Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Jews against the occupation

“Jews against the occupation” are not anarchistic Tribe members who reject holding a job. They are neither US Jews who want to transport all Caucasians in the US back to Europe and return the Americas to their Natives. Rather, they are the useful idiots of the BDS movement — the modern “Don’t buy from Jews” guys.

In case you’d say, But wait a second, Jews are supposed to be clever — that’s only a stereotype. There is a rule though that fits them, that Jews are softies, goodhearted folks. In fact, Jews tend to flip between overly suspicious and completely naive. When you know anti-Jewish history, that’s no surprise. Let’s not blame the victim.

For years I was kind-of-apologetic to such let’s-love-the-ones-who-hate-us Jews. They were obviously confused victims of antisemitism.

But let’s not confuse them with those rare saints who preach that Jews should forgive our enemies for what they DID to us — not to be stuck in anger and victimhood; not apologizing for what our enemies ARE DOING to us.

Jewish BDSers are different from Kapos in that they are not forced to work for the enemy. They just hope that if they will be “better Jews than those going for world domination,” that they will be loved by the Gentile world.

They do a lot of damage. They play a large role in spreading antisemitism.

Don’t pity them. Fight them. As if they were Jew-hating Gentiles. They certainly wouldn’t want any preferential treatment for being Jews.

Excusing them begets no good. They joined the Jews’ enemies and must be rejected until they rejoin civilization. Just like you’d treat Jew-hating Gentiles.

It’s not hard to debate them:

  • They have no facts; they just believe Zionist-hating Haaretz slander.
  • They run on anger and stereotypes. They scream instead of think.
  • They may not even be aware that “against the occupation” means to make the whole of Palestine Jew-free.
  • They may not realize that their attitude against those “insensitive Arab-hating Jews” is just a form of US chauvinism, supremacy, colonialism, paternalism, capitalism and imperialism wanting to determine what other nations should do for themselves.
  • They could easily be unable to argue why every People in the world deserves a homeland except the Jews.
  • They probably don’t know any of the facts; couldn’t tell Jaffa from Hebron; don’t know that Jews are Palestine’s indigenous population.
  • They most likely don’t know that Israel is a much more humane anti-racist feminist democratic safe happy society than the US and Europe.

In a new low, Bernie joined them for a photo-op. No better than UK’s anti-Zionist Jeremy Corbyn. Call him out without referring to his Jewish background. Ask him how he knows. When he said “How could Israel be OK if so many people criticize it?” reply: “Do you agree that women are stupid if so many people think so?” He’s not aware that with his Jew-hatred he’s actually helping the billionaires, the chauvinists, the supremacists, the colonialists, the paternalists, the capitalists and the imperialists, the people truly in power, the big oil, the military-industrial complex. How could you be a progressive if you’re in bed with such folks?

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In unrelated news, radical left-wing activist Jonathan Pollak claims that he was attacked today in Tel Aviv and cut on his arms and face.

First of all, I hope that that’s not true. However, the anti-Zionist refuses to file a police complaint because he holds that the Israeli police would not protect but assault him. So, we might never find out the truth.

Secondly, before I believe it, I would like to see more proof than the internationally known anarchist and BDS-supporter saying so himself. The details reported about the attack are rather scarce. One is allowed to be a skeptic without being suspected of being unfairly accusatory.

Thirdly, I simply don’t believe it. I immediately had the same feeling reading this as with the self-reported ‘lynch attack’ on Jussie Smollett — on which the jury is still out.

I’m not saying that it’s a similar case or that either case is just publicity and sympathy seeking — but I wonder. Let’s also here, not jump to any premature conclusions.


Meanwhile, Muslim political activist Linda Sarsour came out a racist when she claimed Saturday that Jews are but a religious group and Palestinians are a real People. Her proof? The Quran writes that Jesus was being brown-copper-skinned with wooly hair. In other words, He can’t have been Jewish because Jews are White, pink-skinned. That is racism, denying that Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Tunisian, Kurdish, Moroccan, Yemenite, Indian, Palestinian, Egyptian, Ethiopian, Crypto and Black Jews would be Jews.

I understand that accepting all Jews as one People doesn’t fit the narrative that White Jews (Is there such a thing? Good Question!) from Europe have now colonized Palestine. But maybe that story is not correct in the first place — especially because most Jews in Israel are from Middle-Eastern descent.


The new clip that shows that a Muslim Member of Knesset in London called for BDS against Israel makes me wonder if this should not lead to disqualification of membership of the Israeli Parliament. Which self-respecting country would allow for such a thing? Especially, considering that most experts regard BDS’ anti-Zionism a form of anti-Semitism.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. 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