Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Arabs can live among Jews, Jews can't among Arabs

Double standards rule OK as far as The Guardian's 'Israel' correspondent Harriet Sherwood is concerned, Israelinurse writes in CiFWatch. I might add that Baghdad used to be 40 percent Jewish, but no journalists are shedding tears for their 'ethnic cleansing':

"I think most of us would agree that trying to prevent a person or persons from living in a particular place because of their race, religion, skin colour or sexual orientation is indeed offensive and represents archaic attitudes which have no place in the modern world.

"Fast forward to January 9th and Sherwood is back, this time objecting to a plan to create housing for a specific group of people in a certain place because they are not of the ‘right’ race.

"Only this time the prospective tenants happen to be Jewish and the place happens to be the neighbourhood of Shimon HaTsadik (or Sheikh Jarrah as Sherwood calls it) in Jerusalem.

“Nasser Isa Hidmi, of the Jerusalem Committee Against Demolition and Deportation, said the international community should act to prevent Jewish settlers moving into Palestinian neighbourhoods: ‘We don’t want sympathy – we want them to stop Israel from doing what it’s doing.’”

"So, just to clarify the situation for those of us not entirely fluent in Guardianista-speak: objecting to Arabs renting or buying property in a predominantly Jewish town which once had a substantial Arab population is bad, but objecting to Jews renting or buying property in a predominantly Arab neighbourhood which once had a substantial Jewish population is good.

People who advocate the former scenario are ‘extreme right wing activists’, whilst people who advocate the latter are presumably ‘progressive’ or ‘peace activists’.

And whilst Arabs wanting to live in Tsfat are just prospective tenants, Jews wanting to live in Simon HaTsadik are ‘settlers’.

Only a seriously convoluted mind could fail to see the offensive double standards being brought into play in these two stories; anti-racism is a concept which loses all value if exceptions are made for political or ideological reasons, and Harriet Sherwood and the Guardian are doing precisely that.

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Virtual tour of the Shepherd Hotel area ( Yaacov Lozowick's Ruminations)

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