I am here to announce to the world that it is now official. I am renouncing my Liberal status. Let me be clear that this is not a total overhaul of my views and opinions on all the social issues that could only label me as a Liberal. Those views have not changed. The reason for me renouncing my status is that I no longer wish to be associated with people making excuses for bad behaviors and for those who are tolerant of anti-Semitism masquerading as anti-Zionism.
I recently wrote 2 letters, one to George Clooney and another to Russell Brand. Although the vast majority appear to have enjoyed and agreed with the tone and content of the letters, I have received more criticism on these letters than on anything I’ve ever written. I don’t mind the criticism, on some levels I even like it. I don’t suppress opinions and generally don’t wish physical harm on anyone for having opinions that differ from mine. What I do have a problem with are people believing they are taking some sort of moral high ground by not criticizing anti-Semites or being so careful to not unfairly demand the opinion of those who could influence the thoughts of millions. I am convinced they take this approach because they either don’t truly understand how high the stakes are or because they are just too frightened to do otherwise. Either way it’s a mistake.
Let me break it down and explain something everyone needs to understand before it is too late. Yes I ridiculed Russell Brand. I insulted him, referenced his mental illness, and attacked his character more than I attacked his words. Although I stand by everything I said to him, let’s say for argument sake my letter was a despicable and unfair defamation of character. It’s still not even close to being as bad as what he is doing. Hamas has two things people need to be aware of when looking at the entire picture. First they have a charter that speaks of its commitment to driving every Jew out of Israel and its mission to kill every Jew alive. The second is a sponsor, Iran, with a large supply of weapons and a hatred for Israel, as well as a budding alliance with a rogue and nuclear North Korea. Hamas has stated that its conditions for a cessation of hostilities includes the opening of a port and lifting of the Naval blockade. If this would be done under Hamas leadership, it would put the very survival of the State of Israel in jeopardy. So when Russell Brand gets on his high horse and criticizes Israel for his actions, he is in essence saying that its survival means absolutely nothing to him. He is saying to me and to the world that it is perfectly acceptable to have North Korea ship nuclear weapons into Gaza. So now I ask those of you attacking my words and defending him, what is more offensive? One man insulting and ridiculing another or the other calling for actions that translate into millions of dead Jews?
I’m more concerned as to whether or not George Clooney, a man who potentially can influence millions feels as his anti-Semitic fiance does, than I am with whether or not someone thinks I am out of line for connecting her words to him. That misplaced use of Liberal ideals and so-called tolerance is unacceptable to me. As I’ve said many times, “Never Again” does not mean Never Again unless it insults George Clooney.
Listen to the words of someone who has called himself a Liberal till now and has done so without apology. Wake up and start realizing what is at stake here. I do not have any children of my own, but I have many children in my family who I hope will be able to live a happy and safe life. Too much tolerance for anti-Semitic behavior and too much concern for the feelings of people who aren’t helping us when they should is what truly offends me. They threaten the safety of all Jewish children and ultimately all children on the planet, including the very children they pretend to defend. If that doesn’t offend you more than a personal attack on an actor, I urge you to reexamine your values. Furthermore, this thought process that has people thinking my “nasty” letters somehow contribute to anti-Semitism is dangerously naive. One person even said that Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney’s fiance, gave us a gift by turning down a spot on the panel as though she did it for any other reason other than her own benefit. I am not going to thank an ant-Semite for something merely because they took one less action of hatred against Jews.
I used to believe that the ideal of Liberalism brought people together even when they disagreed on important issues. Maybe it does that on some levels, but when it becomes a tool with which to hold views that translate into serious harm for the Jewish people and the entire civilized world, not only do I want no part of it, I question why anyone else who loves a peaceful and secure world would.
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