How Israel Gives Jews a Bad Name By Saul Landau

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By Saul Landau
March 13/15, 2009

The State That Tolerates No Criticism

Most Jews I know get little pleasure from the existence of Israel; just the opposite. They feel disgusted by the behavior of their tribal kin toward Palestinians. This antipathy doesn’t concern Israel’s right to exist, a phony argument still maintained by hard line Zionists. Israel exists, period. Most of the world recognizes that. Anyone wanting to eliminate it belongs in the loony bin or prison.

Israelis have just elected a right wing majority. The number three vote-getting party, Yisrael Beytenu led by Avigdor Lieberman, will occupy a strong place in the new government. Lieberman will become a Minister in the Netanyahu Cabinet. Last year, Lieberman rammed through Israel’s Central Election Committee a ban on Arab political parties. The Israeli Supreme Court ruled the ban unconstitutional before the recent election. Lieberman also demanded the Knesset expel Arab Members. He went further. If Arab citizens of Israel don’t sign oaths of loyalty to Israel, they should have their citizenship revoked.


My grandfather taught me, growing up during the Holocaust, that Jewish tradition teaches each person to strive to become a pillar of ethics, learn the law and behave so as to answer to God for transgressions – not to rulers of a so-called Jewish state.

Ironically, in the name of all Jews, Foxman and colleagues in AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and other Israeli lobby groups along with right wing and centrist political parties in Israel invoke the Holocaust to justify the very behavior embodied by Holocaust initiators. Israel calls itself a Jewish state. Yet, one fifth of Israel’s population is non-Jewish. I don’t belong to that state and despise its policies of constant war and occupation.


via Saul Landau: How Israel Gives Jews a Bad Name


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7 thoughts on “How Israel Gives Jews a Bad Name By Saul Landau

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  3. Saul Landau is an APPEASER.

    “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

    -Winston Churchill:

  4. Islam is a totalitarian ideology, not a religion. We know all we need to know about Islam: it is a vicious, narrow-minded, murderous, intolerant and an undemocratic cult – opposite of anything the west stands for

  5. It is people like you that Jews must fight against.

    Counterpunch is Communist left-wing rag sheet.

    I pity your poor children!

    • Counterpunch is NOT a Communist website, although it seems to be left wing, is there something wrong with that? Is this not America? Can we have differences of political view?

      Jews must now fight other Jews? What kind of statement is that? C’mon. I’m sure you are familiar with the saying, “2 Jews, 3 opinions”. Not all Jews are Zionists. Not all Jews are anything. That’s racism, imo. Do you really want all Jews to have the same political viewpoint?

      Israel’s govt and military actions have done more to promote Anti-Semitism. It’s shameful and obscene what happened to the people (women, children, men) of Gaza.

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