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Israel and “White Privilege”

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An Israeli soldier splashes water on his face as he stands atop  a tank outside the northern Gaza Strip
An Israeli soldier splashes water on his face as he stands atop a tank outside the northern Gaza Strip July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

In college campuses across the country, student activists for the “BDS” campaign demand that universities “boycott, divest, and sanction” to punish Israel. When defenders of the Jewish state resist this pressure, leftists often respond with the slogan “Check Your Privilege!”—insisting that Israel’s existence relies on discrimination by wealthy white people against the downtrodden with darker skin.

In fact, when the UN finally recognized Israel in 1948, the Jewish people had just experienced the “privilege” of seeing a third of their world population murdered, and another third displaced and homeless. Even in the United States, Jews were disproportionately impoverished and subject to intense discrimination. Moreover, before the Russian influx of the 1990’s, the majority of Israel’s Jewish population wasn’t “white”—consisting largely of darker-skinned, destitute Jewish refugees from Islamic and African countries.

Most recently, Israel alone enjoyed the “privilege” of being targeted by 10,000 Palestinian rockets, with the world expecting the nation would never respond.

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  1. Larinthian  •  May 18, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    The venom that is directed at Israel is both disgraceful and angering. A tiny country, with a population of just eight million people is the target for all of the worlds ills. What is completely forgotten by those who are consumed with hate is the remarkable achievements that Israel has accomplished in less than seventy years. No country in the world has done so much with so little, in such a short amount of time. The main stream media failed to report that Israel provided immediate relief to those in Nepal. In Haiti, Israel dispatched ships, medical equipment, food, water, and even set up a state of the art surgical center. Israel has provided medical attention to those who were injured in the ongoing war in Syria. During last years protective edge campaign, Israel treated the Palestinians better than the Palestinians, rendering medical aid to treat the population of the opposing country. The list goes on and yet you would never know any of this if you were to get your news from a left wing media outlet. Israel is also a leader in using technology for the betterment of people around the world by making unprecedented advancements in treating diseases and assisting the disabled to lead normal and productive lives. Instead of being treated with the respect and honor they deserve, Israel is treated like a pariah and Israel’s Arab neighbors who contribute nothing except death and destruction are revered. Just think about how much we could accomplish for the good if we exerted as much effort in turning away from anti Semitism as we do in perpetrating it. Israel is ready and willing to work with anyone who wants to make the world a better place, it’s all out there for the taking, we just need to grab it.

    • Keith  •  May 22, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      People have other priorities bro, like wiping out the Judeo-Christian world view and setting up a god-state utopia (dystopia) because man is God. Their perception of what is wrong in the world and what causes problems in the world is horribly off.

    • Shirley Vines  •  May 24, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Larinthian, you have made one of the best arguments for supporting Israel that I have read. Would you allow me to post your remarks on FaceBook?

  2. Rob Welch  •  May 22, 2015 at 11:30 am

    WITH THE MEDIA CONTROLLED BY THE LEFT HOW DO WE GET THE TRUTH OUT TO THE WORLD THAT ISRAEL IS NOT THE BAD GUYS? HOW CAN WE AS CHRISTIANS THAT UNDERSTAND THE RIGHTS OF ALL PEOPLE TO PURSUE PEACE AND NOT VIOLENCE, EXPOSE THIS POLITICAL AND MEDIA DRIVEN ATROSITY? FOX NEWS ATTEMPTS THIS BUT THAT IS NOT ENOUGH.

  3. Charles Dsy  •  May 22, 2015 at 11:47 am

    The progressive left who have completely captured the media and academia are a deeply morally flawed, evil influence in the world today. Under the cover of a pseudo concern for mankind they attack and undermine nearly every true benefit for the people of the world. From the world’s economy which they wish to demolish in the name of global warming to the destruction of the judeo-christian moral foundation of the Western world leftists are the personification of the destruction of the historical progress the world has been blessed to realize. They are classically evil clothed in the proverbial sheep’s clothing.

    • Keith  •  May 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      The Left represents this evil because they base their world view on materialism. Money/resources are the basis of everything. That is the root of all evil or all good. Not enough? You have an understandable right to burn soldiers alive or loot CVSs. Not having enough, having income ‘distributed’ so unfairly (as if this was mandated from somewhere or someone grossly unfair) results in what us neanderthals call ‘evil’, according to the progressive. People don’t have free will and therefore have the right to destroy other peoples’ lives because of income and resource inequality.

  4. Keith  •  May 22, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    As a Christian, I see this irrational hatred towards Israel as demon-inspired. The ancient Catholic Church, Hitler, Hamas, Iran… the brutality directed at this people seems highly unjustified and exaggerated. This, for me, is not a coincidence.

    • Sean Flynn  •  Jun 4, 2015 at 8:13 am

      So all criticism of Israeli policies are, in fact, “demon-inspired”?

      I really don’t know how to respond to that.

  5. ruthann  •  Jun 1, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Love your show

  6. Sean Flynn  •  Jun 4, 2015 at 8:11 am

    If Israel were a European nation, it would deserve to be criticized even more than it is today.

    If Israel were a Middle Eastern nation (as it is), it would deserve high praise for the quality of its liberalism and tolerant society, compare to it’s much older and more established neighbors in the region.

    Israel is certainly not undeserving of criticism, i.e. has it’s settlement policy in the West Bank really made it more secure? But that criticism should be tempered when considering the region in which it exists.

    Frankly, given the high birth rate of the Palestinians, Jews will be a minority in the lands controlled by Israel in as little as 20 years.

    Grant the Palestinians independence unilaterally, pull back the most isolated settlements and continue building a nice, high Security Wall and there you will have the peace.

    Or relative peace.

    Better than today, anyway.

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