That time of year
You may not realize it, but this has, until fairly recently and going back about a millenium, been the scariest season of the year for Jews. : So it’s understandable that a lot of my fellow Jews still have a visceral feeling about non-Jews’ attitudes towards Jews, and particularly those of Christians.
As I have written here before, this is by and large a mistake, especially considering that, as the “old” song goes, “We’ve got a bigger problem now.”
A few months ago I published a lengthy discourse, doomed to obscurity, in which in my somewhat pedantic way I tried to tutor my Dean’s World buddy, the often open-minded Aziz Poonawala, on what he should and should not be sensitive to–in his role as Islam’s ambassador to the rest of us, I suppose–in terms of what we Juice Jews consider a “blood libel.” : It came up in the context of Charles Johnson, Aziz himself and a tale he later regretted passing on that the Israelis were preparing biological weapons:
My point is this: Antisemitism is an important element of gentile anti-Zionism. They are not the same, but those who claim that they are unrelated are, well, antisemites, actually. And when Israel is accused of committing war crimes, or preparing to; and these war crimes are redolent of medieval accusations of well-poisoning as well as the classic blood libel, you can see a certain similarity: The Jews are claimed to be agents of not only mayhem but bearers of malefaction, poision, offal into the otherwise pure nature of things. This, then, is not such a nutty analogy.
You’ve got to understand these things. : In fact, the real dedicated anti-Semites: do come in all sorts of sizes and varieties, much like a can of mixed nuts left out in the August sun for a couple of weeks. : And now, thanks to Meryl Yourish, they bloggy kind have been thoroughly categorized in a new taxonomy of online little Hitlers:
Eight years ago this spring, at the height of the suicide bombings of Yasser Arafat’s terror war known as the second intifada, I started blogging about Jewish and Israeli issues. This, of course, brought out the anti-Israel crazies. I came up with a corollary to Godwin’s Law to describe these trolls: “In any internet discussion area concerning Israel, politics, or religion, the probability of anti-Semitic comments approaches one.” (In fact, I’ve seen comments threads that have absolutely nothing to do with Israel, politics, or religion: still devolve into anti-Semitism and Israel-bashing, but that’s a post for another time.)
And so, based on the thousands of comments and emails I’ve read over the years, both here and on other blogs and media sites, I present The Blogger’s Guide to Anti-Semitic Comments Trolls. Below are the some of the types of anti-Israel commenters I’ve identified over the years, but the list is by no means complete.
Bloggers: : Consider yourself guided!
FacebookTwitterEmail Israeli scientists and researchers are carefully studying a shard of ancient pottery that they say would support historical claims
Islamic Extremists ‘Deadliest Massacre’ of a Village in Thousands; Shooting or Burning Residents Alive
FacebookTwitterEmail 2,000 might be low-balling the slaughter. Many say it was over 3,000. Boko Haram used little girls strapped with
FacebookTwitterEmail Who does Barack Obama think he is to determine just who is and who isn’t “really” a Muslim? Even