There is so much to dispute and expose in the half-truths and misunderstandings that Siddharth Varadarajan forwards in his “As Modi Dumps Palestine at UN, His Praise for Israeli Army Does Indian Military No Credit.”
If there was any chance such a man would listen to reason, we could spend our time dissecting his mis/under-informed arguments based on biased deceptions … and then steering him toward the way of knowledge on the Israeli-Palestine issue. But there’s no such chance.
The fact is that he — and those like him — are willfully ignorant. And more and more, those like he who propagate such absurdities are being exposed — not only for the obvious ideological & political loyalties that underlie the preposterous cases they forward– but for something much more insidious that lurks within the depths of their hearts and minds. It is easy to call someone a leftist. It is much harder to voice the label that the Left dodges, calling out the knee-jerk “foul.”
A wonderful friend of mine shared with me this recently: The Hindu psyche cannot abide anti-Semitism. And he is exactly right. It is the extension of the Hindu psyche that made India such a safe-haven for Jews for so many centuries. But this does not mean that this psyche is exclusive to Hindus in India, nor that all who bear Hindu names possess it. And we Jews know a strikingly similar dynamic among our own people and friends.
Regardless of name, we all need to start calling a spade a spade. We will be the cowards at last if we allow the pernicious to be conveniently mistaken for the political. And history and evidence is our side in the end.
A brilliant piece of research by Professor Eugene Kontorovich, providing comprehensive analysis of how Art. 49(6) of the Geneva Convention regarding movement of population into Occupied Territories has its precedent set in a vacuum, with its sole application and context considered only in light of one example — the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — and none of the many other contexts to which it would apply.
This historically myopic focus, Dr. Kontorovich concludes, calls for a reexamination of the Art. to include much broader investigation of circumstances outside of that one anomalous example — if the Art. itself is to hold any scholastic merit.
Global Study of Settlements in Occupied Territories, Eugene Kontorovich, Northwestern University School of Law:
//that recent anti-Israeli tropes demonizing the Jewish state are actually work-arounds of old anti-Semitic sentiments that have been with us for two millennia.//