‘Anti-Zionist chic’

So anti-Zionism is trending? Here’s a great crazy piece, “Liberal Jewish Israel bashers,” by Isi Liebler in the Jerusalem Post, in which Liebler warns of “anti-Zionist chic” catching on in the salons and boudoirs of American Jewry and seeks to rally American Jews to the cause: a unified Jewish Jerusalem, support for the settlement project. Oh and J Street is far left. This piece is another measure of how alienated rightwing Israel is becoming from any set of shared values– and also how vicious those folks are going to get when U.S. opinion turns on them. By the way, Zionist founder Herzl ten times promised that Jerusalem would  stay international. Liebler (thanks to Harry Hjalmarson):

I must confess to a rising sense of frustration and rage when observing the increasing number of ill-informed and fallacious critiques of Israel by liberal Diaspora Jews.

This is not in reference to the loathsome so-called anti-Zionist Jews who call for boycotts of Israel. Nor even to jaundiced far-Left Jewish groups like J Street, that inflict considerable damage on the Jewish state by calling on the US government to pressure Israel, or orchestrate petitions such as those recently circulated among liberal Jewish clergy demanding that Israel cancel plans for residential construction in Jerusalem’s Jewish suburbs and the E-1 area.

I refer to those Jews who, when it was fashionable, were enthusiastic supporters of Israel. But the estrangement of many of their liberal non-Jewish friends from the Jewish state encouraged them to also assume politically correct attitudes, even adopting an “anti-Zionist chic.”…

Yet sadly, one becomes increasingly convinced that many Jewish liberals have closed minds and do not wish to be enlightened, because their principal motivation is to demonstrate to their “progressive” friends that they are more open-minded, universal and tolerant than their “bigoted” Israeli kinsmen.

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  1. MRW says:

    Thumb-sucking.

  2. Citizen says:

    Mmmm, so the Fashion Police are here. What does Joan Rivers have to say? More hasbara botox, more lipstick for the pig?

  3. Citizen says:

    Phil, the hot link did not work, but this one does: link to jwire.com.au

    This fashion cop is from Australia.
    It’s Springtime in Is-ra-el, and Our Holy Land,
    Our nation is whole-some and free.

  4. marc b. says:

    their principal motivation is to demonstrate to their “progressive” friends that they are more open-minded, universal and tolerant than their “bigoted” Israeli kinsmen.

    well, good for them. not that they’d ever pull a muscle trying to prove that they’re more humane and less racist than liebler.

  5. Shmuel says:

    Poor Isi, still wearing wide lapels. Where else would he pin all those “Israel Must Live”, “I Am a Zionist”, “Free Soviet Jews” and “I [heart] Golda” buttons? (That was a rhetorical question, Mooser.)

  6. pabelmont says:

    Too bad this twirp thinks it is unfortunate that (as he tells us) it is now “politically correct” to bash Israel. (Good thing and late coming, but I digress.) Where was he for 55 years when it was “politically correct” to L*O*V*E Israel?

    Wide lapels indeed.

    • JennieS says:

      “Where was he for 55 years when it was “politically correct” to L*O*V*E Israel?”
      To be politically incorrect, my guess would be “happy as a pig in muck”.

  7. piotr says:

    THE EXTENT of the breakdown among Jewish liberals was highlighted when even David Breakstone, vice chairman of the World Zionist Organization and a devoted Zionist, recently provided a Kosher certificate to Peter Beinart, one of Israel’s most biased and hostile Jewish Diaspora critics.

    It reminds me a Portuguese map of Africa made around 1480. Beautifully crafted by the pioneering navigators, somewhere below the Equator there was an illustrated annotation “Ubi leones” (where lions) and just a bit further south a sign of cross and “Finis Terra Cognita” (End of the Known Earth). What monsters, maelstroms etc. lie on the far side of Peter Beinart has to be left for subsequent expeditions to explore. As we are discussing a movie today, I conceived a sketch of a Zionist horror movie.

    The theme of a journey into a horrifying unknown was introduced by Conrad in the Heart of Darkness and adapted to XX century cinematography in Apocalypse Now. I would start the journey at Brighton Beach, Russian/Jewish and patriotic, and continue by M train toward Manhattan, stopping at Chabadnik heartland of Yorktown Heights and then glimpsing sinister Satmars.

    In a blood curdling scene the main character would see defacing and confrontation over Pamela Geller poster. As the horror is deepening, we would see a food coop in Park Slope. And so on until the climactic final scenes at the campus of Columbia University.

  8. sardelapasti says:

    “I refer to those Jews who, when it was fashionable, were enthusiastic supporters of Israel. ”

    Aha! Now this is valuable information. If it’s going out of fashion, something must be really stirring. Thanks a lot for the good news.

  9. “Herzl ten times promised that Jerusalem would stay international.” – Phil
    ———–
    To invoke Herzl – as the founder of Zionism – is a good/bad idea. – He wrote:

    “We [Jews] move of course to where we are not persecuted;
    by our advent/arrival the persecution arises.” (Judenstaat, p.26)
    —————————————————
    What he said had been historically true. – But why should this rule
    suddenly not be true when Jews move from Europe to Palestine?

    • P.S.
      It’s Phil’s “anti-Zionist chic” to refer to Herzl. – The “chic” critics of Communism and the Soviet Union of course always referred to Karl Marx and the ‘true’ Lenin.

    • Mooser says:

      Klaus, if you wish to worship Herzl as the font of truth, that’s your business. But you might try being a bit more skeptical. Did you ever consider Herzl might have had a reason, for his writing, other than imparting the most objective and factually correct information to his readers? I know it complicates things unduly, but might be useful to consider.

  10. Hostage says:

    I must confess to a rising sense of frustration and rage when observing the increasing number of ill-informed and fallacious critiques of Israel by liberal Diaspora Jews.

    This is not in reference to the loathsome so-called anti-Zionist Jews who call for boycotts of Israel.

    Of course not. We loathsome so-called anti-Zionist Jews can pin you down with fact-filled criticisms that you can’t refute. All that pent-up frustration and rage is a side effect of swallowing too much hasbara and the resulting constipation. You really do need to get all that out of your system once in a while.

    • Bumblebye says:

      And I thought it caused a terrible, highly embarrassing case of the trots (rightwards, of course!). All that indigestible hasbara whiffing to high heaven!

    • Obsidian says:

      “We loathsome so-called anti-Zionist Jews can pin you down with fact-filled criticisms that you can’t refute.”

      Really?

      I thought that was what we Zionists were doing here.

  11. a blah chick says:

    “Yet sadly, one becomes increasingly convinced that many [Zionists] have closed minds and do not wish to be enlightened, because their principal motivation is to demonstrate to their “progressive” friends that they are more open-minded, universal and tolerant than their “bigoted” [Arab neighbors].”

    Fixed.

  12. Newclench says:

    The Herzl thing and an internationalized Jerusalem – that has real potential. I hope someone picks up on that for some fun. Launch it with some street posters at the next GA or WZO or Jewish Agency conference.

  13. yourstruly says:

    bigoted israeli kinsman?

    whatever his religion?

    no kinsman of mine?