Anti-Semitic? No Worries Mate, Just Facts
Tim Blair at Spleenville links to this noxious bit from Down Under. Margot Kingston, some lass who writes a Webdiary for the Sidney Morning Herald, received a letter about the International Court of "Justice" ruling on the Israeli security barrier asking "Why, we can all ask, was there no public debate about this?" The brilliant Margo answered, "Because the fundamentalist Zionist lobby controls politics and the media in the US and Australia."
Wow. This is a woman writing on the Website of a major newspaper in Australia. It's not an extremist rag sold outside head shops by unwashed college dropouts or an undermedicated paranoid drooling from one side of his mouth. It's the paper of record in the largest city in Australia (which let her publish it despite being controlled by the "Zionist lobby").
It gets better. Her defense is a classic straight from the Weimar Republic. "I am not anti-semitic, and I thought what I wrote was a statement of fact." So did Celine. So did Goebbels for that matter. All true anti-Semites do. That actually makes it worse. She believes that the myth of Jewish control of the media is obvious, a self-evident truth that requires no evidence or even arguement. It's simply a fact. Doesn't everyone know that?
Then she begins her convoluted rationalizations until she hits bottom and digs, quoting at length from something called "Israel's Apartheid: roots in 'Revistionist Zionism" (which sounds like a responsible article by reasonable authors, doesn't it?).
My favorite defense is the by now standard dodge that "Zionist is not synonymous with Jew" so it can't be anti-Semitic. She may intend her little code "fundamentalist Zionist lobby" to refer to some specific non-Jewish institutions but everyone who reads in hears "Jews".
And why shouldn't they? Zionism is the political belief that the Jewish nation should have a state. In that sense it is a nationalism like other nationalisms (the difference being that the nation defines itself as a religious group rather than an ethno-linguistic one). Likewise French nationalism posits that the French nation should have its own state called France. Can one be against the existence of the French state and not be anti-French? Can one be opposed to French nationalists, people who believe that France should exist, and still deny being anti-French?
No, of course not. Margo knows this. Her rationalizations fool no one. And her cries about her innocent intentions are so much drivel. Rant Wraith has read a little lit-crit in his time. I know that once the author puts a text out into the world it is open to interpretation regardless of what she claims she may have intended. Sorry Margo. You're an anti-Zionist and a Judeophobe. Embrace it. What's next, articles about how blacks are lazy or "orientals" are inscrutable? If you're going to be a bigot, be a proud bigot.