It has been the same here these past couple of months with the fighting in Gaza. Only the air has been charred not with devastation but with hatred. And I donâ€™t mean the hatred of the warring parties for each other. I mean the hatred of Israel expressed in our streets, on our campuses, in our newspapers, on our radios and televisions, and now in our theatres.
But I am not allowed to ascribe any of this to anti-Semitism. It is, I am assured, â€œcriticismâ€ of Israel, pure and simple. In the matter of Israel and the Palestinians this country has been heading towards a dictatorship of the one-minded for a long time; we seem now to have attained it. Deviate a fraction of a moral millimetre from the prevailing othodoxy and you are either not listened to or you are jeered at and abused, your reading of history trashed, your humanity itself called into question. I donâ€™t say that self-pityingly. As always with dictatorships of the mind, the worst harmed are not the ones not listened to, but the ones not listening.
Berating Jews with their own history, disinheriting them of pity, as though pity is negotiable or has a sell-by date, is the latest species of Holocaust denial, infinitely more subtle than the David Irving version with its clunking body counts and quibbles over gas-chamber capability and chimney sizes. Instead of saying the Holocaust didnâ€™t happen, the modern sophisticated denier accepts the event in all its terrible enormity, only to accuse the Jews of trying to profit from it, either in the form of moral blackmail or downright territorial theft. According to this thinking, the Jews have betrayed the Holocaust and become unworthy of it, the true heirs to their suffering being the Palestinians. Thus, here and there throughout the world this year, Holocaust day was temporarily annulled or boycotted on account of Gaza, dead Jews being found guilty of the sins of live ones.
Mr. Jacobson, I think it’s even simpler:
They hate you for being successful.
The Crowd always sides with the underdog. (They want to believe that they can be whatever they want to be, and powerful people losing when they should win suggests this psychology is correct.)
Israel was OK with the left and the undifferentiated crowd when they were victims that the crowd could help… but now that Israel is a successful nation, they’re the oppressors.
It’s simple: they hate you for being successful and not being a victim with no options… a victim like Palestine… a victim like them.