According to a source of Tom Gross’ who attended a book launching function by “new historian” revisionist Ilan Pappe, in E.Jerusalem last Sunday, the author expressed the notion that it would be a “good thing” if Iran and other Arab states developed a nuke bomb of their own. Regardless of the context the statement was delivered in, this kind of rhetoric is stupid, dangerous and “all too common” by those who hail from the far Left.
Ilan Pappe, spoke in E.Jerusalem at the American Colony Hotel to launch his new book titled “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”. This is the same guy who fought for an international boycott of his own university in Haifa, (Israeli Arabs are well represented in Haifa University). Pappe continues in the same vein as the equally discredited book “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid” by author, Jimmy Carter. Read also about Carter’s book here and here.
According to the person present at the function, Pappe received repeated standing ovations for his anti-Israel barrages by “an audience that included many western journalists, European diplomats, publicly-funded local UN staff, (and surprise surprise) anti-Israeli Jews including Mordechai Vanunu.” While Pappe’s fellow Leftists were busily being impressed by his radical progressive bloviations, his Arab counterparts were most likely being impressed by his slavish “dhimmitude” to the Arab viewpoint of Jews and the Jewish state.
What a vile mix of anti-Semitical venom and bad will, and all taking place within the democracy of Israel that allows these disgusting viewpoints no matter how distasteful. To be sure, there are those that would disagree with me and say that “since it’s Jews doing the bashing, the charge of anti-Semitism can’t be applied”. Such an argument if one wishes to support it, sprouts from both an intellectual laziness and disingenuous machinations by those who wish to limit the charge of anti-Semitism when deligitimizing the Jewish state. Using “useful stooges” has a long sordid history.
It also reminds me of those who exhibit “knee jerk reactions” to any mention of anti-Semitism being the basis for the unfair charges being leveled at US Jews for supposedly having “dual loyalties”, as well as the “Jewish Lobby’s” influence over US foreign policy decision making.. ad nauseum.
That EU diplomats UN staff and western journalists were giving standing ovations to the likes of Pappe is as disgusting as it is telling. It’s hard to imagine why Israelis have little trust in international institutions and the media. *L* KGS