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The Israel story is framed to seem as if it has nothing to do with events nearby because the “Israel” of international journalism does not exist in the same geo-political universe as Iraq, Syria, or Egypt. The Israel story is not a story about current events. It is about something else.
For centuries, stateless Jews played the role of a lightning rod for ill will among the majority population. They were a symbol of things that were wrong. Did you want to make the point that greed was bad? Jews were greedy. Cowardice? Jews were cowardly. Were you a Communist? Jews were capitalists. Were you a capitalist? In that case, Jews were Communists. Moral failure was the essential trait of the Jew. It was their role in Christian tradition—the only reason European society knew or cared about them in the first place.
The world’s only Jewish country has done less harm than most countries on earth, and more good—and yet when people went looking for a country that would symbolize the sins of our new post-colonial, post-militaristic, post-ethnic dream-world, the country they chose was this one.
When Israel opened a transportation service for Palestinian workers in the occupied West Bank a few years ago, American news consumers could read about Israel “segregating buses.”
You don’t need to be a history professor, or a psychiatrist, to understand what’s going on. Having rehabilitated themselves against considerable odds in a minute corner of the earth, the descendants of powerless people who were pushed out of Europe and the Islamic Middle East have become what their grandparents were—the pool into which the world spits. The Jews of Israel are the screen onto which it has become socially acceptable to project the things you hate about yourself and your own country. The tool through which this psychological projection is executed is the international press.
originally posted by: Fylgje
a reply to: rusblued9217
Only jews are smart and work hard and have a deep sense of community and are funny?? LOL wow. SMH
It's easy to control all those things and keep others out once you control the currency.
Funny that almost everywhere throughout history that they've ever tried to be part of has expelled them. Why is that? Oh, and no I don't hate jews. I hate all religions equally but I have tolerance and work on a person-to-person basis, meaning: If the person is a decent person then I don't give a damn what color, religion, etc., that they are. All I see is the good decent person.
originally posted by: Fylgje
a reply to: hoth12
I never stated that they deserved it. I just quoted history. Anti-Semitic? lol I don't hate Jews, Palestinians, Iraqis, Syrians