THE NEW THOUGHT POLICE: THE CAMPAIGN TO CRIMINALIZE CRITICISM OF ISRAEL Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 6/23/03 http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html
Last week, after Israeli targeted Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi - and,
instead, got a woman passer-by and a three year-old child, while 27 others
were injured. - George W. Bush came out with some very mild criticism of
"I am troubled by the recent Israeli helicopter gunship attacks. I regret
the loss of innocent life. I also don't believe that the attacks help
From the hysterical reaction, one might have thought that he had uttered a
blood libel, or suddenly taken to wearing a kaffiyeh. Such a commotion!
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), reportedly strode into the Oval
Office and threatened to push a resolution through Congress offering
unconditional support to Sharon and implicitly rebuking the President.
God forbid the President of the United States should mourn the death of a
three-year-old child whom the Israelis say was inadvertently killed. That
this troubles him troubles DeLay - and that is more than a little
troubling. I mean, what are we talking about here: aren't we supposed to be
against the taking of innocent life? And why, pray tell, shouldn't an
American President forbidden say out loud what he really thinks about the
immoral and self-destructive behavior of a foreign government, albeit one
that is ostensibly our faithful ally?
We hear constantly about the supposed rise of anti-Semitic sentiments in
Europe: this is not neo-Nazi activity, or the "old" anti-Semitism of the
Protocols, but the "new anti-Semitism," which boils down to criticism of
Israel and its supporters...
If you criticize "the only state controlled by Jews" you aren't necessarily
anti-Semitic - but you probably are. And just what are these standards that
Israel alone is held to? Any other country that separated out the majority
of the population on the basis of ethnicity, and subjected them to
draconian controls, controlling their movements, and keeping them penned up
in special ghettos, would long ago have been declared an international
pariah. How has Israel managed to get away with it - and, not only that,
but how have they managed to go on the offensive, and target their critics