The proposed boycott of Israel is on purely ideological grounds. I suggested in a recent post that this is not only a destructive mode of disapproval, but indicative of a quite obvious undercurrent of antisemitic attitudes popular among the hard left. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world, and in another G8 nation, there is something wholly different and far more positive happening. Not that the whole nation thinks like Mr. Allam, but he represents a phenomenon that seems to me unique: a European Muslim who openly and unashamedly stands up in defense of Israel (and Jews), even at the cost of risking his own life. Can you name me another here on the Rainbow Continent?
Unfortunately for most anti-capitalists and no-globalniks, they are born into capitalist societies and can’t help being little capitalists themselves. They parade around Europe’s piazzas and universities waving flags of peace, talking about the right to self-determination and the Taliban in the same breath. They purport to hate Israel and the United States with a disturbing irony that rivals virtual global jihad. Do you ever ask yourself how it is that whoever is willing to boycott Israel would be totally unwilling to boycott Israeli products? These would necessarily include advancements in modern medicine, science, technology and any field of your choice. If you knew that half of the things you use every day–things you couldn’t live without–were designed in Israel, would you still be able to boycott them? And, yes, that includes the happy ending to your favorite Hollywood film, another ancient Jewish concept: redemption.
Marc Alan Coen – also in the NEWYORKERS column of this blog.