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The Ten Worst U.S. Purveyors of Antisemitism, #3: Thomas Friedman

The liberal columnist with “Jewish money” on the brain.

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P. David Hornik

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January 26, 2014 - 9:00 am
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New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman was for a long time a particularly harsh critic of Israel. The criticism had a special edge, a sneer, to it. The Israelis were such idiots he almost couldn’t believe it.

As in a November 2009 column where Friedman asserted:

Right now [America] want[s] [peace] more than the parties…. Today, the Arabs, Israel and the Palestinians are clearly not feeling enough pain to do anything hard for peace with each other…. [T]hen I say, let them enjoy it. I just don’t want to subsidize it or anesthetize it anymore. We need to fix America. If and when they get serious, they’ll find us. And when they do, we should put a detailed U.S. plan for a two-state solution, with borders, on the table….

Full disclosure: Israelis don’t like this sort of thing. We don’t like being derided by a comfortable American Jew like Thomas Friedman for “not feeling enough pain,” not wanting peace. We don’t like being told that we and our rather peace- and democracy-challenged neighbors are on the same peace-refusing page, and a “detailed U.S. plan” is all it would take for flowers of harmony to sprout.

Then there was the March 2010 dust-up when Vice President Biden was here, and the Israeli Interior Ministry committed the terrific faux pas of announcing plans for apartments—for Jews, no less—in a Jerusalem neighborhood. Biden, Friedman wrote,

should have… flown home and left the following scribbled note behind: “Message from America to the Israeli government: Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. And right now, you’re driving drunk. You think you can embarrass your only true ally in the world, to satisfy some domestic political need, with no consequences? You have lost total contact with reality. Call us when you’re serious….”

Again, those damn idiot Israelis. If one were to veer into the psychological, one would note that in these outbursts Friedman himself is suffering embarrassment over what he sees as his boorish country cousins, and contrasting this rather emphatically with his American allegiance.

And there were other instances, as when, writing from Tahrir Square, Cairo, in February 2011, Friedman celebrated what he called a “Facebook-driven, youth-led democracy uprising” and jeered at Israel’s leadership—after all, what did these country rubes know about the region they lived in?—for being so “out-of-touch, in-bred, unimaginative and cliché-driven” as to think that the fall of Hosni Mubarak would usher in the Muslim Brotherhood.

All this, again, was especially nasty criticism, but not antisemitism. But if there’s one thing you learn from looking into antisemitism in today’s world, it’s that the severe and persistent Israel-critics have a larger Jewish problem.

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I can only surmise what would be written about a columnist who wrote that the Black Caucus bought and paid for the ovations for Obama. Heavens to Betsy, the backlash would be fierce and unstoppable.

Friedman is Jewish in the manner that a unicorn is a horse. That is, if we define an imaginary figure with a real one, we might describe the similarities rather than the obvious differences. Or, we can simply say that pretending to exist as a Jew and a Jew hater at once, is simply trying to saddle the unicorn.

Chomsky, Zinn, Soros, Friedman...may have Jewish names, just as a unicorn has the genetic structure of a horse.

They are Americans who hate America and they are Jews who hate the Jewish homeland. (Soros living here now). They are American Jews who hate America and Israel.

That is the radical leftist default position. They all like totalitarianism. They worship the statist, collectivist, iron-fisted rule of Sino-Soviet dominance.

As with most Pampered Prototalitarians...they do all their treason from the safety of constitutional democracies. You never see these Georgie Porgies kiss the dictators rings and back pockets...from the motherland. And you NEVER see them outline atrocities of those dictators from there...or here.

The thin red line between courage and cowardice appears to be the trembling silence at criticizing 100 million deaths at the hands of tyranny. These Pocket Propagandists can only muster enough courage to offer sedition against open societies, never a word of truth about the closed ones they advance.

And garnering a Pulitzer, a Nobel, an Oscar...comes with the same groundrules. You don't earn one telling the truth against tyrants, only advancing the slanders against open societies.

America and Israel have two main enemies. The bedfellows of radical Islam and radical leftism. If you can't find one to illustrate...simply wait for the next awards show. They will be the one given the trophy for the best slander.
25 weeks ago
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kudos for naming Herr Friedmann, who suffers an acute case of Aryan envy. If I were a university administrator, I would investigate Friedmann for plagiarism on his comments on Netanyahu's speech in Congress, but it appears lifted from neo-Nazi websites like Stormfront
25 weeks ago
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I love how he gets all hysterical over an apartment building being built in the "wrong" area. As if that's the problem...Normal people don't encourage their kids to become suicide bombers because they don't like the condo complex going up down the street.

And as difficult as it may be for Tom Friedman to believe, I support Israel and I arrived at that position completely on my own- no "Israel lobby" had anything to do with it. You read stuff like- a terrorist stabs a Jewish family to death and the Palestinians pass out candies to celebrate, and it kinda makes it easy to pick a side.
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Food for thought.

Justice Matthew Cooper who is Jewish, is convinced I am anti-Semitic. But, why would he conduct himself from the bench in such a way that would fuel anti-Semitism? Unless his outburst is an inspection of his own brain for his hatred of Gentile fathers of European decent.

Maybe he knows Jay Lefkowitz who said to The New York Times:

“Deep down, I believe that a little anti-Semitism is a good thing for the Jews – reminds them who they are" (New York Times Magazine, February 12, 1995 p. 65). These comments were made by Jay Lefkowitz, a lawyer, who served as President Bush’s Special Envoy for Human Rights. The fact that the comments originated with a lawyer is uncanny, but even more so because of his background and his status as a Special Envoy for Human Rights in North Korea. What the comments really demonstrate is that a desirable amount of anti-Semitism – Mr. Lefkowitz needs “a little anti-Semitism", not a lot – whenever absent, can and must be induced by provocation to perpetuate the cause for Jewish group stratagem.

Just thinking out loud.


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Fanaticism is now mainstream in the legal community, that it is affecting my divorce case:
When a Judge (or the lawyers) loses his or her objectivity, then the truism applies:
Everything is religious, everything is political.


Justice Matthew F. Cooper: Sending me this about "The F--king Jews"
Mr. Santomauro: No, actually, it was the opposite of that. It was "F--k the Arabs" in the essay.
Sandra Schpoont (Attorney for my 11 year old son): Oh, that's better.
Steven Mandel (Attorney for my ex-wife): Oh, that's better.
Justice Matthew F. Cooper: Oh, that's better.


Letter from The Mandel Law Firm (Steven J. Mandel) 12-9-13
http://tinyurl.com/ozkcek8


Justice Matthew F. Cooper: "Is that [Jewish] agenda to dilute the Aryan race?" On page 20:


http://www.adelaideinstitute.org/newsletters/Newsletter%20727.pdf

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The essay in question:
+The Myth of the Innocent Civilian

http://www.nolanchart.com/article674-the-myth-of-the-innocent-civilian.html

"Justice Matthew F. Cooper has distorted, invented or misremembered almost every significant claim and phrase. In particular, 'Jewish conspiracy' is completely false, in spirit and in word.

"It is serious and upsetting. Rather than correct a smear, Justice Cooper has attempted, perhaps not surprisingly, to justify one smear with another in the same direction.

"Michael Santomauro promotes the ideal of "scientific journalism" – where the underlaying evidence of all articles is available to the reader precisely in order to avoid these type of distortions. Michael Santomauro treasurse his strong Jewish support just as he treasures the support from pan-Arab democracy activists and others who share the hope for a just world." --I.S.


Peace.
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"An anti-Semite condemns people for being Jews, I am not an anti-Semite."--Michael Santomauro.
20 weeks ago
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Tom Friedman is a man who loves the sound of his own voice. It all starts and stops right there.
24 weeks ago
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To be fair to Mr. Hornik, he is explicitly writing about **purveyors** of Antisemitism.

That the Jews would control a government having bought its players, is one of the oldest of modern Antisemitic canards. Friedman seems to have no problem throwing it around, and that certainly makes him a "U.S. Purveyor of Antisemitism."
Whether he personally hates Jews or not is immaterial to this charge.

That said, Mr. Hornik is down to his final two contestants. How he is planning to fit CAIR, some other American Islamic groups, Farrakhan and his circus, and the rest of the rather sizable Antisemitic portion of the American Left into those two spots, is going to be fascinating to see.
25 weeks ago
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Hornick, you don't have enough to support your contention that Friedman is antisemitic. That he's wrong is clear. The alleged animosity towards Jews just hasn't been demonstrated. Yes, many no hide it in their Israel-critical posture but to overcharge him undermines your overall effort.
25 weeks ago
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I quit paying attention to Tom F. even before he came out with his the World is Flat manifesto. I read about 27 pages into the book and had to stop. I quit reading at a Dick and Jane reading level early in grade school. Friedman's writing is similarly conceived and written. Despite any awards he garnered from from an incestuous press corp, Tom F. has been irrelevant for quite a long time.
25 weeks ago
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I think (unfortunately) that Friedman is just the tip of the iceberg. (There are many who are Jewish -- including religious ones -- who are not only rabidly pro-Obama, but are virulently anti-Zionist (and, IMO, are antisemites). You could (as I laugh) list hundreds on a Doofus list (but that would vicious, I suppose)...
25 weeks ago
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I can only surmise what would be written about a columnist who wrote that the Black Caucus bought and paid for the ovations for Obama. Heavens to Betsy, the backlash would be fierce and unstoppable.

Friedman is Jewish in the manner that a unicorn is a horse. That is, if we define an imaginary figure with a real one, we might describe the similarities rather than the obvious differences. Or, we can simply say that pretending to exist as a Jew and a Jew hater at once, is simply trying to saddle the unicorn.

Chomsky, Zinn, Soros, Friedman...may have Jewish names, just as a unicorn has the genetic structure of a horse.

They are Americans who hate America and they are Jews who hate the Jewish homeland. (Soros living here now). They are American Jews who hate America and Israel.

That is the radical leftist default position. They all like totalitarianism. They worship the statist, collectivist, iron-fisted rule of Sino-Soviet dominance.

As with most Pampered Prototalitarians...they do all their treason from the safety of constitutional democracies. You never see these Georgie Porgies kiss the dictators rings and back pockets...from the motherland. And you NEVER see them outline atrocities of those dictators from there...or here.

The thin red line between courage and cowardice appears to be the trembling silence at criticizing 100 million deaths at the hands of tyranny. These Pocket Propagandists can only muster enough courage to offer sedition against open societies, never a word of truth about the closed ones they advance.

And garnering a Pulitzer, a Nobel, an Oscar...comes with the same groundrules. You don't earn one telling the truth against tyrants, only advancing the slanders against open societies.

America and Israel have two main enemies. The bedfellows of radical Islam and radical leftism. If you can't find one to illustrate...simply wait for the next awards show. They will be the one given the trophy for the best slander.
25 weeks ago
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Friedman is the same fellow who wished that Obama had the same power as the Chinese Communist tyrants--what is it with "liberals" who hate the only functioning democracy in the Middle East but loves dictatorships?
25 weeks ago
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"...wished that Obama had the same power as the Chinese Communist tyrants,,,"

So did Bill Maher, not to mention Obama himself, tho' Barack quickly tried to cover up his jealousy of China's totalitarianism mumbling something about process and a Constitution.

Tomorrow night in the so called SOTU, the semi-naked emperor (who has a pen and a phone) may even come out bald and naked and actually state his determination to use extra constitutional agencies to install his agenda.

And a feckless Congress will do what ?
25 weeks ago
25 weeks ago Link To Comment
You are conflating a-holes and self-promoters and shallow thinkers with people who really want to kill every Jew and see Israel destroyed.

It doesn't help your case.
25 weeks ago
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Friedman really is a tiny effete dork relative to individuals like honchos in Hamas/Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, al Qaradawi & individuals like Samir Kuntar who (stupidly sprung from an Israel jail) was welcomed back by Hezbollah as a hero.
25 weeks ago
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"That ovation was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby...In retrospect I probably should have used a more precise term like “engineered” by the Israel lobby..."

No matter how hard he tries to soften his idiocy on the heels of criticism, fact remains that Thomas Friedman is a shallow and tiresome "analyst" no matter what the topic. The poster child for style over substance.

"But as a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner..."

Really ? Geez, those prizes continue to be degraded.
25 weeks ago
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Yes, the Pulitzer has been degraded - just like the Nobel "Peace" Prize.

Amazing that anyone still takes Friedman seriously, given how often he's proven wrong (as over the "Arab Spring"). But folks in his line of work - being an "intellectual" - means never having to say "I was wrong". And Friedman will never concede that Israel was right all along - not about that Arab Spring, and not about anything else.
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