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Thread #81603   Message #1496826
Posted By: Don Firth
31-May-05 - 04:05 PM
Thread Name: BS: From Britain With bigtotry Part2
Subject: RE: BS: From Britain With bigtotry Part2
Don, there is probably no more actual anti-Semitism in the United States than there is, as you have described, in Britain. Here, too, Jews are in every level of society and in every level of politics (Joe Lieberman was one of the candidates for the Democratic nomination, but the fact that he wasn't nominated had to do with his stated policies, not with his religion). There may be a few pockets of anti-Semitism here or there in groups like the Ku Klux Klan, the American Nazi Party (with the death of George Lincoln Rockwell, I'm not sure that even exists anymore), or Aryan Nations, but these organizations are minuscule and powerless, and are regarded by all but themselves as a collection of sickos, psychopaths, and freaks.

When the Aryan Nations hold their annual parade in that great world metropolis, Hayden, Idaho (population in 2002, 9,885), rather than being cheered, the local townspeople usually greeted them with hoots, cat-calls, and unsanitary missiles. The locals regard this group as an embarrassment to the community, and have tried to deny them a parade permit, but legal eagles pointed out that this would be a violation of the First Amendment (which permits freedom of expression of all viewpoints, no matter how distasteful). Anti-Semitism in general is essentially non-existent, and when and if encountered, even if there are no Jews present at the time, such attitudes are usually met with scorn and vigorous admonishment.

Martin Gibson's claims of rampant anti-Semitism, whether here on Mudcat or in the country in general, stem less from reality and more from his contention that anyone who feels that Palestinians are human beings too and deserve to be treated humanely are, ipso facto "anti-Semitic."

This, of course, is nonsense. Oppression is never justified, no matter who does it. And if the Palestinians felt that they were getting a fair shake and that they actually had some hope, such things as suicide bombings would greatly diminish or cease entirely.

Don Firth