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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Lieberman: End of a Zionist bogeyman? Not quite

28.12. 2006
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Zionism & Israel Center

Anti-Zionists need a Zionist bogeyman, an archetypal greedy evil and bloodthirsty Israeli villain who combines the worst features of Attila the Hun, Joe Stalin, Adolf Hitler and Osama Bin Laden. A Jewish Hassan Nasrallah or Ahmadinejad. If none is available, they invent one, or they work with the available materials. At the same time, they are busy explaining that the actual Nasrallah and Ahmadinejad are not really as bad as they seem, or are in reality the fault of the Zionists. The previous candidate for Zionist bogeyman was Ariel Sharon. His controversial and erratic military record and policies, and his outspoken and demagogic rhetoric, made Sharon an ideal candidate for the office of bogeyman. Add to that a faked interview with Amos Oz, and fabricated quotes from interviews with non-existent people like "General Ouzi Merham" and we have the quintessential Zionist Bogeyman myth. Sharon's apogee as Zionist bogeyman undoubtedly came in 2002, when Israel at length responded to a wave of lethal suicide bombings that took the lives of over a hundred civilians by invading Jenin and killing about 56 people, of whom perhaps half were civilians. The forces of darkness worked overtime. The UN condemned the imaginary Jenin massacre, scarcely paying any attention to the actual massacre of Jews by suicide bombers. The Independent, a bastion of progressive anti-Semitism, published an award winning cartoon of Sharon eating babies, which has now become a classic pillar of racist rhetoric, along with Mein Kampf and the Eternal Jew.

Sharon's bogeyman career was not terminated by his adoption of the unilateral disengagement policy. Disengagement was converted, somehow, into another villainous Zionist genocidal plot, because facts don't matter for anti-Zionist propaganda. Whatever Israel does, it is evil Zionist expansionism. If Israel retreats, it is reverse expansionism. If Israel offers a Palestinian state, it is apartheid and bantustans.

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