As the annual hate-circus known as "
Any open-minded person who has either visited
Watch the YouTube video of Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren addressing a group of students at UC Irvine for real-world confirmation.
A triple alliance comprising leftist ideology, Islamic anti-Semitism, and vast commercial interests has coalesced into an aggressive bloc of anti-Zionist calumniators and malevolent defamers of the one genuine democracy in the
The favored strategy to reduce Israel to a pariah state and thrust it beyond the international pale operates via what Hitler and Goebbels called "the big lie," manifest fictions and canards reiterated often enough to lodge in the public mind as indisputable verities. In Goebbels' words, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." The promulgation of sophistries is quite extraordinary. As in the 1930s, the "big lie" has become a palpable and ubiquitous public institution. "Latter-day anti-Semitism," as Shepherd puts it, is "a new organizing force in world politics."
The situation for Jews and
One detects similar worrying signs in the behavior of the current American administration which came down hard on Israel, forcing a building freeze in long-standing Israeli communities and demanding Israeli concessions to a Palestinian negotiating team that was (and is) not prepared to reciprocate. And probably a healthy, or rather, unhealthy, majority of many Western populations — certainly the case in Europe — would have little objection to the disappearance of the Jewish state, oblivious of the extent to which they are
This last statement might appear counter-intuitive but a closer look at this small, beleaguered, and heroic nation will provide ample justification for it. Readers who are familiar with either my Hear, O Israel!, George Gilder's The Israel Test, or Dan Senor and Saul Singer's Start-Up Nation (with its cheeky, implicit, and very-Jewish pun on "upstart nation") are no doubt already in the know. Otherwise, what follows are a few facts they should be aware of.
The Israeli contribution to the modern, high-tech world is second only to that of the
Windows XP and Microsoft Office were developed in
It doesn't stop there. Whether it is the Israeli pharmaceutical company, Teva, the world's foremost supplier of antibiotic medicines, including its "flagship drug" Copaxone treating multiple Sclerosis; or the Weizmann Institute's bioinformatics computer project that will enable Eastern Europe and Asia to access the online molecular biology resource network, which even UNESCO has singled out for praise; or Tel Aviv University's research into microRNA molecules that regulate gene expression and protein production, promising a cure for deafness, whether age-related or genetic; or the recently developed biomarker, called placental protein 13 (PP13), a pre-diagnostic for various severe fetal diseases; or the world's tiniest medical video camera developed by two Israeli companies, Medigus and Tower Semiconductor, to be used for disposable endoscopes; or the Arava Power Company, one of the most advanced solar enterprises in the world, working towards the preparation of large-scale megawatt fields, an exportable technology; or Israel's Epcon, a world pioneer in wind-turbine technology; or Ormat Technologies opening up the field of geothermal energy, operating eleven plants in five countries, and presently constructing a 340-megawatt geothermal power project in Indonesia; or the world's first hybrid solarized gas turbine power station which runs on solar energy by day and biofuel by night, in process of assembly by the AORA company; or the fact that Israel is now working toward the development of an environment-friendly electric car network for which Israel Corp, a pace-setter in "green electricity," will supply the power, a venture called Project Better Place; or Israel's state-of-the-art desalination, drip-irrigation and water technology programs that benefit much of the world, including its Arab neighbor, Jordan — considering all these and more, a boycott against Israel would be something of a catastrophe for many countries. And I am only skimming the surface.
Meanwhile, the abominations proliferate: Israel Apartheid Weeks, boycott movements, lopsided UN resolutions, Walts and Mearsheimers galore, public anti-Israel demonstrations, the machinations of the Human Rights industry, Middle East departments manured with Arab money, current American diplomacy, mini-pogroms throughout western Europe, Holocaust memorial and cemetery desecrations, synagogue arsons, blood libels, and shrill denunciations of Israeli efforts at self-defense. Those who denigrate
David Solway is a Canadian poet and essayist. He is the author of The Big Lie: On Terror, Antisemitism, and Identity, and is currently working on a sequel, Living in the
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