Cute, isn't it? Sophists can read "racism" into even the most innocent of words. When the phrase "of Jewish extraction" appeared in these pages, a couple of new arrivals on the megaphone
network pretended that they had never encountered such a phrase outside of a KKK rally -- this, despite the fact that I never had a problem referring to myself as being "of Italian extraction." Another writer took fake umbrage when I referred to Jews as -- oh, horror of horrors! -- a "group." As though only a sick, Nazi bastard would ever refer to any group of people as a "group."
But lo and behold, when we look at the news from Israel, what do we find? Real
racism. The kind backed by law, public opinion and power. From the Guardian
41% of Israel's Jews favour segregation
A poll of attitudes among Israel's Jews towards their country's Arab citizens has exposed widespread racism, with large numbers favouring segregation and policies to encourage Arabs to leave the country.
The poll found that more than two-thirds of Jews would refuse to live in the same building as an Arab. Nearly half would not allow an Arab in their home and 41% want segregation of entertainment facilities.
The survey also found 40% of Israel's Jews believe "the state needs to support the emigration of Arab citizens", a policy advocated by some far-right parties in the run-up to next week's general election.
The poll was conducted by a respected Israeli organisation, Geocartographia, for the Centre for the Struggle Against Racism, founded by Arab-Israeli academics. "Racism is becoming mainstream," said the centre's director, Bachar Ouda.
(Emphasis added.) Let us buttress this article with a personal report from one of my readers. These words originally appeared in the comments section, but they deserve greater publicity:
I am half jewish and half west indian. I have never been attacked for being half Jewish. I have been beaten for being "brown". I occasionally go to israel to visit my relatives. When I go, I prepare myself to experience a form of racism which is very hard to find in the US or UK these days. Its hard to find cos a) its considered unacceptable to express these views these days b) cos there are now laws against it in the UK and US. Things are different in Israel. It is not merely acceptable there, its the norm.
Incidentally, my Jewish relatives dont argue with me about this anymore. They have watched it happen to me and have had to bail me out on a number of occasions.
Dont let people lie about this. The faster this lie is exposed the better off we will all be.
Now THAT is racism. Real racism comes backed by power. It's a very different animal from the fake outrage that arises when sophists, for political purpose, willfully misinterpret an innocent text.
(Hey megaphonies -- why so silent? I didn't used to post this stuff before you launched your scurrilous attacks on me. Now I'm doing it every day. I'll let up if you provide further details as to how the "megaphone" operation works...)