Miko Peled’s viral video

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How does this Miko Peled video get 2.7 million views — how is that possible? This isn’t a puppy or music video.

The tragic answer is that it is because it is the most beautiful thing we have in the world right now. Those 2.7 million are surely mostly Muslim; it’s a Muslim channel.  Imagine them sitting in Pakistan or Morocco, or maybe they’re smart curious kids who still get internet in Yemen. All the Israeli generals and spokespeople they see on TV sound the same. If it wasn’t so painful it would be painfully boring: listening to them on BBC and al-Jazeera, they all sound exactly the same. It’s like they can’t be human for one second. With every action Israel wages in the occupied territories it’s getting impossible to imagine the death and suffering. And the same stupid prattle forever. With the same smug condescending confidence that there never is even one tiny little stain on Israel’s moral ledger. (Just be a human being for one second of your life!)

And here they see one of the most beautiful people they’ve ever seen in their life. What a beautiful Jew. How different he speaks from almost all the American Jews they’ve seen on TV who talk about this issue. Someone wrote that Peled is not famous in America, how can that be? He has such great English. He is handsome. Look how he carries himself. An 8th degree black belt or something. His grand father was a top Zionist leader. His father was a general during the Six Day war, and met with Arafat. What a story. This man can’t be dismissed. His niece Smadar was blown up in Jerusalem and he dropped everything in his life to work for justice in Palestine. He must be on TV in the US! He would be the best guest on any show about the Israel/Palestinian conflict. We know America likes to have debate on their TVs.

Israel can have anyone in the world representing them. Almost every Muslim/Arab/Palestinian watching this video would love for this Israeli Jew to speak for the Palestinian case on American audiences. Think about that number 2.7 million: every single one while watching it talked about this amazing Jew and asked, How many are there like him?

And they start looking and they see Gideon Levy. Wow another Beautiful Israeli Jew. And they find more. And there is love, and there is hope. You need to close your eyes and imagine a couple of million Muslim conversations about this amazing Israeli Jew Miko Peled and this amazing talk. How elevated were those conversations — how much hope? We can’t even conceive of how much more love is in the world because of this video.

We are told that all these Muslims think the “only good Jew is a dead Jew” — that they are watching Miko Peled and thinking: “This Jew going to help us destroy Israel.” But maybe the Muslims watching this video are like everyone else and they look at this Israeli Jew with human wonder and and maybe a little deference. There goes a special man. While Sam Harris recently reminded them, if they were listening, how ignorant they were compared to Jews. Jews have so many Nobel prizes compared to Muslims.

And they have heard it all since 1948. Jews are so amazing. But this isn’t Israeli propaganda. Here indeed was a special human being who is a Jew.

I only saw this video recently. How could it be that someone like me wouldn’t be familiar with him. How sick is our society that I never heard of him? It is Orwellian. We have the people we have on TV that teach their audience nothing about this issue, just obfuscation, and they know that if they step outside the line they will get 1000 emails and phone calls from crazy Israel supporters, not to mention Dov Hikind with a megaphone outside the building. While Peled has 24 people listening to him in some basement synagogue lord knows where, and 2.7 million Muslims on line. It’s shocking.

Just World Books lately released a second edition of Miko Peled’s book: The General’s Son. Peled launched that book with a video talk here.

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26 Responses

  1. hophmi
    May 10, 2016, 12:17 am

    Does anyone here talk about Muslims this way? Tell, which ones are the good ones? Clearly, most Jews aren’t good or beautiful.

    • Talkback
      May 10, 2016, 11:23 am

      It’s not about Jews, but about Israeli Jews and since 79% of them think that Jews deserve preferential treatment you got a lot Jews there which only ugly people would find beautiful.

    • Mooser
      May 10, 2016, 11:45 am

      “Clearly, most Jews aren’t good or beautiful.”

      ‘You’re not being productive, “Hophmi”. You’re searching for justification for your own self-hatred and trying to pull everyone else down with you. Sorry, it’s not working.’ – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/hophmi/?keyword=self-hatred#sthash.Av8yvgL8.dpuf

    • eljay
      May 10, 2016, 2:19 pm

      || hophmi: Does anyone here talk about Muslims this way? … ||

      If non-Jews here were to speak about Muslims this way, you’d accuse them of being Muslim-loving, Jew-hating anti-Semites.

      If Jews here were to speak about Muslims this way, you’d accuse them of being self-loathing, Muslim-loving, Jew-hating anti-Semites.

      || … Clearly, most Jews aren’t good or beautiful. ||

      And you know this how? Have you been “counting Jews” again?

    • rosross
      May 10, 2016, 8:47 pm

      Since Israel does not represent Jews or Judaism the comment is not relevant.

    • Talkback
      May 11, 2016, 3:53 pm

      A recent poll finds that 72 percent of Jewish Israelis believe Israel’s control over the Palestinian territories does not constitute occupation. Aren’t most Jewish Israelis beautiful when they disenfranchise Nonjews in “Judea and Samaria”, hophmi?

    • YoniFalic
      May 14, 2016, 9:34 am

      @hophmi has little familiarity with Jewish/Yiddish culture.

      From http://yiddishwordoftheweek.tumblr.com/post/809246237/sheyn .

      Sheyn in Jewish History: The sheyne Yidn (שיינע יידן) in the European shtetl were the patricians and elite of Jewish society – the beautiful, that is, distinguished, Jews, who served as models of excellence and conduct. They were often economically well-to-do and ran the shtetl’s institutions and controlled its politics (YIVO). Because of their elevated status, they tended to speak in a much more refined manner, often using Hebrew euphemisms for the more private aspects of human life. See Weinreich (1, 2, and 3) for examples.

  2. Ian Berman
    May 10, 2016, 11:09 am

    Add another 1.45 million views from his next 4 most popular videos.

  3. Ian Berman
    May 10, 2016, 11:14 am

    Hopmi, I detect a note of sarcasm.

    I can’t remember who said it now, it may have been Andrew Bacevich, but the issue is that the West does not legitimize the actions of morally bankrupt Arab dictators, but they defend Israel’s heinous actions as just.

    Ethnic Cleansing, Military Occupation, Slaughtering Civilians, Human Shields, Beating & Detaining Children, Demolishing Homes, Burning Olive Groves – I am ASHAMED other Jews Defend This

    https://www.facebook.com/SpiritOfJBulworth/photos/a.494329413929325.133572.494320497263550/1164417746920485/

    • hophmi
      May 10, 2016, 11:38 am

      Just curious whether anyone here throws up videos of Muslim liberals who criticize Islamists and say, whoa, what a beautiful Muslim!

      • Stephen Shenfield
        May 10, 2016, 12:03 pm

        hophmi: I expect you can find such videos if you look for them and answer your own question. However, you are not curious because you think you already know that the answer is no. This is just a rhetorical trick that you regularly use to try to invalidate your opponents.

      • Mooser
        May 10, 2016, 12:09 pm

        “Just curious whether anyone here throws up videos of Muslim liberals who criticize Islamists and say, whoa, what a beautiful Muslim!”

        Doubt you will find them here. Try the Jewish-Muslim Volunteer Alliance for those. “You’re just going to have to come to grips with the fact that not every Muslim, and this is particularly true for Muslims outside of the Middle East, practices the same brand of politics as you do.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/hophmi/?keyword=Jewish-Muslim+Volunteer+Alliance#sthash.QPj0NV61.dpuf

      • MHughes976
        May 10, 2016, 1:04 pm

        The ‘I’ newspaper yesterday had a report of Sadiq Khan’s first visit as Mayor of London to a Jewish centre, where he was well received. He strongly opposes Islamists and anti-Semites. The word ‘beautiful’ was not used but one lady commented enthusiastically on his ‘kind eyes’. We’re getting into the fringes of beauty..

      • gamal
        May 10, 2016, 3:29 pm

        “However, you are not curious because you think you already know that the answer is no”

        if one were an educated and scholarly type serious about the study of Islam/Islamism one could start by reading say

        Dr. M.T. Sidqi “Al Din fi Manar Al ‘Aql al Salih”

        Ahmad Amin “Dhuha al Islam”

        Taha Hussein “The Future of Culture in Egypt”

        Muhammad ibni Hazm “Ma’rifat al Nasik wal Mansuk” which he wrote in the margins of Tasfir al Jalalayn

        Ali Abd al Raziq “Al islam wa usul al huqm”, he was fired as judge and stripped of his Azharite degrees for it, its very good on demolishing the concept of “Caliph”, its a bit weak when he comes to the political role the Prophet.

        and of course my fellow Sharqiyan the gratuitously individualistic

        Khalid Muhammad Khalid “Min Huna Nabda” and “Fi al bad’kana al kalimah”
        not sure be he may have coined the term “priestcraft” to describe the malign activity of the ulema,
        he is very funny about the Muslim Brotherhood and especially satirized the editor of their paper Muhib al din al khatib, whose name escapes me.

        no videos, but essential reading for the budding Islam/Islamist pundit, or one could guess and talk in vague generalities, I am too lazy to read all that stuff and so sometimes i too am puzzled, just what the hell is going on Islam and how will we ever find out?

        anyway H just got me thinking.

      • Chaos4700
        May 12, 2016, 2:59 pm

        OK, THIS comment is worth coming back for, if maybe briefly.

        A) Finding a Muslim liberal who criticizes Islamists is neither hard, nor rare. They’re taking a stand that is actually mainstream among Muslims. So, yeah, he or she wouldn’t be so extraordinarily contextually.

        B) You just made a direct moral equivalence between Zionists and Islamists. I’ll happily give you credit for unintentional brilliance, hophmi.

  4. ritzl
    May 10, 2016, 12:09 pm

    Just curious Yakov (not a poke at all), why did it take you until recently to see this presentation? It’s probably one of the best, if not THE best, primers on this conflict.

    I’m always intensely interested in what peoples’ turning points are on this issue.

    Thanks for reiterating it.

    • Mooser
      May 10, 2016, 12:20 pm

      “Just curious Yakov (not a poke at all), why did it take you until recently to see this presentation?”

      He was holding five aces, and didn’t want to leave the table.

    • just
      May 10, 2016, 1:16 pm

      I wondered the same, ritzl.

      Better late than never Yakov! You wrote a wonderful article about this and revived it. Many more folks will hopefully see the video now, and purchase his newest edition from Just World Books.

      I hope that he will be asked to speak to standing room only forums, too!

      • Susan A
        May 24, 2016, 12:09 pm

        He just did just! In London last night. :) His talk was better than ever. Superb. And it was filmed so hopefully will be ‘out there’ soon.

  5. biggerjake
    May 11, 2016, 11:37 am

    Yakov,

    I don’t know how you could have missed Miko Peled with all the research you obviously have done.

    Well, I guess I do know how you could miss Miko because the MSM refuses to give him an audience.

    I have written to MSNBC, and CNN trying to get them to interview him…but apparently they aren’t interested in the truth. They would rather let Zionists like Wolf Blitzer throw softball questions out to Netanyahu spokesman and liar Mark Regev.

    I even sent copies of his book, The General’s Son to Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes of MSNBC and they refused to accept them.

    They are all so pathetic…

    • Yakov Hirsch
      May 11, 2016, 3:51 pm

      It is not that my “position” changed because of Miko. I was vaguely familiar with him but I had never watched him. And then i watched this video and i thought he was very compelling and his presentation powerful. And it is just hit me how Orwellian it is that on a subject where the discussions on TV are so mind numbing, that this man, who would be a big draw on any network, who has impeccable Israeli and Jewish “credentials” can never be found on TV.

  6. Bumblebye
    May 11, 2016, 2:30 pm

    Yakov, Miko Peled’s fb page will keep you up to date on eveything he’s doing, across all platforms, articles he’s written, places he’s been (last time i looked, he’d been to Iceland, where he was proud to meet Mads Gilbert among others). His friends include many Palestinians and activists around the world (naturally!).

  7. gamal
    May 11, 2016, 7:11 pm

    i’d like to see Peled Vs Regev, either in a TV studio debate or preferably in the Octagon.

    the mans sincerity is very moving,

    He is exactly what a Karateka is supposed be, the embodiment of all the Confucian virtues.

  8. Franky Lamouche
    May 13, 2016, 8:27 pm

    The sons of Abraham decided to serve the nation rather than God. Until that changes, they will continue to slaughter each other.

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