Israel News | Zionism Israel Center | Zionism History | Zionism Definitions | ZioNation | Forum | Zionism FAQ | Maps| Edit

Monday, July 23, 2007

Does the left hate Israel?

Richard Baehr makes many valid points and offers valuable insights in Why Does the Left hate Israel. However, like many American Thinker articles, it is prone to dangerous generalizations that are a indicative of lack of thought, rather than thought. Perhaps "American Thinker" is an oxymoron.
For example, "the left" is not monolithic. There are leftists who do not hate Israel. There are contrariwise, also people like Pat Buchanan, who cannot be imagined to be a "leftist" by anyone, but hates Israel and apparently doesn't have much use for people of the Mosaic persuasion (AKA Jews).
Additionally, Baehr seems to engage in some shaky logic, including circular reasoning. For example, Baehr offers us this tidbit in conclusion:
The evidence I believe is clear today that Israel faces far greater threats from the left than the right. The left is reflexively anti-Israel and has established important beachheads in significant American institutions -- academia, the media, and the  old line Protestant 'high' churches, as well as in the very seats of government power in many Western European countries, and their intelligentsia. It is not surprising that Israel seems unable to get a fair shake from college professors, the BBC, Reuters, NPR, or liberal churches. Being anti-Israel has become part of their religion.
This sounds like the fellow who believed the communists are tring to sap our vital bodily fluids. Does Baehr really believe that all of the above hate Israel and all are leftists? If all college professors hate Israel, then why has there been such a vocal protest against the initiative to Boycott Israel? If all the "liberal churches" hate Israel, then why did the Presbyterians and UCC reverse their anti-Israel resolutions? Are all college professors "leftists?" Is Reuters news service "leftist?" Baehr asks if why the left hates Israel, without checking first to what extent it is true that the left hates Israel. More than that, the above conclusion seems to imply that according to Baehr, anyone who hates Israel is a leftist. What is Baehr's evidence for example, that Reuters news service has been infiltrated by the international Bolshevik conspiracy, other than the fact that some of their articles were unfair to Israel? If they had a "creative" Arab photographer who liked drawing smoke over Beirut, does that make Reuters "leftist?"
Ami Isseroff


Copyright - Original materials copyright (c) by the authors. Originally posted at Please do link to these articles, quote from them and forward them by email to friends with this notice. Other uses require written permission of the author.


Post a Comment

<< Home

Subscribe to
email newsletter for this site and others

Powered by

Feedblitz subcription
To this Blog only

You can receive our articles by e-mail. For a free subscription, please enter your e-mail address:

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz

Web Logs & Sites

This Site

Zionism & Israel
Zionation Web Log
IMO Web Log (Dutch)

ZI Group
Zionism-Israel Pages
Israël-Palestina.Info (Dutch & English)
Israƫl in de Media
MidEastWeb Middle East News and Views
MidEastWeb Middle East Web Log

Brave Zionism
Israel: Like this, as if
Israel & Palestijnen Nieuws Blog

Friends and Partners
EinNews Israel
Israel Facts
Israel Proud Adam Holland
Middle East Analysis
Irene Lancaster's Diary
Middle East Analysis
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israel Facts (NL)
Cynthia's Israel Adventure
Jeff Weintraub Commentaries and controversies
Meretz USA Weblog
Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers
Simply Jews
Fresno Zionism
Anti-Racist Blog
Sharona's Week
Z-Word Blog
Jewish State
Take A Pen - Israel Advocacy
Zionism on the Web
ZOTW's Zionism and Israel News
Zionism On The Web News
ZOTW's Blogs
Christian Attitudes
Dr Ginosar Recalls
Questions: Zionism anti-Zionism Israel & Palestine
Southern Wolf
Peace With Realism
Sanda's Place
Liberal for Israel
Realistic Dove
Blue Truth
Point of no Return
Christians Standing With Israel
Christians Standing With Israel - Blog

Encylopedic Dictionary of Zionism and Israel
Middle East Encyclopedia
Zionism and its Impact
Zionism & the creation of Israel
Zionism - Issues & answers
Maps of Israel
Christian Zionism Resources
Christian Zionism
Albert Einstein
Gaza & the Qassam Victims of Sderot
Zionist Quotes
Six Day War
Jew Hatred
Learn Hebrew
Arab-Israeli Conflict
International Zionism

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Israel Boycott
Boycott Israel?
Amnesty International Report on Gaza War
Boycott Israel?
Dutch Newspaper Reporting: A Study of NRC Handelsblad
Hamas (Dutch)
Dries van Agt (Dutch)
Isfake lobby

At Zionism On the Web
Articles on Zionism
Anti-Zionism Information Center
Academic boycott of Israel Resource Center
The anti-Israel Hackers
Antisemitism Information Center
Zionism Israel and Apartheid
Middle East, Peace and War
The Palestine state
ZOTW Expert Search
ZOTW Forum

Judaica & Israel Gifts
Jewish Gifts: Judaica:
Ahava Products

Powered by Blogger

Subscribe to
Posts [Atom]

RSS V 1.0

International Affairs Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory