Baby Boomer Blogger Needs a Cultural Upgrade to Win Over Millennials for Israel

by lizard

While Israel was doing this:

The UN has been dragged unwillingly into the war between Israel and Hamas after six of its schools were hit in two weeks and weapons caches found in three, violating the organisation’s neutrality.

The attacks on UN schools sheltering people fleeing bombardment have reverberated around the world, with unusually strong condemnation from Washington, and UN demands for an international inquiry into “gross violations of international law”. The most recent attack, on Sunday, was described by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, as “a moral outrage and a criminal act”.

James Conner was writing this:

America’s anti-Semites and loathers of Israel — and there are many, far, far too many — must have turned cartwheels of joy Friday when the New York Times reported that the fighting in Gaza is generating a serious outbreak of antisemitism in Europe.

So, too, turning cartwheels of joy must be the leaders of Hamas, for inciting fresh antisemitism in Europe and America is why Hamas — officially designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. Department of State on 8 September 1997 — provoked another deadly Israeli incursion in Gaza, hoping for massive civilian casualties that the world would blame on Israel.

Conner is desperately trying to redirect focus from Israeli actions to Hamas’ rhetoric, taking on the direct language of Hamas’ founding covenant. Read his whole post for context.

I’d say the first two paragraphs, though, make anything that comes after worthless. By leading with the anti-semite card, James Conner has signaled he is not capable of doing anything other than denigrate those with serious claims regarding a nation (that won’t define its borders) he apparently believes is not accountable because of the toddler-like narrative he offers: BUT HAMAS MADE ME DO IT!!! WAAAAA, I’M THE VICTIM!!

I came across an interesting article from April of this year in the Christian Monitor, titled Why Israel may need to rethink its assumptions on Palestinian unity. I’m going to highlight a lengthy section for context:

Seven years after the two main Palestinian political factions violently divorced, their leaders announced today a reconciliation deal that they say will pave the way for a new unity government and the first election in eight years.

Similar deals between Fatah and Hamas in 2011 and 2012 foundered over how the rivals would share power. But some say that this pact may represent more a serious commitment because both factions have been backed into a corner by popular discontent and outside pressures.

Israel certainly appears to be taking the deal seriously. Government officials criticized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, casting his decision as a rejection of peace with Israel as the two sides try to extend talks beyond next week’s deadline.

“[Abbas] must decide if he wants to make peace, and if so, with whom. It is impossible to make peace with Israel as well as with Hamas, a terrorist organization advocating for Israel’s destruction,” said Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. “Signing an agreement of a Fatah-Hamas unity government is tantamount to [calling off] negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.”

Israel’s approach rests on two assumptions: that Mr. Abbas, who is also leader of Fatah, could enforce a peace deal without reconciling with Hamas; and that Hamas would never give up its stated intention to destroy Israel. Both may need rethinking.

Abbas, elected eight years ago, has consistently marketed himself as a committed peacemaker who will show Palestinians it is better to negotiate than resort to violence. But two rounds of negotiations later, the Israeli settler population in the West Bank has grown by more than 60,000 or 22 percent, and talks with Israel have failed to deliver a single meaningful benefit to Abbas’s constituency.

Israel wants to take more land, and has been aggressively doing so, despite the obvious dampening effect on the joke that’s been the peace process. I guess this is how Israel defines peace: we will take what we want, and you better be at peace with it!

Well, surprise surprise. Palestinians aren’t at peace with that, so votes were cast, Hamas’ role evolved, and now a full-blown massacre is ensuing after Netanyahu exploited the murder of three Israeli teenagers to turn the incremental genocide into a vigorous campaign of terror targeting anything that breathes in Gaza.

And if the intent of the siege isn’t clear, there are embassy cables released by wikileaks that spells it out very clearly. From Juan Cole:

The Norwegian newspaper Aftenpost has released a March, 2008, US embassy cable describing the Israeli blockade and siege of Occupied Gaza as an attempt to reduce the society to the lowest possible level of functioning without provoking a “humanitarian crisis” (presumably mass starvation).

“Israeli officials have confirmed to Embassy officials on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy functioning at the lowest level possible consistent with avoiding a humanitarian crisis.”

And, with regard to taking money out of circulation in Gaza, a deflationary policy used as a tool of oppression:

“As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed to econoffs on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge”

It seems to me the Israeli right-wingers missed their mark, since 55% of Palestinians in Gaza are food-insecure and 10% of children show signs of stunting from malnutrition. I’d call that a humanitarian crisis. What the despicable Israeli officials meant by their phrase, of course, is that a mass die-off should be avoided that would bring to bear world pressure to abandon this criminal policy. The Israeli blockade of Gaza is illegal in international law and violates explicit United Nations Security Council resolutions. (Wasn’t defying UNSC resolutions given as a reason by the American Right for invading and overthrowing the Iraqi government?)

Not satisfied with the policy of strangulation, Israel has absolutely pummeled Gaza into a hell that will persist long after the bombs stop falling. At some point Israel will stop the hot part of this war, and then the real crisis will start unfolding. Critical infrastructure has been destroyed. Clean water and electricity will be difficult to provide.

And a generation of traumatized children will try to cope with the horrors they experienced.

How anyone can justify the actions of Israel is beyond me. Maybe it’s a product of age. Because regarding Israel, Millennials aren’t buying it like their parents have:

The latest Pew Research Center poll, which was published yesterday, shows that Americans aged 18 to 29 are pretty divided. When asked about “Israel’s response to the conflict with Hamas,” 31 percent said it’s been “about right.” Nearly as many, 29 percent, said that it’s “gone too far.” Tellingly, only 7 percent of young Americans believe it has “not gone far enough.”

By contrast, in the older age demographics (50-64 and 64+) 16 and 18 percent, respectively, believe that Israel’s use of force hasn’t gone far enough. Generation Xers are a bit closer to millennials’ views in some respects; 34 percent say Israel’s response has been about right, while 30 percent say it’s over the top. But again, 16 percent believe Israel’s military action should be more aggressive.

While there are multiple factors involved in this generational shift in public opinion, the most significant has to be the technological break-up of the information monopoly once held by the establishment. The information landscape is very different from the one Baby Boomers grew up in.

But don’t tell that to James Conner, who prefaced his cultural response to the Stafford poem I directed at him with this:

A wonderful song, wonderfully sung, in wonderful black-and-white, offered as a tribute to the bubble-wrapped, Hamasphilic, mainstreamphobic, half-wacked bloggers and conspiracy cultists who turned a once great progressive blog into a laughingstock of the internet. But let’s not give up on those birds just yet. Perhaps they can escape their twilight zones and return to daylight. With grace, amazing things can happen.

Without further comment, ladies and gentlemen, here are The Seekers singing A World of our Own (1968):

  1. steve kelly

    “Until nearly the end of the nineteenth century, Zionism is therefore exclusively a puritan Anglo-Saxon project to which only a Jewish elite adheres.” Thanks J.C. for this link provided over at Piece Of Mind.

    Understanding Zionism is a serious challenge for most in the U.S. because we are historically and ideologically joined at the hip with Israel’s Zionist leaders — ideology deeply rooted in puritan, Anglo-Saxon imperialism.

    The knee-jerk “anti-Semitic” defense of American and Israeli Zionists butchering Palestine and Palestinians has been a go-to diversionary tactic practiced in the U.S. the U.K. and Israel to avoid having to look in the mirror.

    When our common imperialistic ideology is beginning to show, notice how quickly the MSM envokes the ethnic/religious smear. And voila, you have instant mumbo-jumbo.

  2. Turner

    Our NSA is helping Israel with targeting in Gaza. Who could’ve guessed it?

  3. Howard Stern said this or something like it.

    If you’re anti-Israel you’re anti-American.

    • JC

      Anti-Israel, anti-Jew, and anti-Semitism are three different things Swede. Most of what people are criticizing these days is Zionism, which really doesn’t have a whole lot to do with Judaism.

      What the Voltaire article Steve mentions is very clear about, is that those who support the Palestinian cause are foremost anti-imperialists.

      Those who conflate (like Connor) anti-imperialism (as it is expressed in support of the Palestinian plight) have at best an armchair understanding of anti-imperialism and the beast against which it fights.

      • Point taken.

        Then if anti-imperialism’s your goal then living the life on a Palestinian (when not at war) must be your Nirvana.

        So lets compare the two. P=Palestinians, I=Israelis.

        Throw members of the opposition party off buildings. P=Yes, I=No

        Teach elementary schoolchildren that Jews and Christians are pigs and dogs. P=Yes, I=No

        Celebrate attacks on American such as 911 and the USS Stark. P=Yes, I=No

        Routinely trap families in houses to protect their weapons. P=Yes, I=No

        Their UN Ambassador admits to war crimes. P=Yes, I=No

        Strap explosives to children as young as 14 to act homicide bombers. P=Yes, I=No

        Seeks to kill as many civilians as possible. P=Yes, I=No

        Uses most of their construction material for tunnels to aid in slaughter and kidnapping. P=Yes, I=No

        Has a number of Nobel Prizes awarded in medicine, economics, science. P=No (0), I=Yes(8)

        Might I mention that the average wage in Pali is $3000/yr as compared to Israel $30,000/yr.

        I’ll take imperialism any day.

        • Nonsense, Swede, and since you pepper us with links, it would be nice if you would actually go read one now and then, as the once JC just gave you. It is a good history of Hamas, which might surprise you too, as it also gives some background on Muslim Brotherhood, which also might surprise you. It will stretch your attention span to its limit.

          The real anti-semites are the Israelis, of course. Israel is a seeded colony, and most who moved there from Europe have no Semitic blood lines. They are counterfeit. Palestinians, on the other hand are indeed Semitic.

          • Link free comments so far Mark.

            I’m surprised tho after your upbringing that you’d forget your Bible studies. Moses and the years after Egypt.

          • So you’re not going to JC’s link?

            Like most mature adults, I learned to question the things I was taught as a youth, form my own attitudes and ideas.

            Jewish archeologists have pretty much ruled out any historical accuracy to the Bible, no Moses, all of that. If indeed there were a tribe of two million or so living in the desert, there’d be a trace, there is none. If indeed a massive outbreak of plagues and such afflicted Egypt, they’d make a note o of it. There is none. If two million Israelis left Egypt, and the Egyptian army drowned in pursuit, there’d be a note here or there. There is none. You got nuthin’. The Babylonian Captivity, possible, though sketchy.

      • A Big Fan

        Armchair understanding? That’s your best line by far. How can James possibly compete with someone like you, who’s served in guerrilla insurgencies all around the world?

        You hero.

        • JC

          Ah, the sock puppet strikes again!

          • A Big Fan

            I felt like that was a bit threatening, given your status as an armed combatant against imperialism across the globe. Please don’t strike me down with your righteous fury!

            • JC

              And I’m armed with the First Amendment: Words! Freedom of expression! Freedom of the press (and blogs)! Right to be irreligious! And irreverent! Maybe irrelevant, but at least I’m free, free, free!

              • A Big Fan

                No, but you’re not an “armchair” analyst. You’ve been in the shit, man! You’re fighting a one man war against imperialism! You’re not suggesting that it’s all a facade, are you? Just words?

                That is depressing, given how your self-regard for your firsthand knowledge.

                Still a BIG FAN, though.

        • Steve W

          James can’t compete with 4&20 Blackbirds when it comes to allowing you to post.

  4. steve kelly

    Lebensraum implicitly assumes the superiority of a master race. This superiority translates into a categorical right to take and occupy land without cause or compensation to the displaced. In the extreme, it grants the superior race the right to extirpate “inferior”people.

    No “Bill of Rights” for inferiors, right?

    • Forgot “stealing their resources” don’t you think?

      Then again a nation of downtrodden beggars devoid of any hope of self worthiness makes for an ideal society.

  5. Conner is like most Americans, capable but in suspended animation. His opinions are merely recantations of the voices of authority figures. And this is what our schools teach us, to be passive, to absorb, and not think for ourselves. They don’t call their authority figures that. They say to use “reliable sources” or “mainstream journalism.” They adhere to it, and are given shock therapy if they stray, you know, into “conspiracy theory” and all of that, a very effective thought control device.

    His brain is turned off, that’s all. That he is in isolation now, lashing out while not accepting feedback, is a sign of discomfort, and rather than reflecting inward, he is paying it outward. 4&20 is the designated scapegoat for his own intellectual incontinence.

  6. steve kelly

    I think I would have used “property” instead of “resources” in an effort to appeal to your tendency to accept American exceptionalism whole cloth.

    So, Swede, do you think our Bill of Rights are universal among all humans, or should inalienable rights only apply to a superior — in this case puritans of Anglo-Saxon ancestry — race/culture?

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