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Re: Anti-Semitism And Ufology

From: Michael Hughes <michaelmhughes.nul>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:34:41 -0400
Archived: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:39:14 -0400
Subject: Re: Anti-Semitism And Ufology

>From: Cathy Reason <Cathym.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
>Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 18:00:43 +0100
>Subject: Re: Anti-Semitism And Ufology

>>From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 21:33:03 +0200 (CEST)
>>Subject: Anti-Semitism And Ufology [was: Nick Pope's Credibility



>>It's not clear whether this sort of thing is thinly-veiled anti-
>>Semitism, or just an incredibly na=EFve over-simplification of a
>>desperately sad political situation where there s fault on all
>>sides. But when a blog begins with the phrase Not all Israelis
>>are bad , I m reminded of the racist who begins his rant with
>>phrases like don t get me wrong, I ve got black friends, but ...

>What a load of ghastly, patronizing, liberal-minded mush.

>I wonder when Nick Pope is going to hop over to the Middle East
>and offer up a few more helpful liberal catchphrases, such as
>"Let's all come to a consensus" or "Now then, you kids just stop

>This sort of paternalistic rubbish may not technically count as
>anti-semitism, but it comes pretty darn close.

As the person who has probably talked about this topic the most
on this list in recent history (in my comments about Jeff
Rense), I, too, find McGonagle's statements unsettling. And
images like these go way over the top:


As others have noted, saying, "Not all Israelis are bad", is a
very bad way to start a discussion.

But I'd wager a large sum of money that Joe isn't an anti-
Semite. He's justifiably outraged at the most egregious
activities of the Israeli government. Notice I said "Israeli
government". The second word is important.

Language is crucial when discussing contentious issues.
"Israelis" are a diverse population, a large portion of whom do
not approve of their government's activities. And, as we've all
seen with people like Rense, real anti-Semites use such blanket
generalizations, and soon "Israelis" is changed to "Zionists"
and then "Zionists" becomes "all Jews" .

Language - it makes all the difference.


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