Thursday, February 28, 2013


You may have seen this story:
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday described Zionism as a "crime against humanity" on par with anti-Semitism and fascism.

Speaking in Vienna at a United Nations event devoted to dialogue between the West and Islam, Erdogan decried rising racism in Europe and the fact that many Muslims "who live in countries other than their own" often face harsh discrimination.

"We should be striving to better understand the culture and beliefs of others, but instead we see that people act based on prejudice and exclude others and despise them," Erdogan said, according to a simultaneous translation provided by the UN. "And that is why it is necessary that we must consider -- just like Zionism or anti-Semitism or fascism -- Islamophobia as a crime against humanity." ...
Is attacking Zionism the moral equivalent of attacking Jews? You decide. In any case, needless to say, Erdogan's statement is being denounced as anti-Semitic.

Now, guess who's responsible for it, according to Jennifer Rubin.

Yup: according to Jennifer Rubin, the prime minister of Turkey made an anti-Zionist remark because the United States made Chuck Hagel defense secretary.

So I guess the 2010 Ha'aretz story titled "Israel Accuses Turkish PM of Inciting Anti-Semitism" is evidence that Hagel's reward from the White House for surviving the confirmation process was access to a super-secret Defense Department time machine.

And hmmm ... I find that Erdogan has been charged with making anti-Semitic remarks as far back as 1997, when he was mayor of Istanbul. And what about this YouTube clip, said to be an anti-Semitic remark in a 1993 Erdogan speech? Or, for that matter, what about the reportedly anti-Semitic play Erdogan wrote in 1974?

I guess that DoD time machine is really, really powerful. Right, Jennifer?


And if you're wondering, even the story Rubin links from the clownish Free Beacon doesn't hang this remark around Hagel's neck. That's all her idea.


Ten Bears said...

Zionism IS a crime against humanity. Israel is a Terrorist State. The Mother of all Terrorist States. An utterly foreign occupier perpetrating an American Taxpayer financed and morally sanctioned genocide upon the indigenous descendants of the 'biblical' Hebrew. It has no 'right' to exist, and this world will never know Peace until it does not.

My desktop Mirriam & Webster (1955) defines semite as "all people of mid-eastern descent, including Akkadian (Persian), Turkmann, Phoenecian, Arab and Hebrew." (actually doesn't say anything at all about "jews").

No fear...

Victor said...

If you ever wonder why The Washington Post has gone from being a great national newspaper, to one that caters to the DC Villagers, and the CW, you need look no further than Rubin, and the rest of the Op-ed staff.

They are a genuine horror-show.

And Rubin is the worst hack in a field of hacks - and one-or-two-trick ponies I think I've ever seen.

She is repugnant!
And worse, a stupid, ignorant, and insipid, POS who never strays at all from her own doctine.

Fred Hiatt has assembled an Op-ed team of written and internet writers, who are like the NY Mets of 1962 - a few old stars mailing it in, and the rest of the team, a group of players who don't belong in the Major Leagues.

When well we EVER be rid of J-Rub?

Tom Hilton said...

In defense of the WaPo, at least they weren't stupid enough to put JRubin on their editorial board.

Not like the San Francisco Chronicle, which has RW hack Debra Saunders on its board. (I'm pretty sure an editorial last Thursday was written by Saunders.)

Julianne said...

Okay, but we all agree that the Department of Defense probably totally does have a time machine, right? I mean, I want something awesome for all those tac dollars!

Julianne said...

TAX! Yikes!!

Philo Vaihinger said...

The aim of Zionism is simply the existence of a Jewish national state.

Originally, Herzel considered Madagascar, but eventually it became clear it would inevitably be in Palestine, if anywhere.

To deny the legitimacy of Zionism is to deny the legitimacy of the existence of Israel, the Jewish state in Palestine.

Personally, I have no truck with moral issues.

But I agree that the US should not as a matter of prudence have supported the creation of Israel and should not now be more committed to Israel than we were to Rwanda, back in Clinton's time.

On the other hand, I understand and sympathize with Israelis' refusal to abandon Israel at this late date and disapprove of the horrific Muslim commitment to Israel's destruction.

And it is true, in fact, that the Muslims indulge the most savage anti-Semitism in their propaganda.

All the more reason for Israelis to refuse any future that would end or endanger their Jewish state, putting them at the mercy of their neighbors.

Chris Fox said...

When the news came of the massacre in Norway Rubin rushed a column to blame Al Qaida for the murder of 77 Norwegians, many of them children. After the truth that the shooter was a Muslim-hating right winger (an apt description of Rubin herself), she did three more columns that day without retracting her earlier fabrication. It wasn't until the next day she issued a perfunctory and unapologetic correction; the paper's ombudsman frostily defended her, noting that Rubin "happens to be Jewish" and that she had to go home and do something unspecified involving candles, ignoring that the timestamps of her posts revealed the lie.

She is a viciously bigoted and dishonest woman and her continued presence at the Post is a disgrace.

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Phoenician said...

The aim of Zionism is simply the existence of a Jewish national state.

The aim of Zionism as it has played out in the real world is the creation of a greater Jewish national state .

THAT is why it is a crime against humanity. It isn't because of Jews, or anti-Semitism, or the existence of Israel - it's because of Israel's ever increasing borders at the expense of its neighbours.

Claiming that anti-Zionism is the same as anti-Semitism is like claiming that the only reason to object to Germany invading Poland in 1939 was an anti-German bias.

Phoenician said...

Blast - first para should read

The aim of Zionism as it has played out in the real world is the creation of a greater Jewish national state via the appropriation of its neighbours land and the slow ethnic cleansing of their populations.