Pink Anti-Semitism Is No Different from Brown Anti-Semitism

The core characteristic of anti-Semitism is the assertion that everything the Jews do is wrong, and everything that is wrong is done by the Jews.  For the anti-Semite every rich Jew is exploitive, every poor Jew a burden on society.  For the anti-Semite, both capitalism and communism are Jewish plots.  For the anti-Semite, Jews are both too docile, allowing themselves to be led to the slaughter like sheep, and too militant, having won too many wars against the Arabs.   For the anti-Semite, Jews are too liberal and too conservative, too artsy and too bourgeois, too stingy and too charitable, too insular and too cosmopolitan, too moralistic and too conniving.

To the anti-Semite, every depression, war, social problem, plague must have been the fault of the Jews.  Whenever the Jews appear to be doing something good – giving charity, helping the less fortunate, curing the sick—there must be a malevolent motive, a hidden agenda, a conspiratorial explanation beneath the surface of the benevolent act.

Now the very twisted illogic that has characterized classic anti-Semitism is being directed at the Jewish state, which for the anti-Semite has become “the Jew” among nations.   When Israel sent help to Tsunami and hurricane victims, the Jewish state was accused of merely trying to garner positive publicity calculated to offset its mistreatment of Palestinians.  When Israeli medical teams save the lives of Palestinian children, they must be up to no good.  When it was disclosed that the Israeli Army has the lowest rate of rape against enemy civilians, radical anti-Zionists argued that this was because Israeli soldiers were so racist that they did not find Palestinian women attractive enough to rape!  Nothing the Jew or the Jew among nations does can be praised, because its purpose is always to “manipulate,” to “conceal,” to “divert attention away from” or to “distort” the evil that inheres in all Jewish actions and inactions.

That is the bigoted thesis of a new anti-Israel campaign being conducted by some radical gay activists who absurdly claim that Israel is engaging in “pinkwashing.”  This burlesque of an argument first surfaced in a New York Times op-ed that claimed that Israel’s positive approach to gay rights is “a deliberate strategy to conceal the continuing violation of Palestinians human rights behind an image of modernity signified by Israeli gay life.”  In other words, the Jew among nations is now being accused of feigning concern over the rights of gay people in order to whitewash—or in this case pinkwash—its lack of concern for Palestinian people.

How this pinkwashing is supposed to work, we aren’t told.  Is the media supposed to be so obsessed with Israel’s positive policies toward gays that it will no longer cover the Palestinian issue?  If so, that certainly hasn’t worked.  Are gays around the world supposed to feel so indebted to Israel that they will no longer criticize the Jewish nation?  That surely hasn’t worked, as evidenced by increasingly rabid anti-Israel advocacy by several gay organizations.

Well, to the unthinking anti-Semite, it doesn’t matter how the Jewish manipulation works.  The anti-Semite just knows that there must be something sinister at work if Jews do anything positive.  The same is now true for the unthinking anti-Israel bigot.

In Israel, openly gay soldiers have long served in the military and in high positions in both government and the private sector.  Gay pride parades are frequent.  Israel is, without a doubt, the most gay friendly country in the Middle East and among the most supportive of gay rights anywhere in the world.  This, despite efforts by some fundamentalist Jews, Muslims and Christians to ban gay pride parades and legal equality for gays.  In contrast to Israel are the West Bank and Gaza, where gays are murdered, tortured and forced to seek asylum—often in Israel.  In every Arab and Muslim country, homosexual acts among consenting adults are criminal, often punishable by death.  But all this doesn’t matter to the “growing global gay movement” against Israel, which according to The New York Times op ed, regards these positive steps as nothing more than a cover for malevolent Israeli actions.

The pinkwash bigots would apparently prefer to see Israel treat gays the way Israel’s enemies do, because they hate Israel more than they care about gay rights.  Nor do these pink anti-Semites speak for the majority of gay people, who appreciate Israel’s positive steps with regard to gay rights, even if they don’t agree with all of Israel’s policies.  Decent gay people who have themselves been subjected to stereotyping, recognize bigotry when they see it, even—perhaps especially—among other gay people.  That’s why so many prominent gay leaders and public officials have denounced this “pinkwashing” nonsense.

Now this pinkwashing campaign is coming to the City University of New York.  A pinkwashing conference is being sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Studies Center at The Graduate Center on April 10-11, 2013.  It will be yet another hate fest against Israel, but this time it will cross the line into classic anti-Semitic tropes.  Don’t be fooled by its benign pink hue, or its academic pretext.  At its core, the newly-fashioned charge of pinkwashing is little different from the old-fashioned charges leveled by brown-shirted anti-Semites—namely, that neither the Jews nor the Jewish state ever does good things without bad motives.  And this time, the hate conference is being cosponsored by the Philosophy and Psychology Departments and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York—as well as by the Center for The Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University.

Shame on anyone who exploits his or her sexual orientation to promote anti-Semitic bigotry.  And shame on anyone who sponsors those who practice pink anti-Semitism.

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  • UCSPanther

    What those clowns refuse to understand, is that the penalty for "embracing the alternative lifestyle" in the Arab world is death. For example, the punishment for homosexuality in Saudi Arabia is forfeiture of one's head.

  • Mary Sue

    These "pinkwashing!" criers are simpy whitewashing Palestinian lies and terrorism.

  • Imri Engels

    Limp-wristed Nazis: Send the pink pogromchiki to Gaza where they will be murdered by Hamas vice squads

  • Chezwick

    And shame on any pro-Israeli Jew who endorsed Obama, the most anti-Israeli American President ever. Yes, Mr Dershowitz, that means you!

    • Aloysiusmiller

      Indeed. Dershowitz plays both sides against the middle. The smartest idiot or the stupidest genius. Take your pick.

  • David R

    "On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it." (Zechariah 12:3…)
    It's in God's plan to gather all against Israel and His blessed Jews of the Promise…none can stop it. The carnage is fast approaching when all the anti-Semites of the world will be utterly destroyed in a bloodbath that will be the mother of all botched military attacks!
    'For he who touches you touches the apple of His eye." (Zachariah 2:7)

  • mike

    David R. that's 100% true. Thank you! We are looking for a future disaster with BHO/Hagel. It's coming! God has promised to protect Israel not the USA.

    • David R

      The next prophetic sign? The true Christians leaving suddenly on a vertical one-way trip into eternal bliss with the Savior!

  • g_jochnowitz

    Israel is the most hated country on earth. The gay-rights advocates who accuse Israel of pinkwashing feel it is more important to oppose Israel than to support their own cause.

    • Lan Astaslem

      they're like the islamnazis who encourage their own children to blow themselves up and take as many Jewish lives with them – they hate the Jews more than they love their kids – in a word, EVIL

  • rjkatz

    We have entered a new era of virulent anti-Semitism worse than it was under the Nazis. Moreover the Jews who encourage this are the new kapo's that won't be spared when the Muslims and thei allies attempt to round them up for the gas chambers. That's you Feinstien, Boxer, Schummer and your other fellow travelers.


    • David R

      The Muslims don't use gas chambers…they slit throats!

  • misternatural13

    sometimes the muslims 7th century mindset acutally get something right Ie the slaughter of sodomites

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  • kasandra

    I think to understand this you have to understand the left. When the left takes a position, all of its organs (so to speak) are required to participate in advancing that position. Thus, when the Black Action Movement held strikes at the University of Michigan in the early '70s when I was there, all departments were required to support it by either shuttering classrooms or holding classes on how, e.g., psychology and the psych department could support the strike. The left has decided that Israel has betrayed its socialist roots and, as in Islam, in Leftisim apososy is punishable by death. So the left promotes the Palestinians as victims the Israelis as their victimizers and all Left-wing organs must participate in the forty year hate of Israel, each in its own way, "teach-ins", protests, conferences, awards, divestments, etc. The situation described in the article is simply the homosexual rights movement – generally leftist in nature – doing its part in this common struggle. The real pity is that intelligent people like Dershowitz continue to give their support to the left and think that, somehow, they can support it and its political candidates without supporting such shameful activities as those going on at CUNY.

  • watsa46

    Forgive the ignorant, they do not know better. Many are nerrow-minded.

  • kyle

    I will not let my beliefs be compromised by jew haters or antizionists, gay or straight. I am a liberal I believe what I believe. If someone shares my beliefs AND is a bigot does mean I have to abandon my beliefs. That is allowing them to win, when they are the fake liberals. They are supposed to care for their fellow man, and they are living a lie. The students who jump on the left wagon w the bongos and swallow pro muslim anti Israel rhetoric are fools who are rebelling against society. they know nothing. The Pinkwashers are aholes-just like any anti-Semites-they come in all colors and some are gay. So what, they suck-the majority of gay people are not anti jewish. Ignorant people automatically favor the underdog even if the underdog is a monster being contained just because they themselves are oppressed. I wont let them change me-people suck, being gay doesn't make you a better kinder person.

  • Rhonda

    Watch out for those Islamo-fascists. They are NOT just ‘innocents’ looking to just live and be. Christians also are up to something and they think that they are fighting a WAR and they get together and conspire on how best to achieve their goals… Well, there’s the cries of ‘unreasoning’ anti-semitism and the poor jews are just trying to live and ‘be’… It’s all total BS. There are NO ‘innocent’ people here and every time the falsehoods of ‘unreasoning’ anti-semitism, or how the cursed anti-semites just hate the poor jews for no reason other than they are innocent and God’s people… blah, blah, blah… The anti-Christ jews become more powerful every day. One must completely ignore the things that the jewish leaders say, in order to believe this claptrap. They are the most racist and chauvinistic people there are. They believe they have the divine right to lie, cheat and steal from nonjews, because it is not wrong to them. The agenda that they push for nonjews is very different than the agendas in israel… Curious, that.