While criticizing Grass, others have been denouncing Israel for its travel ban against him. A German cabinet minister criticized Israel for the ban on Grass, while also denouncing as bigoted both Grass and his “poem.” Salman Rushdie, Alan Dershowitz and Jeffrey Goldberg all oppose the ban. The British Telegraph denounced Israel’s decision as “bullying censorship,” forgetting to mention the long list of people, from Michael Savage to Israeli opposition politicians to critics of homosexuality, banned from Britain because some official considers them to be “intolerant” people. Countries routinely ban entrance to hostile foreigners or those who demonize the people of those countries. Israel has banned only a few notorious rogues, including Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk, and Norman Finkelstein, all anti-Israel propagandists with close associations with terrorist groups..
Anti-Semites around the world celebrating Grass were even joined by some Jewish anti-Semites, always happy to “Tom” it up for Neo-Nazis and jihadists. A small group of pro-jihad Jewish leftist anti-Semites in the US calling themselves the “Jews for Justice for Palestinians” endorsed Grass. Also joining were sundry Holocaust Denial web sites and the deranged Israel-born British Holocaust Denier Gilad Atzmon. (You may recall that the anti-Semitic conspiracist duo Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer have been endorsing and hosting the very same Atzmon.)
Israel’s own radical leftists have been crawling out of their holes to express support for Grass and to denounce the Israeli ban against him entering the country. Basically they endorse anyone who despises their own country. The tiny Israeli leftist “972 magazine” web site, funded by anti-Israel Europeans, issued a call for support of Grass. Ironically, these leftists, who suddenly pretend to be free speech absolutists when it comes to Grass, have a long track record of OPPOSING freedom of speech in Israel. Gideon Levy, the most openly treasonous columnist at Haaretz, adores Grass’s dreams of a world in which there is no Israel, while opposing freedom of speech for “Rightists” or for settlers. Haaretz in its official editorial denounced the declaration of Grass as persona non grata as a policy non grata. The herd of leftist sheep from Israeli academia and elsewhere are chiming in their agreement.
After all, what did Grass really do that was so awful, asks Haaretz. All he did was write a poem! Freedom of expression! Academic freedom!
Sure. All this coming from exactly the same Israeli leftists (and the newspaper promoting them) who just petitioned the court to order the arrest of two rabbis who wrote a controversial book about some matters in Rabbinic law, a book the Left regards as “racist.” The Israeli Left wants the book banned and burned. They have even been joined by the Israeli branch of the Reform synagogue movement, a movement that has never seen a leftist bandwagon upon which it does not wish to leap. These leftist book-burners are demanding not only that the two authors be imprisoned for “racism,” but also that anyone even recommending that other people read that book be similarly arrested. This is just the latest anti-democratic “cause” of Israeli leftists, who generally oppose freedom of speech for non-leftists. These people regard any criticism of radical leftism to be “McCarthyism.”
But those two rabbis who wrote the controversial book, just what did THEY do that was so awful? They wrote a book. Many people do not like the opinions in that book. So what? Books by leftist anti-Semites and Arab fascist jihadists can be bought and read freely in Israel.
These are the very same people rushing out to “defend” Günter Grass from bully Israel. Just what does he need defending from? Did Israel arrest him? Burn his books? No, grasshopper, book burning is something that leftists do.
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