Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Farrakhan rant

Louis Farrakhan gave an invited speech at Cal Berkeley, saying:
Anybody that's not a friend of the Jewish community was never written of well in history. That's true. Because they're the publishers. They're the writers. So if you want to be well-spoken of, then be a lackey. Be a flunky. Be a tool in the oppression of your people and they will always speak well of you.
So of course everyone has denounced him, including this rabbi:
When Farrakhan spoke at a national convention just last month in Chicago, he spouted classic anti-Semitic rhetoric, such as “Did you know that the Koran says that Jews are the most violent of people? I didn’t write it, but I’m living to see it.” In addition, by suggesting that “In 100 years, (Jews) control movies, television, recording, publishing, commerce, radio, they own it all,” he reinforced a classic and offensive anti-Semitic sentiment regarding Jews and power.
I would think that it would be more effective to refute Farrakhan. For example, it must surely be easy to show that other ethnic groups are more violent than Jews.

Alan Dershowitz said in 2005:
I want to mention the areas of agreement on which there is broad consensus among the Jewish people:

1. The right of Israel to exist and thrive as a Jewish state. ...

4. The right of Israel not to be demonized and defamed on college campuses the way it happens so often today, whether it be at Berkeley or Columbia or at so many other major universities in America.
Really? All Jews agree that Farrakhan should not be allowed to speak at Berkeley? Even a famous Harvard law professor who brags about his dedication to free speech?

From what I can see, when Dershowitz is not defending murderers and Israel, he is obsessed with attacking Jews who stray from he claims is the Jewish consensus. His greatest hatred is for Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, and Gilad Atzmon. The dispute does not seem to have anything to do with politics or religion in the usual sense. Dershowitz has very strong views about Jewish political identity, and is determined to punish anyone who leaves the tribe.

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