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"The Jewish establishment in Britain and Israeli propaganda have taken out a contract on him (Corbyn), to foil his election..." Levy wrote in an opinion piece last week.  This remarkable piece by Israel's finest journalist Gideon Levy, published in Israel's finest newspaper Ha'aretz, is remarkable not just in that it is a fine piece of writing on a par with what he writes every other day.

But it reminds those whose rushes of blood to the head too often lead them to erroneously believe that Israel is (not yet, at any rate) a "fascist" country. If it were, Levy would be dead, Ha'aretz long closed down and the strategic damage done internationally to Netanyahu by the steady stream of free journalism staunched in the interests of the state.

It is a commonplace that there is NO Arab country where such journalism is permitted. Even cartoonists enigmatically lampooning the Arab system are taken out, never mind trenchant existential attacks upon the character of the system and the leader, like this one.

Less palatable is the fact that NO British journalist would write this piece, quite the contrary. Virtually every British journalist is either writing the opposite or is engaged in a frantic search for the slightest morsel of historic Facebook scribblings to launch yet another assassination piece on the Labour leader.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 01:41:06 PM EST
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Has it, the imagination of a fascist state, come to the absence of useful idiots?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 01:56:55 PM EST
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It's worth noting that lebelling Israel a "fascist" state is so loaded with overtones and whatabouterry that the effort to do so distracts from the writer's ability to accuratly describe what Israel is.

However, it is undeniably an apartheid state, with all the attendant nastiness and aggressions involved. This a label that cannot be contested, especially in the light of recent laws passed by the Knesset.

And it allows us to make it a pariah state on that basis without any need for recourse to problematic descriptions or definitions

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 07:00:07 PM EST
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Nice.

As it happens I took Arendt off the shelf this morning. She made a great show of differentiating the political effects and intellectual history associated with dictatorship, fascism, and totalitarianism in Responsibility and Judgment. Of particular interest to me is the relation of such philosophies to individual ideation of moral conduct and banal --or customary-- expressions of civil liberty.

So I re-read "Personal Responsibility Under Dictatorship" rather more closely, as I'd forgotten how deeply this thinking has influenced my apprehension of contemporary faction.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 07:43:30 PM EST
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