Palestinians and the Israeli Leftist: Poetic Justice

Jerusalem, April 1, 2013 - Several incidents over the last few months show that ill will and stupidity are not mutually exclusive. Indeed, Israeli radicals are foolish for assuming that their ideology makes them any less Jewish in the eyes of the enemy.

The blanket boycotters are equally idiotic.

Two home-grown documentaries, “5 Broken Cameras” and “The Gatekeepers,” depicting Israel in a negative light failed to win Oscars at the February Academy awards, dissapointing members of the Israeli Left and Palestinian activists.

Other Israeli’s were also disappointed. Not that the films lost, but that even a fraction of tax shekels contributed to such slimy endeavors. Freedom of expression is one thing; public funding for projects geared at biting the hand that feeds them is quite another.

Unfortunately, a different Israeli work of “art” providing a pro-Palestinian perspective did win an international award this week. The movie, “Rock the Casbah,” won the Special Prize of the Jury for Best Picture at a film festival in Aubagne, France as well as an award for the musical score.

Immediately following the screening of the film, director Yariv Horowitz was physically assaulted by a gang of Arab youths.

This was not due to the content of the film, which was sympathetic to the plight of “poor Palestinians” at the hands of their “corrupt occupiers.” Nor was it the result of Horowitz’s behavior or beliefs.

Indeed, had the angry bullies cared about such things, they would have hailed Horowitz as a kindred spirit. Horowitz as an ally was of no interest to the anti-Semitic thugs. What they knew was that he was a Jew and an Israeli. This was sufficient cause to knock him unconscious.

After being treated at the scene, Horowitz was well enough to return to the festival, just in time to win his award.

This is not the only example of Israelis with impeccable left-wing credentials being shunned by their like-minded counterparts abroad. Academic boycotts of Israeli professors also point to this pathetic phenomenon. Like the art world, academia is a sector that can be relied upon to side with its country’s detractors. Yet, this does not guarantee immunity for even the most pro-Palestinian Israeli lecturers.  

Another Israeli group that has experienced similar “injustice” is the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender community.  Though its affiliates tend to lean far to the left – and rally around Palestinian society, in spite of its blatant abuse of LGBTs – it was banned from participating in the 2010 Gay Pride parade in Madrid. Some participants in an LGBT gathering in the United States exited the premises in protest, when they discovered that the Israeli contingent had received some of its funding for the trip from the Foreign Ministry. Gasp!  The “occupation” paid for fellow gays to come to our conference?

Nothing doing, Nelly.

The clever anti-Zionists are those who grasp the great benefits of having Israeli leftists leading the campaign to delegitimize the Jewish state.  Hostile elements with any brains know that putting the likes of Horowitz in the spotlight is much more useful than punching his lights out

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 Ruthie Blum is a pull-no-punches, conservative, Israeli-American columnist for Israel Hayom,  and the author of “To Hell in a Handbasket: Carter, Obama, and the ‘Arab Spring.’”

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