Not all left-wing foreign troublemakers were barred from this country during the
recent “flytilla.” Many agents provocateurs recurrently trickle in, among them
rabidly anti-Israel activists in the International Solidarity Movement (with the
Palestinians). Yet others enter boldly via the wide-open gates of the Law of
Return because they are Jews. My cousin, whom I’ll here call Ned, is one of
them. His story is of broad interest because he’s not alone.
arrived from the US under immigrant status, though he himself probably has no
clue how long he’ll stay. He isn’t employed anywhere and has no visible means of
support. Someone is footing his bills. But someone always has because, to
the best of my knowledge, Ned has never held any job long-term and never forged
any career. There must be an organizational benefactor but I can’t say for
Ned and his brother are both products of American Hashomer Hatza’ir
inculcation and both remain radically tied to that pro-forma Zionist-Marxist
youth movement (even though both are now thirty-something). They seem unable to
outgrow the evidently addictive juvenile connection.
Both brothers lived
in American communes and both thrive on political activism. There’s almost no
radical cause which they hadn’t passionately espoused, even that of the Mavi
Marmara. For years they paid sporadic visits to Arab communities in and
outside our Green Line and they waxed positively ecstatic over last year’s
camp-in at Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard.
It wasn’t long afterwards
that the Occupy Movement began springing up, initially on Wall Street, from
whence it spread to other urban centers. The brothers were there, very
Are they or their ilk the invisible link between
our 2011 summertime protests and what later sprang up elsewhere? Who knows?
Then Ned, whose Hebrew is rudimentary, announced that he’s “making
aliya.” This meant a shared pad in Tel Aviv’s hip Florentin Quarter, frequent
trips to Jenin, participation in almost every trendy demonstration or flashpoint
NED PROTESTED Kadima’s joining the coalition, hotly
supported the Hamas prisoners’ hunger strike, equally hotly opposed JNF
tree-planting near Beduin communities, decried a projected eviction of Arabs in
Silwan and celebrated its foiling, marched in Tel Aviv on May Day, protested on
behalf of illegal African infiltrators, demanded the unconditional razing of
disputed apartment houses on Givat Ha’ulpana, protested Jewish residence in
Jerusalem’s Beit Hanina, agitated against “racist and thieving settlers,”
partook in the latest attempts to revive the social protests, and much, much,
much more. The list is long.
That seemingly is all that Ned does in
Israel. He’s an aging professional youth movement stalwart who has made
it his mission to enlighten us benighted natives and change our evil
Ned’s Facebook page featured calls to attend the Nakba memorial
(which denigrates Israel’s birth as a catastrophe) at Tel Aviv University (where
he’s not a student). The ceremony, the messages said, “is supposed to be very
interesting and good. Also there’s supposed to be violence, crazy right-wing
Subtext: Violence is the attraction, the desired outcome. This of
course echoes assorted classic anarchist aims to unsettle and destabilize the
existing system. Undermining social order is the first step on the road to
revolution. The latest crop of Tel Aviv social protesters indeed hoisted banners
The irony is that the useful idiots who dance to the
tunes of shadowy political pied pipers like Ned couldn’t be more petite
bourgeois. Their disaffection arises from the conviction that expensive
Nespresso machines are a must in every suitably chic kitchen, that ski trips
aboard are the birthright of every Israeli seeking to escape our arid climes,
that other taxpayers need subsidize luxurious tastes and spendthrift lifestyles
to which all nouveau-riche wannabes are entitled.
Do the useful idiots
know that Ned and fellow “social protesters” attended alternative Remembrance
Day ceremonies in which fallen terrorists (a.k.a. suicide-bombers) were also
mourned? Probably not.
Do they know that on his website meddlesome Ned
describes himself as “striving for global justice and equality?” Do they stop to
ponder what the phrase means? Do they at all attempt to put it into any sort of
If they could at all contextualize, they’d instantly
associate Ned’s “global justice” with the battle for “justice and legality”
waged by this country’s pre-independence militant Left. The similarities are
quite striking. Yesteryear’s far Left, under the aegis of the Communist
Peh-Kah-Peh (PKP, the Yiddish acronym for the Palestinisheh Kommunistisheh
Partai) wasn’t afraid of getting down and dirty. Immediately following
the bloody Arab-perpetrated pogroms of April 1936, the PKP plastered local
streets with posters demanding “the repeal of the Balfour Declaration and an end
to all Jewish immigration.”
It opposed the construction of Tel Aviv
Harbor and repudiated each batch of immigration certificates issued. These were
entry visas allotted very tight-fistedly by the British mandatory authorities to
Jews already then desperately escaping Europe. The PKP, purportedly anti-
British and anti-fascist, opposed rescuing these Jews. In that they sided with
the infamous Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini who instigated the Nazi-financed
bloodletting that was the 1936-39 “Great Arab Revolt.”
subsequently, in the role of pan-Arab prime minister, spent the war years in
Berlin, where he hobnobbed with Hitler, Himmler, Eichmann, et al. He broadcast
virulent Nazi propaganda, recruited Muslims to the SS and actively foiled the
rescue of any Jews, even children, during the Holocaust.
Indeed, as Arab
terror escalated, proof mounted of PKP collusion (in incidents such as the 1936
bombing of Haifa’s Beit Hapoalim and Tel Aviv’s Fairgrounds). When Arab leaders
themselves announced a brief truce in the autumn of 1936, the PKP rejected any
cease-fire on the grounds that “Zionism drags Jews to hell.... Zionists
and imperialists alone are to blame for these days of atrocity.”
anti-Zionism of the PKP evolved gradually. The party arose from the
fringes of the mainstream Poalei Zion. In 1919 it banded as the Hebrew Socialist
Workers Party. But by 1922 its rejection of Zionism became so pronounced that it
ditched Hebrew – whose revival was core to the Zionist ethos – and reverted to
In 1923, the PKP castigated Zionism as “a bourgeois movement
serving the interests of British imperialism” (just as the Zionist state today
is castigated for purportedly serving the interests of alleged American
imperialism). The party cheered the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop pact that
facilitated WWII. The PKP vehemently opposed fighting the Third Reich until
Hitler betrayed Stalin and attacked the USSR in 1941.
Ned, of course,
would stress that pro forma he’s no communist and that his now-diminutive
Hashomer Hatza’ir regards itself as Zionist.
The trouble is that
distinctions which mattered hugely in the 1930s no longer matter
much. The big picture is that of a radical Left which undercuts the Jews
of this country, whether back in the days of the embryonic Jewish state or in
today’s extant Jewish state, whose struggle to survive still continues.
Sovereign Israel is still menaced by descendents and torchbearers of the mufti’s
original pro-Nazi adherents and it still faces unabated threats of genocide or
The enemy, now as then, still bays for our blood, while
posing as the downtrodden victim of grasping wily Jewish forces. It’s this
duplicitous Arab strategy which begat the Nakba that Ned so bewails. Israel’s
cardinal sin was having dared spoil Arab plans for its annihilation. Because
Israel impudently remained alive (and kicking), its survival is denigrated as a
The very assertion that the Nakba resulted
wantonly out of the blue from Israel’s birth in 1948 is malevolent distortion.
The conflict didn’t begin in 1948 – it reached its culmination then.
Arabs violently combated the Jewish community which existed in this country
pre-WWII and was ripe for statehood before the Holocaust. The mufti’s
carnage delayed Jewish independence. The Arabs denied asylum here to
desperate Jewish refugees from Hitler’s hell, thereby dooming them to death. The
blood of these exterminated Jews permanently stains Arab hands.
which the entire Arab world launched against newborn Israel, three years
post-Holocaust, was with explicit blusterous braggadocio (and the help of
recruited European ex-SS henchmen) geared to complete Hitler’s
Murderous Arab rampages greeted the November 29, 1947, UN
General Assembly Partition Resolution. Its objective was to divide this tiny
land into a Palestinian Arab state and a pitifully puny, terrifyingly vulnerable
Jewish counterpart (wedged mainly along the coastal highway between Tel Aviv and
The Arabs set out to thwart the implementation of the UN
decision. Now they pose as the hapless victims of the war they launched,
pretending that all they ever wanted was a twostate solution. They lost their
own war and, ever since, are consumed by the festering rage of having failed to
What they call “occupation” doesn’t only relate to the
territories that came under Israeli control in 1967. Occupation also – and
principally – refers to the territories that constitute Israel since 1948. In
other words, all of Israel is illegitimate. Israel’s very existence is
unacceptable. No Jews should be here.
And this is what gravely
gullible Ned and fellow overly idealistic Jewish fanatics of the last vestiges
of the lost Marxist cause (by whichever name it parades) refuse to acknowledge.
They, who lure their own sub-set of useful idiots, are foremost themselves
useful idiots in the service of the mufti’s latter-day disciples (by whichever
name they parade).
Nobody knows better than the volatile incited Arab
masses how to collectively fly off the handle in an orchestrated display of
premeditated pseudo-righteous indignation. And my cousin falls for their lament
of the fact that we at all live.