Israel’s cultural stigmatism

Every once in a while — all right more frequent than that — it is time to get out and see what some of the biggest mouthpieces are saying about key events going on outside the beltway-fed silos or mainstream American news cycles.

Whoops, did I just say mainstream America? That should be a typo since what the left’s acolytes increasingly lump into “mainstream” are the radical assertions trickled down from ivory towers on high, cultivated then fertilized further by hotbeds of hatred activists for anyone with opposing views to their uber-centric, neo-Marxist ideology.

Gaza’s kids affected psychologically, physically by lifetime of violence

Al Jazeera asks medical experts about the psychological, physical and generational effects of war on Gaza’s youth
July 31, 2014 | Al Jazeera

Beyond the immediate loss in Gaza — destruction of property, infrastructure, and the deaths of more than 1,600 people, mostly civilians — Israel’s onslaught will have long-term mental and physical effects on the Palestinian children who survived weeks of airstrikes and naval and tank shelling.

Many of them watched as family members were killed and homes, schools and mosques bombarded. Others suffered life-altering injuries. Israel’s military campaign may also affect the unborn, as mothers and fathers struggle with traumatic stress, health experts warn. [more]

I challenge you after reading these clips, to take a look at the link from Al Jazeera to see the academic level of their Leftist diagnosis of the Israel-Palestinian situation, which is the thought they are trying to mainstream. They’ve been somewhat successful at it.

Dr. Jesse Ghannam, clinical professor of psychiatry and global health sciences at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine:

Psychological impact

Even before the current military offensive, young Gazans bore the mental scars of years under siege and previous episodes of bombardment. After the 2012 war, the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among children in Gaza doubled, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which provides assistance for Palestinian refugees. Mental health experts fear that the latest bombardment may create detrimental repercussions too difficult for children to overcome.

Palestinian children in Gaza are exposed to more violence in their lifetime than any other people, any other children, anywhere in the world. If you look at children right now who are 10 years old, they’ve been through Cast Lead in 2008 and 2009, the invasion in 2012 and now the invasion and destruction in 2014, in addition to the siege. If you look at the statistics, for example, even before Cast Lead, 80 percent of Palestinian children in Gaza have witnessed some sort of violence against them, a friend or a family member. And now you’re getting to the point where probably close to 99 percent of children in Gaza are being exposed to a level of violence where they have seen family members be killed, murdered, burned alive. There’s nothing like the levels of traumatic exposure that any child in the world has ever been exposed to on a chronic and daily basis. – more Al Jazeera

Here is a llnk from the Salon magazine arguing against the coverage in the NYT of the Israel-Palestine conflict. They blame the Times for getting it wrong by leading people to think it is a matter of various factors and social media that lead Palestinian youth to the violence like the recent attacks on Israelis. They take big issue that this be blamed on anything but Israel. Imagine that, even the Times doesn’t satisfy their anti-Israel appetite.

It may be hard for us to consider that the Times falls short in carrying the Leftists’ water, but this illustrates that dynamic I’m talking about where even the Leftists are not far enough Left to satisfy them. Thus, the whole push to mainstream, further, the narrative of the new Leftist thought. And they will have their way, as they usually do, even if incrementally, driving the Times and other Leftist mouthpieces into their narrative. After all, when they get academia and virtually all their other liberal institutions to drive a point it usually has results.

So just for a flavor of that high-brow prodding toward their “mainstream” view, here is a small sampling:

If not placing the blame on social media and Palestinian youth, defenders of Israel’s policies argue that the cause of the violence goes far back in history, to an inbred, and therefore a historical hatred toward Jews. Such an argument also says therefore that the Occupation is not to blame. Maybe not, but how then to ignore the fact that the very worst of the violence we have seen through the years has been in the West Bank and Gaza, and that it is occurring now? – Salon

 

Then you have from a blogger on the topic, what passes now more for liberal mainstream, an overview of the mainstreaming activism of pro-Palestinian thought.

Mondoweiss

The leftwing movement of criticism of Israel is getting more and more mainstream by the second. Everyone is walking the path; they’re just getting there a little later. The Washington Post, a hotbed of neoconservative ideas for the last 15 years, has another article harshly critical of Israel today, written by an Israeli. And guess what: that article along with yesterday’s article by the two prestige Jewish academics calling for boycott of Israel are the two “most-read” articles on the Post list this morning! –

    See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/10/washington-unrepairable-society#sthash.zqkR5pXe.dpuf

This feeds into the next topic, the BDS activist movement. As it says, this is increasingly becoming mainstream opinion/thought, at least from leftists. They get louder to drive the narrative and seem to think the more they promote it as such, the more it becomes a self-fulfilled prophecy. Seeing is believing.

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9 comments on “Israel’s cultural stigmatism

  1. Bullright says:

    Then hints of the same in Israel. The Jerusalem Post reports

      Bill Clinton: Israel must decide how to ‘finish last chapter’ of Rabin’s story

    “Former US president Bill Clinton spoke warmly and passionately Saturday night to tens of thousands of Israelis gathered at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, urging them and the country at large to continue the legacy of slain prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and pursue the goal of peace with the Palestinians.”

    http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Bill-Clinton-Israel-must-decided-how-to-finish-last-chapter-of-Rabins-story-430639

    Even Shimon Peres wasn’t allowed to speak — too divisive. But Bill Clinton and Obama did. (Obama videoed it in)

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  2. Blessed B. says:

    Here’s for all the BDS Bs’ers….. It will probably fall on deaf and dumb ears ears but for those of us who Stand with Israel it will be enlightening….

    Boycotting Israel is Impossible and This is Why

    http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/boycotting-israel-is-impossible-and-this-is-why/?

    Created in Israel – Part of your life

    Anti-Israel BDS is “Bulls***” Says Arab Activist

    Igal Hecht of TheRebel.Media presents part 2 of his interview with Palestinian human rights advocate, Bassem Eid, where the focus is on the anti-semitic BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.

    Eid sets the record straight about the use of the word “apartheid” to describe Israel saying that those who make this claim are essentially anti-semitic. He also explains why BDS actually only hurts the Palestinians they claim to care about.

    Part 1 Is Here: https://youtu.be/da9UkEYlTw0

    Bassem began his career with Israeli organization, B’Tselem, documenting offenses committed by the Israeli army but in 1996, he resigned in order to create a Palestinian organization that would focus on the Palestinian Authority when he saw how little trust the Palestinians had in their own leadership.

    He provides many examples for why that is and says that despite billions in international aid sent to over the past 20 years, the Palestinian people have little to show for it.

    He also offers his unique perspective on what all those involved, including Israel, should do.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    It always amazes me that so many are ignorant on the facts and that even Jewish Americans will show contempt against the land of their forefathers and God.

    To me…..it truly explains why there will only be 144,000 saved during Armageddon…..

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    • Bullright says:

      Thanks BB, great addition. The deft Left won’t ever get it. (but some open-minded might)
      Shalom

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      • Blessed B. says:

        You’re welcome Bullright…glad you liked it. Even if it is only those who are open minded that get it….I figure the information then was well worth posting.

        Shalom

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    • Bullright says:

      Bessed B, The final one made the point that the purist-American Leftists – BDSers are too idealist even for the Palestinians and the ME BDS movement. Still they persist — arrogant hacks that they are.(even when Pals tell them flat out…sort of funny) Though we cannot underestimate these ideologue hucksters of the BDS-left here, who’ve infiltrated even into the pulpits in America. And proud they are, even if they don’t have a clue.

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      • Blessed B. says:

        They are in Canada also…especially now since the turd-boy Trudeau has taken the Prime Ministerial seat! Just have to keep shining the light on the cockroaches and don’t let them multiply too rapidly!

        The BDS’ers are just like the “BlackLivesMatter” idiots….they say they are fighting for equality and blah, blah, blah….but they haven’t even asked what the average Palestinian or black person is wanting. They actually are only trying to push their own leftist-one-world-government agenda.

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        • Bullright says:

          So its there as well. I see it has Europe in the grips too. You sure need a sympathy note for him. This is right up his keister. Indeed shining the light. But B, you’d be surprised how many people, let alone Christians aren’t aware of the shell game. When I see (most) protestant churches lining up on the agenda it sickens me. The hierarchy (not general congregants) driving and pushing it.

          Exactly, it all leads one place to one source. One world view… the global push. Even on that, many people don’t get or pay it much attention. You will have it with Obama’s clone, sad that is.

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  3. Davetherave says:

    Very good and interesting piece Bull. IMO, BDS is nothing more than a Bowel Disorder Syndrome that is packed full of shit.

    Why doesn’t any of the commie left talk about the terror Israeli children (and adults) live with every day? School buses get blown up. Katyusha rockets that fall all over the place, etc. Of course that’s a rhetorical question, because we all know the answer.

    The commie left also doesn’t seem to care that Hamas is part of the Palestinian government. Hamas is a pretty well-known terrorist group. But you don’t hear crap about that from the commie left.

    Keep telling the lie and eventually all kinds of uninformed idiots fall in line. Just like several of the Christian leaders like you mentioned. This huge anti-Semitism push from the commie left is just sickening.

    I’ve made my views on the NOW very clear by now and I certainly believe this atrocity is part of the globalization agenda.

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  4. drrik says:

    Kipling’s monkey tribe, the Bandar-log: ” We all say it so it must be so.”

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