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Rashida Tlaib: The Low Rent Logic of a Clever Bigot.

Here at The Violent Ink we are on the left because we are against capitalism.

We are against capitalism because it is a form of slavery and a corporate dictatorship that lives and breathes a soul crushing fascism built on the need for poverty. In order to maintain artificial scarcity and inflate the value of stock, the system must enforce and expand poverty while selling the con about “free enterprise” and other lies. That is not freedom but tyranny.

However we are utterly irrevocably opposed to the racism at the heart of the official left in which significant cadres ranging from avowed communists, to the intellectually irradiated leadership of the UK’s Labour Party, to so called “Progressives” and “Democratic Socialists” express an industrial scale, Orwellian double speak, in which up is down, left is right, and what is blatantly anti-Semitic language is defended as a reasonable criticism of Israel but is in reality, an expression of a hatred of Jews and pathological antagonism towards Israel.

That this places us on the same side of an argument as the depraved racist imperialist Trump enablers and assorted fascists, speaks not to a lack of integrity in our position, but directly to the cancer at the heart of the Euro-American left.

The left is a baggy suit, a big tent full of a wide variety of groups that do not now and historically never have agreed on much of anything.

When we say “left” we refer specifically to the gutter dwelling keyboard and video warriors who like to pretend they are the reasonable face of the huate left – draped in self-righteous woke, and “resistance” to Trump.

They are however, hypocrites and dangerous fellow travelers and useful idiots with the radical racist right resurgent across Europe and America.

Insistent that they are not bigots, they repeat that criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic and then proceed to utter anti-Semitic propaganda.

Disregarding the Daily Stormer style comments posted on YouTube below their videos, they chant for responsibility among others who they say are ginning up the mob.

Twisting the Historical facts to suit their racism they repeat the same lies, half truths and distortions over and over again.

Given the atrophied, mongoloid jackboot style rhetoric of so many on the right, and the spineless feckless bend the knee cynicism of still others in what used to be the Republican Party, these leftists by comparison appear to be The Night’s Watch atop the wall.

But with the recent comments by Rashida Tlaib, the cynical defense of her comments by the Democratic establishment and the Orwellian double speak and gaslighting by the “alternative media” has reached a truly dangerous breaking point.

Here is what Tlaib said:

“There’s always kind of a calming feeling, I tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports, And, just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And, I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways, but they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.”

First there is the total disregard by Tlaib of the Palestinian fascists led by Grand Mufti Husseini and the blatant illogic of claiming an attachment to genocide by way of attaching genocide to a claim of being a noble victim of her ancestor’s alleged goodwill towards Jews.

The idea, such as it is, that there is a moral symmetry between the Palestinians and, for example, the martyrs of The White Rose, or the 101st airborne, would be funny were it not so rancid and sinister.

If as she claims, the Palestinians were victims of a sacrifice and the sacrifice was betrayed in that the otherwise noble Palestinians were thrown under the historical bus, than the creation of Israel as the culmination of Zionism is at best morally compromised, or at worst immoral and thus, illegitimate – which of course is her stealth point because of course she is being completely disingenuous.

And when she says “goodwill” we assume she means the pogroms in the 1920s and 1930s, the Arab Legion guilty of war crimes in Europe, and the importation of not so ex Nazis to help the Arabs finish the job. We assume she refers to the formation of the PLO by Arab dictators who provided money and weapons to assist in the extermination of Jews.

Her version of the narrative is of course a fiction that claims the Palestinians were and remain a monolithic socio-historical bloc that on the one hand is a rainbow coalition of noble diversity (in the face of the imperial boot) but at the same time is devoid of all the facets of and shades of grey that comprise the human condition.

In other words, if we take Tlaib at her word and posit the Palestinians as being as human as everyone else than the fact is that Hamlet and Quentin Compson are also Palestinian and the full range of humanity is as much there’s as it is everyone else’s. Which of course means Palestinian fascists, sociopaths, bigots, psychopaths, imperialists, rapists, misogynists, religious fanatics assorted Ahabs, Kowalskis, Macbeths, Lears, Magic Rats, Pinball Wizards, and Elanor Rigbys, and local versions of Charles Maurras and George Wallace.

And of course, crucially the spectrum of narratives is the issue. Tlaib in keeping with the stylistic talking points of the current left anti-Semites, demands recognition of the “Palestinian narrative” which she then renders as monolithic and noble and noble because it is monolithic.

Not only does this shabby tautology elide the examples listed above it eliminates the hall of mirrors quality to every one of the national narratives involved.

There was little to no unanimity between the Arabs, the British, the Jews, or anyone else. There was a consistent atmosphere of the truth being a question of who had spoken last. There were factions within factions within factions with each one offering its version of the official narrative.

Secondly she has elided everything else that occurred including but not limited to Arab bigotry, terrorism, wars and declarations of a commitment to driving the Jews into sea, which is a euphemism for genocide.

Her professed love is in fact the neurosis of the cult of the Nakba which serves to enforce conformity of opinion, and elimination of dissent by invoking a biblical supernatural explanation for the plight of the Palestinians.

This removes responsibility, while asserting private memory as public ritual which then claims the privileges of responsibility with none of the cost.

The result is a Palestinian fiction in which they exist inside History as perpetual victims, but outside of History devoid of agency or culpability for the attempted crime of genocide, and repeated efforts at mass violence and systemic bigotry and dictatorship.

Her version of events has the same authenticity as Uncle Remus does to life on a plantation.

The reason this dichotomy exists is because either Tlaib is a spectacular moron or a catastrophically stupid liar and moderately clever bigot.

Or some combination of all three.

She is appearing to enter through the front door of reasonable, if aggrieved victim committed to justice, but is exiting through the backdoor of left bigot fascist.

She is of course entitled to her opinion but as the saying goes, she is not entitled to her own set of facts.

Zionism was never a secret.

It was openly discussed and debated across the political spectrum and the Arabs were kept fully in the loop – notwithstanding the loop being as described above – and thus a Mobius loop of competing factions.

If the Palestinians were screwed into exile than it’s because no one told them the hard truth:

Get better generals or avoid wars you can’t win.

The stubborn facts however, remain.

Many Arabs and key figures in the Palestinian leadership, including the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al-Husseini, allied themselves with the Nazis and Italian fascists before, during and after the war.

Following their defeat they participated in the UN sponsored negotiations regarding the British Mandate for Palestine and then participated in the legally binding vote on Partition.

Following their loss in that process they declared and began an illegal war with the aim of either genocide, enslavement or both with an attached forced expulsion of the Jews back to the scene of the crime or into a perpetual exile.

This too is part of her legacy and the “goodwill” of her ancestors and pretending it isn’t true, claiming it didn’t occur or that it is somehow a twisting of the facts is a lie in the service of a crime.

It may not be Holocaust Denial but it is a footnote to the denial of the truth which becomes a distinction without a difference.

The fact is that the Palestinian exile came after and was a result of the illegal war started by the Arabs.

If the Arabs claim that Israel was forced upon them then they should never have participated in the negotiations or the UN vote and having participated and lost, and started a decades long war of attrition and attempted annihilation, they can’t now claim to be victims unless like a child who has murdered their parents, they want to stand before the court and beg for understanding because, they say, they are orphans.

As a result of their failure to win the war, their failure to exterminate the Jews and their failure to accept any responsibility with and to the wider community the Palestinians were screwed and were sent into exile.

The Palestinian exile is the fault of and responsibility of the Palestinians and the Arabs – within the wider context of the blunt realities of the post war political diktat which contextualizes everything within the narrative of imperial hegemony.

And claims that The Balfour Declaration was illegitimate, and that The Mandate was nothing more than imperialism in drag, are undermined by participation in negotiations with those they claim were acting illegally and advocacy for their own imperial ambitions including the establishment of kingdoms as satrapies of the British empire.

All subsequent attempts at genocide by the Arabs are to blame for the plight of the Palestinians.

Had they accepted the fact that they had backed the wrong side during the war, and had they accepted the fact that by participating in the UN vote they were legally required to accept its outcome, they would have had all of the territory they subsequently fought for and lost.

Tlaib’s sickening, twisted distortion of the truth is mendacity as a neon sign; it is an attempt on par with the worst of Trump’s hall of mirrors psychosis and the defense of it by so called leftists represents the final proof if any were required, that the contemporary left is spiritually and intellectually bankrupt or decidedly, toxically, bipolar. Or both.

The idea that the moral hermaphrodites of the right end up being correct should set off alarm bells everywhere in the so called “resistance.”

That the right wing defense of Israel is coldly cynical, opportunistic and hypocritical, that it is as useful as trading an orgasm for syphilis, is no small issue because the conservative who is your friend today is the one burning a cross on your lawn next week or making excuses for the thugs in white hoods holding the can of gasoline and torches.

But that does not change the truth.

Tlaib’s comments are a rancid twisting of the facts in the service of a concerted effort to eliminate Israel.

The Palestinians did not nobly sacrifice anything.

They were either silent and complicit in the attempted genocide, victims of their morally bankrupt leaders, or they were willing participants.

Tlaib echoing the racist rhetoric of others has coughed up a rhetorical black hole and at the event horizon the truth vanishes as it exceeds the g force tolerance of her shit on a stick soft-peddled, bespoke vengeance weapon.

As to her claim to be an advocate for a “one state solution” we reject it completely.

Having revealed either her stupidity or her bigotry or both, with her collapsing of the historical time line, she can not be trusted as either an honest interlocutor or as an intelligent partner for peace.

Since she has dressed up lies in the costume of gossamer heartfelt pleas for sensitivity, it is clear that her goal is to insert a rhetorical trojan horse into the essential need for Israel to exist.

As with the blatantly neurotic rhetorical tics of one state advocate Tony Judt – a man who however flawed, is intellectually to Tlaib as a cheetah is to a brick in a race – Tlaib’s offer is clearly nothing more or less than the same old “final solution” in a new mask.

The conditions for considering a one state solution or any peace plan including a two-state solution, must be first a formal declaration by the Arabs that they are responsible for the Palestinian diaspora, that they have spent decades engaged in attempted genocide, terrorism, and systemic hypocrisy including but not limited to embracing Soviet imperialism and state terror, American and European imperialism and state terror, the subjugation of their own people including but not limited to the suppression of civil liberties, the subjugation of women, ethnic and religious minorities, periodic spasms of mass murder against their own people, and in conjunction with every other state actor the whole sale destruction of the environment.

They must then declare a commitment to free speech, freedom of religion, an independent and non-religious judiciary, fair trials by independent juries, a non militarized police force, free and fair elections, emancipation of women, and protection for a free press and the right to dissent and freedom from assault against citizens by the government.

Nothing less than a formal commitment to the basic tenants of a free and pluralistic society are acceptable as a basis for peace.

The organized bigotry and corruption of the Israeli right is not now, or will it ever be an excuse for the systemic bigotry, tyranny, spasms of violence, and hypocrisy of the Arab dictatorships or their apologists among the left.

The facts, the stubborn facts, remain and unlike their Arab counterparts, former terrorists and fascists like Shamir and Begin, retired when they lost their last elections and again, unlike their neighbors, they did not have the opposition executed or demand a recount until they got the results they wanted.

Rashida Tlaib is complicit in the on going, increasingly dangerous assault on Jews and civil society. The on going attempt to normalize the destruction of Israel and anti-Semitism by disguising them as “reasonable criticism” must be resisted.

Claiming anything else is to insist lynching was intended as a way to teach arboreal respect, and slavery was a way to teach a sense of belonging, and that the official seal of the former Confederate states should be the Stars and Bars, while the official song should be Strange Fruit and no one in this Orwellian gaslighting, is supposed to say the contradictions are vile, sinister and a threat to freedom.

 

Editor’s note: We may have linked to this previously but here is an example of a thoughtful, nuanced point of view by an artist, Nick Cave:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/dec/11/nick-cave-cultural-boycott-israel-brian-eno

Addendum: It should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention or who isn’t an idiot, The Guardian, as the flagship media platform of pseudo-intellectual left bigots,* dropped an anti-Semitic turd in defense of Tlaib and their joint effort at eliding the facts.

From an article in today’s Guardian:

“Tlaib had tried to speak about the interwoven tragedies of the Jewish and Palestinian people, of the Holocaust, and the Nakba (in Arabic, the catastrophe). Though perhaps in a manner less than ideal, Tlaib was attempting to broach a difficult subject—how the creation of a national home for Jews in the wake of the Holocaust also led to the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.”

Less than ideal?

Yes in the same way that claiming you had to destroy the village in order to save it is less than ideal.

“…how the creation of a national home for Jews in the wake of the Holocaust also led to the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.”

This is like saying the intervention of a weather event prevented The Challenger from reaching space.

What goes missing of course are the facts and the actual sequence of events.

The creation of Israel did not lead to the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. THE ARAB’S ATTEMPT AT GENOCIDE AND VIOLATION OF THEIR LEGAL COMMITMENTS LED TO THEIR DEFEAT IN AN ILLGAL WAR AND THAT RESULTED IN THE EXPULSION OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PALESTINIANS.

First there is the fact that there were negotiations in which the Arabs participated.

Second, there is the fact that there was a legally binding vote in which the Arabs participated.

Third, there is the fact that the Arabs lost the vote and subsequently started an illegal war with the aim of genocide, enslavement and expulsion.

Fourth, there is the fact that each of those other facts led to the Palestinian diaspora.

Fifth, ignoring these facts or claiming they did not occur is fundamentally racist and a mutation and evolution of Holocaust Denial.

Sixth, it eliminates the fact that significant numbers of Arabs and leaders allied with the Nazis and that after losing the war, they helped set in motion the essential need for Israel and the continued refusal to acknowledge their support for fascism is a moral defect and a major factor in the causation of the Palestinian diaspora.

See the propaganda here:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/17/rashida-tlaib-antisemtism-attacks-republicans-democrats-holocaust-comments

Update: 7/24/19

Continuing her race to the gutter Tlaib offered the idea that a boycott of Israel is the moral equivalent of the Civil Rights movement in America and what she claims was a boycott of Nazi Germany from 1933 until 1941.

How that squares with Dr. King’s views on antisemitism or Jesse Owens running faster than the SS and Gestapo is not clear. How that alleged boycott squares with Ford and IBM doing business with the Nazis, and in the case of IBM, assisting in building the infrastructure of the Holocaust, is not something she seems to be able to explain, assuming she actually knows the details.

What is clear is that Tlaib is either too stupid to understand that Israel is not a ruthless genocidal fascist police state or such a committed bigot she doesn’t care.

See the gaslighting here:

https://news.yahoo.com/rep-tlaib-compares-bds-movement-160800997.html

*We draw a distinction between the run of the mill anti-Semitism of The Guardian and the far more refined Designer anti-Semitism of The London Review of Books. The bigotry of the LRoB is generally far more sophisticated as the writers are smarter and better at twisting turds into the shape of balloon animals. At the LRoB one is far more likely to run across the likes of Jacqueline Rose and the late Tony Judt expressing sly literary hymnals about the need to eliminate Israel where as at The Guardian you’re more likely to run into well dressed bigots too stupid to realize their using the same rhetoric as any other gutter dwelling anti-Semite.

Of course in the end it’s a distinction without a significant difference.

Addendum:

Amid the hysteria in the latest round of hysteria about Israel and the US it’s important to have a sense of context.

The media which runs on the toxic fumes of a kind of amnesia always acts as if the latest political mess is new and not part of a fraught nuanced and complex history.

That’s in part because the government does not want anyone to filter their opinions through context.

After all, context is based on the facts and why let the facts get in the way of a useful or lucrative rant.

Rashida Tlaib is a Palestinian Uncle Remus – or Aunt as the case may be.

Her comments about the “sacrifice” of her ancestors is as we’ve outlined, both hilarious and sinister.

Below is an attempt by a Washington Post tool attempting to justify Tlaib’s elision of the dreary uncomfortable facts about the history of her ancestors and in trying to justify her bigotry, he pours gasoline on the flames.

While the conservatives taking rhetorical target practice at Tlaib are as cynical in their reptilian outrage as described, the fact is, by whitewashing her fanciful version of history, the Post is aiding in the ongoing war of attrition against Israel and Jews.

It is acting as a fellow traveler and useful idiot for the radical right and radical left.

Not only does it lend legitimacy to Tlaib’s toxic fantasies it sets the stage for the current circular firing squad in which the bigots and opportunists all aim for each other’s heads.

And hit the target.

Trump, the malignant troll and demagogic, racist, neo-fascist half wit, dances around the bonfire with Netanyahu, the racist, demagogic thug, and together they hold hands with Tlaib, the racist political harpy with the atrophied soul and small caliber intellect.

Aided and abetted by hysterics across the political divide and the soulless self-righteous Muppets and sock puppets of the media, it is, to borrow an old joke, like running to the bridge of the Titanic, after its hit the iceberg, and discovering the captain is Daffy Duck.

Except in this case it’s Daffy coming down from an ether binge. And looking for his crack pipe.

Read the shit on a stick here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/13/rashida-tlaib-anatomy-smear/

Update: 8/20/19

Here’s an opinion piece in the better late then never category from the old but still trying, The Forward:

https://forward.com/opinion/429787/the-left-can-no-longer-excuse-its-anti-semitism/?utm_source=PostUp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Newsletter%20RSS&utm_maildate=08/20/2019

 

Update: 8/20/19

A perfect illustration of Isiah Berlin’s use of Kant’s concept of “The Crooked Timber of Humanity” (from which no straight thing will ever grow).

Here we are confronted with a veritable buffet of historical contradictions.

Palestinian LGBTQ activists are banned by the PLO and HAMAS – threatened with arrest, torture and arbitrary executions.

So they have offices inside Israel.

While supporting the BDS movement.

And the Israeli Justice Minister is gay.

And works for the right wing opportunistically racist corrupt gangster Netanyahu.

And Rashida Tlaib has her mouth glued to the rusty exhaust of her own self-righteous Uncle Remus tractor and thus has nothing to say about the fascism of the Palestinians, their gangster leaders, and the hilarious Catch-22 reality of History.

Read about some of the details here:

Read

Update: 8/30/19

The article below deserves attention as it is a manifestation of a hard truth – the Arabs lost the war and Israel won.

Take note of this comment:

“But with a younger generation far more comfortable with a dual Israeli-Arab identity and demanding solutions to everyday domestic issues, the political calculus has changed.

Polls show an overwhelming majority of Arab citizens want their leaders to focus more on reducing crime, improving education and addressing a housing crunch rather than solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“The message is we don’t just want you to get elected, we want you to influence,” said Thabet Abu Rass, co-director of the Abraham Fund Initiatives, a non-profit dedicated to promoting equality in Israel. “The Arabs haven’t stopped supporting the Palestinians, but they know that peace will take time. The other issues are more urgent.””

It sounds like the sort of thing you hear from American voters.

It also sounds like a generational change and an example of what is euphemistically called, “facts on the ground.”

No doubt this will be pissed on by the usual suspects in the anti-Semitic left but, they would, wouldn’t they.

See the details here:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/arab-leader-seeks-shake-israeli-111405460.html

Addendum:

In excavating the fanciful notion of “noble sacrifice” one restores what has been elided.

The narratives that emerge as one should expect, add not only layers of information but, as with any story, contradictions.

The Arab and Palestinian Arab communities were of course hardly monolithic. Clan and familial rivalries created scenes reminiscent of standard Elizabethan tragedies mixed with the best of Dashiell Hammett’s novels involving the machinations of rivals over control of cities in America.

In the era of the British Mandate the al-Husseini fought with other families for control of key cities, industries, construction contracts and patronage.

These in turn involved issues over who was to be mayor of Jerusalem, or other important positions which in turn involved the elaborate system of bribes.

While publicly avowing their support for Arab and Palestinian Arab nationalism and independence, everyone of the key figures in the Arab communities was either directly or indirectly involved in payola schemes with the Zionists and/or the British.

Offering “intelligence” as well as various “protection rackets” as with a Hammett noir, everyone was dirty.

The Zionists in turn were riven by factionalism but, being generally better educated and more familiar with standard forms of civil society in Europe they were more adept at working the British.

However, that was no guarantee of success.

A constant ad hoc approach by the British, combined with systemic anti-Semitism that both worked for and against the Zionist cause, as well as an imperial British commitment to maintaining the empire, created a push-pull dynamic fraught with difficulties.

While Chaim Wiseman was able to meet with then PM, Lloyd George, Balfour and the Colonial Secretary, Winston Churchill, and get assurances that the smuggling of guns (in the wake of the two pogroms in the early 1920s) would be overlooked, there were still all of the murky and byzantine promises the British were making to everyone else.

In other words, a mugs game of liar’s poker.

Amid this one also has the clash between Zionists with political lineage attached to Bolshevism, and others who were socialists; religious vs atheist, and so on each with its agenda and organizations.

In the 1920s clashes between various left branches of Zionists were not uncommon.

That in turn adds a context to the narrative that simplistic “noble sacrifice” iterations leave out.

Zionism while a big tent and a baggy suit of competing cadres, was radical in that it was left of center if not outright, in some corners, hard left.

All together the movement represented a direct threat to the reactionary, tribal monarchist feudalism of the Arab ruling elites and their supporters.

A constant refrain in the early years of the Mandate was that the Arabs would declare they were not against the Jews but against Zionism.

Simplistic and usually racist narratives paint this as an example of the distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.

What goes missing is that the reason the Arabs were against Zionism was not because they were in favor of Pan Arab independence and civil society, but because they were in favor of the feudalistic, tyrannical tribalism that dominated their culture.

Arab attempts at establishing civil society, with the emancipation of women, freedom of expression and religion, were blocked by the British as it would undermine their strategic aims but also by Arab royalists who wanted independence within the confines of a royalist tyranny.

Setting a pattern that has endured to contemporary times, the few Arabs who wanted to open their communities to pluralism found themselves betrayed by the British and by their own people – a combination of royalists and right wing religious tyrants.

In this cauldron the Arab left was betrayed and then coopted until it morphed  into various left fascist terror organizations indistinguishable from right wing fascist terrorist organizations except for hollow rhetoric shared by both.

The first pogroms in the Mandate era were provoked by the breakdown of traditional Arab culture as it was confronted by the pluralism of Zionism.

The emancipation of women is a perfect illustration of this confrontation.

Zionist women’s groups demanded the right to vote in the first years of the 1920s.

Resisted by some in the Zionist establishment (including, initially, David Ben Gurion) because of a fear that women’s suffrage would antagonize the already antagonistic religious community, the issues was debated, and put to a vote.

Women were given the right to vote, around the same time as women in the UK and the United States (it took France until after the Second World War and of course women’s rights are problematic at best in most Arab countries or, abysmal).

Zionism of course upended traditional norms. The very fact of open debate, involving women, and the decision to grant the franchise, represented, in today’s political patois, an existential threat to Arab tribalism.

Confronted by emancipated women, engaged in work ranging from labor to being doctors and lawyers, the Arab monarchists and religious fascists combined forces.

While their leaders proclaimed support for independence they simultaneously sold land to their “Zionist ememies.”

The land sold was then developed to expand urban centers like Tel Aviv but also, to create communal farms.

The racist narrative employed by faux leftists that defines Zionism as a “colonial settler project” leaves out the legal participation of Arab landowners, the byzantine feuds between Arab factions and of course deliberately leaves out the reason(s) Zionism existed in the first place – namely the systemic violent anti-Semitism imbedded across Europe.

The “noble sacrifice” narrative is of course as we stated, a kind of Palestinian Uncle Remus fable designed to not only fool the bigots, but to fool everyone else into ignoring the ugly complicated truth of the circular firing squad reality.

 

 

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