Friday, February 1, 2013

Example of a Post: Israelis and Muslims

It's been a while since we did a comprehensive analysis of a comment from the Huffington Post, but I saw the perfect one yesterday so I needed to share it with you. Here it is:

The context is that two Muslim soccer players have joined the Beiter Jerusalem club, which is infamous in Israel for having racist fans.

In one sentence, this HPer illustrates the bigotry and dishonesty required to be an Israel hater. Here's the sentence again in case you have trouble reading it: "According to recent polls, Israelis don't want to live in the same buildings as Muslims."

It is common knowledge for people who aren't brainwashed Israeli haters that 20% of Israel's population are Muslim Arabs. To claim that "Israelis" in general don't want to live in the same building as Muslims makes no sense since Israelis in general include Muslims, and I don't think Muslims don't want to live in the same building as Muslims.

So if this poster doesn't mean "Israelis" when she says Israelis, she must mean Israeli Jews when she says Israelis. How good to know! I guess this means when HPers say things like "Israelis have an overblown ego", and "Israelis practice discrimination openly", they really mean Israeli Jews. For those of us paying attention, we know this anyway, but it's nice to see it affirmed.

Another interesting thing about this post is that it's OK to stereotype Israelis based on "recent polls" (polls that are of course not referenced or linked to), but if you point out that Palestinians democratically elected Hamas to lead them so they probably share Hamas' values or try to claim that Palestinians in general support violence based on a poll that said 88% of them support violence, you will quickly be accused of "racism." The usual double standard when it comes to Israel vs. the Palestinians.

Anyway, I just thought there was a lot of interesting things about the Israel hater mindset that can be learned from this one comment, and I wanted to share them with you.

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