A Unique Phenomenon

made in IsraelThe 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.


13 thoughts on “A Unique Phenomenon

  1. Hey buddy, I´m very busy now but I´ll respond you soon. I´m surprised that you’ve dedicated me one of your post; glad to know that here in Europe you spend your sunday afternoons writting things like this instead checking the american baseball league results😉 Uncle Borja will be back soon with all of you fellas.

  2. No! I know you spend your sunday afternoons eating hamburguers, drinking beer with a baseball cap walking around in the mall; then you drive your pick up track and clean and shoot your weapons, just for maintenance. By the way I would propose Monica Lewinsky as candidate for the liberal partid, instead Hillary. She´s sexy.

    You know better than anyone that I´m one of those pro-american europeans…

  3. You may probably don’t agree with all this, but I would like you to correct me, because history as we all know has a lot of interpretations.

    – First Months of 1948 – There was a millennial territory called Palestine, with its provinces and its Capital Jerusalem. Inhabited by 1.650.000 Palestinian citizens and under the British Occupation.
    – Partition of Palestine – The UN, created in 1945, without consulting to the Palestinian People, in its resolution 181 of 1947 decides the partition of Palestine in two States: one Jewish State with 55% of the Palestinian territory and 45% for the continuity of Palestine as State. The capital, Jerusalem, would be in the State of Palestine as an internationalized City.
    – May 15th, 1948 – the Zionist terrorist groups after destroying 389 Palestinian villages and cities and throwing to the sea more than 750.000 Palestinians, created the State of Israel over the ruins of Palestine with the 78%. Occupying the Western sector of Jerusalem. That is to say, they violated the resolution of the UN, creating a Jewish State increased from a 55 to a 78%. The rest of Palestine 22%, stayed under the administration of Jordan and it was called “West Bank” and the part of Gaza stayed under the Egyptian management. It started the Palestinian Nakba. In 1967, Israel occupied the 22% and the Eastern sector of Jerusalem.
    – 1993-2004 – Making painful concessions, the PLO signed an agreement with the Israeli Occupant Power to restore the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem, in the Territories Occupied in 1967. Israel violated all the agreements and the resolutions of the UN and starting from the year 2000 began a new Palestinian Nakba, reoccupying its cities, slaughtering to the Palestinian People and creating a Racist Apartheid Wall, that allows to Israel the annexation of the 58% of the 22% of the remaining Palestinian Territory to divide the future State of Palestine, without Jerusalem, in two parts; 4 cantons, fractioning its cities in 8 Ghettos and 64 pierces menial to Israel, the Colonial Occupant Power.
    As I said history has a lot of interpretations, but if at least half of these thigs are true, do not they have the right to be kind of upset? Does the Holocaust justify this “legal occupation”?

  4. nessuna redenzione, orrore quotidiano.
    Alle spalle il mare, di fronte milioni di arabi..
    Che succederà quando Europa ed Usa saranno stanche di proteggere qualcosa che non piscia nemmeno petrolio ma solo bionde mezze russe, markawa e uzi ?

    good luke, and good night to the hell…

  5. biermann

    Grazie del tuo commento, degno di essere cancellato dal muro dell’ex-ghetto di Roma la mattina dopo un derby allo stadio. Incidentally, “luke” is a name, like Skywalker.

  6. Veramente scuse per l’inglese inappropriato… Odio l’ignoranza intesa dal senso latino primigenio, l’atto dell’ignorare.
    Per ciò che mi concerne l’oblio è devastazione della storia, premessa per la sua mistificazione.
    Mistificazione è anche produrre un’unicità della storia, un’unicità di vittimismo ed anche un’unicità del diritto al sopruso giustificato.
    Sospeso fra la vecchia Prussia (oggi interamente polacca ad eccezione della russa Kaliningrad), ed il bacino mediterraneo dove vivo guardo alla frontiera umano – culturale dell’est, ricca di storia, condannata da un’altra unicità e caduta nell’oblio.
    Credo che solo un manipolo di persone siano al corrente della tragedia del popolo Georgiano in Abkhazia dove la minoranza abkhaza, appoggiata dall’esercito federale russo, espulse nel luglio del 1993 fra stragi e crudeltà circa 700.000 georgiani.
    Solo per nominarne uno, potrei continuare ancora senza citare i ” retorici” casi del Darfour, dello stupro della Cecenia e del suo popolo.
    Odio anche che a priori si venga tacciati di antisemitismo solo per aver prodotto e formulato una critica non verso una specificità etnico – culturale ma solo nei confronti di una direzione politico – militare.

    – Sono stato arrestato il 9 maggio 1993. Come? Come tanti altri. Arrivano i poliziotti, ti mettono le manette e ti dicono – Vieni con noi –
    Rimasi nel lager 181 giorni. E’ difficle spiegare com’era. E’ come cercare di spiegare i colori a chi non li ha mai visti; chi non li ha mai visti non può capire. L’unica certezza era che ti capitasse qualcosa….
    Scrive nel suo diario Alja Lizde, giornalista bosniaco- musulmano.
    Un ghetto era divenuto Goradze per i bosniaci musulmani, e da ghetto divenne lager.
    Decine di ghetti, di lager. Senza tv, senza giornali, senza uno straccio di documentazione i più.
    La quasi totalità dei luoghi di massacro premeditato e studiato oramai distrutti e terribilmenti vicini all’essere ” persi” dalla, nella e per la storia.

    Lotofogia è termine usato per indicare la progressiva perdita di memoria storico – identitaria.
    Ciò di cui soffrono in molti, dai dandy, ai proto – antagonisti, ai benpensanti, fino a viandanti, giornalisti e tifosi.
    Tipica è la censura per mezzo violento, più o meno esplicito, più o meno retorico.
    Persino un bieco ignorante tifoso avrebbe l’assurda libertà di tracciare scritte nella notte sulle mura, imbrattando e deturpando un paesaggio di tutti ed un edificio privato. Se la caverebbe con una denuncina e qualche spiccio da sborsare.
    Altrove, chi si fa paladino ed a torto si lega all’occidente non ” concede” pari opportunità di sbaglio.
    Magari un ipotetico facinoroso arabo ( ignorante come un tifoso scarabocchiante) si prenderebbe un proiettile alla nuca per un gesto simile al sopra citato.
    A sparare non sarebbe qualcuno del suo “livello” ma chi si fa paladino dei valori del modello di democrazia occidentale.
    E questo equivale ad una censura totale poichè quando uccidi qualcuno gli togli tutto quello che ha, libertà d’espressione inclusa.
    Mi scuso per la scrittura prolissa, per il fatto di non avvertire il minimo legame con una terra ( il medio oriente) e con gli autoctoni, importati ed esportati popoli con cui non sento la minmima affinità storico – culturale, eccezion fatte per le mezze russe, i merkawa e gli uzi.
    Magari ” imbrattando ” un blog, e me ne dispiaccio, sperando che non fischino anche qui le pallottole..

  7. http://www.profesionalespcm.org/Palestina/Nakba.html

    This is exactly from where my information comes from.
    The other side of the coin. History’ s got a lot of perspectives as I wrote up there Marc. This is not mine, but the palestinian one. And those are not my words either: copy & paste. This people is extremely desperate.

    Thanks to all that people located at the extreme left you mention in this last post, for many years here in Europe and for first time, people like me had the chance to get public and quality education and sanity. Now this whole continent is turning to the right, and again little by little and step by step, good sanity an good education is a privelege for the kids of those who know how to make money. Meanwhile, those super industrialized G8 countries you talk about, can’t reach an agreement to reduce the CO2 emissions; in the USA, american flags and stickers like “I support our troops in Irak” are a classic. Low cost companies offer cheap flights for working class to the third world: vacations in someone else’s misery. Exodus and genocides are mixed in the tv news with baseball and soccer games results. There are many many things to write about Marc, apart of an islamic person that one sunny italian morning decides to visit a sinagogue. Or about a red neck in Virginia. Or perhaps about if Castro was good or not for Cuba: just compare the intelectual level of that mentioned red neck with the one of a taxi driver in La Habana.
    I do not hate Israel, at all. I do not hate anyone; a good friend of mine often says that we all need much more energy to hate, that the one we use to love. I project my energy in the ones I love: writting comments in your blog or making one hour and a half phone calls to Rome from any dark corner of the world.

  8. Yes, there are many other important matters in the world to write about, from Eastern Europe to Havana. Anyone may start a blog and express their opinion as they wish. How did the idea come about that what I have written is non”universal” enough?
    Thanks for your comments both unique and thought-provoking. This is indeed what we are all in agreement upon.

  9. Yes, there are many other important matters in the world to write about, from Eastern Europe to Havana. Anyone may start a blog and express their opinion as they wish. How did the idea come about that what I have written is not “universal” enough?
    Thanks for your comments both unique and thought-provoking. This is indeed what we are all in agreement upon.

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