China/Tibet; Bad Guy: China. Israel/Palestine; Bad Guy: Palestine

Whenever I read about China’s horrifying crackdown on Tibet, I’m struck by the different ways the media report the Palestinian situation and the Tibetan one. There are several similarities between the two disfranchised peoples–60 years of statelessness, an utter imbalance of power, imprisonment, siege, denial of hope and human rights.

No, the Tibetans aren’t doing suicide bombing, that I’m aware of. And the Chinese aren’t surrounded by a sea of Tibetans. But what we are seeing now in Tibet reminds me of the "first intifadah," to refer to the Palestinian uprising of the late ’80s; and unlike the Palestinian intifadah, it’s being covered with complete sympathy for the underdog. Kevin MacDonald (who I hasten to note makes ugly generalizations about Jews) says it is an amazing achievement that American Jews have routinely been able to portray the Israelis as righteous, when they are oppressing the Palestinians, and I agree with this statement. I think this is a reflection of the Jewish place in the American Establishment, and the definition of Jewish identity as militantly Zionist. Though things are changing…

(Rightwinger Dennis Prager accepts the analogy but says just the opposite: Palestinians are the darlings to the world. Maybe to the world. Not in the U.S.)

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  1. jonathan ekman says:

    If the American media had been almost totally
    Sinicized, how sympathetic to the plight of
    the Tibetans would most Americans be?

  2. neocognitism says:

    It was humorous to watch Nancy Pelosi, who can only be described as a Christian Zionist, meet with the Dalai Lama and publicly sympathize with Tibet.

    Could you imagine her deigning to receive Ahmed Yassin, before he was assassinated, and holding his hand, lowering hear head in shared prayer, and then railing against the injustice of the Palestinians' situation in front of cameras from everyone in the MSM?

    It's true that the next day she backed off from her remarks on China, but that is completely irrelevant.

  3. Nell says:

    It was unnerving several years ago to see Ibrahim in the list of Benador Associates clients. I wonder if he's still repped by them for speaking engagements.

  4. samuelburke says:

    ” target=”_blank”>http://jewsagainstzionism.com/ Rabbi Meir Simcha of Dvinsk Rabbi Meir Simcha of Dvinsk I cannot utter with my lips nor write down what is in my heart concerning these unstable people…. We should pay no attention to Herzl, because this Zionist vision is driving – G-d forbid – Israel to destruction. It is our duty to preserve ourselves from being captured and mingled with the empty utterances of Herzl and Nordau and their cabal. I am astonished that the Mizrachi rabbis…will not unite with all those who have taken on themeselves the task of weakening the Zionist traitors. They actually uphold the Zionists and themselves will come to revile all those opposed ot this abominable Zionist movement, who teach that the only hope to Israel springs from the ZIONISTS WHO REJECT OUR HOLY TORAH.

  5. samuelburke says:

    assimilation and suffering….the best laid plans of mice and men. Theodor Herzel The founder of modern Zionism Herzl stated in his diary “So anti-Semitism, which is a deeply imbedded force in the subconscious mind of the masses, will not harm the Jews. I actually find it to be advantageous to building the Jewish character, education by the masses that will lead to assimilation. This education can only happen through suffering, and the Jews will adapt. ”. (From his Diary, Part I, pp. 68

  6. samuelburke says:

    ” target=”_blank”>http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2009/04/30/the… The Lobby wants war…by justin raimondo. Speaking of chutzpah, isn’t that what AIPAC is displaying a surfeit of by not rescinding their invitation to Harman? After all, she stands exposed as having colluded in a corrupt deal to let off two of their top employees who are charged with spying for Israel. Yes, we know they’re a fifth column working on behalf of a foreign power, but do they have to flaunt their disloyalty as if it were a badge of honor? Chutzpah is one word for it, hubris is another. In any case, the Lobby is riding for a fall, in spite of its political power, its financial resources, its stranglehold on Capitol Hill and the policymaking apparatus of the US government. If the US is drawn into yet another war with the Lobby’s fingerprints all over it, the American people — after having voted for a presidential candidate many thought was intent on reversing the relentless warmongering of the past eight years — are bound to react. As the Lobby jeers at and otherwise disrespects our laws and our nation’s security, sooner or later popular revulsion against this faction of brazen fifth columnists is bound to give AIPAC and its allies a monumental slapping down.