Friday, February 18, 2005

Column One: The Incitement of Ideas

Caroline Glick's latest article in the Jerusalem Post talks about how any dissent towards the Gaza pullout is being crushed in all areas -- and is being labeled as incitement. The government seems to feel that people against Sharon's disengagement plan are inciting a civil war and should be kept in administrative detention. Glick is understandably unhappy to find that Sharon has "relegated all of his political opponents to criminal status." The media appears to join him, attacking anyone who takes issue with disengagement. It is creating a scary atmosphere for democracy if opposing ideas aren't allowed to be voiced. The big loser is the Israeli public, being denied any debate or discussion of the plan -- things like, how will this make Israel safer?

Another interesting element of the article has Glick pointing out something Gindy discussed on his site -- an article proclaiming, "The Fear: A Jewish Suicide Attacker" by Alex Fishman in Yediot Aharonot. She marvels at how they're treating Sharon's assassination as a foregone conclusion, wondering how rather than if or when it will be done. "The entire article was devoid of sourcing, facts or even grounded suspicions." Never mind it's offensive to even bring up a Jewish suicide bomber when there isn't any evidence of one -- and it goes against everything one is taught about Judaism.

On a side note, she clears up some of the erroneous coverage of Netanyahu's scuffle last week. His tires weren't slashed -- he had a flat. And no group had surrounded him; rather one teenager yelled at him -- and that was done because a journalist told him to do it. He was even sent a "thank you for a job well done" text message on his cell from the journalist. Well, I guess I should be grateful it wasn't a blogger!


At 9:15 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

"any dissent towards the Gaza pullout is being crushed in all areas -- and is being labeled as incitement. "

It has been very noticable when they use that trick. Frankly, I don't get how they get away with it. Another word that has been in use is "Extremist". Anyone who disagrees is an extremist as well.

At 9:47 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Yep! It's actually quite scary.

At 1:29 PM, Blogger American On Line said...

The passion of the dissenters there is no different than the passion of some of the dissenters to the Iraq war here.

The passion of both groups is easy to understand, and as you all know, easy to reject by others.

At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Noble Savage said...

Why would Ariel Sharon, the architect of the settlement movement, propose the Gaza disengagement plan? One theory can be found here:

At 4:28 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Marty, no one is arguing the passion of the dissenters (and yes, I noticed you slipped in Iraq yet again, you sly dog, you) but rather how Israel seems to be dangerously close to squashing out the voice of any dissenters. Rather than compare it to citzens here who are against the war, compare it to Bush getting all the congressmen/women and senators to quit (or fires them) who are against him; or how news shows only have people who are pro-Iraq speak or if they actually let someone who is against it, is immediately attacked and barely allowed to speak. That's what it seems like is going on and that's scary.

Savage, checked out the link! Thanks for giving that. Your site is very cool. I suggest people check it out if they haven't. I guess one of my problems with the whole disengagement plan (and believe it or not, this is something I've yet to voice in our tete-a-tete over at Marty's under Condi's Solution for anyone who wants to check it out) is that it assumes that Settlements are the reason we have the problems; that if they were gone, then we'd be at peace and we all know that's not true. Just read the following:


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