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Voices of the Middle East and North Africa - December 11, 2013 at 7:00pm

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, for December 11, 2013 - 7:00pm

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Thanx so much for the

Thanx so much for the interview with Max Blumenthal. He was a lil less frantic than he has been in some interviews, & this enhanced what he had to say. He has great courage, & it takes a strong person to keep doing what is right in the face of such opposition from the supporters of Israeli Jewish supremacism.

(Talk of 'Zionism' only confuses & disrupts understanding: there's nothing 'special' here, nothing 'unique', it's just another political supremacism, it doesn't warrant a different sort of description. It's a religio-ethnic nationalism, & what's unique about it is its kind of origin: instead of being a regular nationalism of an oppressed minority, trying to fight oppression where Jews lived, the project was to develop a supra-national community of Jews & leave: it began as an emigratory nationalism, to go to a foreign place (xenotopic), to go to another place (allotopic), be it Uganda, Madagascar, or Palestine. And given the distribution of humans on the planet it was going to have to be a colonising nationalism. These are its pecularities, its origins, but what we have now is a religio-ethnic supremacism institutionalised in an expansionist & war-making state & society, & talk of 'Zionism' simply disrupts our ability to understand it.)

The interview mentioned the excellent 'Defamation' by Yoav Shamir. It is available in high definition, in one upload, at It has interviews with not just Finkelstein & Mearsheimer but also David Hirsh (yes, the film added a 'c'), a Brit organiser against the academic boycott who gets decried at an Israeli conference on anti-semitism for mentioning the occupation. But the focus of the film shows that when the Israeli state sends skoolkids to Auschwitz & Majdanek it's done in such a way that it generates a mild form of paranoia & group hysteria - just before they serve in the military as occupiers. (Interestingly it makes no mention of whether these trips are for all Israeli skoolkids or just Jewish ones: a crucial point, I'm sure you'll agree.)

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