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It could seem too much of a coincidence, at first, even for the New York Times, to feature a 4.8 million dollar home for sale outside Tel-Aviv in its International Real Estate section on July 18, 2018, the same day the Israeli Parliament passed a law declaring Israel the national home of the Jewish people.

But when I read the headline, “Luxury on the Mediterranean Coast of Tel-Aviv,” of this week’s featured home–perusing the real estate section  at breakfast for homes I could never afford is a weekly shameful indulgence of mine–it seemed like an obvious opportunity for the New York Times to fuse Israeli real estate with Jewish Zionist nationalism.  Only the New York Times could pull off this kind of seemingly apolitical–but highly politically charged–sleight of hand, running these two articles on the same day, in different sections, as if somehow the world of the Israeli Parliament could be separated from the world in which Palestinian history is erased in the name of real estate.  These two streams seamlessly overlapping each other ensures the perpetuation of Jewish Israeli exceptionalism, Jewish claims to Palestinian land, and a total erasure of Palestinian history.

The five-bedroom, 7100 square foot villa highlighted in the New York Times boasts a pool, pond, fire pit, gardens, an elevator, and is nestled on nearly a half-acre in Herzliya Pituach, a wealthy neighborhood ten miles north of downtown Tel-Aviv.  While promoting the home’s amenities, however, the New York Times article also contributes to the Zionist mythology that paints Israel a victim, and warns of anti-Semitism.  The lower-level of the house, for example, has a home-theatre and “a ‘safe’ room to be used in case of an emergency like a missile or chemical weapons attack.”  Even if there’s something practical or even utilitarian about equipping a home for such emergencies, the gesture feels politically manipulative.

Eran Alayof, the founder of Alayof Group Israel, a prominent Israeli real-estate company, says the real-estate market is thriving in Israel due to anti-Semitism:

The market is ‘booming like crazy,’ said Mr. Alayof, whose family real estate brokerage works mostly with international buyers. ‘With what is going on in the world right now,’ he said, and ‘anti-Semitism in the European countries, there are a lot of Jewish people who want to buy houses in Israel.’

The article masterfully exceptionalizes and normalizes Israel at the same time.  Because of the threat of war, for example, builders in Tel-Aviv are currently installing “safe houses” in existing buildings.  But according to Inna Fleshler, Israel Sotheby’s International Realty marketing communications manager, Tel-Aviv is, at the same time, just another cosmopolitan, urban, metropolis no different from a big city in the U.S.  Tel Aviv “is always in a high demand, like Manhattan,” Fleshler says.  Exceptionalizing Tel-Aviv as a place to flee anti-Semitism, a city that needs “safe houses,” while at the same time normalizing and advertising it as just another urban chic big city, commodifies the occupation and colonization of Palestinian land.  Ultimately, it becomes one more marketing opportunity for Israeli real-estate to cover up Palestinian history.

Of course, The New York Times isn’t the only venue for advertising real estate in Israel in seemingly apolitical ways.  A quick search for HGTV’s popular show, House Hunters International–another embarrassing indulgence of mine–reveals that several episodes from the last few years that have taken place in Tel-Aviv.  Titillating titles whet the appetite for buying property in the Israeli city on the Mediterranean such as, Big City, Big Beaches in Tel Aviv, Israel, Dream Apartments in Tel Aviv, Israel, First Home in Tel Aviv, and my favorite, Test of Love in Tel Aviv, Israel, from season 49:

Tom and Sarah met on a Jewish dating site and after two years together in San Francisco have decided to move to Tel Aviv where Tom will join his family’s business. While Tom will be right back at home, Sarah will be thousands of miles from her family, friends, and native language. They’re looking to rent a two bedroom apartment by the sea while they decide if this move is right for them, but in a city with a high demand for flats, their low budget may be a problem. House Hunters International puts love to the test in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Living in Tel-Aviv is at once exceptionalized (“met on a Jewish dating site,” “Tel-Aviv where Tom will join his family’s business”) and normalized (“a two bedroom apartment by the sea,” “a city with a high demand for flats”).  That these episodes take place on land stolen from Palestinians simply does not come up, and popular venues for real-estate like HGTV and the New York Times International Real Estate section can claim to be apolitical when displaying properties in cities like Tel-Aviv and Herzliya.  Real estate in Israel remains a universal test of love but never a test of politics.

It doesn’t take much effort to find the Palestinian history that lives underneath and around the villa in Herzliya Pituach for sale for 17.5 million New Israeli Shekels (NIS).  According to Zochrot, an organization that researches and documents Palestinian life before 1948, Herzliya (named for Theodore Herzl), was founded in 1924 as a pioneer settlement:

These pioneers settled in an area populated by Arabs in all directions…The village Ijlil with its two parts–Qabliya and Shamaliya–was situated to the southwest of Herzliya; Alharam was situated to the northwest, with Arab al-Akabshe Bedouin to the north, Shitake and Arab al-Asuat to the east, and the village of Abu Kishek to the southeast.

The 2007 Zochrot article, written by Eitan Bronstein and Norma Musih, focuses on photographs in “Beit Rishonim” (Founders’ House), a museum that displays the history of Herzliya.  One photograph shows Herzliya as valuable property before it was even founded–an act of fortuitous real estate appropriation in itself.  The city is empty, despite overwhelming evidence of Palestinian life:

The narrative of ‘making the desert bloom’ appears in this museum undisturbed side-by-side with the narrative of ‘settling in the heart of the Arab population.’ The wasteland photo is somewhat blurry but does show some wild weeds growing. The composition chosen for this photo shows the virgin land waiting for Herzliya pioneers to come along and make it bloom. This ‘wasteland’ is named ‘Herzliya’ even before the town is founded. In other words, the land, nature itself, is named after the Hebrew town even before this name took real form. According to this narrative, the land waited for its Zionist settlers to build upon it and name it after the European man (Herzl) who dreamt it but never lived here.

Another photo in the museum shows goats roaming without a shepherd, further evidence of Palestinian indigenous life existing only as natural background:

The goats, we know, are owned by neighboring Arabs, but they are absent from the caption. The goats roaming without a shepherd enhance the desolate feeling of the image…The Arab surroundings in which Herzliya was settled is presented in the narrative of the Herzliya museum as a faded background, part of the wild landscape that awaited its European settlers, and not as a viable culture somehow rooted in the land. The Arabs are regarded as part of the natural landscape. They roam about like a herd of goats with no shepherd, or perhaps their goats roam about without a human hand to guide them.

Palestinian history in this museum in Herzliya is represented as it lives in Zionist history–background scenery that exists to make the Zionist pioneers look good.  If the Arabs appear in any photos, they serve no purpose other than to be “civilized” by the white Europeans.

Though information about Palestine is easily accessible, the Israeli realtors are busy selling expensive villas available only to wealthy Jews.  But if you choose to read about it, you’d find that Al-Haram, for example, the Palestinian village northwest of Herzliya, has a rich Palestinian history, and met an unjust end, like all the other Palestinian villages. According to Palestine Remembered, Al-Haram was ethnically cleansed by the Haganah, the Jewish paramilitary organization, on February 3, 1948.  One hundred fifty homes were destroyed.  You can still see the Sidna Ali Mosque near the Mediterranean Sea today.  To those who don’t know the history, it might look like another “ancient ruin,” rustic background to the newer modern sleek buildings.  Al-Haram had a shrine for al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali (who died in 1081 A.D.), a descendant of the second Muslim Caliph ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab.  The village had an elementary school for boys that was founded in 1921.  In 1945, 68 students were enrolled.  Al-Haram had a population of 880, and 360 were Jewish.  The village thrived.  Palestinian life existed.  I read that citrus and olive trees dotted the landscape.  A spring existed to the north.  Palestinian residents of Al-Haram have said that before 1948, they were told by representatives of Jewish towns that they would be safe.  But Palestinians weren’t safe.  Their land was taken, their history destroyed, replaced with a four-car garage and glass railings and fancy security systems.

For over a century, the Jewish National Fund has been planting trees in Israel to cover up remains of these villages–except, perhaps, a few remnants like a cistern here or a terrace there–or like the the Sidna Ali Mosque, for example, so that visitors to the area can marvel at the “ancient ruins.”  When I was a girl, I saved my allowance money to plant a tree in Israel.  It was a selfless act, I was taught.  Rather than buy material things like Muppets, I was investing in a future.  I was proud to have planted a tree with money I earned from doing chores; I still have the certificate that was sent to me.  Small children stand around the tree, some with brown pigtails–as I wore my hair, too!–and dig into the earth with shovels wearing blue overalls, the tree full and plush, a primary green, bright, like green M&Ms.  Decades later–once I knew that the Zionism with which I was raised was a mythology–I drove through the forests between Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, witnessing Israel’s efforts to cover up the destruction of Palestinian life and culture and history.  The success of the forest depended, in part, on young Zionists like me to pay for it.

The New York Times isn’t asking its readers to help the forest grow, but it might as well be, for the forests and the expensive Jewish villas serve the same purpose: to cover up any hint that Palestinian life existed.  But the history of Al-Haram and all the other Palestinian villages ethnically cleansed is out there, available to those who choose to see below the surface of a new home’s radiant heated floors.

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  1. Kay24
    Kay24
    July 22, 2018, 6:16 pm

    May they never find any happiness living in stolen lands. May they feel the same pain and suffering as their victims.

  2. annie
    annie
    July 22, 2018, 6:38 pm

    House Hunters International…..after two years together in San Francisco have decided to move to Tel Aviv where Tom will join his family’s business. While Tom will be right back at home, Sarah will be thousands of miles from her family, friends, and native language. They’re looking to rent a two bedroom apartment by the sea while they decide if this move is right for them, but in a city with a high demand for flats, their low budget may be a problem.

    funny, according to craigslist the rents are more expensive for a 2 bdrm in san fransisco than they are for tel aviv. (here’s a 2 bdrm luxury penthouse on the beach in tel aviv w/parking – https://telaviv.craigslist.org/apa/d/duplex-penthouse-tel-aviv/6640180956.html try duplicating that in SF — you’d be lucky to get ocean views from 20 blks away)

    ‘With what is going on in the world right now,’ he said, and ‘anti-Semitism in the European countries, there are a lot of Jewish people who want to buy houses in Israel.’…. Tel Aviv “is always in a high demand, like Manhattan,” Fleshler says.

    With what is going on in the world right now, with top 1% getting richer by the moment, some jewish people , who demographically make up a disproportionate percentage of the wealthy, can afford to purchase 2nd and 3rd homes for their already international lifestyle. if they happen to be pro israel it makes sense they’d want to be on the front lines of colonization.

    and Tel Aviv will never be “like Manhattan.” this constant pr for israel — all designed to coverup the atrocities going on there. that zockrot link is so sad, so very sad.

    • umm al-hamam
      umm al-hamam
      July 22, 2018, 9:10 pm

      Tel Aviv is very much like Manhattan: indigenous Lenape land that was expropriated by settlers while the natives were expelled, massacred in several extremely one-sided wars, forced to sign treaties with the United States and finally deported to distant reservations, mostly in present-day Oklahoma, where the majority of them are now landless, in poverty and cut off from their cultural and linguistic origins. Or probably more accurate to say that the Manhattan model is what the Zionist settlers hope to achieve in Tel Aviv.

  3. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    July 22, 2018, 7:23 pm

    RE: “Small children stand around the tree, some with brown pigtails–as I wore my hair, too!–and dig into the earth with shovels wearing blue overalls, the tree full and plush, a primary green, bright, like green M&Ms.” ~ Liz Rose

    MY COMMENT: That’s incredibly/powerfully evocative. Me likes!!!
    .

  4. drhmay
    drhmay
    July 23, 2018, 8:50 am

    Amazing. The haters never miss a chance to demonize every aspect of israel, Israelis and life there, using false narratives, made up conspiracy theories and blind hatred. And at the same time remaining blind to the fact the reason Palestinians are mired in distress is mostly of their own making. Honor above reason. Hatred above compromise. The irretrievable past above a future and a present. A real peace, however painful and imperfect, would open the door to prosperity and happiness for all peoples in this struggle. Those are irrefutable facts.

    • CigarGod
      CigarGod
      July 23, 2018, 9:14 am

      BlindPeaceDoc,
      “Palestinians are mired in distress is mostly of their own making.”

      Or is it…?
      “Zionists are mired in distress is mostly of their own making.”

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      July 23, 2018, 9:51 am

      Israelis are bastards and they love it Trauma will do that

    • bcg
      bcg
      July 23, 2018, 10:53 am

      @Peacedoc: “Hatred above compromise.” For some time now groups of high-level Israeli military and security people have been putting forth plans to compromise and coexist with the Palestinians, for example Commanders For Israeli Security ( http://en.cis.org.il/ ) and Blue White Future. But the Israeli government can’t do it – they want ALL the land, nothing less than the maximum will suffice.

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        July 23, 2018, 11:15 am

        If I may add bcg – they want ALL the land and ALL palestinians dead or running for their lives.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      July 23, 2018, 11:04 am

      @Peacedoc

      More lies from Hasbara Central:
      “A real peace, however painful and imperfect, would open the door to prosperity and happiness for all peoples in this struggle. Those are irrefutable facts.”

      Reality, i.e., “irrefutable facts.” that prevent “real peace.”
      The Likud Party Platform:
      a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”
      b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”
      c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”
      d. “…. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”

      The PLO accepted UNSC Res. 242 and thereby agreed to recognize a sovereign Israel within the 1949 armistice lines, i.e., as of 4 June 1967 – 78% of mandated Palestine.

      The PLO also agreed to the US/EU/UN supported 2002 Arab League Beirut Summit Peace Initiative, which offers Israel full recognition as a sovereign state (per UNSC Res. 242, i.e., within its June 4/67 boundaries with possible minor, equal and mutually agreed land swaps), exchange of ambassadors, trade, tourism, etc., if Israel complies with international law (e.g., the UN Charter, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute.) Fully aware of Israel’s demographic concerns, the Beirut initiative does not demand the return of all Palestinian refugees. In accordance with Israel’s pledge given to the UNGA in 1949 and by signing the 1949 Lausanne Peace Conference Protocol to abide by UNGA Res. 194 regarding the then 800,000 Palestinian refugees (as determined by Walter Walter Eytan, then Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry) as a precondition for admittance to the UN (after being rejected twice), the Arab League’s Initiative “calls upon Israel to affirm” that it agrees to help pursue the “achievement of a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem…” The entity known as “Israel” ignored the Arab League’s peace proposal.

      For the record, other peace initiatives that Israeli governments have rebuffed include: U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers’ The Rogers Plan (1969); The Scranton Mission on behalf of President Nixon (1970); Egyptian President Sadat’s land for peace and mutual recognition proposal (1971); U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s call for a Geneva international conference (1977); Saudi Arabian King Fahd’s peace offer (1981); U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s Reagan Plan (1982); U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz’s Schultz Plan (1988); U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s Baker Plan (1989); and the previously noted 1993 Oslo accords signed by Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin that unravelled following the latter’s assassination and subsequent return to power of the Likud party from 1996-1999 under Benjamin Netanyahu; continuation of the Taba II negotiations (2001); the unofficial Geneva Peace Initiative of November/December 2003; and the 2014 Kerry Initiative.

      As for the much touted 2000 Camp David Summit, working in tandem, Barak and Clinton tried to shove a very bad deal down Arafat’s throat. It could only be rejected. Suffice to quote Shlomo Ben-Ami, then Israel’s foreign minister and lead negotiator at Camp David: “Camp David was not the missed opportunity for the Palestinians, and if I were a Palestinian I would have rejected Camp David, as well.” (National Public Radio, 14 February 2006.)

      The “offer” made in 2008 by then Israeli PM Ehud Olmert was never seen as serious because it lacked cabinet approval, he was under indictment with only a few weeks left in office, had a 6% favorable rating, and, therefore, couldn’t have closed the deal, even if the Palestinians had accepted it. (Olmert was imprisoned.)

      Unfortunately, Israel’s response to every peace overture from the Palestinians and Arab states, has been an escalation of illegal settlement construction, dispossession and oppression in occupied Palestine and other Arab lands.

      Regarding Hamas:
      On 16 June 2009, after meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Ismail Haniya, prime minister of Hamas’s Gaza Strip government, announced that “If there is a real plan to resolve the Palestinian question on the basis of the creation of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 [i.e. 22% of historic Palestine] and with full sovereignty, we are in favour of it.”

      http://www.haaretz.com/isra…
      “‘We accept a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital, the release of Palestinian prisoners, and the resolution of the issue of refugees,’ Haniyeh said, referring to the year of Middle East war in which Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories. ” (Haaretz, December 1, 2010)

      In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas again agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Israel promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.

      https://www.haaretz.com/isr…
      “Senior Hamas Official: ‘I Think We Can All Live Here in This Land – Muslims, Christians and Jews.’” By Nir Gontarz. March 28, 2018, Haaretz.

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      July 23, 2018, 12:04 pm

      Peaedoc: “Hatred above compromise.”

      That must be the reason why even 78% of historic Palestine is still not enough, Jerusalem won’t be shared and refugees are denied the right of return.

      It’s just pure “hatred”, isn’t it?

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      July 23, 2018, 12:11 pm

      “Amazing. The haters…/…irrefutable facts.”

      Okay already! If you think you can get a lower price on the house, go right ahead.

    • eljay
      eljay
      July 23, 2018, 12:16 pm

      || Peacedoc: … the fact the reason Palestinians are mired in distress is mostly of their own making. Honor above reason. Hatred above compromise. The irretrievable past above a future and a present. A real peace, however painful and imperfect, would open the door to prosperity and happiness for all peoples in this struggle. Those are irrefutable facts. ||

      Zionists love to preach “peace” because a Zionist “peace”:
      – allows Israel to remain a religion-supremacist “Jewish State”;
      – allows Israel to keep most of what it has stolen, occupied and colonized;
      – absolves Israel of its obligations under international law (incl. RoR); and
      – absolves Israel of responsibility and accountability for its past and on-going (war) crimes.

      Jewish supremacism above justice, accountability and equality. That is the irrefutable fact.

  5. Naftush
    Naftush
    July 24, 2018, 4:49 am

    Which “historic Palestine” is this? The one from 1946? That gives it a two-year history. The one from 1921? That would include Transjordan, which makes the 78% figure a falsehood. It’s just pure “hatred”, isn’t it?

    • MHughes976
      MHughes976
      July 24, 2018, 11:38 am

      If the figure is correct with reference to 1946 then perhaps ‘78% of Palestine, as that historic, millennia-spanning name for the river to sea ‘peninsula’ was applied in 1946’ would make the basis of the claim a little clearer – but that consideration, if correct, does not weaken the power of Talkback’s remark. He still draws attention to an event, marked by cruelty and injustice, perhaps by a kind of hatred, on which I look with horror. With those who look on it with equanimity I disagree.

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      July 24, 2018, 11:42 am

      Naftush: “Which “historic Palestine” is this? The one from 1946? That gives it a two-year history. The one from 1921? That would include Transjordan, which makes the 78% figure a falsehood.”

      Palestine didn ‘t include Transjordan. The mandate for Palestine simply administred this two seperate areas while Article 25 allowed for the exclusion of Transjordan from unspecified provisions. Technically they remained one mandate, but most official documents referred to them as if they were two separate mandates.

      Naftush: “It’s just pure “hatred”, isn’t it?”

      Not only. In your case it is also being educationally impaired.

  6. lonely rico
    lonely rico
    July 24, 2018, 9:33 am

    They made the real estate section bloom

    At a price …

    They made the graveyards bloom !

    At least 9,560 Palestinians and 1,248 Israelis
    have been killed since September 29, 2000.

    http://ifamericaknew.org/stat/deaths.html

  7. Steve Grover
    Steve Grover
    July 24, 2018, 2:41 pm

    Tonight the Mega millions jackpot is $550 Million. If I am lucky enough to win it, I would buy this house and give it to the Ark in Chicago to allow poor Jewish people from Chicago to visit Israel in luxury.

    • James North
      James North
      July 24, 2018, 3:27 pm

      Mooser: This is a great statement to stick in the mouth of your sock-puppet, “Grover”. Your inventiveness never ceases to impress me.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 24, 2018, 3:45 pm

        ” Your inventiveness never ceases to impress me.”

        Thank you. I was very uncertain when this started that I could do justice to a “Steve Grover”.

        And I thank the Moderators for their continued indulgence.

      • Steve Grover
        Steve Grover
        July 24, 2018, 3:54 pm

        Hey Jimbo,
        Are you still a White Sox fan? I mean Jerry Reinsdorf is a proud fellow Zionist. The Ricketts family are pro-Israel too. Last year, it was Israel day at Guaranteed Rate Field and the Consul General of Israel threw out the first pitch. This year Ambassador Ron Dermer threw the first pitch at the Friendly Confines.
        Just remember Jimbo, there will continue to be a thriving Jewish State of Israel centuries after you are dead

      • eljay
        eljay
        July 24, 2018, 6:42 pm

        || Steve Grover: … Just remember Jimbo, there will continue to be a thriving Jewish State of Israel centuries after you are dead ||

        Yup, according to Zionists the “Jewish State” is good for no less than a Thousand Years!

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        July 25, 2018, 2:54 am

        Steve Grover: “Just remember Jimbo, there will continue to be a thriving Jewish State of Israel centuries after you are dead.”

        Yes, like the Hasmonean kingdom.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 25, 2018, 11:00 am

        “Grover”: ‘ Zionism means baseball and balebatim‘!

  8. JWalters
    JWalters
    July 25, 2018, 12:52 am

    Wow! You can make such great land deals when you just steal the land! Mmmm…

  9. Spring Renouncer
    Spring Renouncer
    July 25, 2018, 9:18 pm

    The NYT is notorious (psychopathic really) on Israel and Palestine. Recently there was an article about the Nation State Law (by Halbfinger maybe?) and it was explaining the politics behind the law and its passage. The article mentioned the embattled “Israeli Left”, the great “Rightward shift’, the holy Basic law, the valiant Israeli Supreme Court which protects it, the “Arab Israeli” minority and the interactions between them all. If you knew nothing true about Israel and Palestine – as many Americans do not – it would seem like a decent, well-written, nuanced piece, but if you knew ANYTHING about how Israel actually does operate it read like a surreal Kafkaesque fiction.

    The whole mission of the article was to portray Israel as a regular old decent Western liberal democracy, with its very own respectable democratic squabbles and process, to superimpose America onto Israel in a way that would make what’s going on in Israel seem normal and comprehensible to moral readers. To accomplish this, the occupation and history were barely mentioned and buried deep inside the article: Palestinians were erased and quotes chosen strategically.

    I used to think this sort of style of writing must be some sort of unconscious blunder by the NYT but I can no longer believe it. NYTimes writers are too intelligent and knowledgeable to mistakenly propagandize. Instead, it must be that they believe the propaganda and willingly partake in making it. Evidence for this is that there is almost no other topic on which the Times take the above approach (except US imperialism maybe).

    Recently there was a NYT article about a right-wing fascistic Hindu-nationalist who had gone to Harvard and worked at McKinsey in the US, but went back to India to become a member of Parliament for the BJP, the ruling right-wing party. This man recently met with and garlanded Hindu men accused of lynching innocent Muslims. He did this to get political credibility as a Hindu Nationalist. The article – which I liked – very deftly exposed this man’s hypocrisy of being respectable and even progressive in America but a fascist back home. It was implied that this compartmentalized politics is a common problem among Indians in the US, and it is. This was good and revealing reporting and the Times is able to do this when they want (when it concerns Indians, Russians and some Americans etc.). So it struck me, why can’t the NYT openly report on equivalent things concerning Israel? There are so many Israeli politicians with links to the US and so many American Jews who have compartmentalized political philosophies: progressive in America fascistic in Israel. The reason that the Times doesn’t go after these characters is because it has consciously decided to turn a blind eye to them, to pretend as if this phenomenon does not exist!

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      July 26, 2018, 2:54 am

      The NYT is Der Sturmer to Israel’s fascists.
      How this happened is absolutely fascinating . The NYT can’t drop Israel as to do so would be to admit that Zionism is bankrupt so it moves in lockstep with Israel towards the buzz saw.

    • JWalters
      JWalters
      July 26, 2018, 7:27 pm

      Excellent analysis. The NYT is not an independent entity. It is an appendage of Israel.

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