Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Whataboutery, insults and antisemitism: Left wing hypocrisy and the ethnic cleansing of Jews - by David Collier

Then there are those who cannot be bothered to pretend to care. People who just want to talk about how evil Israel is. None of these response references the ethnic cleansing of Jews. They feel compelled to turn the conversation over to Israel. They push empty claims, twisted propaganda, antisemitic imagery and anything they need to do to deflect from the conversation taking place. Whatever is driving them, it clearly isn’t a concern for human rights.

David Collier..
Across the Great Divide..
24 February '20..

Talking about the historical ethnic cleansing of Jews from the whole of North Africa and the Middle East is an easy method of proving the antisemitism within the Palestinian cause. This example started with a simple tweet. A tweet that clearly points out that whilst Arabs make up more than 20% of Israel’s population, the rest of the Middle East and North Africa has virtually no Jews in it anywhere. Given some of these areas, like Morocco and Iraq had large Jewish populations – it becomes obvious that the Jews were ethnically cleansed from the MENA region.

The tweet was popular, was retweeted 2500 times and received over 6300 likes. Its message is clear and easy on the eye. There were a million Jews who lived in places such as Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Tunisia. In one way or another the Arabs in the region turned on their Jews, persecuted them and in most places drove them out. An act of quintessential antisemitic persecution. So when people reference ethnic cleansing in relation to the Arab / Israeli conflict – there is ONE obvious ethnic cleansing we really have to discuss. These people were not part of a civil conflict, they considered themselves at home and identified – as Jews always do – with the host nation. There were not even violent groups amongst them. They were simply othered, persecuted and driven out from their homes – often forced to leave all their possessions behind.

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