Out of Africa

Edited comments from an article by Sarah Honig

There’s a firm link between some Israelis’ touchy-feely mobilization on behalf of Sudanese infiltrators and leftist espousal of anything which bolsters the Palestinian case and socks it to the Zionist state. Whatever trashes Israel will do for our uber-tolerant society’s skewed media and poseur artsy cliques.

In-house guardians of other Jews’ ethics will score a double hit if they manage to ascribe to the Jewish state some onus for the misery of Darfur’s wretched masses. It’d constitute yet another super-opportunity to demonstrate left-wingers’ moral supremacy, while at the same time embarrassing the Israel which is such a never-ending embarrassment to them.

Superficially, their facile formulation appears undeniably compelling: Jews once were exiles denied haven by an inimical world. Our tragic past obliges us to unique penitence for the guilt of having survived both Hitler and callous Allied apathy to our existential plight. It’s our duty to be better than any other nation – even if it destroys us. Israel’s raison d’etre isn’t to unflinchingly look after and provide sanctuary for Jews, but to solve the world’s problems within the exceedingly narrow and increasingly vulnerable confines of the still-threatened Jewish state.

This emotional manipulation is entirely constructed on the premise that Jews owe the world contrition for having so long imposed on its conscience. The world is fed up with having its mistreatment of Jews thrown in its face. It’s not the persecution which perturbs it, but reminders thereof. Having arisen from the smoldering ashes of European Jewry, Israel in its very essence is an unwanted memory-jogger and hence its existence as such is sinful.

Israel’s unique brand of postmodern universalism evinces no qualms about jeopardizing the self-determination of the ancient Jewish people while championing self-determination for so-called Palestinians, whose ethnicity is a recent artificial invention cynically calculated to counterbalance renascent Jewish national sovereignty.

Although native-born offspring of Jewish refugees forever remain foreign interlopers, Africans who violate our borders may seethe with indigenous indignation. Hence Israel’s sanctimonious elite insists that Jewish bloodletting in the incomparable Holocaust behooves us to admit Africans.

The politically incorrect fact is that decades of African independence only shame Africa. The more word spreads about what suckers Israelis are, the more lucrative the Israel-via-Sinai option becomes. Real asylum-seekers, fearing for their lives, wouldn’t automatically decline Egypt.

The idea of a Jewish nation-state is anyway anathema to our beautiful souls, who advocate “a state-for-all-its-citizens” or a binational state to be shared with the same Palestinians who just demonstrated the ghastliness of their self-rule in Gaza.

Once Israel’s hospitable inclinations gain repute throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Islam will have found yet another avenue for menacing the hated Jewish state. When that happens, don’t count on Israel’s own preachy seekers of justice-at-Jewish-expense to deem their own nation worthy of compassion or understanding – even if it again becomes the victim. Never underestimate their penchant for blaming Jews for Jewish misfortunes.