Sunday, May 27, 2018

Jeez, Louise... 2

When was the last time you ever saw a review of a book by a Palestinian, or a Palestinian sympathiser, in the mainstream press? (A purely rhetorical question of course.)

But books by Israelis and Israeli sympathisers - now that's a different matter.

Some snippets from yet another fawning review by - *sigh* - Louise Adler of yet another boring book by -*sigh* - Amos Oz in the - *sigh* Weekend Australian:

"Writing about the Middle East may be considered timely, given the latest battles between the Israeli military and the citizens of Gaza." (Offering slivers of hope on Israel impasse, 26/5/18)

That's the opening sentence. If you thought the ubiquitous msm Gaza descriptor 'clashes' was bad enough, how about "battles"?

"Criticism of Zionism... is de rigueur in Israel... "

Bloody amazing! How do Israelis do it? Indoctrinated with Zionism since birth. And yet one and all, each and every day, tearing strips off it on street corners and over coffee cups. Why, even as the Israeli snipers on the grassless knoll pick off Palestinian protesters, journalists and medics on the other side of the wire in Gaza, they're...

"In the final essay [of Oz's new book, Dear Zealots: Letters from a Divided Land], Dreams Israel Should Let Go of Soon, Oz argues that... There is justice and injustice on both sides in equal measure, and a two-state solution is the only way to ensure the continuation of a Jewish state and justice for the Palestinians. This will require compromise from both, and compromise is the antithesis of zealotry."

Headmaster to bully and his victim: Listen up, you two, I want you to apologise to each other and promise it'll never happen again, OK?

Run that shit about the "two-state solution" ensuring "justice" for Palestinians past me again. So "justice" for Palestinians means a demilitarised bantustan on 22% of their patrimony, minus this bit, that bit and the other, and the Palestinian refugees can go suck eggs? Seriously?

"Jews and Arabs are Semites... " Oh, really? Please read:

"The origins of Ashkenazi Jews remain highly controversial. Like Judaism, mitochondrial DNA is passed along the maternal line. Its variation in the Ashkenazim line is highly distinctive, with four major and numerous minor founders. However, due to their rarity in the general population, these founders have been difficult to trace to a source. Here we show that all four major founders, ~40% of Ashkenazi mtDNA variation, have ancestry in prehistoric Europe, rather than the near East or Caucasus. Furthermore, most of the remaining minor founders share a similar deep European ancestry. Thus the great majority of Ashkenazi maternal lineages were not brought from the Levant, as commonly supposed, nor recruited in the Caucasus, as sometimes suggested, but assimilated within Europe. These results point to a significant role for the conversion of women in the formation of Ashkenazi communities, and provide the foundation for a detailed reconstruction of Ashkenazi genealogical history." (Abstract, A substantial prehistoric European ancestry amongst Ashkenazi maternal lineages,, 8/10/13)

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