"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"
(Leonard Cohen)
"Ignore all proffered rules and create your own, suitable for what you want to say"
(Michael Moorcock)
"Look for your own. Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings."
(Andre Gide)
"I want my place, my own place, my true place in the world, my proper sphere, my thing which Nature intended me to perform when she fashioned me thus awry, and which I have vainly sought all my life-time."
(Nathaniel Hawthorne)
“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
(Franz Kafka)
"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated"
(John Donne)
“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
(Robert J. Hanlon)
"Life is beautiful, but the world is hell"
(Harold Pinter)

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Don't Give In To The Slurs - Defend Clare Solomon!

EXTRACT: Now let us turn to Solomon’s second statement: “The view that Jews have been persecuted all throughout history is one that has been fabricated in the last 100 or so years to justify the persecution of Palestinians ... but to paint the picture that all Jews have always had to flee persecution is just plainly inaccurate”. Once again, for anyone of a rational frame of mind, this is just another factual observation. It was Zionism, a modern ideology, which invented the idea of the universalised persecution of Jews - a claim that was built on the grim realities of late medieval anti-Semitism and its wretched revival in tsarist Russia and then in 19th century Europe by ultra-rightist Catholicism - as exemplified by the Dreyfus case. But none of this detracts from the fact that for most of ancient and medieval history it was a positive advantage to be a Jew, which is precisely why the sect grew and grew - so that by “late feudalism Jews constituted a half-privileged, half-persecuted social caste”, gaining a “prosperous living as intermediaries”.
In other words, all Solomon said was that Jews have not always been persecuted throughout all of history - ie, there were periods when they were not persecuted. The last “100 years” she refers to is the period during which the assorted Zionist myths have been developed - mainly against Marxist, secular and “non-Jewish Jews”, of course. To put it even clearer still, what has been “fabricated” - by Zionism, of course - is the empirical and historical falsehood which claims that “Jews have been persecuted all throughout history”: the myth of eternal Jewish suffering and oppression.
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