The Israeli Left Defends Art

Ah, the Israeli Left! Every day brings us new wonders from it, new manifestations of anti-Semitism and treason.

Prof. Steven Plaut,

Ah, the Israeli Left! Every day brings us new wonders from it, new manifestations of anti-Semitism and treason.

Among the Israeli or ex-Israeli leftist anti-Semites trekking the globe is one Mapplethropian "artist" named Dror Feiler. Feiler hates Israel with a passion and supports Jihad and Palestinian terrorism. He lives in Stockholm with his Swedish wife, whence he spreads his views, including through the Internet. He also claims to be a musician who makes "music and noise" - and my guess is more of the latter than the former.

Among Feiler's recent "artistic" creations is a work celebrating the terrorist woman who blew herself up inside the Maxim restaurant in Haifa, murdering 21 people, some of them Arabs, many of the children. Feiler seems to think this woman is a great hero, so he drew a portrait of her floating happily in a pool of Jewish blood. The work is entitled "Snow White and the Madness of Truth". It was displayed in Sweden in a museum, the Historiska Museet, together with a poem that included the following phrases:

"She was also a woman / as white as snow, as red as blood, and her hair was as black as ebony /?like a weed in her heart until she had no peace day and night / Hanadi Jaradat was a 29-year-old lawyer / Weeping bitterly, she added: 'If our nation cannot realize its dream and / the goals of the victims, and live in freedom and dignity, then let the / whole world be erased.' / Run away, then, you poor child / ...and the red looked beautiful upon the white."

It was all part of the preparations for some sort of Swedish conference on "genocide", which by all expectations, will end up endorsing Arab plans to conduct genocide against Jews.

The "art" was on display in Stockholm when the Israeli Ambassador decided to respond to it in a manner almost unseen among Israeli officials since the start of Oslo appeasement. He responded to it as a Jew and a Zionist.

After asking nicely that it be taken down, he vandalized the obscenity. Curiously, the Ambassador is an appointee of Labor Party dove Ehud Barak, who was on Israeli TV soon afterwards cheering on the Ambassador for this rare act of Israeli self-pride and courage. Surprisingly, Barak?s party and Meretz have not suggest that Feiler be granted the Israel Prize.

Feiler runs a PLO front group called Jews for Israeli Palestinian Peace (JIPF). He also serves as head of European Jews for a Just Peace, which might or might not have other members besides himself. The "artist" has filed a complaint with the Swedish police against the Ambassador for the vandalizing, and it set off a diplomat confrontation between Sweden and Israel. I personally think the Ambassador should say he was just engaging in theater and, as such, his actions should be protected artistic expression.

"This was not a piece of art," the ambassador told Sweden's SR radio news station. "It was a monstrosity. For me it was intolerable and an insult to the families of the victims," he said. "As ambassador [of] Israel I could not remain indifferent to such an obscene misrepresentation of reality."

Feiler describes himself as the "eye-bleeding ultimate composer of intifadic and eruptive lung-outs." It turns out his parents were both communist party members in Israel and he was raised on a kibbutz.

What is most interesting about this is how ready much of the Israeli Left has been to denounce the Ambassador for defending Jewish dignity and to defend the anti-Semitic "artist" and his absolute right to produce such obscenity. The Far Leftist daily Haaretz ran an editorial, several Op-Eds and lots of letters to the editor denouncing the Ambassador as a bully and vandal, and defending the piece of "art". They were joined by many others on the Israeli Left. Suddenly "artistic" expression is absolutely protected. Except the theater by the Ambassador is not.

Some in the academic Left are also chiming in. Here is a letter written by Prof. Amiram Goldblum, of the School of Pharmacy of Hebrew University in Jerusalem and one of the founders and long-time leaders of Peace Now, circulated this week on the web:

"The Stockholm Bully"

"The aggressive response of Mazel to what seems to be an idiotic artistic expression, will remain in public memory as another display of Israeli violence, deriving from 35 years of occupation. That is also the source of the governmental response, praising the bully rather than recalling him and replacing him ASAP. Israel has enough rednecks in the academy, no need to have them as diplomats."

Now, it is interesting to place this sudden absolutism of the Left regarding artistic expression in context. This is the very same Israeli Left that insists that any poster that shows politicians the Left likes in an unflattering manner, such as Yossi Beilin or Yossi Sarid wearing an Arab kafiya, is grounds for prosecution for "incitement". This is the same Left that cheered uncontrollably when Tatiana Suskind, the poor young woman who had made a poster of the Prophet Mohammed as a pig, was sentenced to a long prison term. These are leftists who want pornography suppressed because it dishonors women. This is the same Israeli Left that has campaigned to tear down and bulldoze a memorial stone marker for Baruch Goldstein, who shot up the mosque in Hebron. This is the Left that wants all members of the Kahanist groups behind bars because some of them put up posters or write graffiti whose artistic value the Left questions. And this is the Left that argues that T-shirts that read "Where there are no Arabs there is no Terrorism" should be jailed for "racism" and "incitement".

In other words, by defending this Nazi obscenity in Sweden, the Left is showing how openly anti-Semitic and anti-democratic it is.

Speaking of leftist confusion, every time a gynonazi from the Palestinians has blown herself up as a murdering suicide bomber, the Left has whined that her actions prove how oppressed and suffering the po' Palestinians are, especially their womenfolk. Naturally, the same blubberings were heard last week after a mother of two from Gaza murdered four Israelis, including those guards who had just shown her pity, and wounded nine others, two very seriously, when she made her children orphans.

It now turns out that the Feminist take on the murderess has met with some snags. It seems that the mother was suspected by her Gaza husband of carrying on an extramarital affair, and the only way she could escape being murdered by him and "restore" her family's honor was to carry out the suicide bombing. She was coerced into carrying out the mass murder by the Hamas, which has now announced it will adopt as its general policy the coercion of women suspected of "moral offenses" to redeem themselves through such mass murders.

So much for the theory that Israeli "occupation" and brutality cause the terror....

My guess is that one of these moons, the Palestinians will start equipping pregnant women with explosives around the bellies to try to blow up Jews. You realize what that would mean? Why, it would be the Palestinian version of Roe v. Wade!

Oh and I can guarantee you that at the next world Feminist conference, the Palestinian women will be there, cheered on by the Left, wailing about the harshness of the treatment of women - by the Israelis.