reply to post by intrepid
Many governments commit criminal acts. The U.S. government is almost entirely made up of criminal sociopaths. So our most of the governments in the
world. They are lying, cheating, murdering and stealing all the time.
Israel is doing it. Syria is doing it. Iran is doing it. China is doing it. Hell, even Canada is doing it from time to time.
But for every one thread criticizing any number of different countries in the world for the bad things they do, there are two dozen threads
Are their crimes some how worse than those of other nations? What about Junta in Myanmar? What about the Sudanese government slaughtering civilians?
What about Saudi Arabia promoting terror and not letting women drive? What about China executing human rights activists? What about the United States
killing their own citizens just so they could start a war?
THIS is why I feel that the motivation for these types of threads is anti-semitism. Why pick on Israel more than other countries? Especially when
it's not a cut and dry issue - there are different perspectives! Where's the different perspective on the actions of the Junta in Myanmar? There is
none. People are getting murdered because they're tired of their military dictatorship. THAT's the kind of cut-and-dry issue that demands the sort
of rhetoric and anger that instead gets projected against Israel - a state surrounded by avowed enemies dedicated to its destruction.
Instead, nope - ten more threads comparing Israel to the Nazis. Please. To even try and argue that anti-semitism is not the motivation for a majority
of these threads is just obtuse, especially when anti-semitism is so prominent in conspiracy theories to begin with. The Jews did 9/11. The Jews
control the U.S. (absurd) The Jews aren't really Jews. (one of my favorites) And anyone reading this crap should be able to tell pretty quickly what
the real agenda is. It's not "truth" seeking - it's promoting hatred of Jews.
Oh, but that's right! You can simply substitute the word "Zionist" for Jew, and now you're no longer an anti-semite, you're an enlightened pc
liberal academic filled with sorrow for the plight of the Palestinian people.
It's ludicrous! All of it! The amount of rhetoric spewed out about Israel on this website is monstrous. And it's completely out of proportion to
anything at all. They get more attention than ANY OTHER country (U.S. aside) despite the fact that there are FAR MORE horrifying atrocities going on
all sorts of other places in the world - including Muslim nations.
When someone starts a thread criticizing Israel's Muslim neighbors for their social policies, they're a biggot and fear monger. But when someone
starts a thread equating Zionism with Nazism, and calling for the destruction of the state of Israel, they're somehow an enlightened truth seeker
with nothing but love in their hearts.
And the fact that people don't see this incongruity is baffling to me. Critics of Israel on ATS massively outnumber its defenders, and yet they
always come off as the underdogs. Comments like, "Careful starting a thread like this, Israel's trolls and disinfo agents will shout you down" are
everywhere, but if you actually READ the threads, you see maybe one or two people defending Israel's right to self-defense, and dozens upon dozens of
people chiming in to say that they too hate Israel, and Zionism is evil. And they STILL pretend that they're the oppressed minority.
I swear, ATS is THIS close to the point of no return. Before long it'll be just like rense.com - nothing but an out of control Jew-bashing website.