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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Case Against Israel's Enemies: Exposing Jimmy Carter and Others Who Stand in the Way of Peace (Gebundene Ausgabe)Alan Dershowitz's book The Case for Israel is a powerful defense of the Jewish State. In this work he sets his sights on today's most prominent enemies of Israel, observing that support of Israel does not make one anti-Palestinian, while the reverse is nearly universally true. He considers Jimmy Carter and other influential Westerners as a far greater threat than terror groups like Hamas & Hezbollah because these opinion formers engage in many subtle forms of deceit in order to undermine the legitimacy of Israel.
Spreading disinformation with propagandistic intent, their motives are highly suspect. They use all the devious methods of rhetoric in pursuit of their goal, like omission, half-truth, inversion and innuendo. Dershowitz engages their accusations in context, investigates the facts they present in support of their arguments and discusses the host of factors that they deliberately omit when portraying the Middle East situation.
For example, Jimmy Carter never mentions the fact that at present, approximately 20% of Israeli citizens are Arab and 16% of its citizens are Muslim. At last count its Arab citizens were represented by 10 members in the Israeli parliament belonging to three political parties: Balad, Hadash and the United Arab List - Ta'al. Dershowitz considers Carter as Enemy Numero Uno due to his elder statesman status; this position he has misused for the demonization of Israel, thereby opening the door for others to follow.
Chapter One plus the Appendix are devoted to exposing Carter's agenda, tactics, errors & motivations. It should come as no surprise that this worst ex-president of all time who loves hobnobbing with murderous dictators has no problem accepting Arab petrodollars for funding his Carter Center. In this regard I also recommend Bearing False Witness edited by Andrea Levin.
Next the author tackles Mearsheimer and Walt, exposing their use of questionable sources and their distortions of truth. This includes their misuse of the work of historian Benny Morris and the way they try to create the impression that AIPAC and Israel were in favor of the Iraq War. There's definitely a sinister sub-text in their work as it employs the same outright falsehoods, half-truths and hints that have been characteristic of antisemitic libels for many centuries.
See also Bernard Harrison for the way the "new" antisemitism resembles the old; the same assumptions, imagery and concepts are used, and The New Anti-Semitism by Denis MacShane. Then poor li'l Wart & Smearsheimer had the nerve to play the persecuted victim card, presenting themselves as `courageously' speaking truth to power. It's more like slandering those under existential threat.
Chapter Three: The Case against Boycotting Israeli Academics and Divesting from Israeli Businesses examines the boycott attempts by UK academics, the politicized academic unions and the very real threat of retaliation by US universities. He looks at the Presbyterian Church which singles out Israel for divestment owing to alleged human rights abuses but remains silent about real atrocities committed by tyrants worldwide.
In the following chapter Dershowitz places the anti-Israel Left and Far Right in the spotlight, pointing out their antisemitism and support of Holocaust deniers. Those whose words & actions are scrutinized include Pat Buchanan, the UK columnist Taki, Noam Chomsky and Richard Falk, all of whom indulge in fabrications and calumnies under the pretense of serious scholarship. What Dershowitz makes clear as day is that those who attempt to undermine American support for Israel by falsely portraying Jewish Americans as one monolithic lobby group are dishonest and insincere.
In addition, Dershowitz boldly confronts the Vatican for its failure to condemn terrorism against Israeli civilians. I agree with him that the church's reluctance to do this reflects the same reason that it hesitated so long and did so little to protest the mass murder of the Holocaust. The Vatican has indeed always had a Jewish problem, as Daniel Goldhagen proves in his harrowing book A Moral Reckoning.
Turning to the Middle East, Dershowitz looks at Iran and its president's genocidal threats against Israel, and at Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, the homicide/suicide bombing phenomenon and those behind it. Calling Iran a 'suicide nation,' he juxtaposes Ahmadinejad's ravings with the political reality and the attitudes of ordinary Iranians who are tired of the corrupt ayatollocracy.
The conclusion is titled The Case against Simple-Minded, One-Sided Solutions to Complex, Multifaceted Problems. The astonishing hypocrisy and sanctimony of these anti-Israel individuals & groups defy reason whilst their demonstrable dishonesty & ill-concealed malice are not hard to discern. The author convincingly argues that the enemies of Israel are enemies of all mankind.
The appendix is titled Why Jimmy Carter Is Wrong: The Facts. Dershowitz examines an extensive list of factual errors in Carter's book to disprove the grinning peanut's insistence that what he has written about Israel is correct. Investigating the reasons why Carter has descended into the swamps of bigotry & propaganda, Dershowitz suspects that besides the aforementioned petrodollars, religious motives may be at work.
There are 35 pages of bibliographical notes and the book concludes with an index. The text is absorbing throughout as Dershowitz effectively immobilizes the flood of lies & disinformation that seems to be increasing exponentially from all quarters. Remaining indifferent is not an option; societies that permit a climate of Judeophobia always pay a steep price. Certain trends are furthermore becoming visible. From its birth in 1948 Israel has been a terrorist target. Now the whole Western world, India and Muslim states like Indonesia & Pakistan have become targets too. It follows the old antisemitic pattern of Jews being the first victims but not the last.
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