Sunday, July 15, 2007

The donors versus the Jewish community

Abe Foxman, head of the ADL (and, naturally, of Polish Jewish descent), became frustrated with some questions from a Jewish audience and said (via jews sans frontieres, who also covers official Jewish denial of the genocide against the Armenians):

“I don’t represent you nor the Jewish community! I represent the donors.”

Exactly.  This reminds me of the new genre of blogging stories, the ones where the liberal American-Jewish blogger enters the lions’ den of official Jewish opinion in some public forum, where he or she is lambasted by the official opinion leaders in attendance for taking a sane position on Israel.  The joke is that the liberal blogger actually represents mainstream Jewish opinion, and the official opinion leaders represent only a handful of rich donors who are sponsoring this kill-all-the-Arabs-and-steal-their-land millenialist cult (btw, given the significance of the number 6,000,000 to Central European Jewish mysticism/numerology, is the Messiah supposed to show up when the Jews have arranged for the death of 6,000,000 Muslims?).  Yet if you try to point out that the instigators of the problem are this tiny minority of very rich people, most of whom also benefit financially by connection to the Israeli arms industry, you are immediately called an anti-Semite.  If there is hatred involved, it looks more like ‘Class envy’ rather than bigotry.