions are not only socially and physically devastating, they are immoral, because they have fatal effects on an innocent civilian population which may already be experiencing severe oppression; sanctions can also have disastrous political repercussions, and tend to assist the rise to power of tyrannical régimes such as the islamic state - in fact, i'm sure you must be aware that allied sanctions against germany following the first world war directly fostered the public discontent which catapulted to power adolf hitler and the nazi party.
truly, i am surprised that jeremy corbyn backs boycotts as policy - boycotts did nothing to end apartheid in south africa, and moreover, the nineteenth-century equivalent of sanctions against ireland, the corn laws, a protectionist trade policy promoted by benjamin disraeli, for one, helped turn a potato famine into what eventually became the de facto irish holocaust.
however, mr hirsh, in respect of the current crisis in iraq, i frankly find it churlish that you seek to justify a string of fundamentally immoral, neo-colonial wars by selectively referencing the rôle played by the royal air force and the american air force in saving yazidis from the islamic state, when you perfectly well know that the primary objective of these western forces was, and is, to protect western oil interests - in fact, i judge your comments to be especially obtuse in light of the fact that the islamic state, essentially armed by the west to fight assad's government, has arisen from the ashes of an illegal, immoral, and completely misjudged western war in iraq, which has itself precipitated the genocide of millions of arabs...
...and given that these wars have constituted a gross act of criminality, is it extremist for a muslim man to wish to defend his lands against insurgent british forces?  were british forces to invade israel, would it be extremist for israelis to resist militarily?  furthermore, what meaning has the word 'extremist' in the context of a repressive western polity, where merely to criticize our western-initiated wars automatically results in one being labelled an 'extremist' by those propagandists such as formed mr blair's government?  has not the term 'extremist' now been completely devalued by widespread casual, flippant and unexamined use?
i agree that mr corbyn's left-wing supporters may possibly be tempted by totalitarianism, and i fully intend to take this matter up with him on a personal level - but are not all politicians, power-seekers, and governments, worldwide, tempted by totalitarianism?  do not many regard israel and the united states themselves as totalitarian states?
as a non-aligned blogger engaged in the promotion of non-violence, who has been put under permanent 24-hour surveillance by the new labour and successive governments, simply for voicing strong opposition to the iraq war and american foreign policy, am i not entitled to view the british government as totalitarian?  for daring to express my views, i have been intimidated and physically threatened by violent labour activists in hackney, london, and have suffered a prolonged and personal hate campaign, which was initially mounted against me, in secret, by local officials with links to the new labour government - am i not then entitled to regard mr blair and the new labour government as totalitarian?  words are cheap, but lives are not - in a civilized society, at least.
therefore, whilst i concur with much of your criticism of mr corbyn, i am convinced that israel has many serious charges to answer as well - the zionism instrinsic to israeli society and politics has doubtless created a superiority complex amongst its jewish citizens, infecting the wider jewish diaspora also, which encourages many jewish people to falsely judge other cultures and ethnicities as distinctly inferior to their own, not least societies of african-origin, whose members are routinely regarded by a preponderance of jewish people as really little better than sub-human, and indeed, it is this conceited attitude of jewish racial and moral superiority which has gravely infected the politics of the middle-east to the point of almost utterly destabilizing that region.
another serious charge which israel must face - along, it has to be said, with america, france and britain - is the genocidal exploitation of the african continent; so long as israel refuses to act against and prosecute the american-israeli businessmen who have criminally facilitated, in league with the cia, the plundering, for astronomical profit, of militarily and commercially valuable mineral resources from that continent, most notably in congo - where a bare minimum of 5 million people were massacred during the course of the clinton inspired coups and resultant wars - black people, all around the globe, will never be able to trust israel, nor jewish people in general.
if you wish to frame my criticism of israel as conspiracy theory or anti-semitism, please be my guest, but to deny the truth concerning the cultivation of this multi-national, multi-cultural evil, in which israel and jewish people have undoubtedly played their fair share, is tantamount to condemning humanity to oblivion.
yes, many british people wish to see mr corbyn elected as leader of the labour party and opposition, and maybe even progress to fill the post of prime-minister of the united kingdom - and they do so because, for the first time in british history, they see a real possibility that a british government, of whichever political hue, could actually formulate a foreign policy which signally fails to treat black and brown people as fair-trade farm-animals and convenient commercial cannon-fodder...
...now why would israelis or jewish people want to object to that, my son?"


i am sorry to report that one of our most experienced, respected and revered commenters, namely lady laaardidah of lordship road, has been brutally banned from expressing herself on the jerusalem post website. iz it coz she iz black? or iz it coz the jewish race consider themselves to be above comparison with rastafarians? shame really - because, having done much business with jewish entrepreneurs in the past, i was always under the confirmed impression that jewish guys loved a good laugh about their religion...and since, on the grounds of their deeply and strictly observed faith, the two communities here in question, rastafarian and hasidic, both abstain from eating pork, both wear their hair in dreadlocks, both subscribe to the custom of wearing hats, and both get a bit narked about the state of israel, i cannot for-the-life-of-me understand why such obvious comparison should pose a problem?

anyhow, once again, i will re-publish the offending comment here below, which was made, in all innocence, in response to the above-mentioned one of my own, and allow readers the opportunity, for themselves, to decide upon whether the bounds of good taste and decency have been wantonly breached by our highly esteemed, if occasionally verbally-accident-prone, legislative representative - needless to say, lady laaardidah is, at this very difficult time, totally and utterly inconsolable, suspecting as she does that this extreme course of exclusive action constitutes a prima facie case of the most vile and cynical discrimination.

"hi davy, darling...love your gig bro...
ya, those hasidic guys...
they're like errr...the jewish rastas, aren't they?
you know...sort of mystic religious anti-establishment-rebel types, ok ya...?
oh and errr...i see you caught the drift of my latest expression...
ya, there's a new wind blowing through british politics...
and to be honest hunny, most of it's coming straight outta my arse."

well, i can't actually see the problem myself, can you?


spark up said...

halle-fuckin-lujah...since re-posting my deleted comment here on home ground, the jerusalem post has seen sense and now re-instated it on their own website.

thank you guys - one small sip for a despotic, dogmatic moderator, one giant sound-bite for free-fucking-speech.

wading through bitumen said...

why don't these israeli and american news-organs get some proper web-designers and code-writers on the job? these leviathan websites are incredibly cumbersome to use - and the software involved seems to date back to the frigging ark.

capt derrick a sington said...

morality is never sophisticated, spark up - the difference between right and wrong is simple to discern, even for children. the militant political leaders of the impoverished palestinians may be no angels, but the way the israelis have massacred thousands of unarmed civilians, including children, with star-wars-grade weapons, is obviously wrong - tragically, the whole world can see this plainly, save for the israelis.

after the second-world war, israeli extremists employed terrorism for political ends, but the jewish population did not subsequently suffer the sort of wholesale-slaughter-reprisal which has been visited upon the palestinians.

where is the humanity?

methinks the israelis have picked up some nasty pogrommatic habits from the evil anti-semitic europeans whom they so despise.

pots, kettles and repressed radicalism said...

although young far-left activists often have as much hatred in their hearts as the fascists they purport to oppose, i reckon it a cheap-shot to accuse jeremy corbyn of anti-semitism without first providing a shred of real evidence. corbyn definitely gives the impression of being a man older and wiser with experience, and not the hot-headed young firebrand he probably once was.

also, the smearing of corbyn with the implication that he is an extremist-by-association is absurdly disproportionate, nay hypocritical, given the smears come, as they do, from david hirsh, a pro-zionist supporter of israel, the country which elected to the highest political office both menachem begin - a man who ordered the bombing of the king david hotel in jerusalem, and was a member of the irgun terrorist organization - and yitzhak shamir - a member of the lehi terrorist organization, responsible for having carried out the notorious deir yassin massacre of palestinian villagers.

indeed, ironically enough, for mr hirsh, one of yitzhak shamir's greatest heroes happened to be a certain mr michael collins, the irish republican leader, and shamir even adopted the codename "michael" in collins' honour.

finally, i say 'cheap-shot', because mr hirsh is fully aware that racism and bigotry go totally against the creed of lefties like corbyn, who would be extremely sensitive to accusations of anti-semitism, and immediately be put on the defensive by them.

like many of the radical left-wing activists he claims to oppose, i feel mr hirsh doth protest too much - is he perhaps a repressed left-wing loony?

british state-terror breeds israeli anti-british-terror breeds israeli state-terror breeds palestinian anti-israeli-terror said...

in his article, david hirsh attacks corbyn as follows:

"corbyn was pictured hosting spokespeople for the ira days after that organization had tried to kill prime minister margaret thatcher in the brighton bombing. pictures have emerged of corbyn sitting next to dyou abou jahjah on a platform, a man who says that the “death of every british soldier is a victory.”"

i bet yitzhak shamir and menachem begin would have considered that the "death of every british soldier [were] a victory" - but does david hirsh criticize them?

one flew over the cuckoo's nest said...

@british state-terror breeds israeli anti-british-terror breeds israeli state-terror breeds palestinian anti-israeli-terror

"i bet yitzhak shamir and menachem begin would have considered that the "death of every british soldier [were] a victory" - but does david hirsh criticize them?"

obviously saint david hirsh would never have shaken yitzhak shamir or menachem begin's hand - he would have given them the bird, wouldn't he?

james pond null-null said...

hirsh accuses corbyn of being a fellow-traveller with woman-haters...

if corbyn's a woman-hater, maybe we should all start to hate women - have you seen some of the birds he's pulled? fit or what?

the archdishmop of cranberry said...

british state-terror
israeli anti-british-terror
israeli state-terror
palestinian anti-israeli-terror

this is the gos-pel a-ccor-ding to chuuur-chiiill

now and for-aaair-ver


ken vibraphone said...

@spark up main-blogpost

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capt derrick a sington said...

@capt derrick a sington


after 'angels' remove the comma and insert the following:

"- and, as a matter of principle, i completely denounce their use of any form of indiscriminate violence, or violence not used as a direct form of self-defence -"

such that it reads thus:

"morality is never sophisticated, spark up - the difference between right and wrong is simple to discern, even for children. the militant political leaders of the impoverished palestinians may be no angels - and, as a matter of principle, i completely denounce their use of any form of indiscriminate violence, or violence not used as a direct form of self-defence - but the way the israelis have massacred thousands of unarmed civilians, including children, with star-wars-grade weapons, is obviously wrong - tragically, the whole world can see this plainly, save for the israelis."

james pond null-null - licence to pull said...

good grief...corbyn knows dodgy vicars, mouthy political activists, racists, and terrorists from every corner of the world...
...are you sure he's not cia, old chap?

ben zippyliner said...

@lady lardidah of lordship road

"ya, those hasidic guys...
they're like errr...the jewish rastas, aren't they?"

yu callin' mi a crusty man...?

spark up said...

i don't believe that racism can, by definition, be intellectual...

...but if ever there were a definition of 'intellectual racism', it would have to be the 'oh yes it is, oh no it isn't anti-semitic'-type arguments which rumble on incessantly between the likes of livingstone and hirsh - all whilst people are still dying because of the failure of political-leaders to enter into a proper and positive dialogue of conciliation.

unfortunately, professional politicians and activists have elevated this pointless racial-blame-game to the level of a sick and self-destructive public-sport.

the archdishmop of cranberry said...

@the archdishmop of cranberry

sorry, my flock - the above scripture was taken in error from the king herod version of the good book, when it should by rights have been taken from the revised version.

pray accept the following correction:

for each instance of the word 'breeds', please replace with the word 'begets'.

one pair of antique duelling-pistols, unfired - can't corbyn's critics do better than this? said...

corbyn claims to associate with those you have mentioned in order to give a voice to the political underdog, irrespective of view, in the bitter, violent, long-term disputes between israel and its neighbours - as i understand it, corbyn's stated policy is one of promoting freedom of speech in the pursuit of conciliation and peace.

raed salah is an islamist cleric, political activist, poet, and former mayor of his home-town, who has never been convicted of terrorism, but rather of offences more on-the-level of rabble-rousing against israel. in 2003, salah was convicted on charges of money-laundering for hamas - charges which he described as a "mockery" - and subsequently served a two-year jail-term. hamas, as a whole, is not considered by the british government to be a terrorist organization, only certain affiliated brigades.

dyab abou jahjah is a writer, intellectual, and political activist - he is agnostic and has never been convicted of any crime.

jeremy corbyn opposes the holocaust-denying views held by paul eisen and no longer has any contact with him - corbyn attended eisen's 'deir yassin remembered' meetings in order to commemorate the palestinian lives lost in that village as the result of an israeli-organized terrorist attack, and did so at a time before paul eisen came out publicly as a holocaust-denier.

only the military wing of hezbollah is proscribed by the british government as a terrorist organization - like hamas, the political organization as a whole, is not considered terrorist.

zionism is a conservative political movement within israeli politics which supports the re-establishment of a jewish homeland in the region formerly known as palestine. to be anti-zionist is to oppose the aims of zionism with regard to the creation of the state of israel. anti-zionism is not per se an expression of anti-semitism - the hatred of jews as an ethnic, religious or cultural group - since many jews themselves take a political position against zionism. to conflate anti-zionism with anti-semitism is intellectually lazy, and shows a basic lack of linguistic education.

jeremy corbyn is experiencing a scary blair-like surge in support, however, we in britain do not wish to see him become a puppet of the cia, and other corrupt multi-national entities, in the same way as did former prime-minister tony blair; if corbyn can, through his own good, caring nature, be pressurized and manipulated by any foreign party or commercio-political entity - whether this be the cia, ira, russia's fsb, or an al qaeda-type movement - his leadership would soon translate into a full-blown political and military disaster for the united kingdom, comparable with the fundamentally socio-cultural catastrophe for britain which unfolded under blair's new labour...

...therefore, all scrutiny and criticism of corbyn's political associations is most welcome, and indeed democratically essential.