SUMMERTIME, and the Fiskin' is easy … Crazy Bob Fisk is frightened by the mighty Jews and the devious Christians. His latest piece for The Independent identifies the various ways these secretive, malevolent groups manipulate society:
A combination of Israeli lobbyists and conservative Christian fundamentalists have in effect censored all free discussion of Israel and the Middle East out of the public domain in the US.
They've also got D.B. Cooper's money, which they keep in a vault at Roswell along with the plans for the 100 mile-per-gallon carburetor. Guarding the hoard is Jesse Presley.
A right-wing Christian "Free Republic" outfit posted my name on its website, and described me as a "PLO butt-kisser" and asked its supporters to "freep" my lecture. A few demonstrators turned up outside the First United Methodist Church in Sacramento where I was to speak, waving American and Israeli flags. "Jew haters!" they screamed at the organisers, a dark irony since these were non-Jews shrieking their abuse at Jews.
How could Bob tell they weren't Jews? Unless he's some sort of racist, and made his judgment based on stereotypes. "Hmmmm … the noses appear to be in proportion, none of them are complaining about their children not being married to doctors, and nobody is kvetching about bagels. Nope, no Jews here."
Pro-Israeli groups initiated an extraordinary campaign against some of the most pro-Israeli newspapers in America, all claiming that The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle were biased in their coverage of the Middle-East conflict. Just how The New York Times – which boasts William Safire and Charles Krauthammer, those giants of pro-Israeli bias, among its writers – could be anti-Israeli is difficult to see.
In Fisk's eyes, two columnists are all it takes for a paper to be condemned for pro-Israel bias. Make that one columnist; Krauthammer doesn't write for the New York Times. He writes for the Washington Post.
There is, of course, a fine and dangerous line between justified investigation – and condemnation – of the lobby's power, and the racist Arab claim that a small cabal of Zionists run the world.
Bob doesn't want to cross that fine and dangerous line, so he claims that a small cabal of Zionists merely runs the US. He supportively quotes pro-Palestine Israeli Uri Avnery, leader of "peace group" Gush Shalom (or so Bob tells us; for all we know, Uri is a columnist for The Milton Ulludulla Times):
"Its electoral and financial power casts a long shadow over both houses of the Congress," Avnery writes. "Hundreds of Senators and Congressmen were elected with the help of Jewish contributions. Resistance to the directives of the Jewish lobby is political suicide. If the AIPAC were to table a resolution abolishing the Ten Commandments, 80 Senators and 300 Congressmen would sign it at once. This lobby frightens the media, too, and assures their adherence to Israel."
Sure does! That's why you never, ever read in any American newspaper any criticism of Israel. Ever. The bodies of those who tried are suspended from poles at the edge of town as a warning to others. Heed the warning, Fisk!
UPDATE. Damian Penny has yet more Fiskal errors.