All this as if I were a Zionist. And I'm not.
But I realized why Phil Weiss annoys me so much, and why this site annoys me. Weiss argues as an assimilated Jew who pretends anti-Semitism no longer exists in the west. He leaves Jewish insecurity and anger to the Zionists. He leaves the memory of the holocaust to them as well. Weiss et al. allow for Arab and Palestinian anger but render Jews at best, earnest supporters of Palestinian rights.
Jews have been a persecuted minority in the west as elsewhere. After 1945 Zionists used European guilt to ease the conquest of Palestine. All my references above describe the transformation of Jews from a persecuted ethnic/religious minority in Europe to proud European colonialists. The transformation is perverse, and Phil Weiss and his cohorts are no less perverse than Eli Yishai: "Muslims that arrive here do not even believe that this country belongs to us, to the white man." And Yishai's family is from Tunisia. By Zionist logic even Tunisian Jews are white!
Herzl: "We want to emigrate as a respected people".
Respected by white Europeans, the torturers of Jews. Yishai has inherited Herzl's self-hatred. I haven't. I support Palestinians not out of some abstract sense of sympathy but from a shared history of oppression. Israel is European colonialism, full stop. And although I think I said this already, the closest parallel to Israel is Liberia, a state built on conquest. The African natives,"uncivilized" "unchristian", didn't get the vote until the 1960s. Liberia was founded as Israel was, on expulsion and Jim Crow.
I wasn't directing my comment at authors on this site, who I think of as more sophisticated, but now I'm left speechless. Sara Lipton in the NYRB was associating the "Jewish nose" with anti-Semitic caricatures, therefore avoiding the association with Arabs. So yes, of course Arafat's nose is a Jewish nose because it is as Arab nose, but also and this also seems obvious, because 2000 years ago before the Arab conquests, Arafat's ancestors may well have been Jewish.
I'm not quibbling about Jews and Arabs in the Middle East, where the differences are more theological than genetic, I'm arguing against the racism of European Jews who want to associate themselves with white Europeans, and also with white European anti-Semites.
You do know that nose jobs were once very popular with American Jewish girls, right?
My father had a Jewish nose. He called it a Jewish nose. I grew up hearing the phrase spoken by Jews about Jews. No one ever said it wasn't an Arab nose; it's the same nose. It was a mark of pride. Also the dark skin. Even in Jews with light skin you can see it in their faces: Jewish features, Arab features. And it's not German.
Walmart got in trouble a year ago for selling a halloween “Sheik Fagin Nose" That's covering all bases.
1 relating to or denoting a family of languages that includes Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic and certain ancient languages such as Phoenician and Akkadian, constituting the main subgroup of the Afro-Asiatic family.
2 relating to the peoples who speak the Semitic languages, especially Hebrew and Arabic.
Semite- a member of any of the peoples who speak or spoke a Semitic language, including in particular the Jews and Arabs.
My father looked like an Arab. He din't look like a German, or a Pole. He could've passed for Sicilian but they're almost North Africans, so?
I'm not a Zionist, at least not by conquest. The Roma can't claim a right of return to Rajasthan. My point, and it's obvious enough, is about Zionist hypocrisy, wanting it both ways. I'm an anti-Zionist because I identify with minorities in the west not with white Europeans. I've lived with anti-Semitism for 50 years, from landlords and neighbors to girlfriend's families, all white Christians. It disgusts me that a Jew writing in the NYRB argued that Jews didn't look like Arabs. Arafat had a Jewish nose.
At this point it's pretty clear I'm arguing with anti-Jewish bigots, most of whom are white and who've found a a way to justify their bigotry by defending Palestinians, as white Europeans now hide their anti-Semitism behind defenses of Israel. As a Polish woman said to me a few months ago. "We have to stand with the Jews, no matter what we think of them." Herzl would've smiled and thanked her. I didn't smile. I said I was a Jew and I claimed the right of return to Poland. That shut her up.
European Muslims are the new Jews of Europe. They're the revenge of the Jews. That makes me smile.