Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Surprisingly, in today's Guardian comment pages there is a pro-Israel article. Unsurprisingly, it was not well received. To be honest, an article with the headline "What should Israel do about Iran?" is kind of asking for it. If you're going to write for the Guardian, and you don't want people calling you a Zionist facist or whatever, you need to come from a more neutral perspective - even if you're not neutral, just pretend, otherwise no one will listen. Then again, even if you do act very pro-Palestinian but not anti-Israel at the same time, you can get in trouble. In Toronto's York University, some Israel activists set up a display saying 'Free The Palestinians From Hamas'. An 'Israeli Apartheid Week' activist told them "you should be ashamed of yourselves". For standing up for Palestinian citizens who are oppressed by Hamas. Because, remember, it's not about the Palestinians at all. It's just about Israel being the 'oppressors'. Back to the Guardian article. The readers came out in droves to say that, literally, what Israel should do about Iran threatening it's existence is, nothing. Just sit back and allow itself to be blown off the map. Some of them even think it's ridiculous to suggest that Ahmadinejad doesn't like Israel and Jews and Zionists. That's comforting. I must have imagined that Jews have been persecuted by Arabs since forever. And maybe Hitler loved Jews. The funniest thing is that many of them seem concerned for Iran! Poor Iran, how will they defend themselves against the Zionists if they don't have a nuclear bomb!?