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This is an interesting story. Meyer Koplow is the chair of Brandeis University and a big deal lawyer at Wachtell Lipton in NY. He gives “millions” to Israel, and is a pillar of the Israel lobby. His son Michael, who works for a pro-Israel organization, has posted a thread on twitter about his father’s “aggressive interrogation” at the Israeli airport on July 15 because he had a pamphlet with the word Palestine on it and had visited the West Bank with a pro-Israel group called Encounter.

Of course Palestinians face worse all the time, but Michael Koplow sees this as another sign of the chasm between Israeli and American Jews:

“I have a personal anecdote to share that is a perfectly sad microcosm of everything wrong with the way Israel treats information as a threat and American Jews as objects of suspicion

“My dad was in Israel for the past two weeks, spending one week visiting me and the fam while we’re here and spending the second week in the West Bank with other American Jewish leaders on an Encounter Leadership Intensive aimed at hearing the Palestinian narrative firsthand. For some background, my dad is as American Jewish establishment as it gets: 3 time shul president, former UJA board member, current chair of Brandeis University, has contributed millions to Israeli institutions including Shaarei Tzedek, Hebrew U, and AMIT. Textbook pro-Israel. He left yesterday to go home, went through Ben Gurion security without a hitch, and once at the gate got paged over the loudspeaker to go to the info desk.

“Once there, a security officer said there was a problem with his luggage and they wanted to ask him some questions about where he had been and what he was doing. Turns out that he had taken a tourism pamphlet from a hotel in Bethlehem that had the word Palestine on it, and that triggered an aggressive interrogation because spending time in the West Bank immediately raises unacceptable red flags. The officer asked him to prove that Encounter was a real organization, demanded to know who else was on the trip (which he refused to divulge because of confidentiality), and expressed doubts that he was telling the truth, repeating questions to try and catch him in a lie.

“The kicker, of course, was the incredulous question about why he would want to go to the West Bank and what he planned to do with the information he saw, as if seeing the daily reality of life in the WB firsthand ipso facto will create a pressing threat to Israel’s security. This happened to a completely non-threatening grandfather, who has been to Israel dozens of times, and who is a major philanthropist to Jewish causes in Israel.

“More worrisome, it was the result of going through his checked bag and literally reading through the papers in it. Security at Ben Gurion weren’t set off by a weapon. They weren’t looking for a bomb. They pulled him back from the gate on his way out of the country because they went digging through his personal items and found a Palestine tourism pamphlet. Let that sink in for a moment.

“We have moved from Israel being worried about tangible security threats, to treating BDS advocates and protestors as if they are security threats, to treating any evidence of basic engagement with Palestinians as security threats. Simple information is treated as dangerous. There is also the issue of how Israel treats American Jews. That my dad is a particularly prominent one who has made the Jewish state an object of his philanthropic generosity makes this story seem worse, but that actually should not be germane to this situation.

“In what universe does it make sense to treat someone with my dad’s profile – an older, rumpled, kippah-wearing American – as an object of suspicion? Even if the state is going to cynically treat American Jews like dollar signs, that would be better than what transpires. Israelis can pretend that the crisis with American Jews is about spoiled millennials, Reform Jews who don’t appreciate their heritage, assimilated Americans living their comfortable lives in blissful ignorance, etc. (have I hit all of the most obnoxious stereotypes?) But it is much, much more than that. If Israel wants American Jews to feel like they have any stake in the state and that it is something worthy of support, praise, and defense, it has to minimally respect them and their philosophical values of openness and basic decency.

“There is a bigger storm coming than the Israeli government cares to understand, and I have seen it infiltrating into some surprising quarters of American Jewry for years. My dad’s story is not unique. When Israel finally wakes up to the problem, it will be too late.”

Alexandra Whitney response:

My grandparents from Jerusalem (Ayn Karim) were made stateless exiles in 48. I am banned from travel to visit great-grandparents graves. I can’t even get through to the West Bank. Period.

Diana Greenwald, an assistant professor at City College:

I’m sorry to hear about your dad’s experience. I was strip searched at Ben Gurion at the end of June because I do research in the West Bank. It was infuriating and upsetting. Of course, these kinds of degradations happen to Palestinians all the time.

Ali Gharib:

IMHO, it is completely inappropriate to tweet this thread without so much as an acknowledgement of what Israel’s bigoted policies mean for all the non-Jews — especially Palestinians and those with Muslim names.

Gilad Halpern of Haaretz wrote:

Shocking experience but it’s good that it happened. I just hope that now Koplow Sr will either disengage from Israel or actively campaign against it.

Koplow responded: “I assure you that he will do neither, and I’m glad that he won’t. The only way out of this as far as I’m concerned is constructive engagement.” (He did not explain what that means.)

Thanks to Dave Reed.

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  1. John O
    John O
    July 17, 2018, 1:07 pm

    “… The only way out of this as far as I’m concerned is constructive engagement.” (He did not explain what that means.)

    Ah, the old “constructive engagement” meme again. I was berated by one of our regular contributors here a short while ago for assuming the term meant engagement between Israelis and Palestinians. It’s becoming clearer now: it means Israel’s defenders are starting to panic.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      July 17, 2018, 5:47 pm

      “constructive engagement”

      Somebody should check Koplow for an irony-deficient diet.

    • Rob Roy
      Rob Roy
      July 17, 2018, 9:00 pm

      John O,

      [You say, “Ah, the old “constructive engagement” meme again.”
      I have to mention it….that is not a “meme.” Apparently no one on earth except Richard Dawkins and, ahem, yours truly, knows what the word “meme” means and how to use it.]

      • John O
        John O
        July 18, 2018, 5:53 am

        Curses! Exposed again.

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      July 18, 2018, 9:15 am

      Well, clearly, we should actively campaign against all Middle East governments, because all of them do much worse than give people trouble at the airport.

      • CigarGod
        CigarGod
        July 18, 2018, 9:51 am

        Better re-bait your hook Hophmi…no one is biting.

  2. eljay
    eljay
    July 17, 2018, 1:11 pm

    Michael Koplow, you are absolutely right:
    – The “Jewish State” can be excused for deliberately and unapologetically engaging in terrorism, ethnic cleansing, military occupation, colonialism, oppression, torture, murder and sundry (war) crimes.
    – But it cannot be excused – because there simply is no excuse – for shamefully daring to question the credibility or intentions of a heart-and-soul Zionist like your dear old dad.  :-(

  3. lonely rico
    lonely rico
    July 17, 2018, 1:38 pm

    If Israel wants American Jews to feel like they have any stake in the state and that it is something worthy of support, praise, and defense, it has to minimally respect them and their philosophical values of openness and basic decency.

    If Israel wants support, praise and defense from any non-Israelis, it must (minimally) cease its racist cruelty of the Palestinians: theft, murder, violence and destruction ongoing for over seven decades.

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      July 18, 2018, 9:17 am

      It already gets plenty, but why do so many Mondoweissers support Iran when it engages in much worse discrimination against its minorities, let alone its majority?

      • CigarGod
        CigarGod
        July 18, 2018, 9:54 am

        What?
        You want to talk about Iranians instead of the abuse shown an elderly man in “uniform.”

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 18, 2018, 11:55 am

        “abuse shown an elderly man in “uniform.”

        And what is more, a man bearing the rumples of many struggles in behalf of the Jewish people.

  4. JohnSmith
    JohnSmith
    July 17, 2018, 2:09 pm

    Funny. “First they came for the poor, the destitute, the disenfranchised, and I did nothing. Then they came for the people who actually gave a crap about universal human rights, and I did nothing. Finally, they came for me, the thoughtless multimillionaire supporter, and it was, like, superr aawk-wardd, y’know?”

  5. Rusty Pipes
    Rusty Pipes
    July 17, 2018, 4:15 pm

    I don’t really care about Koplow’s motivation; I’m glad this story got shared for this: “In what universe does it make sense to treat someone with my dad’s profile – an older, rumpled, kippah-wearing American – as an object of suspicion? Even if the state is going to cynically treat American Jews like dollar signs, that would be better than what transpires. Israelis can pretend that the crisis with American Jews is about spoiled millennials, Reform Jews who don’t appreciate their heritage, assimilated Americans living their comfortable lives in blissful ignorance, etc. (have I hit all of the most obnoxious stereotypes?) But it is much, much more than that. …
    There is a bigger storm coming than the Israeli government cares to understand, and I have seen it infiltrating into some surprising quarters of American Jewry for years. My dad’s story is not unique. “

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      July 17, 2018, 5:10 pm

      ” an older, rumpled, kippah-wearing American “

      In conformity with the command : ‘and they shall wear rumples upon their garments.’

  6. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    July 17, 2018, 4:15 pm

    RE: “The only way out of this as far as I’m concerned is constructive engagement.” ~ Koplow

    ■ FROM WIKIPEDIA [Constructive engagement]:

    [EXCERPT] Constructive engagement was the name given to the policy of the Reagan Administration towards the apartheid regime in South Africa in the early 1980s. It was promoted as an alternative to the economic sanctions and divestment from South Africa demanded by the UN General Assembly and the international anti-apartheid movement.[1]

    The Reagan Administration vetoed legislation from the United States Congress and blocked attempts by the United Nations to impose sanctions and to isolate South Africa.[2] Instead, advocates of constructive engagement sought to use incentives as a means of encouraging South Africa gradually to move away from apartheid.[3] The policy, echoed by the British government of Margaret Thatcher, came under criticism as South African government repression of the black population and anti-apartheid activism intensified. . .

    . . . The build-up to what was to become the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986 can be traced to Archbishop Desmond Tutu who visited the United States in 1984. This visit occurred after President Reagan’s comfortable re-election. Speaking on Capitol Hill Tutu delivered a speech, declaring “constructive engagement is an abomination, an unmitigated disaster.”… “In my view, the Reagan administration’s support and collaboration with it is equally immoral, evil, and totally un-Christian.”[11] This speech was the turning point for the Reagan administration, and also the beginning of the end of “Constructive Engagement”. In April 1985 President Reagan came under attack from within the Republican Party itself. The Republican majority in the Senate voted 89–4 on a resolution condemning apartheid.[12]

    In October 1986, the United States Congress overrode President Reagan’s veto of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act (the Senate vote was 78 to 21, the House vote was 313 to 83), despite objections by conservative Representatives such as Dick Cheney, who noted that Nelson Mandela was the head of an organisation that the State Department had deemed “terrorist”.[13] In the week leading up to the vote, President Reagan appealed to members of the Republican Party for support, but as Senator Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. would state, “For this moment, at least, the President has become an irrelevancy to the ideals, heartfelt and spoken, of America.”[14] The legislation, which banned all new US trade and investment in South Africa, also refused South African Airways flights landing permission at US airports. This legislation was seen as a catalyst for similar sanctions in Europe and Japan, and signalled the end of the constructive engagement policy.

    SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructive_engagement

    ■ FROM ForeignAffairs.com: “South Africa: Why Constructive Engagement Failed”, By Sanford J. Ungar and Peter Vale, Winter 1985/86

    Article Summary
    Ronald Reagan’s imposition of limited economic sanctions against the South African regime in September was a tacit admission that his policy of “constructive engagement”–encouraging change in the apartheid system through a quiet dialogue with that country’s white minority leaders–had failed. Having been offered many carrots by the United States over a period of four-and-a-half years as incentives to institute meaningful reforms, the South African authorities had simply made a carrot stew and eaten it. Under the combined pressures of the seemingly cataclysmic events in South Africa since September 1984 and the dramatic surge of anti-apartheid protest and political activism in the United States, the Reagan Administration was finally embarrassed into brandishing some small sticks as an element of American policy.

    ARTICLE – http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/40525/sanford-j-ungar-and-peter-vale/south-africa-why-constructive-engagement-failed

    ■ MAGGIE THATCHER’S OPPOSITION TO USING SANCTIONS AGAINST APARTHEID-ERA SOUTH AFRICA :

    . . . While Thatcher maintained throughout her political career that she “loathe[d] apartheid and everything connected with it,” she . . . refused, alongside Ronald Reagan, to back sanctions against the Apartheid regime in South Africa. “In my view, isolation will lead only to an increasingly negative and intransigent attitude in the part of white South African,” she said in December 1977 . . .

    SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2013/04/supposed-democracy-dictator.html

  7. annie
    annie
    July 17, 2018, 5:33 pm

    i stumbled upon Michael Koplow’s thread of tweets a few hours ago without realizing this post was up, and left a few comments too regarding israel isolating palestinians and not making it easy for them to have any visitors at all.

    as an aside here is an example of a trip possibly similar to the one Mr Koplow attended http://www.encounterprograms.org/event/intensive-leadership-seminar/
    this trips is by invitation only, i am not sure if all of their trips are but it appears so from their list of upcoming programs, they are all “Intensive Leadership Seminars”

    Encounter’s Intensive Leadership Seminars are by-invitation-only programs designed for mid-to-high level Jewish communal leaders. Each seminar cohort is comprised of leading Jewish professionals in their various fields and select lay leaders committed to a more nuanced, informed and constructive engagement with Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    http://www.encounterprograms.org/our-programs/

    Our Programs
    Encounter’s educational programs equip Jewish leaders with a more textured understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Participants return with a renewed commitment to engaging with perspectives entirely different from their own, and a dedication to leading new conversations in their communities. Through our Immersive and Continuing Education programs, Encounter is building the capacity of the Jewish people to confront the complexities of Israeli-Palestinian issues and lead in new ways.

    on the “about us”page it says “Many of our community’s leaders — leaders who play an active role in shaping American Jewish engagement with Israel and the conflict — rarely have the opportunity to hear directly from the Palestinians with whom our people’s story is so intimately intertwined. ”

    so it sounds like they are providing a structured opportunity for hand picked jewish leaders to engage with hand picked palestinians. interesting.

    another aside, Michael Koplow just tweeted an article he wrote at the forward https://twitter.com/mkoplow/status/1019285653731860486

    “Me in @jdforward on Israel’s nation-state bill and how it falls short of the standards that ethical nationalism (which Zionism is) should strive to meet” https://forward.com/opinion/405869/zionism-is-not-racist-israels-nation-state-bill-shouldnt-be-either/

    • chocopie
      chocopie
      July 17, 2018, 6:06 pm

      “…a more nuanced, informed and constructive engagement with Israel…” Sounds like he got what he went there for ; )

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        July 18, 2018, 11:25 am

        Constructive engagement with trauma is not possible

  8. Misterioso
    Misterioso
    July 17, 2018, 8:39 pm

    Good news regarding American Jews worth revisiting:

    https://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page//.premium-future-of-u-s-jews-keeps-me-up-at-night-israeli-minister-says-1.6172892

    “Future of U.S. Jews ‘keeps me up at night,’ Israeli minister tells Jewish gathering”

    “Naftali Bennett tells AJC conference that his main goal as diaspora affairs minister is ‘saving the Jews’ and warns of ‘losing millions of Jews to assimilation.’”
    By Judy Maltz | Jun. 12/18 – Haaretz.

    EXCERPTS:
    “Addressing the annual conference of the American Jewish Committee, he said: ‘If there’s one thing that keeps me up at night, it’s not Iran but the future of the Jews in America, and we have to fix this together.’”

    “’If we don’t act urgently, we’re going to be losing millions of Jews to assimilation,’ he told more than 2,400 AJC delegates from six continents around the globe who were attending the conference. It was the first time in its 112-year history that the AJC – one of the largest Jewish organizations in the world – held its large annual event outside the United States.

    “Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett told a large Jewish gathering in Jerusalem on Tuesday that he feared for the future of the American-Jewish community because it was losing its connection to both Israel and Judaism.”

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      July 17, 2018, 10:15 pm

      ’If we don’t act urgently, we’re going to be losing millions of Jews to assimilation,’

      How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm after they’ve seen Christmas trees and curvy blonde goy girls?

      You’ll have to lock them in the ghetto, Mr. Reuben.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      July 18, 2018, 12:01 pm

      “’If we don’t act urgently, we’re going to be losing millions of Jews to assimilation”

      There’s more than one way to lose.

  9. echinococcus
    echinococcus
    July 17, 2018, 9:03 pm

    Constructive Engagement definition:

    An equal-force encounter between Zionists armed to the teeth, Uzis, grenades, rocket launchers, nukes, what-will-you, and a bunch of kids throwing rocks.

    • Elizabeth Block
      Elizabeth Block
      July 18, 2018, 9:57 am

      When I was there I heard a presentation from Combatants for Peace. The Jewish speaker was ex-IDF. He described working in the West Bank with all the firepower of the IDF at his command. The Palestinian had been the champion stone-thrower in his village. http://www.elizabethblockpottery.com/blog
      And thanks for the clarification of what “constructive engagement” means, i.e. supporting the status quo while pretending to oppose it.

  10. echinococcus
    echinococcus
    July 18, 2018, 12:49 am

    I just hope that now Koplow Sr will either disengage from Israel or actively campaign against it.

    Mr. Halpern has no idea how tasty Kool-Aid can be. Ask Jim Jones. He may become an Iliberal-Zionist if he’s not already that, though, and Koplow Jr may become a Liberal-Zionist, if he’s not that already.

  11. Marnie
    Marnie
    July 18, 2018, 1:48 am

    I confess, from the title of the article containing the words US Israel supporter and abuse, I was expecting actually to read about some abuse. He wasn’t abused at all, inconvenienced maybe. I went to his son’s twitter page and my impression was the anger and surprise that his father’s entitlement (rich jewish american) didn’t entitle him to a kiss goodbye, come again soon from airport security. Compared to a night at the russian compound, strip searches, etc. and more that has happened to countless others. He’s upset because his dad was treated like the ‘other’, sort of.

    Now they’re biting the hand.

    bite the hand that feeds you Definition in the Cambridge English …
    https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/bite-the-hand-that-feeds-you
    bite · grant · ingrate · ingratitude · jam · thanks · thanks for nothing idiom · unappreciative · ungrateful · what more do you want – jam on it?

  12. Boomer
    Boomer
    July 18, 2018, 8:25 am

    Truly, a telling tale.

  13. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    July 18, 2018, 10:11 am

    I note that Hophmi has succumbed to another bout of “whataboutery” diarrhoea.

    • eljay
      eljay
      July 18, 2018, 10:47 am

      || Ossinev: I note that Hophmi has succumbed to another bout of “whataboutery” diarrhoea. ||

      Whataboutery + “singling out”* = a Zionist two-fer.
      _____________________
      (*Iran, the “world’s only Iranian/Persian State”.)

  14. Ismail
    Ismail
    July 18, 2018, 10:18 am

    ““In what universe does it make sense to treat someone with my dad’s profile – an older, rumpled, kippah-wearing American – as an object of suspicion?”

    Easy. When he’s Meir Kahane or any of the numerous long-in-the-tooth WB colonists with Uzis slung on their shoulders.

    Or when they’re otherwise cuddly and menschlich guys who have the unfortunate habit of pumping money into a racist, settler-colonial project on stolen land.

    Next question?

  15. tsarkastik
    tsarkastik
    July 18, 2018, 10:48 am

    I agree that it is far past the time for “constructive engagement.” The elder Bush, for one, tried it. As to strip searches, my 70 year old aunt, a 5 foot tall dumpling, was strip searched. She inquired and was told by the American Embassy that the Israelis were mad about some visa thing.

    But I would also like the good professor to comment directly on the last few years of military attacks against Palestinians. And to the argument that “constructive engagement” can also be read as “enabling behavior.”

  16. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    July 18, 2018, 11:23 am

    Israel is a cult where any mention of Palestine is deemed unacceptable. It’s great to see Israeli officials doing this to Jews. Jews must understand that Israeli “security” agents are sick bastards.

    • annie
      annie
      July 18, 2018, 11:35 am

      that video is beyond intense.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 18, 2018, 12:04 pm

        Tourism is Israel’s biggest industry, isn’t it?

      • annie
        annie
        July 18, 2018, 12:21 pm

        not that i know of

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        July 18, 2018, 1:16 pm

        Lying is bigger, Mooser. On a per capita basis.

        “They lie to us
        And then lie to themselves
        About lying to us ” – Trudell

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        July 18, 2018, 1:22 pm

        If there were a top 10 of “Israel as it really is” videos, that would be in.
        So would this :

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        July 18, 2018, 1:46 pm

        According to the Knoema World Data Atlas tourism accounts for 6% of Israel’s gdp. According to Index Munda tourism is important because it helps to correct Israel’s characteristic annual trade deficit. Other sources indicate that plans to increase income from tourism are being made and regarded as important. The Daily Telegraph has an index of countries least reliant on tourism at the moment, where Israel appears as no.17, between, remarkably, Brunei and Burkina Faso.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 18, 2018, 6:24 pm

        Thanks, “MHughes”.

    • Rashers2
      Rashers2
      July 18, 2018, 1:29 pm

      Some years ago, I first saw this video. It is equally affecting now as then. How can any sane human being think it’s alright to behave like that?

  17. Rashers2
    Rashers2
    July 18, 2018, 1:15 pm

    Whilst I don’t in the remotest empathise with anything Mr. Koplow, Sr. may feel about his treatment at Ben Gurion Airport and am sorely tempted to say it serves him right for years and $ millions of support for these lawless thugs, the story is strong anecdotal confirmation of what has become increasingly apparent: Zio-noia is plumbing new depths of blind stupidity and fear. When any régime’s security apparatus gets so exercised about the “possession” of a single printed word, that régime is on the verge of madness.

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      July 18, 2018, 2:27 pm

      I have been following Israel for over 20 years and now is the worst I have seen. Power means Bennett and Co can do what they want but what they do reeks of paranoia and insanity. Denying Palestinian reality is what the thugs in the Old Testament stories did regarding Judaism.
      Israel is trying to refashion reality to accord with Zionist groupthink. It’s a sad fail.
      Israelis may be as fanatical as the Japanese in ww2 by the time the cavalry ride over the hill. It could develop into something awful.

      • eljay
        eljay
        July 18, 2018, 3:21 pm

        || Maghlawatan: … Power means Bennett and Co can do what they want but what they do reeks of paranoia and insanity. … ||

        It’s hard to know who’s crazier:
        – Bennett and Co; or,
        – non-Israeli Jewish Zionists who continue to defend and support those madmen and their madness and, by doing so, endanger themselves and – more importantly – non-Zionist Jews.

        Regardless, it’s clear that Jewish / “Jewish State” supremacism is some powerful, mind-altering sh*t!

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        July 18, 2018, 4:14 pm

        Israel is run on groupthink

        http://time.com/4675860/donald-trump-fake-news-attacks/

        “In his 1953 masterpiece, “The Captive Mind,” the Polish poet and dissident Czeslaw Milosz analyzed the psychological and intellectual pathways through which some of his former colleagues in Poland’s post-war Communist regime allowed themselves to be converted into ardent Stalinists. In none of the cases that Milosz analyzed was coercion the main reason for the conversion. They wanted to believe. They were willing to adapt. They thought they could do more good from the inside. They convinced themselves that their former principles didn’t fit with the march of history, or that to hold fast to one’s beliefs was a sign of priggishness and pig-headedness. They felt that to reject the new order of things was to relegate themselves to irrelevance and oblivion. They mocked their former friends who refused to join the new order as morally vain reactionaries.”


         “During the war we were taught that Japan, the land of the Gods, was a righteous, divine country and that America was an evil, barbaric country. We didn’t actually believe this, but merely followed along, thinking that, since there was no such thing as a just war , such poisonous, simple minded rhetoric was a way to whip up a state of furious belligerence in the people. Again, we had doubts as to whether or not Japan would be capable of guiding the Greater Asia c0-prosperity sphere.. We did not think we would be defeated. It was not that we were so convinced of victory we never thought of defeat. It was simply unbearable to contemplate it, and because we could not imagine what our fate would be afterward we shielded our eyes from the possibility and went on believing in certain victory.
        ….
        People of the future will find it strange that during the war we so easily accepted an education smacking of distorted self esteem and hostility that advocated such preposterous ambitions, but for us the reasons seemed compelling”

        Diary of writer Yamada Futaro, October 1945, quoted in “So Lovely a country will never perish” p 152-153

        Shine a light on the real culprits — the buy side
        From Pulak Prasad, Singapore
        1
        yesterday
        Sir, Sarah Gordon has written a scathing indictment of the sellside analyst (“Sellside research would be little missed”, February 7). As a fund manager for many years, I can’t quibble with any of the facts stated in the article. What I am quibbling about, though, is that she is blaming the wrong party.
        We can all agree that there is a problem with sellside analysts. But why? Why do these very smart young men and women behave the way they do? Because of the greed, corruption, short-sightedness, arrogance and incompetence of the fund management community, to which I belong.
        Our community is laser focused on the short-term results and staying with the herd, and hence so are the analysts, who, after all, are being paid by us. A fund manager who puts a hand on his heart and says to an analyst: “Help me understand the long-term fundamentals of this industry and company, and I don’t really care if you are wrong about the stock price movement over the next quarter or next year” is a rare species indeed.
        Let’s not shy away from indicting the sellside, but let’s also not stop there, and move on to shine the light on the real culprit, which is us, the buy side.
        Pulak Prasad
        Nalanda Capital,
        Singapore

        Groupthink tends to deviate from reality and then collapse.
        For all of the wisdom within Judaism it is hard to see Israel avoiding this fate.

      • CigarGod
        CigarGod
        July 18, 2018, 8:50 pm

        We know what one man with a pitcher of koolaid can do.

  18. MHughes976
    MHughes976
    July 18, 2018, 1:23 pm

    Mr.Koplow seems to have ventured on to the outer fringes of Liberal Z and received some harsh treatment in return. He and his family begin to ask why this treatment occurs and note that information, even a little bit of rather harmless information, is regarded as dangerous. That is a good question, is it not? What makes powerful people fear the truth? The knowledge that their power is being misused, what else? Mind you, I expect that he will receive discreet assurances that he will not be treated like that again and that policy will be reviewed. I hope he will wonder why his maltreatment deserves indignation and seems in principle to be wrong yet the treatment of the Palestinians, long term, relentless, humiliating, does not require indignation on a massively greater scale than his case does?

  19. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    July 18, 2018, 1:23 pm

    @Annie
    “that video is beyond intense”
    Compare and contrast:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjQOnn0cCxo

    Note the comment at 1.44 mins:
    “I think that this is the beautiful face of Israeli society”.
    These Zionist morons are simply incapable of imagining/admitting that there is “an ugly face”.
    In civilised moral countries disabled people whatever their ethnicity are viewed and treated with respect and understanding. Not the case for non – Jews in Fascist Zioland.

    • annie
      annie
      July 18, 2018, 2:32 pm

      sad. no words.

    • Sibiriak
      Sibiriak
      July 18, 2018, 2:42 pm

      Ossinev: in civilised moral countries…
      —————————

      Especially those wonderful civilized Western countries.

  20. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    July 18, 2018, 1:28 pm

    “abused at Israeli airport for having ‘Palestine’ pamphlet” is so Naftali Bennett. Deny reality.
    It’s like the ultra Orthodox and periods. Pretend they don’t happen. FFS.

    Every Palestinian breath is an assault on Israeli groupthink.

  21. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    July 18, 2018, 5:39 pm

    @Sibiriak
    “Especially those wonderful civilized Western countries”

    Yes be they East or West or North or South as opposed to an artificial Apartheid racist colony in the Middle East.

    • Sibiriak
      Sibiriak
      July 19, 2018, 12:07 am

      Ossinev: “Especially those wonderful civilized Western countries” Yes be they East or West or North or South
      ———————————–

      The civilized/uncivilized dichotomy has such a glorious history. No reason for progressives to abandon it. (The West is best!)

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