Earth Calling Gideon Levy: A Swedish Writer Responds to Israel’s Master of MOS

When Malmö erupted in violence at the appearance of — horror! — the Israeli Davis Cup tennis team, it illustrated three things. 1) What happens when a European city approaches 25% Muslim immigrant population; 2) how insane the “progressive left” has become as we approach the end of the aughts (’00s) of the 21st century; and 3) how you can always count on some Masochistic Omnipotence Syndrome (MOS)-stricken Jew somewhere to say the most insane things in defense of that “progressive” insanity. Now, a Swedish writer without a dozen chips on her shoulder has responded.

A response to Gideon Levy from a Swede who doesn’t hate Israel

By Anna Ekstrom

In the aftermath of the Davis Cup event hosted in the Swedish town of Malmo, which on March 7 culminated in an anti-Israeli rally with traits of anti-Semitism and spurts of violence, there were two seemingly opposite comments published in English-language Israeli newspapers.

The first piece, by Abraham Cooper and Harold Brackman in the Jerusalem Post, was largely based on false premises and easily dismissed. The second article by Gideon Levy for Haaretz was a letter of sympathy with my compatriots, which is more offensive than Cooper and Brackman’s criticism.

Levy portrays the Swede in the image of his own passions. It is difficult to understand why he is not offended by others’ vilifying generalizations about his country, his compatriots and, by association, about Jews worldwide.

Yes it is difficult to understand. I have written elsewhere on the kind of epistemological crisis such masochistic self-criticism creates among outsiders who cannot fathom to just what depths Jews will sink in their effort to explain and justify the hatred of the “other.” Indeed, Levy is one of the stars of the show.

Praising us for our anti-Israel sentiments Levy writes that some populations, notably Swedish and Egyptian, are victims of pro-Israeli governments. This is reminiscent of a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations General Assembly, where he suggested that we are innocent victims of Zionism. Levy continues in the same note by alluding to the classic anti-Semitic myth of Jewish/Zionist control of the media.

Shmuel Trigano defined the “alter-juif” as a Jew who defines himself through the hostile gaze of the other. Can’t get more alter than this, even though there’s plenty of competition.

He also speaks about unconditional support for Israel from foreign governments. This raises the question of whether Levy has read any foreign papers or looked on the Internet, for I doubt that any nation is at present as vilified as Israel. There is of course much legitimate criticism that can be levelled at Israel, but the terms must be equal to those applied to others.

My poor Anna, you don’t understand. Jews like Gideon Levy actually have nothing but moral contempt for the rest of the world. They would feel unbearably sullied if you applied the same standards to them as to others. (For one thing, they’d come off smelling like roses after a rainshower.) On the contrary, they’re moral perfectionists for whom any failure on the part of “their own” people is unbearable, and any accusation on the part of outsiders is just another lash of the whip designed to beat Jews into the right path.

Levy does read the foreign press, and it’s not hostile enough for his taste, since his own people continue to sin. And the only explanation for such a failure to denounce Israeli sins must be that “the jooos control the media.” If it weren’t so serious it would be funny.

Some of what passes for criticism of Israel is of a different nature, and it seems that Israel has been designated the role of “the Jew” in anti-Semitic mythology. The image of Israel as deceitful and evil reflects on the Jewish people, and goes toward explaining the events in Malmo. It also partly explains the sentiments in many other countries, such as the U.K., for the background to the Malmo riots is far from unique to Sweden.

The message from Malmo that reached the world is that the tennis matches were played behind closed doors due to security concerns or political decisions motivated by a large Arab-Muslim minority. It is true that a few Islamists, along with other extremists, have expressed anti-Semitism. But another fact is that immigrants, especially those with Arab or Muslim origins, are also experiencing racism. Innocent young men are looked upon as criminals simply because they are Arab or of dark hair. This too is a cause for concern.

However, the politicians who have uttered the most anti-Israel statements speak from a tradition present long before any significant Muslim immigration to Europe. This tradition is mainly upheld by the center-left-environmentalist opposition to the center-right government. Part of its ideological basis is the noble cause of defending those in need. Like Levy, these politicians claim to be speaking for peace. In Malmo, we can see that this had the opposite effect.

The Social Democrat mayor of Malmo, Ilmar Reepalu, bestowed upon Israel the epithet of “child murderer.”

Gee, I wonder what he was thinking of…

Two representatives of other parties from the opposition coalition addressed the Malmo demonstrators. One of them, Per Gahrton, a former member of the European Parliament and current member of the faction which determines the opposition’s foreign and security policies, claimed that Israel holds the world record in war crimes. He has also labeled Israel a “military dictatorship,” and written that Swedish editors are controlled by the Israel lobby.

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22 Responses to Earth Calling Gideon Levy: A Swedish Writer Responds to Israel’s Master of MOS

  1. oao says:

    she is a bit too easy on the muslims.

    Yes it is difficult to understand.

    You mean, it is difficult to accept, as your explanation of it shows quite a good understanding.

    the convergence of muslim immigration with a worldwide crisis is a lethal one, the jews have no chance.

  2. JD says:

    “Levy does read the foreign press,”

    Like most of the Haretz crew, they read Western leftist discourse and expect it to be “truth”. Since they live in a dominant Jewish culture they don’t understand, do not have the feel, for anti-semitism. Haretz reports dutifully stuff that is in the nature of blood libels because to them it sounds correct within the customs of the semi-global leftist discourse.

    There are Israeli leftist hangovers from Marxism, Levy is one, generally they described themselves as “post-Zionists” to comport with Marxist discourse internalizing Soviet domestic insecurities.

  3. RfaelMoshe says:

    As a regular reader of the English language Israeli press, I have never been able to fathom whats wrong with Gideon Levy. Its almost as if he’s Israel’s own “Tokyo Rose”, paid to lower Israel’s morale. What’s worse is that Haaretz is liberally quoted by every Israel hater out there as if it were the mainsteam media voice of the entire state of Israel rather than the leftist fringe.

  4. oao says:

    As a regular reader of the English language Israeli press, I have never been able to fathom whats wrong with Gideon Levy. Its almost as if he’s Israel’s own “Tokyo Rose”, paid to lower Israel’s morale.

    what is it about JD’s explanation that’s hard to fathom?

  5. JD says:

    Meanwhile, the NYTimes joins the international campaign to demonize Israel.

    “After Gaza, Israel Grapples With Crisis of Isolation” by Ethan Bronner on March 19, 2009 at p. A1 of the NYTimes.

    Israel has never had so much international support than these days. That Times article is just wishful thinking. Times regularly imposes its needs as Worldwide wants.

  6. oao says:

    Israel has never had so much international support than these days.

    Ahem…are we looking at the same reality?

  7. Cynic says:

    Erlanger went home so now it’s Ethan Bronner.

  8. Cynic says:

    JD,

    What is amazing is how Israeli TV regurgitates American networks in sound bites guaranteed to send a completely wrong message, even worse than that seen in the States as whoever is choosing seems to have no idea or background whatsoever of the topic under discussion.

  9. oao says:

    What is amazing is how Israeli TV regurgitates American networks in sound bites guaranteed to send a completely wrong message, even worse than that seen in the States as whoever is choosing seems to have no idea or background whatsoever of the topic under discussion.

    i watch israeli tv and it’s not clear to me the journos there ARE journos and what their background and preparation is. they lack any intellectual sophistication, and that includes their analysts.

  10. Joanne says:

    On the one hand, it’s nice to see articles like this coming from the European press. On the other, it’s depressing that such articles are needed. Even those who point out the illogic of anti-Semitic/anti-Zionist views confirm that such views are widespread. Depressing.

  11. Eliyahu says:

    oao, the three main channels of Israel TV are usually pretty disgusting and you are right about most of the commentators. Mostly real jackasses. But some are good. Guy Bekhor is usually good and has understanding.
    The late night news with either Emanuel Halpern of David Vitstum is usually fairly intelligent.

  12. Lawrence says:

    I live in Tel Aviv and I tell you many of the Jews here are nuuuuuters, it is an absolute disgrace that Ha’Aretz has not gone out of business. The Jewish Left’s allegiance is to Leftist ideology, and if that means self-loathing over survival, then so be it.

    TA University is filled with Gideon Levy clones, especially in the humanities. And what passes for a culture of political discourse among the uh “intellegentsia” is a wasteland, a desert. The bookstores here are the worst stocked I have ever seen in any Western country by far, and I have been to many. Steimatzkys has a near monopoly and they are woeful, not only in terms of quantity, but also in terms of what they stock. Most of the people here know as much about what’s REALLY going on in the Midddle-East (ie understanding Islam and the life of Mohammed) as the people in Barcelona, Athens and Stockholm, ie they don’t have a clue and they have less excuse than the Euros.

    To all intents and purposes I don’t consider them Jewish. They may look Jewish and have Jewish names, but really, it’s like the invasion of the body snatchers. Who are they really?

    Pathetic.

  13. Cynic says:

    Lawrence,

    For a moment I thought you were describing diaspora Jews :-)
    Believe me those you describe are in abundance in the States, Britain, Brazil, South Africa and from what I get from “downunder”, there as well.
    Talking of them, those who get the picture could very well be a silent majority but it seems that in reality just a minority.
    Many of have been “educated” what to think and cannot accept something contradictory without causing that cognitive dissonance.
    Many who know will pacifically go along because of their diffidence in realising subconsciously that they have no “birthright” in their current abode.
    Israelis on the other hand have been indoctrinated by socialists from the beginning (and constantly reinforced by the world) and until they can work that out of their system it will take time and tragedy – anyway it seems that right now Americans have run into the same problem:
    The Jewish American Left’s allegiance is to Leftist ideology, and if that means self-loathing over survival, then so be it.
    throwing out their Constitutional (and foundational) birthright for a mess of socialist pottage – grabbing a slice of the power pie.

  14. oao says:

    TA University is filled with Gideon Levy clones, especially in the humanities.

    but of course. those migrate to the humanities precisely to stay away from the intellectual demands of the scientific method. a lot of them think pejoratively of it. it’s much easier out of its knowledge and reasoning constraints.

    …know as much about what’s REALLY going on in the Midddle-East (ie understanding Islam and the life of Mohammed) as the people in Barcelona…Most of the people here know as much about what’s REALLY going on in the Midddle-East (ie understanding Islam and the life of Mohammed) as the people in Barcelona, Athens and Stockholm, ie they don’t have a clue and they have less excuse than the Euros.

    there has been educational collapse there too. and you are validating it.

    To all intents and purposes I don’t consider them Jewish. They may look Jewish and have Jewish names, but really, it’s like the invasion of the body snatchers. Who are they really?

    there is utter confusion as to who is a jew. if it’s religion, why should a secular jew feel a jew? and why is a child born to a jewish mother (by her religion) who is secular jewish?

    recently it’s been argued that the zionist did not anticipate anti-semitism being extended to the jewish state itself, hence their solution did not address the problem. looks like neither did they anticipate that israeli jews would extend the assimilating tendencies from the diaspora. (cynical minds think alike, huh, cynic? :))

    as an atheist jew i have my own opinions on the subject, but this is not the place.

    Until and unless they suffer the consequences of their ignorance and stupidity they won’t learn. unfortunately, the consequences will not apply only to them.

    Many of have been “educated” what to think and cannot accept something contradictory without causing that cognitive dissonance.

    schooled, schooled, not educated!!! it’s important to use discerning language.

    throwing out their Constitutional (and foundational) birthright for a mess of socialist pottage – grabbing a slice of the power pie.

    if you lose touch with your origins and the blood spilled to achieve those foundations you have nothing to protect you from manipulation and exploitation. show me a democracy in the past who has not crumbled, even if partially, at some point.

  15. Cynic says:

    oao,

    schooled, schooled, not educated!!! it’s important to use discerning language.

    I thought that the inclusion of ” ” implied the indoctrination while upping the anxiety level of the reader :-)

    By the way I don’t know how many are aware of South Africa’s Minister of Intelligence (oxymoron?) Kasrils, a Jew by accident of birth and as anti-semitic as they come, visiting Canada to push the “Israel is an Apartheid State” bit while SA denies the Dalai Llama a visa to visit?

  16. oao says:

    a Jew by accident of birth and as anti-semitic as they come, visiting Canada to push the “Israel is an Apartheid State” bit while SA denies the Dalai Llama a visa to visit?

    he’s doing what he’s got to do to be a minister in SA.
    that’s more important than being jewish.

    anti-semitism has little to do with what jews do, but the little it does is about this kind of behavior.

  17. oao says:

    I thought that the inclusion of ” ” implied the indoctrination while upping the anxiety level of the reader :-)

    by schooling i mean not educated. indoctrination is a separate aspect.

  18. JD says:

    By the way I don’t know how many are aware of South Africa’s Minister of Intelligence (oxymoron?) Kasrils, a Jew by accident of birth and as anti-semitic as they come, visiting Canada to push the “Israel is an Apartheid State” bit while SA denies the Dalai Llama a visa to visit?

    I was not aware of this person. But about 30 seconds of internet search will show that he is a Communist. As a member of the Communist party he toted the Moscow line, and may be/have been a Soviet asset. Arguing against the latter is he still retains anti-Israel beliefs. This is a left wing characteristic in the West, or South Africa too, not the East-They didn’t believe the propaganda in the first place.

    If you want to understand Western left-wing zionology you have to begin where Zionology began, the Soviet Union and its persuasion campaigns.

  19. oao says:

    If you want to understand Western left-wing zionology you have to begin where Zionology began, the Soviet Union and its persuasion campaigns.

    it’s also rooted in russian society and culture’s antisemitism.

    when israel was founded in 1948 the soviets were quite hopeful as the israeli leaders were all lefties from the soviet bloc. but israel tilted to the west and that’s when the arabism against israel got intensive.

  20. Eliyahu says:

    The family name Kasrils reminds of one of the Yiddish humorist Sholom Aleykhem’s towns of fools, Kasrilevke.

    Kasrils belongs there. By the way, I’ve read that Kasrils’ main advisor on Middle East affairs is one Virginia Tilley. Her family name reminds me of Eustace Tilley, the rich fop who used to appear on the cover of the New Yorker magazine from time to time.

  21. Eliyahu says:

    Lawrence, funny you should mention TAU. Just this past Friday, the newspaper Maqor Rishon –in a column by the editor, Amnon Lord– described TAU as a stronghold of revived Communist influence. That is, C Party influence.

    Remember that the Communists, as anti-Zionists, are NOT anti-imperialists, although they may pretend to be so [even to themselves but probably the leaders know better].

    Anti-Zionism is the anti-imperialism of fools

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