Enough already


By Jenni Frazer
September 6, 2010
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There are people, some in the public eye, some not, who can't do right for doing wrong.
I'm thinking of former Prime Minister Tony Blair. He was attacked and vilified when he announced that both the advance and proceeds from his memoir, "A Journey", would go towards the Royal British Legion, an extraordinarily generous gift which was — inevitably — denounced as blood money.
Today, he was obliged to cancel his book-signing event in London because of the level of verbal and physical protests against him in Dublin when he held a similar event. Weighing up the level of policing and security involved, Blair decided — probably correctly, but with some regret — that the event should not go ahead.
In my view, this is a shame, but a necessary precaution.
Sometimes the game is not worth the candle, because speaking one's mind too often brings out the creatures from under the rocks. Sadly, the high level of vitriol extended to people with whom one disagrees is now a major consideration when voicing an opinion. Personal, disgusting, vicious abuse has become the norm, frequently directed at those who cannot respond, with no thoughts of the consequences.
It has become the custom before Yom Kippur to apologise to individuals whom one has wronged. I'm ready to do that, but not to apologise for holding beliefs with which others disagree. And those people who have, behind the comfort of pseudonyms, lashed out with personal abuse this year, should, perhaps, consider their position.
If, however, this posting brings out the usual dreary invective, then there is no hope.
Shana tova.

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Joshua18

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 17:48

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Judge for yourselves. Ms. Frazer on the Jewish people's greatest hero:

"The row that has erupted between 100 Jewish Jerusalemites and the Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel has a whiff of an accident waiting to happen. Sooner or later someone was going to challenge Wiesel's sentimental fantasy version of life in the Israeli capital, seen from the dreaming towers of his academic life in America. Nobody would care, I don't suppose, if Wiesel clung on to his teeth-gratingly mawkish vision of Jerusalem, except that he has decided to air it to President Obama as though, as my grandmother was wont to say, it was teires lokshen - in other words, the only valid version, the genuine article.

Now, however, the worms have turned. Once upon a time Wiesel was near sacrosanct, the keeper of the Holocaust survivors' flame, the holder of innumerable medals and awards, and well-nigh impervious to criticism. But look at this:

“Your letter [to Obama, and published in American newspapers]troubles us, not simply because it is replete with factual errors and false representations, but because it upholds an attachment to some other-worldly city which purports to supersede the interests of those who live in the this-worldly one.
“We cannot recognise our city in the sentimental abstraction you call by its name. Your Jerusalem is an ideal, an object of prayers and a bearer of the collective memory of a people whose members actually bear many individual memories.

"Your claim that Jerusalem is above politics is doubly outrageous. First, because contemporary Jerusalem was created by a political decision and politics alone keeps it formally unified. The tortuous municipal boundaries of today's Jerusalem were drawn by Israeli generals and politicians shortly after the 1967 war.”
Anyone who has ever lived in the city may be compelled to utter a heartfelt "Hear, hear." Jerusalem is a real, not virtual, city, replete with problems and stroppy citizens, and populations who do not love each other as they might. Haredim loathe the secular, the secular, those who remain, dislike the strictly Orthodox, and east Jerusalem is effectively another country, only entered by those Israelis who are intent on making trouble, almost never those who would like to improve the lives of its residents.

Just for once I hope that Wiesel reads this outraged response from people who actually live in Jerusalem and deal with its difficulties on a day to day basis, and does not dismiss it out of hand. But I recognise that this is a fairly forlorn hope."

http://www.thejc.com/blogpost/about-time


Joshua18

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 17:53

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Frazer writes above:

"if Wiesel clung on to his teeth-gratingly mawkish vision of Jerusalem"

For a real slice of a "teeth-gratingly mawkish vision" I suggest you try Ms. Frazer's piece on Leonard Cohen:

"When Leonard Cohen drew back from the stage slightly at the end of his marathon three-and-a-half-hour set in Ramat Gan, and recited the Birkat Cohanim — the blessing of the priests — complete with outstretched arms of benediction, there was a collective sigh from the enraptured crowd.

It was a sign that Israel’s often battered sense of itself still had a moral basis. Here, after all, was one of our own, come back in triumph."

http://www.thejc.com/arts/music-reviews/20591/hallelujah-leonard-cohen%E...


Joshua18

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 17:58

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"Sometimes the game is not worth the candle, because speaking one's mind too often brings out the creatures from under the rocks."

By the way, it seems a very odd way of asking for forgiveness by referring to your opponents as "creatures from under rocks". Then again, projection can often be a very nasty business.


happygoldfish

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 18:33

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joshua18, i don't think jennie is including you as a "creature from under rocks" … i think she means people who lie half-asleep for months and then pop out and attack you when you're trying to relax

shana tova


Joshua18

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 19:15

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'joshua18, i don't think jennie is including you as a "creature from under rocks" '

This I know. I don't much care for JCWatch either. However, Frazer does herself no favours here. At least she didn't compare herself with Joan of Arc or Hannah Szenes.

Pollard would have just sniffed, laughed and moved on. Next time she should take a leaf out of her boss's book.


telegramsam

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 20:20

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J18, Jenni probably does mean you and all the other pathetic supporters of jcwatch (just seen it for the first time today, it's the home of the seriously undermedicated). Kol hakavod Jenni and Shana tova, vegemar tov.


Jenni Frazer

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 21:10

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Thank you to Sam and the goldfish. As for Joshua 18...Hanna Szenes? Joan of Arc? good grief, get a grip.
Let us try for civilised discourse. Please?


Advis3r

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 21:55

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"it's the home of the seriously undermedicated" - and you would know this because?


DLeigh-Ellis

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 16:58

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I can vouch for that statement, JCwatch is a platform for bitter individuals who cannot bring themselves to debate seriously. It is filled with crude abuse and offers nothing of any merit to any debate.

(I might get a mention on it for that statement)


telegramsam

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 20:52

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You're right, DLE. The third reiss's home for the criminally undermedicated did give you a mention. Shana tova.


Joshua18

Wed, 09/08/2010 - 08:58

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"JCwatch is a platform for bitter individuals who cannot bring themselves to debate seriously"

A serious debate is not possible with people like yourself who are so filled with hate for the Jewish state any more than it was possible to debate with Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s.


Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 09/08/2010 - 12:04

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Weighing up the level of policing and security involved, Blair decided — probably correctly, but with some regret — that the event should not go ahead. In my view, this is a shame, but a necessary precaution.

No it was not correct. Tony Blair gave in to Mob Rule. It is no more correct than not holding an Israeli flag in the streets, for fear of how the Israel haters might react.

If Mob Rule has replaced the Rule of Law then we are heading back to the Stone Age


Anonymous

Wed, 09/08/2010 - 12:13

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