The City Press is the Sunday newspaper with the third largest readership in South Africa. Last week’s edition contained an outstandingly repulsive article from Professor Ali Mazrui entitled “Is Israel bent on becoming the new Third Reich”.
I can’t find the article at the City Press, but here’s a link to the same article at another website.
Mazrui claims that the gap between the Nazis and Israelis is fast diminishing and this narrowing distance is the fundamental cause of a phenomenon he readily admits exists today, that is, the new anti-Semitism.
Mazrui neglects to explain just how Israel has become like the Nazis. He doesn’t point to any death camps or forced labour camps. He doesn’t provide examples of any increasing totalitarianism within Israel – no restrictions on the freedom of the press, freedom to associate, freedom to form political movements. No. All he has in his arsenal is the military action taken against Palestinians who unabatedly fired rockets indiscriminately into Israeli population areas. The irony of course, is that it was the Palestinians, led by Haj Amin al Husseini, who corroborated with and openly supported the Nazis during World War 2. Palestinian leader Husseini spent the war years with Hitler in Berlin and wanted to export the final solution to Palestine to once and for all resolve their Jewish problem.
Mazrui doesn’t compare Israel to any other states who have been forced to take military action . He doesn’t even compare Israel to states who take pre-emptive military action. No. By Mazrui’s foul smelling logic, if you defend yourself against the Palestinians, you are a bunch of filthy Nazis. And the Palestinians? They are “intrinsically good” – victims par excellence. Mazrui doesn’t talk about a disproportionate response. There is no “response”. It’s just an unprovoked Israel firing on absolutely innocent Palestinians.
His use of the term “new anti-Semitism” is quite peculiar. He admits it exists, but justifies it by saying it is caused by Israel. In fact, we can easily end this phenomenon, by openly renouncing our support of the only Jewish state in the world. In short, Mazrui believes the new anti-Semitism is justified. But what kind of racial prejudice can ever actually be justified? From this we learn the mocking levels of respect that Mazrui has for the very idea of anti-Semitism. It can be a good or a bad thing depending on whether Israel is involved!
According to historian Bernard Lewis, anti-Semitism is marked by two distinct features: Jews are judged according to a standard different from that applied to others, and they are accused of cosmic evils.
By Lewis’ standards, Mazrui is guilty. In fact, according to the European Union standards, comparing Israel to the Nazis is an example of what constitutes anti-Semitism. It’s one thing to criticise Israel and its policies but to compare it to the worst evils of the 20th century stems from nothing but a deep-seated inveterate hatred.
Mazrui describes a “painful paradox” that emerges when comparing the anti-Semitism of the first half of the 20th century and the new anti-Semitism of the new millennium.
Mazrui claims that whereas Jews where once amongst the world’s most gifted and created peoples, they have descended into a people only famous for their will to destroy. In an effort to invent a premise for this argument (that Jews have turned from creators to destroyers), Mazrui redefines the classical anti-Semitism of the early 1900s as being a hatred of Jews because of their creative ideas. It’s a weak and convenient description allowing Mazrui to concoct the fake paradox that he bases his article on – that although Jews were once unjustly hated for their creative ideas they are now (justly) hated for their destructive and murderous inclinations.
Finally, Mazrui suggests that there is something sinister and unfair about the way the Jewish pro-Israeli lobby operates, forcing normally “honest” Congressmen and Senators from voting against their conscience in what ultimately amounts to a threat to American democracy.
Unfortunately, articles such as this are becoming the staple diet for South African readers. It’s a tide that cannot be stemmed. And of course, it’s not just plaguing South Africa, as these articles can be found anywhere around the world. The difference with South Africa is that there is no pro-Israel/America alternative. It’s the same old drek wherever you look.