Wrapup: My new “Think Again” column is here. It’s called “That Doggone Librul Media, Caught Again… “Also, I did a Daily Beast post this morning trying (hoping) to explainthe strategy behind Obama’s apparently unwavering commitment tobipartisanship. I’m OK with it, as long as I’m right. I clicked on this headline just for fun: “Peretz: Put Oxfam On My Shit List.“
Here is the story:
Help the Palestinians: Boycott Israel
August 17, 2009
There’s been an Arab boycott of Israel for more than sixty years. And, as you can tell, it has been very effective.
“Progressive” academics, especially in Great Britain and Canada, have also launched boycotts of Israeli scholars, universities and other scholarly institutions. Of course, these campaigns at ostracism have been an utter flop.
Now Oxfam has put Kristin Davis–she of Sex and the City–on its shit list because she did some beauty advertisements for Ahava, an Israeli cosmetics product company that manufactures some of its products in the West Bank. And what does being on the antihunger organization’s shit list mean? She can no longer be one of its roving emissaries. Well, if Oxfam has banished Davis’ goodwill, it also has banished mine. This campaign against Davis began with Code Pink, a female nut case organization centered in southern California– Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica–plus San Francisco and New York. Marines are war criminals, Afghanistan is no women’s cause, Gaza … well, you fill in the dots. I have a friend (former friend, actually) who supports Code Pink financially. I won’t say anything more.
But the Arab boycott of Israel is a universal boycott. It extends to tennis players, soccer teams and swimmers. Sometimes it doesn’t. The Arab world is really out of this world. See this to learn just how out of this world.
Upon reading it, I thought to myself, I know the person–TNR owner andeditor-in-chief is, to put it mildly, delusional, but if hisaccusations against Oxfam turned out to be true, he would have a(disturbing) point, however badly stated. He provided no link, so Idid, literally, ten seconds of research–a Google news search–to learnthat no, it’s not true here
A slander against a human rights organization appearsin Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post and thirty seconds later it isreprinted, unchecked and unsourced in TNR. Now it will live forever inthe minds of Jews and others foolish enough to trust these sources aswell. Oxfam’s funding will suffer in direct proportion to itscredibility. And fewer starving children will be fed thanks to themagazine’s lax editorial standards and the unchecked, out-of-controlhatred spewed by the man who, using his wife’s inherited fortune, hasmanaged to control it for the past three decades. I sure hope everyoneinvolved is proud of themselves.