Confronting Jew Hatred on Daily Kos: Are They Nazis?


Well, no.  Of course, they are not Nazis.  That is, they are not members of the National Socialist German Workers Party (that’s not quite possible, now is it?) nor are they modern day Neo-Nazi white supremacists.  They are, for the most part, leftists who claim to hate war, favor environmental regulation, women’s rights, gay rights, and the entire hodge-podge of issues, including an anti-racist agenda, that makes up what we call the “progressive movement.”

And, yet, on the foremost website devoted to electing Democrats, with over 250,000 registered users, they allow a malicious and vocal minority to drive the Israel-Palestine discussion in such a way as to create hatred, and thus violence, toward Jews. As if that’s not bad enough in itself, they also do so in a manner that echoes anti-Jewish Nazi propaganda from the 1930s.  Again, my criticism of Daily Kos is not that they’re a bunch of anti-Semites, but that they provide a venue for a bunch of anti-Semites.

These people represent the grassroots / netroots of the Democratic party, yet they comfortably share a “home” with people who are little more than modern day Nazis.

Demonization

Just as the Nazis demonized Jews, so many “Kossacks” demonize the Jewish state, its people, and by extension, Jews, in general.  After all, if Israel is a Demon State, what does this say about the vast majority of diaspora Jews that support it?  It can only mean one thing, that Jews are inherently evil. (Of course, they also demonize and dehumanize conservatives, particularly of the Christian rural variety, but that’s a whole other story, I suppose.)

Here, let me give you an example from just yesterday by someone with the moniker Flyswatterbanjo:

It seems more and more Americans have become well-versed in the particulars of Israel’s founding, including the ethnic cleasing of 750,000 Palestinians, its 43-year occupation and the criminality attendant to that enterprise, its tactics, its danger to the United States, and the role of our own government in propagating the injustices going on there. These commenters know about and mentioned the savage war on Lebanon in 2006, Israel dropping white phosphorus on UN schools and hospitals during the assault on Gaza in 2009, the blockade of Gaza, the Flotilla raid, General Petraeus’ warning that our interests are harmed by our perceived favoritism of Israel, Netanyahu’s insults to our President and Vice-President, the amount of aid we give to Israel annually.

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