And So It Goes…

I’ve lost friends, good friends, over differences of opinion concerning gay marriage.  And now it seems I’ve lost another over differences of opinion on Israeli policy.  So let me get this straight- if I disagree with someone about gay marriage- they won’t be my friend.  And if I disagree with someone about Israeli policy- they won’t be my friend either.

Basically, then, if I don’t agree with someone on every point we must part ways. Makes sense…  Except it doesn’t.  To me.

Opposing Israeli Policy is Not Antisemitism: An Observation

The policy of the Israeli right to denounce anyone who disagrees with Israeli policy as an antisemite is nothing but an attempt to silence opposition.  And, let’s be honest, has been used so much, so widely, so freely, and so liberally that now when someone says it, no one believes them (as no one believed the boy who cried wolf).

And that’s a tragedy, because antisemitism does exist and is a vile cancer in the hearts and minds of its proponents.  Their hatred of a group is just as profoundly evil as the hatred of the Taliban or the hatred of the Radical Islamists or the Fred Phelps’s of the world for those with whom they disagree.

When the Israeli right drops the S bomb at any and every appearance of opposition, they only empty the word of its true meaning and they minimize its true evil.  Doing no one, especially Semites, any good at all.

More Professorial Misconduct

A professor at San Francisco State University has been arrested and charged after he allegedly recorded students using the restroom at his California home. Mark Landis, 38, is facing 15 counts of invasion of privacy after being taken into custody on Wednesday and released on $100,000 bail. Landis, who taught accounting at San Francisco State until he resigned two weeks ago, is said to have invited students to his home for weekend parties.

At least SFSU is ‘accredited’ though because, as we all know, that makes it legit and a quality faculty is sure to be at hand…

There’s more…

The Gatekeepers

This is a must see film for anyone interested in or concerned about the situation in Gaza/ Palestine.

Charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror-both Palestinian and Jewish- the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. The Gatekeepers offers an exclusive account of the sum of their success and failures. It validates the reasons that each man individually and the six as a group came to reconsider their hard-line positions and advocate a conciliatory approach toward their enemies based on a two-state solution.

The full movie is at the first link above. Watch it.