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Another Day, Another (yawn) Anti-Semitic Boycott from England

"John Berger rallies artists for cultural boycott of Israel," is the Guardian headline in much the same tone as the Guardian might report rallying artists to fight world famine or AIDS. Which is sensible enough since for Eurolefties Israel is in the same category as world hunger or AIDS, something very disgusting and awful they'd like to see blotted out.

What follows is Berger's call by artists, musicians and various useless cultural wastes of culture to boycott Israel in order to "force a change in Israel's policies." Signed are 85 names, of which only ten are listed on the off chance anyone has heard of them, and most haven't. There will no doubt be wailing and weeping in the cafes of Haifa at the prospect of being deprived of the films of Ken Loach, the writings of Arundhati Roy and the music of Brian Eno.

If you have no idea who any of these people are, congratulations you haven't missed much. They're mainly the sorts of people who would join Al Queda if Al Queda had a "pissy artistes impatiently awaiting their canapes" division.

In an introduction to a book of the aforementioned
Arundhati Roy's essays, John Berger wrote, "the nineteen hijackers gave their lives on September 11 as did three hundred and fifty-three Manhattan firemen."

After the London bombings John Berger wrote, "
The calm of Londoners, who suffered the outrage of the explosions and the ordeal of waiting for news from dear ones who may have been there impressed the watching world, as did the calm of Madrid's population the previous year. Such calm could hopefully encourage clear and, above all, precise thinking. In Spain, circumstances allowed it to do so, and one of the first acts of the subsequently elected government was to withdraw Spanish troops from the war in Iraq."

John Berger himself will give up his 50 shekels in royalties in hopes of bullying Israel with his own variation of the same message he delivered to New Yorkers and Londoners, your murderers are the innocent, stay calm and surrender and all will be well. Unfortunately for John to whom all Israelis and likely Jews are a single vague splotch resembling something between a praying Hassid and Ariel Sharon, the very small segment of Israeli society that would actually care about being deprived of the great insights of John Berger,
Arundhati Roy and Eduardo Galeano are precisely the ones who are already as determined for Israel to surrender to its murderers as John Berger himself.

Little aware of the futility of his wasted effort, Berger will go on doing what the John Bergers of the cultural elite have always done, walk alongside the victims and scold and shush them to stop complaining, stop resisting, acknowledge the moral superiority of their murderers and bare their necks for the knife.

Now considering that it is the Palestinians who are currently killing each other (and inconsiderately upstaging Jimmy Carter's 'Blame Israel' book tour) perhaps Berger and Co. should deny the residents of Ramallah access to his great body of work. Without Berger's ranting essays about his childhood, American militarism and how hard it is to get a good pudding in France, the Palestinian Arab conflict will quickly lack fuel for its fire. Co-signer Director Sophie Fiennes (thoroughly obscure sister of Ralph Fiennes) will leave the battling hordes of Hamas without her copy of '
The Pervert's Guide to Cinema' no doubt sapping them of their will to resist. Then Brian Eno will move in denying Fatah gunmen access to his masterpiece album, "Ambient 1/Music for Airports." Without his collection of ambient music as a soundtrack to bore them to tears it is unlikely that Fatah will be able to fight on. And that will end the fighting right there.

If only it could be so easy.


  1. Sultan, thank you for keeping us informed on what is going on.
    You have a good handle on how this effects things.
    Thanks again.

  2. All the same nonsense. Radical extremists are those who cannot get attention for anything positive they do.

    I just found out that Monsey NK loser Yisroel Dovid "Scheiss" Weiss was a failure in several communities ranging from Litvish to Satmar, so he decided to get attention with his antics in Teheran and before that at demonstrations. Same shtick as these third rate artists - no one respects their mediocre talents so they get involved in lefty politics.

  3. I'd love to see these lefties live one year among Arab Muslims and then see if they still view them as freedom fighters and heroes. Comparing the suicide hijackers to the firefighters who died--these people are sick and should crawl back under the rock they came from.

  4. Anonymous25/12/06

    Ok! This guy is obviously one dreadlock shy of a Marley. Two Belgians shy of a waffle. Three geeks shy of a chess club. One cell short of an amoeba....I'll quit now. :]

  5. The problem with these people is that many take them seriously.
    We live in a frivilous apathetic time when people are hungry for excitement and will pick up on most anything.

  6. Anonymous25/12/06

    Right Lemon.

    All liberals really need to do is find some European character with a fancy accent from a snobbish country and even those most idiotic of statements and ideas sound intelligent to the unaware and downright ignorant.

    (Kelia ata posting away from home)

  7. Ah. These snobbish liberal "elite" reminds me of something in a song from Phantom of the Opera:

    "You'd never get away, with all this in a play, but if it's loudly sung and in a foreign tongue..."

    Make something sound exotic, classy, foreign...and it's respected.


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