‘Enough’ of Roger Cohen’s Anti-Israelism

Ari Lieberman is an attorney and former prosecutor.


Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels once stated, “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.” No one is more keenly aware of this than fascism’s spawned offspring, Hamas and its Muslim Brotherhood affiliates. But when Hamas offers its falsehoods for consumption, no one – except the Arabs of the Middle East and their most ardent Third World and leftist allies – take them seriously. The problem however becomes more acute when a perceived, semi respectable columnist espouses extremist propaganda and Roger Cohen does precisely that with his latest November 22 screed, “Enough.”

Cohen once again repeats the over exaggerated casualty figure of 1,400 Palestinian deaths occurring as a result of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead without noting that this figure is disputed. Nor does he note that even according to his own inflated count, more than half of those killed were terror combatants, a fact belatedly corroborated by Hamas itself. Instead, Roger Cohen has New York Times’ readers believing that Israel flailed its might wildly and indiscriminately. Even Richard Goldstone, author of the now infamous Goldstone Report, no longer subscribes to this skewed view.

The casualty figure that Cohen cites comes from the so-called Palestinian Center for Human Rights. That group is no more an advocate for human rights than Goebbels was an advocate for Jewish rights. The PHCR is headed by an asinine character named Raji Sourani. The darling of the misguided radical left as well as the neo-fascist right, Sourani subscribes to the anti-Semitic canard that Israel practices “ethnic cleansing” and “Apartheid.” In March 2000 he compared Israel’s counter insurgency efforts in South Lebanon to the Nazi occupation of France.

In sum, Sourani is a discredited partisan and a mouthpiece for Israel’s enemies. Cohen’s inclusion of Sourani’s casualty figures is problematic but it’s only half the story. By deliberately omitting the Israeli estimate, Cohen turns himself into a partisan advocate and loses whatever shred of credibility he has left.

With convoluted logic, Cohen praises Egypt’s newly self-appointed neo-fascist dictator, Mohamed Morsi, and credits him with, “stopping the latest round of killing.” Setting aside for the moment that Cohen implicitly equates Israel’s precision targeted strikes with Hamas’ indiscriminate rocket fire, Cohen fails to recognize (likely deliberately) that Morsi’s Egypt facilitated the latest round of conflict. Egypt deliberately turns a blind eye toward Hamas’ smuggling efforts, allowing weapons, including long-range Fajr-5s, to flow into the terrorist den unimpeded. As William Saletan accurately noted, “what Egypt has done, at best, is to douse a fire that was ignited and fed by Egypt.” Moreover, Cohen fails to note the daily anti-Semitic venom that flows from official Egyptian government institutions with ever increasing regularity and shrill. It is likely that Hamas felt emboldened by the rhetoric adopted by their Muslim Brotherhood kinsmen in Egypt, which led to their more aggressive posture vis-à-vis Israel.

Cohen’s continued one-sided approach to the Israeli-Arab conflict and his consistently flawed analyses proves beyond any doubt that he is not a mainstream columnist but rather an Islamist propagandist who uses the discredited New York Times as a platform to espouse convoluted positions and falsehoods.

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  • renee arazie

    I don't know if Roger is a Jew but there is no worst enemy of the Jewish people that a renegade Jew.

    • elvisbarry

      Your absolutely right…As a Conservative Jew. I always say Liberal jews are just as dangerous to our existence as radical islam is…

  • SilverScumbAG Canada

    Left wing oriented or "liberal" Jews are the bane of our existence. Our referring to America, the West, Israel and the Jewish people. It is they who are the enemy.

    But being from Canada, I cannot figure out these North East or West coast Jewish creatures. They give ammo to the muslims who seek to kill us all and their goal is to impact their country in a very negative way.

    They also empower the anti semites.

    Although being Jewish myself, I tend to look at the American Jewish community with a distant look, feeling much more comfortable amongst gentiles.

    Jewish communities have to be the world's dumbest people when it comes to voting for the benefit of their survival.

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      Me too, Silver. I feel the same. MUCH more at home with Christians and non Jews. "Jews" in America scare the hell out of me.

  • KBreedlove

    What was the name given to the Jewish guards who assisted the Nazis in the death camps? Could their psychology maybe explain Cohen?

    • Choi

      KAPO

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        KAPO is an Uncle Tom, and no one respects an Uncle Tom.

  • Fred

    Cohen is just like the Hollywood Jewish left who support Obama (or whatever his name is) and the Muslims. I watched a patriotic short on Turner Classic Movies the other day that was shot in beautiful technicolor and showed American soldiers about to go to war to defeat the Japs and Nazis.

    Why won't Hollywood make a movie like this and pump up the soldiers to defeat the terrorists and Muslims? You know why!

    • Questions

      Try watching these recent films:

      "United 93"
      "The Hurt Locker"
      "Transformers" and sequels (many interpret these Michael Bay flicks as a sci-fi deconstruction of the 9/11 attacks)
      "The Road to 9/11"

      Film isn't, or at any rate shouldn't be, agitprop of the Right or the Left designed to unify people into collective Uplift. Go to movies for the fun, not the politics.

      Opposing a war doesn't mean opposing your country or attacking the young men asked to do the fighting. Hollywood doesn;t need any lectures along this line.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Film isn't, or at any rate shouldn't be, agitprop of the Right or the Left designed to unify people into collective Uplift. Go to movies for the fun, not the politics. "

        True, but we're talking mostly (perhaps not today) about why the root ideology is never discussed honestly if at all, and why the evil terrorists are nearly always presented as neutral "militants" possibly with legitimate grievances?

        Because Hollywood wants to transcend politics, which means they must transcend facts. Apparently you approve because you think that people with political views should not be offended. That's not the standard we advocate. Being politically balanced simply means being fair about presenting objective facts. These days, we can't even find documentaries that can handle that challenge. The left has penetrated so deeply that the right now thinks to be neutral (in a given film or other presentation) is to give ground needlessly.

        It's pretty sad, and it's the fault of the Communists from past generations, and the dupes that follow them through today.

        "Opposing a war doesn't mean opposing your country or attacking the young men asked to do the fighting. Hollywood doesn;t need any lectures along this line."

        You FAIL to distinguish between intention and effect or implication. Just like all liberals, you discount everything but the emotional factor. Basically, we are sick of that excuse. It's just another lie. They need plenty of lecturing, and so do you.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "United 93"
        "The Hurt Locker"
        "Transformers" and sequels (many interpret these Michael Bay flicks as a sci-fi deconstruction of the 9/11 attacks)
        "The Road to 9/11"

        None of these films explain what the ideology is behind the aggression, nor the risk of tolerating our enemies and allowing them (their partners in sheep's clothing) to infiltrate our government. Instead they remain silent or worse, offer alternative lame theories approved by the left as politically correct and acceptable. In other words, they deceive or lie.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          People should vote with their wallets.

          Don't pay money to see leftist, socialist movies, created by and starring leftist, socialists.

    • PaulRevereNow

      John Milius made "Teddy Roosevelt and the Roughriders," back in 1997. This was actually a made-for-TV movie, but I can''t think of a more patriotic film than this; and it's also very good for pumping up the soldiers. More recently, "Atlas Shrugged" is a good conservative movie.

  • doubleblack

    Is there a Jewish gene that causes so many Jews to hate themselves?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      No. It's the pressure from siding with the secular positions that openly oppose the religious or observant positions. In other words, given their history collectively, there is a lot of pressure to assimilate politically while at the same time they don't reject their cultural heritage. This retention of what they perceive as cultural affiliation creates a sense that they must distance themselves from those who might make their lives difficult by taking radical "religious" positions, like defending other Jews from persecution, unless their political masters approve of the circumstances. For example, complaining about the Holocaust was acceptable for decades, now no longer. Did these Jews change their minds? Nope. The political environment changed.

      • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

        The ONLY safety for the Jewish person outside of the Jewish homeland is PATRIOTISM. Period. You cant ever go wrong with patriotism from what the founding of the country is.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          Right. You've completed my case so I think we agree. The Jews being discussed here walk in to a dangerous land with few true friends, but many murderous phony ones.

          • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

            I know. Its scary and sad.
            I feel so terrible inside when I see Jewish people like Cohen up here, it makes me weep with utter despair.

            I have no real Jewish friends (online) except, of course for David Ben Moshe, my husband, who is formerly from the TV show in NYC, the JTF.ORG.

            There are many patriot Jews where I live, my ob/gyn who saved my life is one.
            I thank HaShem EVERYDAY that I live near sane Jews.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Who is Chaim Ben Pesach?

          • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS
    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      Erav Rav. Look it up

  • johan

    Israel has to be tough to try to protect their country that is receiving the daily misiles from surrounding countries and for that reason is the West standing behind them.

  • Western Spirit

    Maybe Jews become anti-Semitic because of the "if you can't lick 'em join 'em" syndrome.

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      No, I believe the satan has an anointing on the Jewish people who are left wing.
      Jews are supposed to be the salvation of the world.

      When Christianity fails, the Jews are supposed to represent the Torah. You cant go wrong–EVER with the Torah.

  • Western Spirit

    But maybe Jew's, like Cohen's, self-hatred is well deserved. Except why do they then have to drag the rest of their tribe along with them in their excursion into self-hatred?

    Maybe it's because, all collectives, including Jew or Christian, too, are painted with the same brush so if you are a member, of any particular group, and full of self-hatred the hatred bleeds onto the rest of the group.

    • Mary Sue

      I think the whole "self-hating Jew" phenomenon stems from them actually believing the tripe that the Palestinians and others spew about Jews (the general antisemitic garbage and the anti-zionist garbage). While Garden Variety Deshawn antisemites will say "Wonder why you people were kicked out of every country?", the self-haters will say, "Gee I wonder why we were kicked out of every country." It's victim blaming internalized. It's like an abused child who thinks it's his fault he's being abused, or a child of divorced parents who blames himself for the divorce.

      • Mr. Polly

        The Jews were kicked out of every country because they're innocent little lambs, and nobody can stand innocent little lambs.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          Simplify much? I already stated that they have problems because they don't assimilate. Some for good reasons, others for bad reasons. Don't be such a collectivist.

        • Mary Sue

          Oh and I suppose the reason the KKK hates black people is that black people are somehow intrinsically evil? Hm?

  • Tata

    Try him for treason in abstentia. Send Mossad to carry out verdict. Play the games the other guys play for a change! Jews are humans just like everyone else and should stop acting like they have to be more moral than everyone else to merit their existence. Eye for an eye is in the old book anyway. USE IT!

  • Ghostwriter

    What world is Mr. Cohen living in? It sure ain't ours.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      roger cohen is living in the upper westside manhattan, socialist, red diaper doper baby bubble.

      That qualifies him to write for todays NY Times.

      • Mary Sue

        …and little else. Except maybe a guest spot on Bill Maher's show or an interview with Chris Matthews.

  • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

    Its totally unbelievable to me that a Cohen is actually out there and hates Israel.. This stuns me, everytime.

    Cohens are the HIGH priests. I just dont get it, I never will.

  • Anamah

    Is no secret that Roger Cohen emanates hemlock, and his hate for Israel is his leitmotif. Maybe his ancestral torments are too powerful and never could digest his past in the apartheid world of South African. From his childhood racism and intolerance marked him forever, and there you have it each time he wrights about, the hatred spitting over the innocent Israel.

  • anti-liars

    are all cohens connected to those government people like cnn Barbara starr she is native American and seems horribly angry when native- americans write or post against gangs or illegal drugs. I know she is connected to leonard cohen and stolen art from (orphan native American children). (paris artist -geometric style.) Just wandering when natzi style tacticts and lies are going to quieten down.