Friday, January 3, 2014

When HuffPost Bloggers Get Bored (Part 1)

What's a poor Huffington Post blogger to do when the doldrums of winter are in and the Israelis and the Palestinians aren't fighting viciously enough to get some gore on the front page? The blogger stable has shown us that there's always room in the bottom of the barrel: just pen a column whining about how Jewish people control the world and don't tolerate the views of anyone different from them. Naturally this involves more strawmen than a farming convention. Our first example is an article by Stanley Kutler targeting truly the lowest hanging fruit (by HuffPost standards), AIPAC:
"American Jews are expected by the Israeli government and by its American lobbying arms, such as AIPAC, to unequivocally support Israel against its very real enemies, but also any against criticism whether from abroad or within the American Jewish community. The prevailing mode is "Israel can do no wrong," and AIPAC demands American Jews march in lockstep."
This paragraph is a pretty reasonable summary of the kind of logic Kutler employs through the article as a whole. He makes claims that can only be described as "ginormous," (does Israel truly expect that American Jews will lobby for them? Do any American Jews think that "Israel can do no wrong" let alone most of them? Does AIPAC really make those kinds of demands) and then wrings his hands over those evil evil Jewish Zionist institutions of power. Begging the question doesn't seem large enough to cover it. Oh, and don't expect Kutler to cite any sources for his transparently ridiculous claims. Apparently we're just supposed to take his word for it.

Kutler hits the usual notes that we have heard a million times before: Iran is peaceful, Israel wants us isolated, Americans who agree with them are wrong, etc etc. Then here come some more ridiculous claims...I'm not sure even how to describe it to be honest:
"Since Barack Obama emerged on the national political scene, there has been a sub-current of belief that he was "bad for the Jews," and would undermine the Israelis. Given Obama's circle of Jewish friends, financial backers, and ardent supporters, this was absurd on its face. But the underlying motivation is obvious -- start with racism and the belief that Obama is a covert Muslim. Such whispered sentiments became commonplace in influential Israeli circles -- the governing Likud party, religious parties, and settlers."
A sub-current of belief according to whom? Does Kutler have even one person who said that Obama was "bad for the Jews" or is he just completely making it up? But sure, anyone who was at all concerned that Obama might side against Israel (which he did) must be a racist and a birther. Obviously. This is the Huffington Post after all. Again I would like proof that "Obama is a convert Muslim" was a common belief in "influential Israeli circles," along with a definition of exactly what that means, but I'm not expecting either. The entire article is a Josh Reubner style "what I say is so transparently obvious I don't need to prove it" foregone conclusion.

After boldly attacking the strawman that American and Israeli Jews want to attack Iran, Kutler shills for "MuzzleWatch," a website promoted by the radical anti-peace group "Jewish Voice for Peace." If these are the kinds of websites that he prefers to read, it's no wonder that his views are so out to lunch. After condemning the Occupation With a Capital O, Kutler goes after Hillel's decision not to sponsor those who would deny the Jewish people their rights (more on that later). Finally he returns to the Huffington Post's all time favorite punching bag: AIPAC.
"Beyond AIPAC's destructive lobbying efforts -- and let us hope, self-defeating -- American Jews should be concerned with what is happening in their own communities. AIPAC and its like-minded allies can praise Israeli democracy but first they must respect it at home."
Yep, that's right. AIPAC doesn't respect democracy now because they don't do what Kutler wants. I would ask for a source but I know not to bother at this point. Kutler will just say whatever sounds good, by which we mean whatever the Huffington Post readership wants to hear. That's been true for a long, long time.

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