So you don’t like attacks on celebrities? You think I should be more civil in my attacks on the likes of George Clooney, Russell Brand, Penelope Cruz and others. OK. Well first of all, as will be evident for those who do read this piece, I am not writing this to defend myself. I don’t need to. Everyone, myself included has some selfish motivation for the things that they do, but the driving force behind what I do is fighting for what is right and the well-being and safety of Israel, the Jewish people, and people of all faiths who believe in decency and a genuine peace for all parties involved.
Now on to the reason I am writing this piece. It is to address the incredulous logic of those who passionately defend those that attack their very own people. A few days ago an old friend of mine sent me a message. The message was a question as to how I felt about the vitriolic comments sometimes posted on social media. My friend’s concern was that we were sinking to a level beneath us when we attacked certain people in an overly crude and demeaning manner. That same friend however, liked and approved of my follow-up letter to George Clooney a few days later. I mention this because it is a prime example of someone who, even with a more moderate approach than others, has their priorities in the correct place. My friend said quite a few things I agreed with, and in the meantime understood that just because we may wish to live by a higher standard, that doesn’t mean we defend the despicable. In case you are wondering, to me, anti-Zionist/anti-Semites are the despicable.
For those who read what I write, you may notice that I more often than not type anti-Zionist and anti-Semite side by side. It’s for a very simple reason. If you are an anti-Zionist, you are also an anti-Semite. I won’t belabor this point because it’s been made often enough, and those who don’t want to accept it as fact after what we’ve seen the past 3 months never will anyway. What I do wish to say and question is the following. Why is it unacceptable to some that people attack anti-Semites for their attacks on Israel, but it is not acceptable when people who are pro-Israel attack them? Because they say it in a nicer more deceptive way? Because they’re better looking? Because you like their movies or music? I’ve heard people criticize myself and others for what they called disgusting remarks against some of these celebrities. If I would call your favorite actor a Jew-hating piece of garbage you might get mad for my nasty display of hate. After all, the only thing he or she said wrong was, Israel needs to stop killing Palestinian babies, right?
Let me break that down a little further for those who just don’t get it. No one in Israel is happy that children die in war. However, the attacks on Gaza were attacks by the Jewish nation in self-defense. These attacks were a response to a constant barrage of missiles into Israeli population centers. Hamas hid behind their children, using them as human shields. Hamas is committed not only to the destruction of Israel, but to the murder of Jews worldwide. So when someone, actor, musician or politician says Israel needs to stop killing babies, he or she is throwing their support behind Hamas, whether they want to admit it or not.
All of this leaves me to this one important question. How is the comment “Israel needs to stop killing Palestinian babies” not more vile to you than someone like myself calling that person a “Jew-hating piece of garbage”? How is it not more vile and offensive to you when an ex-President accuses Israel of war crimes? How is it not more vile to you when a famous singer claims it was never proved that Hamas killed the 3 boys? How is it not more vile to you when an idiotic actor says Israel was wrong for fighting back because they’re stronger? And lastly, how is it not vile to you when a famous actor marries into a family that hates Israel and never says a word indicating he feels differently than they do?
You want to continue to attack those who attack them because it’s easier or makes you feel like you’re a better person then go right ahead. Just know this and know it well. If these people you defend so passionately get their way, they’ll come after you with the same vigor they’ll come after me. And realize the irony is that while you are defending them, people and people like me are actually trying to defend you. Whether you appreciate it or not.
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