Plausibly Deniable Jew Hatred: Being Pro-Palestinian And Anti-Israel
My suspicion -- as the headline to this post reflects: Being "pro-Palestinian" means having an excuse to hate Jews that doesn't sound like mere anti-Semitism.
Those who condemn Israel and stand on the side of the Palestinians tend to call themselves "progressives," and tend to be for a number of things I am, like gay rights.
Only, whoops -- under Islam, gays are to be murdered (in horrible ways).
Women are to be treated as property and are often murdered for daring to behave otherwise or being suspected of behaving otherwise.
Yet, those on campus who stand (so trendily) against Israel look the other way on these things. Israel remains their One True Satan.
Bret Stephens, in the WSJ, examines an vastly unexamined assumption -- the notion that the Palestinians must have a state and this is a matter of urgent international interest:
Climate change aside, the cause of Palestinian statehood is the central obsession of contemporary global politics. It's also its least examined assumption.
Would a Palestinian state serve the cause of Mideast peace? This used to be conventional wisdom ... Today the proposition is ridiculous.
What about the interests of Palestinians? Aren't they entitled to a state?
Maybe. But are they more entitled to one than the Assamese, Basques, Baloch, Corsicans, Druze, Flemish, Kashmiris, Kurds, Moros, Native Hawaiians, Northern Cypriots, Rohingya, Tibetans, Uyghurs or West Papuans--all of whom have distinct national identities, legitimate historical grievances and plausible claims to statehood?
If so, what gives Palestinians the preferential claim? Have they waited longer than the Kurds? No: Kurdish national claims stretch for centuries, not decades. Have they experienced greater violations to their culture than Tibetans? No: Beijing has conducted a systematic policy of repression for 67 years, whereas Palestinians are nothing if not vocal in mosques, universities and the media. Have they been persecuted more harshly than the Rohingya? Not even close.
Set the comparisons aside. Would a Palestinian state be good for Palestinian people?
That's a more subjective judgment. But a telling figure came in a June 2015 poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, which found that a majority of Arab residents in East Jerusalem would rather live as citizens with equal rights in Israel than in a Palestinian state. No doubt part of this owes to a desire to be connected to Israel's thriving economy.
...In theory, Israel would be well-served living alongside a sovereign Palestinian state that lived in peace with its neighbors, improved the welfare and respected the rights of its people, rejected extremism and maintained a monopoly on the use of force. In theory, Palestine could be the next Costa Rica: small but beautiful.
But Israelis don't live in theory. They live in a world where mistakes are mortal.
As Ayaan Hirsi Ali notes: compromise is not possible without "true reformation of Islam" away from "doctrine of death."
And people in the movement to boycott Israeli products should be sure to boycott all the lifesaving medical treatments that have come out of Israel and throw out their computers and cellphones and any technological inventions with Israeli or Israeli-invented parts in them.