Wednesday, September 08, 2010

A Feminist Writer On Ireland And Israel..

An interesting perspective by Brit Feminist writer Julie Burchill in today's Jerusalem Post:

Until Ireland sorts itself out and stops projecting its own neuroses onto the tiny Jewish state, you guys will just have to struggle on as best you can without those all-important Irish intellectuals and artists.

To start with, it goes without saying that people are free to boycott whoever they wish. For many years now, I have chosen not to visit any country which practices gender apartheid – i.e. Muslim states – as I will not contribute in any way to a vile belief system which results in females being treated in a way which appears to be a cross between the way czarist Russia treated the Jews and Scrooge treated money.

So of course the “Irish intellectuals and artists” who Haaretz recently reported as declaring Israel well and truly boycotted were totally within their rights to do so. The conceit that the Irish are telling the Jews that they won’t be sending them any more intellectuals does sound like the first line of an insulting stereotypical joke – but still, it’s their right.

That the artists signed a statement pledging that they will refrain from engaging in cultural activity with Israel “until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights” also sounds like a joke, and a rather bad one at that, considering that the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign has made no comment about the gender apartheid practiced by their pals.

Last year, Hamas security forces attempted to arrest a Palestinian woman for not wearing a head scarf, walking on a beach without a male escort and laughing out loud! O, these brazen hussies – they’ll be wanting the right to marry who they want next, and then it’ll be anarchy! Luckily the woman in question, Asma al-Ghul, was a journalist at the Palestinian daily Al-Ayam; she said that had she not phoned Hamas and appealed to it personally, she would have been arrested for showing her hair and laughing, as has happened to less media-savvy Palestinian women since then. Even so, she had her passport confiscated and claims that the men threatened her with violence if she complained.

And these people, these Hamas thugs, who treat even their own female journalists (goodness knows what they behave like to those women without a voice) like suspected streetwalkers, are the people who Western entertainers and academics are backing as a beacon of enlightenment against nasty Israel. It sort of makes sense concerning the recent Irish connection though; when you’ve grown up indoctrinated by a religion – Catholicism – which is almost as viciously gynophobic as Islamism, I guess you don’t notice much of a difference.

CATHOLICISM IN general and Ireland in particular have a long, problematic history of cozying up to Jew-haters. It’s open knowledge that the present pope was in the Hitler Youth – though even this isn’t enough for Mel Gibson’s arch- Catholic, Holocaust-denying dad, who says the pope is gay for not being tough enough on gayness.

And Papist Mel himself has shown his true Jew-baiting colors in vino veritas way back. And the prime minister of “neutral” Ireland during World War II, Eamonn de Valera, famously signed the book of condolences at the German Embassy in Dublin on the occasion of Hitler’s death.

Of course there are honorable exceptions to this shameful roll call. At ceremonies for the first Holocaust Memorial Day in Ireland, January 26, 2003, justice minister Michael McDowell openly apologized for an Irish wartime policy that was inspired by “a culture of muted anti-Semitism in Ireland,” which discouraged the immigration of thousands of Europe’s threatened Jews. He said that “at an official level the Irish state was at best coldly polite and behind closed doors antipathetic, hostile and unfeeling toward the Jews.”

And earlier this year, that great rock icon of Irish descent, John Rotten Lydon, defied his critics and defended his plans to play in Israel thus: “I really resent the presumption that I’m going there to play to right-wing Nazi Jews. If Elvisf* cking-Costello wants to pull out of a gig in Israel because he’s suddenly got this compassion for Palestinians, then good on him. But I have absolutely one rule, right? Until I see an Arab country, a Muslim country, with a democracy, I won’t understand how anyone can have a problem with how they’re treated.”

SAYS DR. David Hirsh, a lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and an expert on anti-Semitism: “In Ireland, Green/Orange politics is largely now a thing of the past, but the Israel boycott allows those who are nostalgic for it to carry on playing the game.

In certain Irish imaginations, the Palestinians are drafted in to symbolize the Republicans and the Israelis are given the role of the Loyalists. The vulgar anti-imperialists bang on about their boycott of Israel, but none of this has anything to do with reality in the Middle East. It does, however, destroy the unity of the Irish Labor movement.

“All over the world, local issues are played out over the body of the Jewish state, in the language of the Israel boycott. In Britain the boycott is about colonial guilt. In South Africa it is about apartheid.

In Germany it is about the Holocaust. In the US it is about the Wild West. In Venezuela it is about the anti-imperialist rainbow. In Egypt and Iran it is about uniting people behind vile governments.”

UNTIL SO many crazy countries sort themselves out and stop projecting their own neuroses onto the battleground of the tiny Jewish state, I guess you guys will just have to struggle on as best you can without those all-important imported Irish intellectuals. And yes, again, it does sound like a joke, but I don’t hear anyone laughing. Especially not women who wish to walk alone on Arab beaches, daring to feel the breeze in their hair.

The author obviously has some attitudes of her own to work out regarding Catholicism. I personally object to the term 'papist'..and lets face, Benedict is weak and clueless when it comes to the 'Palestinians' but certainly no Nazi. Nor is modern Catholicism even remotely comparable to the misogynism of Islam.That sort of language is mere bomb throwing. But I think Ms. Burchill is seriously on to something when she talks about projection and its effect on how various countries view Israel.

That and the obvious punch line possibilities about the Irish depriving Israel's Jews of intellectuals is why I shared it with you. Your thoughts?

please helps me write more gooder!


louielouie said...

an irishman is sitting in a bar with an empty glass in front of him.
the bartender asks if he'd like another.
the irishman replies, "why would i want another empty glass?"

Freedom Fighter said...

Two Jews who are business partners are sitting in a bar when one exclaims "Morris! When I left and locked up the shop I left the safe open!"

To which Morris replied "So what? Aren't we both here?"


in the vanguard said...

Excellent article. I admire the gal. How you got this great article is a great bit of detective work. I do think your opinions about Catholicism may well draw from a politically correct weakness, feeling you have to remain balanced to your audience. As if you know the pope better than she.

Freedom Fighter said...

Actually, I feel sorry for him.

Ratzinger is a first class intellect and I initially had great hopes for him. Unfortunately, he has also proven to be weak and malleable.

IMO,the original firestorm over his initial comments on Islam scared the cassock off of him.He's been appeasing the Muslims ever since.