The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

Bashing Israel New York Post Style

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By Philip Giraldi
The Passionate Attachment
June 21, 2012

Most Americans who are actually interested in foreign policy would not expect to learn anything from the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid The New York Post. A brief article that appeared in the paper (but not on their website) and also in Commentary magazine on June 12th was written by Alana Goodman. The piece illustrates precisely why brainwashed readers of either publication should expect little in the way of balance. Goodman is the assistant online editor of Commentary, which focuses on Jewish issues and was founded in 1945 by the American Jewish Committee.

The article is entitled “Unions Back Israel-Basher” and relates to one Charles Barron, a Democrat who is running for a congressional seat in Brooklyn. According to Goodman, Barron is an “extremist, a dictator apologist, and a passionate Israel-basher…” Why? Well, he has a file over at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which is headed by the always on the alert Abe Foxman. Barron, who has admittedly crafted a career as a loose cannon, has made the list of anti-Semites because he has referred to Gaza as a “virtual death camp,” has criticized the “Jewish lobby,” and has called the Israeli government “the biggest terrorist in the world.”

Goodman’s problem is that two public service unions have endorsed Barron and she cannot understand how two large “D” Democratic institutions can possibly find him acceptable. Well, the unions in question have many black members and Barron has a history of appealing to supporters along racial lines, meaning that their money and endorsement are a result of his speaking to their interests. But that would not be an explanation that Goodman would find acceptable because, for her, everything is about Israel and her never-ending search for Israel-bashers.

Goodman also reported, in the Commentary version of her article, about the Democratic Party backlash:

“Former Mayor Ed Koch, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Councilman David Greenfield, and Assemblyman Dov Hikind gathered with several other elected officials in front of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park this morning for a press conference billed as an effort ‘to Denounce Charles Barron as Enemy of the State of Israel’ and the Jewish community. The politicos who showed up at the event where longtime councilman Mr. Barron was branded ‘hateful,’ a ‘scary monster,’ ‘anti-Semite’ and ‘bigot’ also expressed their support for his rival in the congressional race, Hakeem Jeffries.”

But equally interesting is the litmus test of what it takes to become an ADL and Ed Koch certified anti-Semite in this country. Gaza is a death camp? Well, it actually is, isn’t it? And the Israelis are the prison guards. The Jewish Lobby is not a force for good? Go read Mearsheimer and Walt, both educated white guys who have made the point very forcefully based on impeccable scholarship. And Israel as the world’s biggest terrorist? Measured by what Israel is up to relating to Iran it is certainly the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism.

Barron might well turn out to be a lousy congressman for many reasons, but denouncing him a priori for his views of a foreign country is a bit much, even in New York.

Philip Giraldi is the executive director of the Council for the National Interest and a recognized authority on international security and counterterrorism issues.

Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

June 21, 2012 at 10:32 am

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  1. Funny, last time I checked there is explosive population growth in Gaza and Porsches cruising its streets:

    No, Gaza is not a “death camp” and just saying so doesn’t make it one. To say that you and Mr. Giraldi are discredited would be giving you too much credit to begin with.

    Mark Kerpin

    June 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm

  2. @Mark Kerpin:
    Have Israeli bombs left any streets in Gaza for there to be Porsches? I think you are mistaking Israeli tanks with Porsches – the same tanks that murdered Rachel Corrie.

  3. Excellent article by Phil Giraldi…glad to see his commentary here…

    Of course Gaza is a captive population, surrounded by razor wire…they are not free to enter or leave…the people, including women and children are subjected to terror bombings using the world’s most advanced aircraft and weapons which allow the Jewish war criminals to rain death and destruction with impunity…

    Gordon Arnaut

    June 22, 2012 at 3:52 am

  4. I love how these guys just throw personal insults around like there’s no tomorrow. ‘hateful,’ a ‘scary monster,’ ‘anti-Semite’, ‘bigot’ .

    They forgot ‘Islamist’, ‘Arabist’, ‘Supremacist’, ‘Homophobe’, ‘Jew-Hater’, ‘Hitlerite’, ‘Filthy Goy-Boy’ lol and a few others.


    June 22, 2012 at 8:35 am

  5. While incidents of Jewish / Zionist / Israeli meddling in US politics and media are disconcerting, it has a 100 year history, which Alison Weir has described in full detail in a recent article. Talk about disconcerting! …

    Somewhat off-topic, but fyi: History of the US-Israel Relationship, Part I

    [I should add that matters are no different in Europe]


    June 24, 2012 at 8:05 am

  6. Thank you, Hyssop. Yes, I’ve read Alison Weir’s excellent history. By the way, one of my articles, “Zionism’s un-Christian Bible,” is mentioned in endnote #95.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    June 24, 2012 at 11:08 am

  7. Yes, I noted the reference to you, and was pleased.

    But I’m afraid that too many of us read daily of tragedies, exactions, massacres, hypocrisy, etc, passively, without mustering the inclination or the courage to focus on what is common to them.

    As deadly and obnoxious as global Zionism and the occupation of Palestine has been – and sadly continues to be – too many of us neglect to seek out the causes and actors who are behind global violence.

    The same financial entities who lit the fuse of both World Wars, and many conflicts before them, are operating to consolidate incontestable power, today. The common denominator to world tragedies, ecological destruction, extortion of global common wealth, Palestine, Congo, etc, is absolute control of the means of necessary mutual exchange / collaboration.

    It’s time to cease wasting our time wringing hands over symptoms, and to focus on the true disease, putting into effect the full force of what remains of our collective means and creative abilities. Which are immense.



    June 24, 2012 at 6:24 pm

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