"The gospels did not cause anti-Semitism,
but they licensed it, to Christian Europe
Bigotry pins blame on Jews: What was Mel Gibson's catch-all solution to his woes? `Jews are bad.'
© 2006, Chicago Tribune, By David Mamet. Published August 6, 2006
Many Jews are upset with Mel Gibson because they believe in something called "the public relations war
Israel, these co-religionists think, is endangered because the Arabs, sworn to the annihilation of the Jewish state, are, somehow, putting a better spin on their case.
Israel is a sovereign nation, founded under the United Nations charter in 1948. Since then, she has been chronically and acutely under attack. Since 1948, Israel has staved off those invaders dedicated to killing the Jews and each time, after each war, Israel has given back to those invaders the land acquired in Israel's defense.
Israel wants peace, the Arabs want Israel gone (in 2000 Yasser Arafat
[по соглашению, которое Мадлен Клинтон уже практически выбил из Барака на переговорах в Кемп-Девиде - примеч. от abcdefgh], on the eve of ending a territorial dispute that would have given him 98 percent of the land he desired, withdrew and went to war
). Yet most of the Western press, European and American, picture Israel as, somehow, the aggressor, and the Israelis as somehow inhuman, and delighting in blood.
There is no "cycle of violence
." Israel wants peace behind the 1949 armistice borders, with some relatively minor variation. There is no indictable "disparity of force." Israeli civilians are being bombed. Hezbollah knows where the Israeli military bases are, but chooses to bomb civilians. Hezbollah puts its armaments exclusively in the midst of civilians. The Israeli aim is not to invade Lebanon (Israel left Lebanon) but to force Hezbollah to stop killing the Jews.
That the Western press consistently characterizes the Israeli actions as immoral is anti-Semitism
. What state does not have the right to defend itself--it is the central tenet of statehood.
The Jews are not the victims of bad PR. They are the victims of anti-Semitism.( Read more...Collapse )
David Mamet's book, "The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self-hatred and the Jews
," will be published in October.