Sunday, March 09, 2014

Arabs Aren't Anti-Semitic; Just The Cartoonists Are

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David Guy said...

I have stopped using the label antisemitism when I can. I prefer to use Jew Hatred.

The antisemitism label leads to the defence that Arabs can't be antisemitic because they are Semites, themselves. Explaining the roots of the label then takes the discussion away on a tangent.

Sometimes this is extended to claim that Jews of today especially the 'evil' Ashkenasis are not Semites at all. Centuries of European antisemitism and Arab Jew Hatred then are wiped out.

Equally distracting is when the argument turns to whether the term is antisemitism, anti-semitism or anti-Semitism. There are subtle differences but what does it really matter?

The irony of much Arabic Jew Hatred, as illustrated by Yisrael's cartoon examples is when the artists use examples from Ultra Orthodoxy: Jews with beards, and broad brimmed hats. It;s ironic because the big argument in the real Israel is whether types who look like that should be forced to do military service just like the others, most of whom, regretably, don't relate to menorahs, torah scrolls and the other icons of Judaism the artist draws as a stand-in for Israel.

Anonymous said...

Arieh Stav put out a whole book of anti-Israel, anti-Jewish Arab cartoons. The cartoons in his book were all from AFTER the peace treaty with Jordan. He showed that the hate for Israel in the Jordanian press as shown by the cartoons was worse than in cartoons from countries with which Israel had not made a treaty. Stav also provides a background to cartoons in general with comparisons to cartoons in Der Stuermer
Arieh Stav, Peace: The Arabian Caricature [Jerusalem: Gefen 1999 ]

note that one of the cartoons on the front cover is of hitler shaking hands with Rabin. That cartoon was published after "peace" with Jordan. Note that it is Rabin that they are attacking, not Sharon or Netanyahu. St Rabin the peacemaker is shown shaking hitler's hand.