George Galloway and the Left’s Unholy Alliance





Richard L. Cravatts, Ph.D., director of Boston University’s Program in Publishing, just finished a book about the world-wide assault on Israel taking place on college campuses, Genocidal Liberalism: The University’s Jihad Against Israel.

The news that British MP George Galloway was the planned guest speaker at a February 1st Hamas fundraiser at Boston’s Palestinian Cultural Center for Peace would, in a morally coherent world, be alarming for those in the West who wonder why elected officials should be gathering support for a group of jihadist thugs whose principal efforts are dedicated to the extirpation of Israel and the murder of Jews.  Here, again, is yet another instance of the dangerous “unholy alliance” between Islamists, with a specific agenda to dilute Western institutions and destroy Israel, and Leftists, who, in accommodating radical Islam, not only enable what Robert Spencer has called a “stealth jihad,” but help facilitate it.

Galloway, who wry commentator Christopher Hitchens once observed as “being 100 percent consistent in support for thugs and criminals,” has been actively raising funds for his current pet project, Viva Palestina—including from those attendees at the Boston event, who will pay $1000 each to attend a private reception with the MP.  Viva Palestina’s purported goal is to shuttle in “aid” to Gaza, but that assistance has been in the form of cash given directly to Hamas—designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the U.S. State Department, Canada, and the EU.

Galloway’s pernicious fundraising road show has also included visits to American universities.  In October 2009, for instance, in an action that seemed to give credence to notion that there was, and remains, a sinister and dangerous side to anti-Israel activism on college campuses, the U.S. Justice Department initiated an investigation into possible illegal fundraising on behalf of Hamas participated in by UC Irvine’s Muslim Student Union.  Based on a formal complaint by the Zionist Organization of America, the investigation will look into allegations that Galloway had raised funds for the Viva Palestina project.

Galloway, who has referred Hamas “as heroes [who] are opening the eyes of the world to the siege in the Strip,” and who elevates the Palestinian cause as a sacred mission against the tyranny of Western imperialism, had attended a May 2009 event on the Irvine campus sponsored by the University’s Muslim Student Union, “Israel: The Politics of Genocide” and used the opportunity not only to condemn Israel for its many alleged transgressions, but also to raise money to assist its enemies in arming themselves to further their ambition of extirpating the Jewish state.  His real intention, and the spurious purpose of Viva Palestina’s fundraising, was on full display in 2009 when Galloway presented a satchel of cash to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.  At that meeting, Galloway was very clear about his true intentions and the purpose of his charitable activities:  “This is not charity,” he said as he defiantly passed the money to Haniyeh, “this is politics.”  What is more, he contended at that meeting, he was fully intent on “break[ing] the sanctions on the elected government of Palestine.”

While Galloway’s current obsession seems to be his visceral hatred for the Jewish state and adulation for its jihadist foes, his loathing of the imperialist West in general has been evident for some time now.  In a 2005 interview on Iraq News Network, for instance, Galloway was asked if it was feasible, or even productive, for the radical Left and Islamists to have common goals in their assault against Western democracies and Israel.  For Galloway, whose fatuous theories about Western hegemony and Third-World victimism animate his venomous world view, this unholy alliance is precisely what he is after.  “Not only do I think it's possible,” he told the interviewer, “but I think it is vitally necessary and I think it is happening already.  It is possible because the progressive movement around the world and the Muslims have the same enemies.  Their enemies are the Zionist occupation, American occupation, British occupation of poor countries, mainly Muslim countries.  They have the same interest in opposing savage capitalist globalization which is intent upon homogenizing the entire world . . .  So it's necessary to unite these two great forces.”

That morally reprehensible fawning over despots and murderers has been part of Galloway’s repertoire for years.  In 1994, for example, he told the lovely Saddam Hussein, “Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability.”  What was more, Galloway was completely willing to cheer on the Islamist madman in his apocalyptic scourge against mankind, and specifically against one small democracy in the Middle East.  “I want you to know,” he told Hussein, “that we are with you until victory, until victory, until Jerusalem.”  On an Al Jazeera television appearance in 2005, Galloway similarly showed his contempt for the West and his strange attraction to jihadism when he accused the United States and Israel of being defiling occupiers who had unjustly asserted themselves into Iraq and Palestine.  “Two of your beautiful daughters are in the hands of foreigners―Jerusalem and Baghdad,” he said. “The foreigners are doing to your daughters as they will.  The daughters are crying for help, and the Arab world is silent.  Some of them are collaborating with the rape of these two beautiful Arab daughters. . . .”

The perverse union between jihadists and Leftists, embodied by Galloway, which might seem initially incompatible, serves both sides well, and is the reason why his presence at the Palestinian Center makes strategic sense.  Pro-Palestinians wish to deflect the pathologies of their own societies and savor being able to assign the term of illegal “occupier” to Israel, and Leftists at the same time fulfill their Marxist dreams of trying to envision, and help create, what Harvard’s Ruth Wisse has called the “ideal of the egalitarian state,” by purporting to help suffering Gazans with aid that instead is expropriated by Hamas for weaponry with which to murder even more Jews.


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Elliott Aron Green - 2/25/2010

This comment got posted in the wrong place so I am putting it here too.

Prof,
The liberation cult that you call "death cult" certainly predates medieval times but is certainly NOT a genocidal cult.
On the contrary it is a life celebrating and life enriching cult: to live in freedom in one's homeland; free from racist and marauding alien colonialists!


I am glad that `Umar went back to medieval times on this one. That's when the Arab/Muslim conquests took place. Would `Umar like to claim that those conquests did not involve a lot of death, a lot of killing?? The Arabs did not stay in their homeland, Arabia, by the way. They took it upon themselves to invade all the lands from Spain to Persia, even reaching western India, now ruled by that historical afterbirth, Pakistan. The Arab/Muslim conquerors behaved like "marauding alien colonialists." In case you didn't know, Omar. However, I don't want to call those early Arab conquerors "racists." They were equal opportunity enslavers. They enslaved black Africans [al-Zanj] as well as white Europeans and brown Indians.

As far as Jews coming back to their land is concerned, Omar, check up Sura 17:104 of the Quran. That is translated as:

And thereafter We said to the Children of Israel: 'Dwell securely in the Promised Land. And when the last warning will come to pass, we will gather you together in a mingled crowd.'
Qur`an 17:104

Two somewhat different translations of the same verse are:

Then We said to the Israelites: 'Dwell in this land. When the promise of the hereafter comes to be fulfilled, We shall assemble you all together.'
Dawood trans., p236

104. And We said unto the Children of Israel after him: Dwell in the land; but when the promise of the Hereafter cometh to pass we shall bring you as a crowd gathered out of various nations.
Pickthall trans., XVII:104

Omar, your own Quran foretells a Jewish return to the Jews' land. It seems that the Quran may be --- Zionist!!!


Elliott Aron Green - 2/25/2010

Prof,
The liberation cult that you call "death cult" certainly predates medieval times but is certainly NOT a genocidal cult.
On the contrary it is a life celebrating and life enriching cult: to live in freedom in one's homeland; free from racist and marauding alien colonialists!


I am glad that `Umar went back to medieval times on this one. That's when the Arab/Muslim conquests took place. Would `Umar like to claim that those conquests did not involve a lot of death, a lot of killing?? The Arabs did not stay in their homeland, Arabia, by the way. They took it upon themselves to invade all the lands from Spain to Persia, even reaching western India, now ruled by that historical afterbirth, Pakistan. The Arab/Muslim conquerors behaved like "marauding alien colonialists." In case you didn't know, Omar. However, I don't want to call those early Arab conquerors "racists." They were equal opportunity enslavers. They enslaved black Africans [al-Zanj] as well as white Europeans and brown Indians.

As far as Jews coming back to their land is concerned, Omar, check up Sura 17:104 of the Quran. That is translated as:

And thereafter We said to the Children of Israel: 'Dwell securely in the Promised Land. And when the last warning will come to pass, we will gather you together in a mingled crowd.'
Qur`an 17:104

Two somewhat different translations of the same verse are:

Then We said to the Israelites: 'Dwell in this land. When the promise of the hereafter comes to be fulfilled, We shall assemble you all together.'
Dawood trans., p236

104. And We said unto the Children of Israel after him: Dwell in the land; but when the promise of the Hereafter cometh to pass we shall bring you as a crowd gathered out of various nations.
Pickthall trans., XVII:104

Omar, your own Quran foretells a Jewish return to the Jews' land. It seems that the Quran may be --- Zionist!!!


art eckstein - 2/24/2010

Omar no doubt sees the idiot Liberman is worse than, say, the genocidal madman Yusuf al-Qaradawi. No doubt that's because as a Muslim and an Arab, al-Qaradawi has the RIGHT to be a genocidal madman.

But beyond Omar's bigotry and hatred, there's his disgraceful mental laziness. He doesn't read or even listen to anything challenging. As Barry Rubin says: "Portraying themselves always as victims is a mainstay of the general Arab world view. It reflects a desire to let others do the work of solving problems, and to provide an excuse to demand concessions without having to make any of their own."


omar ibrahim baker - 2/24/2010

Elliott
I am all always, have always been, for any body and every body supporting and/or struggling for Palesinian rights in their homeland ,Palestine, be it left, center or right, leaving the raving ultra right to you and kin!

Do tell us about your FM Lieberman; that should be more interesting than Besancenot.


Richard Cravatts - 2/23/2010

It is revealing that while you clearly do not agree with the point of view of my article, you nevertheless chose not to refute any of the facts I cited and points I made in it.

You did, however, choose to make ad hominem attacks on me and my background, apparently without any need to deal with actual facts.
You may feel that I am merely "just another polemicist shilling for moneyed interests," but apparently the editors of newspapers, magazines, and journals around the world who over the years have published over 300 of my articles on politics, current affairs, and the Middle East don't share your opinion that I'm merely "passing myself off as a scholar."

Also, your hallucinatory claim that Boston University's Program in Publishing, a certificate program in the Center for Professional Education that is supported entirely through tuition payments from working adults, "was established to attract right-wing Jewish funding" was also very revealing. Apparently, that sinister purpose was completely unknown by me, BU's administration, the program faculty, and the many students who are trying to enter the publishing business equipped with up to date skills. Who knew, as you have now revealed, that the actual purpose of the program, funded by the sinister Jewish Lobby, was to train students to control world media and help suppress any criticism of Israel?

How would you characterize another of the Center's certificate programs, the one for financial planners? As a Zionist-funded program with its purpose to train a new generation of international bankers who can control world economies and profit from driving countries to war? What is the core textbook for the course, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion?

Mr. Galloway never apologizes for denouncing Israel and the West, including his own country, nor does he try to distance himself from his odious attraction to Hamas and other Islamic terrorism. He is very open and public with these pronouncements, all of which are readily accessible in print, online, and elsewhere. My article linked his actions with a trend in contemporary history wherein the Left and radical Islam have found common enemies and formed an uneasy alliance.

That is why, to answer your disingenuous question, the piece had some relevance to a history site, and that is why the editors ran it. You may well have a different way of looking at current affairs and history, and you're perfectly free to weave your own argument out of one of your conspiracy theories and present it to the marketplace of ideas in the form of an actual article, instead of some snide graffiti at the end of someone else’s opinions.


A. M. Eckstein - 2/23/2010

Dear Elliott,

That obviously holds for Omar. Professor Dresner, so far, has just inadvertently admitted to making broad statements without knowing the facts.

As for Omar and his shameful ilk, beyond the bigotry and the hatred, there's the mental laziness. Here's what Barry Rubin says: "Portraying themselves always as victims is a mainstay of the general Arab world view. It reflects a desire to let others do the work of solving problems, and to provide an excuse to demand concessions without making any of their own."


Elliott Aron Green - 2/23/2010

`umar, I see that you like the "Left" this week. I recall when Arab spokesmen spoke disdainfully of the "Left" & Communists. Now, the leader of the Trot-Communists in France, one Besancenot, embraces Arab mass murder of Jews while overlooking Arab exploitationn of millions of semi-slave foreign workers in Arabia.

Marx thought that Islam was an obstacle to progress.


Elliott Aron Green - 2/23/2010

`umar, I see that you like the "Left" this week. I recall when Arab spokesmen spoke disdainfully of the "Left" & Communists. Now, the leader of the Trot-Communists in France, one Besancenot, embraces Arab mass murder of Jews while overlooking Arab exploitationn of millions of semi-slave foreign workers in Arabia.

Marx thought that Islam was an obstacle to progress.


Elliott Aron Green - 2/23/2010

`umar, I see that you like the "Left" this week. I recall when Arab spokesmen spoke disdainfully of the "Left" & Communists. Now, the leader of the Trot-Communists in France, one Besancenot, embraces Arab mass murder of Jews while overlooking Arab exploitationn of millions of semi-slave foreign workers in Arabia.

Marx thought that Islam was an obstacle to progress.


Elliott Aron Green - 2/23/2010

Art, can we use the label "bigot" for people who hold strong hate beliefs and cannot be swayed by evidence to the contrary??


A. M. Eckstein - 2/22/2010

Omar,

First, you denied the genocidal Hadith in Chapter 7 of the Hamas Covenant existed.
Then, when the chapter and verse were presented to you, you denied the clear and genocidal meaning of the text--unlike official Hamas spokesmen.
Now you deny that you denied these things.

It's like when you denied that the 29-part Hezbollah tv program broadcast at Ramadan in 2004, which highlighted Jews eating Arab babies backedin matzoh, was proof that Hezbollah was anti-semitic.

So, another laughably shameful performance on your part, as any objective reader will note. I'm satisfied to let them simply read what you wrote.


omar ibrahim baker - 2/22/2010

Having failed to support your allegation about "DENY" and faced with a clear cut incontrovertible indication of NON DENIAL you revert to personal attack, Prof.
That is a sure sign of bankruptcy, Prof


Grant W Jones - 2/22/2010

Nothing to see here, just move along:

"Malmö is the third largest Swedish city, and now the poster child for what I call Malmö Syndrome, the anti-Semitic violence which results from the shared anti-Israeli agenda of Islamists and leftists."

"Campuses in particular are a hotbed of Malmö Syndrome. Here is a non-exhaustive list of disruptions during just the first two weeks of this month in which Jews either were attacked on campus or speeches were disrupted in the name of anti-Zionism...."

"The line between anti-Israel rhetoric and anti-Semitic violence has been all but erased, and the enlightened leftists supposedly committed to human rights in fact are in bed with those who act on the oldest hate."

http://legalinsurrection.blogspot.com/2010/02/malmo-syndrome.html


art eckstein - 2/21/2010

Elliott, check farther down the thread for specific references to Chomsky supporting Hamas. Plus a lot of other people, including Judith Butler and Ken Livingstone, the mayor of London up until last year.

Add Lady Jenny Tonge, M.P., a frontbencher (i.e., potential cabinet minister) for the Liberal Democratic Party. Not only does she support Hamas, suicide bombing against Israeli civilians, but 10 days ago she fostered a story that the Israeli Army rescue units working in Haiti were harvesting children's organs for Israel.

It's a slander right out of the middle ages. But as you know, Omar said about the 29-part Hezbollah tv show on Israelis eating non-Jewish children baked into matzoh, this doesn't prove anti-semitism.

Right.


Elliott Aron Green - 2/21/2010

Omar says he doesn't like colonialism and imperialism. But how did the Arab nationality and the Muslim religion spread from Spain to India, from Morocco to Sinkiang?

The traditional structure of Arab/Muslim society is imperialistic, an occupation. Consider the treatment of non-Muslims in the Muslim empire as ordained by Muslim law. These people, called dhimmis, had to pay special taxes to the Islamic state and suffered social inequality and all sorts of discriminations and humiliations. This is based on Quran 9:29. Also see the section on Arab imperialism in Joseph Schumpeter's Imperialism.

As to chomsky, follow the money trail on him. Where does he get his dough? Who pays him?
I can't cite anything he said about Hamas, but he did defend Faurisson. He was supposedly only defending Faurisson's freedom of speech and press. But French law forbids Holocaust denial. So chomsky spent his time defending faurisson against French law instead of many other persons denied the rights of free speecha and press. I never heard that chomsky defended the Black Africans of southern Sudan who suffered genocide at the hands of the Arab-Muslim Khartoum govt for decades up to about 2005 [with a truce from 1972 to 1983].
Chomsky is a hypocrite at best.


Joseph Mutik - 2/21/2010

This site has all the time contemporary politics and news articles published. The hatred of Jews is a 2000 years old story, so the present news are a "normal" continuation of history. What this low life Jew hater, named Galloway, does is old/new history. The only way to describe what he does is an old Yiddish proverb "die zelbe drek mit undere dekoraz" which means "the same s**t with a new medal (or ornament)". Don't forget that the Muslim world is the place where "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" and "Mein Kampf" are huge best sellers, so the low life Galloway goes and sells his hatred to people that understand his his historic message.


art eckstein - 2/21/2010

I am certain that any objective reader will see that you are a liar. First, you denied the Hadith in Chapter 7 existed. Then when the chapter and verse were presented to you, you denied that it meant what it said--unlike, as was noted, official Hamas spokesmen.


omar ibrahim baker - 2/21/2010

Once again I have to repeat myself:
"Prof
Did I ever "DENY" chapter 7??
Can NOT you EVER use words in the true meaning they are meant to convey??
That is the A, B &C of objectivity of a layman, to say nothing about a Prof, Professsor!!! "

Did I ever DENY chapter 7 or was it your interpretation of that chapter that I challenged?
That is plain for ALL to see if we consider my earlier statement on which you build your defense re "DENY" insisting that I did DENY which runs as follows :

"1-To contend that Hamas is "dedicated to genocide” is far from being correct,.... "

Patently the key words here are "dedicated to genocide” ( which I enclosed within inverted commas for stress as much as to indicate that I am quoting your own words.).
None of that implies DENIAL; it is a straight forward rejection of your contention that :
a - Hamas is "DEDICATED" to genocide
And
b- GENOCIDE, in its literal sense, is what is meant or implied in the hadith you quote.

If any thing at all my words that you quote viz:
"That prophecy of massive killing, the Armageddon in Islam ?, is neither unique to Islam and Hamas nor does it involve GENOCIDE in the strict sense as, say, applied by the Nazis.
" indicates NON DENIAL;note the following :

" is neither unique to Islam and Hamas ".

I am happy that you reposted my words.
Any objective reader will note that I never DENIED chapter 7 as you contend!


art eckstein - 2/21/2010

Then, not satisfied with one denial, with confronted by the actual text of Chapter 7 you issued a SECOND DENIAL:

Re: Hamas and the Palestinian Cause (#141295) by omar ibrahim baker on February 17, 2010 at 2:06 AM:

That prophecy of massive killing, the Armageddon in Islam ?, is neither unique to Islam and Hamas nor does it involve GENOCIDE in the strict sense as, say, applied by the Nazis.
AS for all major battles, which Armageddon is supposed to be, a great deal of killing, by and in both warring parties, is only to be expected.That great amount of killing , presumably being restricted to the combatants, is NOT the same thing as, strictly speaking, genocide is.
Once again it is a question of accuracy, objectivity and the attendant honesty that should accompany it.

To which I replied, and I was backed by Elliott Green:

Re: Hamas and the Palestinian Cause (#141301)by art eckstein on February 17, 2010 at 8:02 AM:

Don't be ridiculous, Omar--the passage, included in the Hamas Covenent in Ch. 7, calls upon Muslims to kill all Jews. The genocide of the Jews is not simply an "event" that somehow "happens" in the Last Days. It is a specific action that is an obligation imposed on all Muslims. I quote the hadith:

“The Day of Judgment will not arrive until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, until the Jew hides behind the stones and the trees; and each stone or tree will say: Oh Muslim, Oh servant of God, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him.”

Omar, you're not going to get away with lying, on a blog read by historians--not about anything, not about history, and least of all about what you yourself have said. But you never learn.



art eckstein - 2/21/2010

Here's where you denied it, Omar:

Re: Hamas and the Palestinian Cause (#141277)by omar ibrahim baker on February 16, 2010 at 12:52 PM:

Accuracy, being the essence of correctness, is not only a virtue, per se, but is an essential concomitant, pre condition, to objectivity and ultimately to scholastic honesty when allegations are made.
1-To contend that Hamas is "dedicated to genocide” is far from being correct, to say nothing about being accurate, despite the uncorroborated reference made to its Charter.


Omar, you don't bother to read what you yourself write.

Don't bother to say "That isn't a denial." It is a DENIAL.


omar ibrahim baker - 2/21/2010

Prof
Did I ever "DENY" chapter 7??
Can NOT you EVER use words in the true meaning they are meant to convey??
That is the A, B &C of objectivity of a layman, to say nothing about a Prof, Professsor!!!


art eckstein - 2/20/2010

You fervently denied Chapter 7 existed; now, having been proven deadly wrong, you dismiss it.

Typical.

No culture that elevates the intentional murderers of innocent children into national heroes--as the Palestinians have done with Samir Kuntar among many others--is anything but a genocidal death-cult. You sound happy with it, Omar; in fact you sound triumphant about it. Nothing I can do about that. But you have revealed yourself once again.


omar ibrahim baker - 2/20/2010

Chapter 7 or no Chapter 7 Palestinian rejection of and resistance to the Zionist colonialist conquest of Palestine and of alien Zionist colons, being the unanimous consensus of the Palestinian people both Moslems and Christians, predates Hamas by some 70 years.

You should know that by now Prof!!

It will also outlive and outlast Hamas should it fall as Fatah did and the liberation struggle will continue unabated .


Arnold Shcherban - 2/20/2010

<The real Galloway took money from Saddam Hussein.>
What a joke for an accusation!
And Saddam Hussein took money from the US to attack Iran and gas the Kurds, which makes the US a sponsor of dictatorship and war crimes.
Ooops, this one is actually true...


art eckstein - 2/20/2010

You keep denying Chapter 7 of the Hamas Covenant, which is racist and genocidal.

Face facts, Omar--but you never will.

What we have here is a society which no doubt has problems but that has been successful in many many ways in building a modern state in the face of intense racist and genocidal pressure (Israel), vs. a death-cult culture led by idiots and liars and tyrants (the Palestinians). As Fahrettin told you long ago, Omar--make the deal. And he's a Muslim.

But the Left prefers the death-cult led by idiots and liars and tyrants because of left-over third-worldism. You are correct about that Omar, and Prof. D is naive and incorrect.

But when are you going to examine the Mt. Scopus Massacre, Omar? Or the first "ethnic cleansings" in 1947--which were perpetrated by the Arabs and no one else, as Elliott Green has rightly said? You simply can't look in the mirror, Omar. And you prefer conspiracy theories to explain the cultural degeneration and political stagnation of the Palestinians, instead of the truth.


omar ibrahim baker - 2/20/2010

Prof
The liberation cult that you call "death cult" certainly predates medieval times but is certainly NOT a genocidal cult.
On the contrary it is a life celebrating and life enriching cult: to live in freedom in one's homeland; free from racist and marauding alien colonialists!

You boast of Israel's material, technological and artistic progress which is totally off the point particularly if we recall, as we should, that Germany was in many ways at the zenith of this so called progress when it adopted and implemented the abominable, murderous and racist creed Nazism.
You are supposed to know that; Prof!


art eckstein - 2/20/2010

Nevertheless, Professor Dresner, Omar is correct about a large section of the Left's unfortunate support of genocidal terrorists like Hamas and Hezbollah--and you are both naive and incorrect about this.


art eckstein - 2/20/2010

What about the medieval and genocidal end that the Palestinians are driving themselves to, with their culture turned into a death cult not seen since the Nazis?

Despite terrible external pressure, Israel is a successful society: literature, universities, free elections and debate, high science, many inventions for the good of mankind (Israelis have the second highest ranking of patents of inventions per capita in the world).

The only Palestinian cultural contribution is the genocide bomber, with child-killers such as Samir Kuntar celebrated as national heroes. Congratulations.


omar ibrahim baker - 2/20/2010

Prof
Leftist supporters of the Palestinian cause, the antiracism/imperialism/colonialism and human rights respecting citizens of the world run into the tens of millions.
It is simply a question of those that came to know, despite Zionist PR, emotional, political and financial black mail, the truth about the Zionist colonialist conquest of Palestine .

There is possibly no way you can name 1% or even 0.0001% of them ; they are, potentially but ultimately , the majority of human kind which is, basically, decent, conscientious and human rights respecting.

It is simply a question of knowing the TRUTH about Israel; that is spreading geometrically and there is nothing you can do about it!

Should you really care about your co religionists you would be among those that warn Israel against the dead end it is driving them into.


art eckstein - 2/20/2010

Google "Chomsky + Hamas." The first thing that comes up is "Chomsky on how Hamas policiesa re more conducive to peace that the U.S.'s or Israel's," along with a video. He dislikes lots of Hamas policies (unnamed) in this interview, but praises and praises and praises Hamas for being peaceful. The date is May 26, 2006. This is at a time when Hamas has already expressed approval for terrorism against civilians (March 2006). He also denies that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization in this interview from Lebanon tv.

If you're not familiar with the views of Ken Livingston, "Red" Ken, who was mayor of London until last year, and who not only supported Hamas but invited the famous radical (i.e., the middle ages is great and let's kill Jews) cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi to a "state visit" to London--if you're not familiar with figures on the Left such as this, then you are confessing ignorance about the things you speak about, such as your denial of prominent Leftists' support of radical Islamic figures and groups.


Jonathan Dresner - 2/20/2010

Of those, Mr. Eckstein, the only one whose views I'm familiar with is Chomsky, and I don't see how you can equate his criticism of Israel (which is, I grant you, strident bordering on unfair, but entirely consistent with his critiques of any other Western nation with similar issues) with support of Islamic Jihad or, for that matter, with anti-Semitism.

Or rather, I see how you do it, but I defy you to find in Chomsky anything which suggests he supports Hamas beyond agreeing with Hamas that Israeli treatment of the Palestinians is inhumane, hypocritical and illegal. For that matter, I agree with that statement myself, but that in no way excuses or justifies either the anti-semitic, anti-democratic, inhumane, hypocritical and illegal actions of Hamas.


art eckstein - 2/20/2010

Add: John Rees (big name in the British Socialist Workers' Party), or Noam Chomsky? Do you deny it, Professor D?


art eckstein - 2/20/2010

How about Judith Butler, Professor D?
How about Red Ken Livingstone, ex-Mayor of London?
Or the prominent left-wing newspaper The Guardian, in Britain (for instance, greeting Hamas' election as "the best news from the Middle East in a long time"--a view echoed by the prominent left-wing American journal Counter-Punch)?

The list is endless, Professor D.

For once, Omar has it right--the Left backs Hamas. You know it.


A. M. Eckstein - 2/19/2010

Let's see. Omar's friends in Hezbollah put on a 29-part tv series featuring Jews eating Arab babies--but that's not Jew-hatred.

Let's see. Omar's friends in Hamas have, in Chapter 7 of their Covenant, a racist and genocidal message that it is incumbent upon Muslims to kill all Jews--but that's not Jew-hatred either.

Right.


omar ibrahim baker - 2/19/2010

Although the contention of a “Jew hate” universal, LET &RIGHT, MOSLEM & CHRISTIAN, FIRST &THIRD WORLD phenomena is substantially unfounded and inexistent to the pretended degree its constant reiteration seems to be an important factor in the mental and psychological makeup of many Jews.
Ostensibly it could be well construed as the inevitable outgrowth of the fundamentally self appreciating, ultimately self gratifying and self congratulating implicitly narcissistic Jewish self perception: the other side, the alter ego, of the “chosen people” coin.

However to go on wallowing in self pity pretending that the whole world hate Jews seems to be primarily meant to achieve several Zionist and Israeli self sustaining , facts and practices effacing purposes:

a-To justify to others, and to oneself for the more thoughtful and conscientious among them, the crimes committed by Zionism and Israel; thereby paving the way, so to speak, for more crimes

b- To nurture and nourish the "besieged citadel" mentality and psychology that would justify more crimes to come in the future under the pretext of "survival".
AND, possibly most importantly,

c-To afford themselves the luxury, and false peace of mind, of NOT facing up their own record of aggression,mistakes and crimes.

Historically Jews have been at the forefront of all progressive and humanistic endeavors: anti imperialism, anti racism, anti discrimination, anti exploitation, anti political reaction, anti fascism etc.
However with the advent of Zionism and the establishment of the Zionist colony in Palestine, Israel, Jews, with the memory of the abominable Holocaust still very fresh in their minds, were torn between their long standing liberal/progressive legacy and what was perceived by many among them as their ultimate safe haven; assuming special privileges, self appropriating rules and justifying actions and practices they have been opposing and condemning for centuries in others.

I contend that HAD, say, the Chinese or Indonesians established, through colonialist conquest and imperialist support, a nation state of their own in, say, North or South America, Africa or Europe against the will of its indigenous population (NOT unlike the Poles, Lithuanians, Germans, Russians etc etc establishing a state of their own in Palestine) , Jews would have been in general at the forefront of the universal campaign opposing and rejecting it .

HOWEVER should there be a Jew Hate phenomena in the present world it would be , in no small measure, the result of the world recollecting how Israel was established in Palestine and watching how it dealt and is dealing daily with the Palestinian people in their homeland .


Jonathan Dresner - 2/19/2010

"The Left" didn't ally itself with Hamas

That's exactly what I said: this article offers no evidence of an alliance between leftist and jihadist political communities or organizations.

I'm glad we're in agreement, and my vision is fine, thanks.


art eckstein - 2/19/2010

Elliott is historically correct on all points.

Benny Morris' new book "1948" lays everything out, with sources and references.

On Deir Yassin specifically, Milstein's book is important; so is Morris' article, "The Historiography of Deir Yassin," Journal of Israeli History 24 (2005), pp. 79-107.

One important thing to note: whereas Palestinian murderers of civilians, women and children are continuously elevated into heroes by the current Palestinian death-culture, their actions praised and held up to be emulated, complete with huge billboards extolling them, Deir Yassin was never viewed positively by Israelis.

Not that the facts will ever matter to Omar.


Joseph Mutik - 2/19/2010

"The Left" didn't ally itself with Hamas, but it allied itself with the international Jew hating crowd. About the hatred of Jews from the extreme right we already know but in our days the Left is the main promoter of hatred against the Jews. When the Europeans will decide to perpetrate the next Holocaust against the Jews, will be the Left who will do it!
We live in a strange world, where the prime minister of a nation of genocidal criminals, Turkey, can make noise about Israel defending itself against terrorist attacks without any reaction in the world. In the 20th century the Turks killed more than a million Armenians, killed tenths of thousands of Kurds and took 40% of Cyprus (where the Turkish population is about 18%), ethnically cleansed the Greeks from this part of Cyprus and built a fence between the two parts. Do we hear any noise from "The Left" about this crimes?
Galloway is a strong expression of the very basic British hatred of Jews, coming from the Left, it's the same British lefty hatred calling for boycotts against Israeli academic institutions, Israeli art etc.
I can give a lot of examples, from all over the world, about the hatred of Jews coming from the Left but I am going to stop here.


Elliott Aron Green - 2/19/2010

Omar, in another comment on this thread I specify three mass murder bombings in Jerusalem alone that took place before the Deir Yassin incident. Deir Yassin was not a massacre, although civilians died there along with armed Arab irregulars and Iraqi troops. See Uri Milstein's book on Deir Yassin.

The three incidents were:
1-- Palestine Post building [the PPost preceded the Jerusalem Post]
2-- Jewish Agency building
3-- Ben Yehudah Street bombing [more than 50 people killed].
All of these mass murder bombings took place before the Deir Yassin battle.

Further, Omar, the Arab side started the war by shooting at Jewish civilians riding on the roads shortly after the UN partition recommendation was adopted [11-29-1947]. The first people driven out of their homes in the war who could not go home after it, were the Jews of the Shimon haTsadiq neighborhood in Jerusalem. They were driven out of their homes near the end of December 1947 [approx. 12-28-1947]. [during the Jordanian occupation the Jordanian-occupied part of the city was called "Arab east Jerusalem" although many Jews had lived there before December 1947].

Now, by the sleight of hand for which propagandistic press agencies are familiar, the Shimon haTsadiq Quarter is described as simply part of the Arab Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Before 12-1947, these two neighborhoods were adjacent but considered separate areas, as historical maps show. The tomb of Simon the Just on the Shimon haTsadiq plot was long a focus of Jewish pilgrimage but Jews were unable to go there after the 1949 armistice between Israel and Transjordan [now Jordan] because the Arab Legion of Jordan kept them away in violation of the 1949 armistice.


John R. Maass - 2/19/2010

This article is not historical would be better posted at a news site.


art eckstein - 2/18/2010

Or perhaps Omar will now acknowledge the racist and genocidal character of the Hamas Covenant? But we already know the answer here: No he won't. Omar disingenuously (or psychotically) denies the plain evidence of what Chapt. 7 of the Hamas Covenant says, even though the genocidal ideology of Chapt. 7 receives practical expression in the real world via Hamas approval of attacks on Israeli civilians--including 6,000 rockets shot at Sderot, a town of Jewish refugees from Morocco within the 1967 borders.


A. M. Eckstein - 2/18/2010

This isn't the first time I've made such acknowledgments. How about you acknowledging the huge variety of truly barbaric acts done by the Palestinians, Omar?

Oh well, who am I kidding.


omar ibrahim baker - 2/18/2010

Three cheers for the Prof for being honest and acknowledging the very short, the abridged , list of Israeli massacres, as hastily recollected from memory without recourse to any reference, by failing to dispute any one of them .
Good!!


art eckstein - 2/18/2010

We've already been over Deir Yassin. Lots of bad things were done in 1947/1948 on both sides--though they are totally drawfed by the bad things done in India, by Muslims to Hindus and vice versa, when the Muslims wanted partition of the polity established by Britain three. The number of dead (dead!) was equal to the total number of Arab people who became refugees.

That number, in turn, is less by 100,000 victims than the total number of Jews who became refugees from Arab lands in 1948-1960.

As for recent events, two thirds of the Israelis killed intentionally by terrorists in the Second Intifada were women and children. That sent a genocidal message, the fulfillment, for instance, of the message of Chapter 7 in the Hamas Charter (which Omar no longer wants to talk about).

Two thirds of the Palestinians killed in the Second Intifada were armed men. The same percentage is true of those who died in Gaza in 2009: 2/3 of the Palestinians were, by name, known "militants". And in Gaza, Omar, and for the near future, you are dealing with children who grew up in the Second Intifada, and who therefore know the racist and genocidal nature of Palestinian culture all too well. They've seen it at work.

But Omar only sees one side and one victim. He refuses to look at the barbaric behavior of his own side--he absolutely refuses. This is why, as Elliott says, Omar is either a liar or suffers a severe cognitive disability.


omar ibrahim baker - 2/18/2010


Israel is also, inter alia, the perpetrator of Deir Yassin, where pregnant women were disemboweled, Tantura, Lod (unarmed men gathered into a mosque and massacred by troops led by Yitzhak Rabin (?), Kibia, Nahalin, Kufur Kassem ,the secondary school of Bahr al Bakar (Egypt),Gaza I/1956:
(http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/27/books/review/Cockburn-t.html?_r=1&;scp=1&sq=Gaza%20%20massacres%201956&st=cse)

and Gaza II/2008-2009, Qanaa I and Qanaa II, in lebanon, where the all knowing Israeli air Force bombarded and demolished TWICE, at two different, years apart, confrontations, the same air raid shelter with a cumulative harvest of some 300-350 old men, women and children, Al Dahia of Beirut etc etc, etc
To name only their hastily recollected most outstanding oeuvre(s) .
All part and parcel of a long standing, deliberate and fully conscious terrorizing campaign of civilians


Elliott Aron Green - 2/17/2010

Kim, I see that you have picked up a lot of other big lies. In fact, the situation is really the opposite of what you say. Professor Epstein in a comment above quotes the Hamas charter which clearly states that its objective is genocide of the Jews. Moreover, the fact that Hamas is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood indicates that it supports application of Muslim law, shari`ah, throughout the world. Muslim law provides that non-Muslims must be subjected to Muslim domination, that they must be oppressed, economically exploited, humiliated, rendered inferior by Muslims. Right there Hamas offends any sense of respect for human rights, democracy and human equality. The Jews in Arab/Muslim lands were oppressed by Arab-Muslims for more than a thousand years by Muslim shari`ah law [as were other non-Muslims].

What offends me most about your comment is that you totally ignore the suffering of the Jewish children in Israeli communities near Gaza who suffered from Hamas rockets for eight years [January 2001-December 2008] until the Cast Lead military operation against Hamas anti-civilian terrorism.
Your humanitarianism is fake.


Elliott Aron Green - 2/17/2010

Kim, the claim that Israel enforces an apartheid policy is a big lie. I found these two web posts which show how it is a lie. Those who make such charges are liars, which is also what the Nazis did to smear the Jews.

http://ziontruth.blogspot.com/2009/09/arabs-refute-big-lie-of-israeli.html

http://ziontruth.blogspot.com/2010/01/more-on-arabs-refuting-big-lie-of.html


art eckstein - 2/17/2010

Galloway cares spit about human rights abuses in general. He was a paid supporter of Saddam Hussein, who murdered hundreds of thousands of his own people. Didn't bother Galloway.


Kim Nguyen - 2/17/2010

- but he does support the freedom of the Palestinian people to elect their own. The collective punishment that the US and Israel have rained down on the residents of Gaza for electing Hamas rulers amounts to genocide. Children born under the siege are denied the basics of life, terrified nightly by Israeli jets and bombs. Babies that make it to term are often born "blue babies" for lack of clean water for their mothers.


Kim Nguyen - 2/17/2010

The only explanation for this poor piece of propaganda seems to be an effort to de-ligitimize Galloway's program to bring humanitarian aid and world attention to the plight of 1.5 million Palestinians under draconian siege in Gaza.
Cravatts is afraid - as he should be - of the growing BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement designed to bring Israel to account for the aparthied governance in Israel, the robbery of Palestinian lands, demolition of homes, imprisonment of thousands of political prisoners, the egregious human rights abuses that the occupiers commit every day - in the West Bank and in Gaza.


art eckstein - 2/17/2010

The real Galloway took money from Saddam Hussein.

All war is terrible. But contrary to Durrito, most of the 1400 people killed in the Gaza War were armed militants (about 950, known by name), not civilians.

The civilians were killed because the militants intentionally used them as human shields. Hamas figures such as the MP Fathi Hammad boast of employing this tactic Just google "memri hamas civilian shields video".


Don Durrito - 2/17/2010

Israel is the one who killed 1,400 people (mostly non-combatent women and children) with one of the most advanced armies on the planet which is fully funded at by the US. The author of this article engages in pure rhetoric and does not engage in a single point that Mr. Galloway presented at his talk at the Palestinian Center for Peace and Culture. This is the REAL Galloway (if you're interested in actually contfronting reality): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fawRfc_oZBs


art eckstein - 2/17/2010

Don't be ridiculous, Omar--the passage, included in the Hamas Covenent in Ch. 7, calls upon Muslims to kill all Jews. The genocide of the Jews is not simply an "event" that somehow "happens" in the Last Days. It is a specific action that is an obligation imposed on all Muslims. I quote the hadith:

“The Day of Judgment will not arrive until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, until the Jew hides behind the stones and the trees; and each stone or tree will say: Oh Muslim, Oh servant of God, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him.”

Omar's attempt to wish this statement away is a perfect example of what Elliott Green was talking about a bit down below in the thread: Omar here on HNN is either a liar or he suffers from a cognitive disability (when he wishes to).

Dr. Ismail Radwan, a Hamas spokesman, is more honest than Omar, and/or a better reader of texts. He reiterated the hadith in a sermon on PA television on March 30, 2007:

The Hour [Resurrection] will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them, and the rock and the tree will say: "Oh, Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, kill him!"


omar ibrahim baker - 2/17/2010

That prophecy of massive killing, the Armageddon in Islam ?, is neither unique to Islam and Hamas nor does it involve GENOCIDE in the strict sense as, say, applied by the Nazis.
AS for all major battles, which Armageddon is supposed to be, a great deal of killing, by and in both warring parties, is only to be expected.That great amount of killing , presumably being restricted to the combatants, is NOT the same thing as, strictly speaking, genocide is.
Once again it is a question of accuracy, objectivity and the attendant honesty that should accompany it.


art eckstein - 2/16/2010

EAGreen writes that Omar is either lying or suffers from cognitive difficulties...

It's one of the other, Elliott--but yes. Here's an example. My first experience with Omar was when he insisted, in the face of a 29-episode Hezbollah TV show broadcast during Ramadan 2004, in which Jews were depicted as kidnapping Arab children and baking their blood into matzoh for Passover--Omar insisted that Hezbollah wasn't anti-semitic.


art eckstein - 2/16/2010

EAGreen writes that Omar is either lying or suffers from cognitive difficulties...

It's one of the other, Elliott--but yes. Here's an example. My first experience with Omar was when he insisted, in the face of a 29-episode Hezbollah TV show broadcast during Ramadan 2004, in which Jews were depicted as kidnapping Arab children and baking their blood into matzoh for Passover--Omar insisted that Hezbollah wasn't anti-semitic.


Elliott Aron Green - 2/16/2010

The Deir Yassin battle killed about 110 Arabs, civilians and military [including Iraqi troops, according to what I have been told]. Uri Millstein uses the figure of approx. 110 Arab dead [not counting Jewish dead in the battle] based on Arab academic sources at Bir Zeit U [north of Ramallah].

Be that as it may, the Deir Yassin incident was preceded in February 1948 by several mass murder bombings against Jewish civilians, much like what we experienced over the years since Oslo in 1993, especially in 1995-1996, and in 2000-2004. This kind of massacre goes on in Iraq almost every day it seems, and the victims are not Jews but Arabs, fellow Arabs of the perpetrators. What do the Iraqi bombings mean or imply for what the PLO or Hamas would do to Israel if they could??

The three most prominent mass murder bombings in Jerusalem in 1948 were 1) the Palestine Post building on Havatselet St [palestine post is now Jerusalem Post], 2) the Jewish Agency building, 3) the Ben Yehudah Street bombing which murdered more than 50 persons. All of these events preceded Deir Yassin, whatever happened there.

By the way, the Int'l Red Cross [ICRC] rep in Israel at the time, one Jacques Reynier [or Regnier?] improved on what the Arab witneses told him. Reynier invented rapes, disembowelings of pregnant women, and the like, although the Arabs had not told him such things except when in some cases he successfully put words in their mouths and got some of them to agree.


Elliott Aron Green - 2/16/2010

Art, maybe Omar never read Article 7 of the Hamas charter. If he has read it and continues to insist that Hamas has no genocidal intentions towards Jews in general [not just Israel], then he is either lying or suffering from a cognitive problem involving reading comprehension, reasonable and rational interpretation, avoidance of the fallacy of taking everyone at his word in English-speaking forums & the concomitant fallacy of failing to take people at their word when they speak their own language [that is, what Hamas says in Arabic is not what it says in English; likewise for Fatah]. Forgot to mention the Judeophobic murder incitement on both Hamas TV in Gaza and Palestinian Authority TV in Ramallah. Maybe Omar never watches Hamas or PA TV.


A. M. Eckstein - 2/16/2010

1. The Hamas Covenant is an overtly genocidal and racist document, as here:

The hadith Sahih Muslim, Book 41, Number 6985 is included in the Covenant in article 7. This hadith is cited in the Covenant as a sacralized, obligatory call for a Muslim genocide of the Jews. I quote:

"...the Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to realize the promise of Allah, no matter how long it takes. The Prophet, Allah's prayer and peace be upon him, says: "The hour of judgment shall not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, so that the Jews hide behind trees and stones, and each tree and stone will say: 'Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him,' except for the Gharqad tree, for it is the tree of the Jews." (Sahih Muslim, Book 41, Number 6985).

2. At Deir Yassin about 100 civilians were killed. That was bad. Omar has consistently, for his part, refused even to examine the Mt. Scopas Massacre, which was equally bad. I've been asking him to look it up for three years. I know someone who's doctor grandfather was intentionally burned to death in that incident. It's of now interest to Omar because it's the wrong victims.

3. Omar's entire initial posting here was to make the prominence of Hamas a conspiracy of the western media. Just look at the first sentence in #141268; in fact, just look at the first two words of that first sentence. There's the conspiracy theory right there. The prominence of Hamas can't be the result of it's own outrageous behavior; no, it's all a "campaign" by western media.

Case closed.


omar ibrahim baker - 2/16/2010

Accuracy, being the essence of correctness, is not only a virtue , per se, but is an essential concomitant, pre condition, to objectivity and ultimately to scholastic honesty when allegations are made.
1-To contend that Hamas is "dedicated to genocide” is far from being correct, to say nothing about being accurate, despite the uncorroborated reference made to its Charter.
However if , as seems intended, ”genocide” is the key word here no better example and illustration of a “genocide” could be made than Deir Yassin .
2-To stress what was noted as third in importance, despite the absence of enumeration, as being the essence of a post and extrapolate the words “in no small way deliberately and far from innocently highlighted and enhanced by Western media “ as a reference to a “WESTERN CONSPIRACY? “, betrays a biased ,subjective reading outlook and the unwillingness, or inability, to accept and construe the intrinsic meaning of words used.
Noting the source, no surprises here!


A. M. Eckstein - 2/16/2010

Let's see: you have a Palestinian organization dedicated to genocide, as it's Charter makes clear, that wins a relatively free election, and then seizes power in Gaza by a bloody coup, and encourages terrorism, and shoots 6,000 rockets at innocent civilians--and it's prominence in the news is a WESTERN CONSPIRACY?

One can only laugh at Omar once again.


omar ibrahim baker - 2/16/2010

The campaign to collate and identify the Palestinian liberation cause EXCLUSIVELY with Hamas, to which Mr Cravatts renders more than lip service here, has held a high priority in the Zionist/Israeli PR and political action agenda for some time.
That Hamas is a prominent Palestinian organization struggling with other Palestinian organizations for the liberation of Palestine is an unequivocal fact.
However Hamas is neither the only Palestinian organization nor is Hamas the instigator of the Palestinian struggle for liberation first from British colonialism then from its successor Zionist/Jewish colonialism: the decades long struggle that started with the Balfour Declaration, to which Hamas is actually a new and late comer .

Hamas’ present prominence and high visibility, in no small way deliberately and far from innocently highlighted and enhanced by Western media, is the outgrowth of its unabated and uncompromising militancy, the utter failure of Fatah and the PLO and the concerted neocon/Zionist, presently almost pan Western, effort to collate it EXCLUSIVELY with the Palestinian cause.

The latter factor is obviously part and parcel of the originally Zionist, presently neocon /Zionist, plan to include it, and by deliberate extension the Palestinian Liberation cause, among their enemies in their joint war against Islam , Islamism and Arab/Moslem liberation movements in general.

The campaign, whose first long term victim is the West’s general public , public opinion and Western interests, met with considerable success in the long standing Zionist plan to identify Israel with the West thereby maneuvering the West in to fighting its own racist and colonialist war.

Despite its relative success this neocon/Zionist campaign can neither hide nor pervert the fundamental truth that the Palestinian cause is a national liberation cause undertaken by all Palestinians and Arabs, both Moslems and Christian, in an overall consensual struggle against Zionist/Israeli racism, colonialism and expansionism in which Hamas is one party but certainly NOT the only party.


Grant W Jones - 2/15/2010

For another reference on how gutless "liberals" enable Jihad see "The Cartoons that Shook the World" by Jytte Klausen, published by Yale University Press.


John Snow - 2/15/2010

This is a history site not a polictical forum for those who wants us to forget history.


Louis Godena - 2/15/2010

Why the high number of "Israel-Firsters" on HNN (including regular columnists)? Especially someone like Mr Cravatts? Is he a historian? He is not even a scholar, is he? BU's Program in Publishing was established to attract right-wing Jewish funding to the University. Nothing wrong with that, in itself. But, Mr Kravatts should not pass himself off as a scholar; he's just another polemicist shilling for moneyed special interests (quite a few muslim ones around, as well).


omar ibrahim baker - 2/15/2010


Should the LEFT, in both Europe and the USA, pursue their present orientation of support to the Palestinian cause and concurrent condemnation and rejection of the outgrowth of the Zionist colonialist project that yielded Israel ; should that trend continue and accelerate, as seems likely, the LEFT would only be true to its own principles.

The LEFT would then not only be recanting and apologizing for its earlier support of Israel but, more importantly, would be reverting to and rediscovering its fundamental principles and, in the process, rejuvenating itself!

A pro racism , pro colonialism ,pro imperialism LEFT would not only be assuming an undeserved appellation but would in effect be betraying its principles and deceiving the public in general and its own adherents and supporters in particular.

Being the outgrowth of all that the left, in essence, stands for: anti racism, anti colonialism, anti imperialism ,anti militarism, anti aggression, anti oppression and anti exploitation of the masses ISRAEL ,per force and practically by definition, is the incarnation of all that the LEFT ever opposed and fought against!

In as much as it is to be expected, being the inevitable output of classical doctrinaire political calculus, that neo-conservatism should ally itself with Zionism and support Israel, witness the politics of the Bush/Wolfowitz/Cheney era, it is to be expected that the LEFT should reject and condemn Zionism and oppose Israel.

Zionism, under the pretext of a progressive national liberation movement, a nascent Israel ( as “ a safe haven for oppressed Jews”) managed in the forties and early fifties to attract LEFT support under the pressures that Nazi anti Jew practices revealed , sympathy with their bogus struggle against British imperialism in Palestine and their joint pretense to be fighting for the establishment of a progressive, leftist, foothold in the Middle East .
Later events were soon to disenchant the more knowledgeable in the left.

The ” Oppressed” proved to be no less racially driven, murderous, marauding , pillaging and despotic in their oppression of the indigenous people of the land they colonized , the Palestinian people, and the state of Israel was only too eager to accept the first invitation it received to ally itself with the imperialist European powers that invaded Egypt ,in the 1956 Suez War .

The rest is history with both Zionism and Israel progressively attesting with deeds and policies their intrinsic nature as , for the former, a racist aggressive and colonialist dogma and, for the latter, a racially driven, human rights denying, aggressive and expansionist state with ever wider imperialistic alliances.
That the LEFT should recognize its earlier grave mistake, recant, retract its earlier support and revert to its old principles was only a question of time with the LEFT, by being honest to itself and its principles, being the main beneficiary!


Jonathan Dresner - 2/15/2010

There are times when political interests coincide, even though political theories conflict. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" was official US policy during the entire cold war, putting the US on the side of apartheid South Africa, murderous juntas, Baathist Iraq, and police states (all except the leftist ones). Also on the side of Israel, France, Canada, Japan, etc.

What I don't see here is evidence, aside from Galloway's presence, that "the Left" really has "allied itself" with Hamas, et al, rather than acknoweldging that there is a momentary and limited convergence of interests.

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