Zionists, Zionists Everywhere

Whenever a bit of unpleasantness happens in a normal country, like the United States, people look to point the blaming-finger.  "It was the economy," shouts one group.  "No, it was the politicians," shout the other, and so on and so forth.  These are usually viable explanations, with some more logical than the others.  But when anything goes wrong in the Middle East, all fingers point in one direction:

Who's to blame?

Why, the Zionists, of course!

This scapegoating of Israel and its supporters is nothing new.  It's not even exclusive to Middle Eastern Muslims. After all, it was a group of Tsarist Russians who came up with that delightful little rumor that everything everywhere comes out of Jewish machinations.  However, as this kind of outright lying in-your-face anti-Semitism has faded throughout the rest of the world, the Middle East has picked up the torch of the anti-Semitic blame game.  In fact, the Middle East has thrown gasoline on it.

One might be excused for thinking that the old "Jews poisoned the well" libel was long dead and gone.  But while the international media froths at the mouth over a former vice presidential candidate's use of a phrase referencing disgusting libels against Jews, Middle Eastern dignitaries, politicians, and mobs get away with actually creating new anti-Semitic libels.  And even as every single alleged (and false) Israeli atrocity against the Arabs of the disputed territories is incessantly reported and re-reported, anti-Semitic accusations bandied about by Arabs and Muslims throughout the Middle East languish in the "not important enough to care" portions of Big Media.

We are less than one month into 2011, and the intensity and ridiculousness of the accusations against Zionist (read "Jewish") interlopers has already reached a fever pitch.  Most recently, the speaker of the Iranian parliament blamed the Zionists for the political uprising against the government in Tunisia, the breakup of the government coalition in Lebanon, and the splitting of the Sudan into two independent countries.  That same parliament speaker, among others, also spent January telling anybody who would listen that the murder of Lebanese politician Rafik Hariri, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon's subsequent investigation into Hariri's death, and the death of Iranian nuclear scientists were all just the results of Zionist plots against the Muslim world.

Also recently blamed on the worldwide Zionist conspiracy was the bombing of a Coptic Church in Egypt, the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (a perennial favorite, seeing as how this mosque has purportedly been in the process of "being destroyed" for the past hundred years), and the writing of Harry Potter -- presumably a plot by the Zionists to encourage the use of Quidditch brooms in place of suicide bomb belts.  If only.

One wonders how those wily Jews find the time among all these man-behind-the-curtain acts to actually build those "obstacles to peace" -- otherwise known everywhere else in the world as "towns."

Not only do the Jews find the time to secretly plot the breakup of nations, the dissolution of governments, and the creation of young adult fiction, but they also manage to enlist Jewish animals in their dirty spy tricks.  According to the Egyptians, a shark that killed and injured foreign tourists in December was thrown into the Red Sea by the Zionists to destroy the Egyptian tourist industry.  (No mention was made as to how the shark was trained to avoid swimming up the Gulf of Aqaba and eating the Jewish sunbathers...Kabballah, perhaps?)  Similarly, when a vulture tagged by Israeli scientists to study bird migration patterns was found flying around Saudi Arabia, the Saudis captured the bird and declared it to be a Zionist spy bird.

And who can forget the evil Jewish machinations when Sudan was invaded by penis-melting Zionist robot combs?  This one would be the funniest of all the conspiracy theories were it not so sad that thousands of people truly believe this nonsense.

As the current U.S. administration encourages yet another pointless round of negotiations (to start negotiations about the negotiability of the parameters of the negotiations) between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the enemies of Israel and the United States continue to spread this noxious blather, effectively dehumanizing Jews-qua-Zionists as conniving monsters who cause all the world's misery.  So while the international community and the world media harps on tiny Israeli hilltop villages and their citizens as obstacles to peace, the propaganda machine presses of Pallywood and the rest of Israel's enemies keep rolling out hot, fresh fables about the Elders of Zion and their quest to dominate the world.

And the world wonders why the Israelis "obstinately" claim that they have no partner for peace in the Palestinian leadership -- or in the rest of the Arab world, for that matter.  Can a group of people shouting from the hilltops, "Zionists, Zionists everywhere," blaming every little problem in their lives on Jewish manipulation, really be considered a partner for peace?

Unfortunately, the Zionists don't want to be everywhere.  They don't even want to be just "anywhere."  All they want is to live in their home -- the home of their ancestors for three thousand years -- in peace and safety, without constantly having to look over their shoulders.  They would like not to have to worry whether the blame for the next random disaster will be pinned squarely on them by their neighbors -- by their supposed "partners" in peace.
Whenever a bit of unpleasantness happens in a normal country, like the United States, people look to point the blaming-finger.  "It was the economy," shouts one group.  "No, it was the politicians," shout the other, and so on and so forth.  These are usually viable explanations, with some more logical than the others.  But when anything goes wrong in the Middle East, all fingers point in one direction:

Who's to blame?

Why, the Zionists, of course!

This scapegoating of Israel and its supporters is nothing new.  It's not even exclusive to Middle Eastern Muslims. After all, it was a group of Tsarist Russians who came up with that delightful little rumor that everything everywhere comes out of Jewish machinations.  However, as this kind of outright lying in-your-face anti-Semitism has faded throughout the rest of the world, the Middle East has picked up the torch of the anti-Semitic blame game.  In fact, the Middle East has thrown gasoline on it.

One might be excused for thinking that the old "Jews poisoned the well" libel was long dead and gone.  But while the international media froths at the mouth over a former vice presidential candidate's use of a phrase referencing disgusting libels against Jews, Middle Eastern dignitaries, politicians, and mobs get away with actually creating new anti-Semitic libels.  And even as every single alleged (and false) Israeli atrocity against the Arabs of the disputed territories is incessantly reported and re-reported, anti-Semitic accusations bandied about by Arabs and Muslims throughout the Middle East languish in the "not important enough to care" portions of Big Media.

We are less than one month into 2011, and the intensity and ridiculousness of the accusations against Zionist (read "Jewish") interlopers has already reached a fever pitch.  Most recently, the speaker of the Iranian parliament blamed the Zionists for the political uprising against the government in Tunisia, the breakup of the government coalition in Lebanon, and the splitting of the Sudan into two independent countries.  That same parliament speaker, among others, also spent January telling anybody who would listen that the murder of Lebanese politician Rafik Hariri, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon's subsequent investigation into Hariri's death, and the death of Iranian nuclear scientists were all just the results of Zionist plots against the Muslim world.

Also recently blamed on the worldwide Zionist conspiracy was the bombing of a Coptic Church in Egypt, the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (a perennial favorite, seeing as how this mosque has purportedly been in the process of "being destroyed" for the past hundred years), and the writing of Harry Potter -- presumably a plot by the Zionists to encourage the use of Quidditch brooms in place of suicide bomb belts.  If only.

One wonders how those wily Jews find the time among all these man-behind-the-curtain acts to actually build those "obstacles to peace" -- otherwise known everywhere else in the world as "towns."

Not only do the Jews find the time to secretly plot the breakup of nations, the dissolution of governments, and the creation of young adult fiction, but they also manage to enlist Jewish animals in their dirty spy tricks.  According to the Egyptians, a shark that killed and injured foreign tourists in December was thrown into the Red Sea by the Zionists to destroy the Egyptian tourist industry.  (No mention was made as to how the shark was trained to avoid swimming up the Gulf of Aqaba and eating the Jewish sunbathers...Kabballah, perhaps?)  Similarly, when a vulture tagged by Israeli scientists to study bird migration patterns was found flying around Saudi Arabia, the Saudis captured the bird and declared it to be a Zionist spy bird.

And who can forget the evil Jewish machinations when Sudan was invaded by penis-melting Zionist robot combs?  This one would be the funniest of all the conspiracy theories were it not so sad that thousands of people truly believe this nonsense.

As the current U.S. administration encourages yet another pointless round of negotiations (to start negotiations about the negotiability of the parameters of the negotiations) between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the enemies of Israel and the United States continue to spread this noxious blather, effectively dehumanizing Jews-qua-Zionists as conniving monsters who cause all the world's misery.  So while the international community and the world media harps on tiny Israeli hilltop villages and their citizens as obstacles to peace, the propaganda machine presses of Pallywood and the rest of Israel's enemies keep rolling out hot, fresh fables about the Elders of Zion and their quest to dominate the world.

And the world wonders why the Israelis "obstinately" claim that they have no partner for peace in the Palestinian leadership -- or in the rest of the Arab world, for that matter.  Can a group of people shouting from the hilltops, "Zionists, Zionists everywhere," blaming every little problem in their lives on Jewish manipulation, really be considered a partner for peace?

Unfortunately, the Zionists don't want to be everywhere.  They don't even want to be just "anywhere."  All they want is to live in their home -- the home of their ancestors for three thousand years -- in peace and safety, without constantly having to look over their shoulders.  They would like not to have to worry whether the blame for the next random disaster will be pinned squarely on them by their neighbors -- by their supposed "partners" in peace.

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