Over at Stephen Taylor's Blogging Retards, Israel fluffer "shlemazl" is seriously put out that some folks can't separate not liking Israel's current policy of Palestinian ethnic cleansing from simply not liking Jews:
Apparently the only way a Turkish basketball team can win a game is by having thousands of "fans" invade the court, assault the players of the visiting Israeli team while screaming "Allah Akbar" and "Kill the Jews" [source].
So let me make sure I understand this, because this is important.
On the one hand (and according to schlemiel), it's eminently unfair to oppose Israel's current military invasion and mass slaughter of Gazans and to express that displeasure by taking it out on people just because they're Jewish because that's, well, wrong, and we should be mature enough to be able to distinguish between (justifiable?) political disagreement and downright anti-Semitism. So far, so good?
On the other hand (and if I understand this correctly), any leftist criticism of Israeli military policy is indistinguishable from simple racism and is clearly anti-Semitic because, well, those are like totally the same thing, and if you're opposed to Israel's current military adventure, that's just 'cuz you hate Jews.
Do we all see the annoying double standard here?
Apparently, those on the Right who get absolutely moist over everything Israel-related are allowed to lecture the rest of us on how it's terribly, terribly important to intellectually separate those two issues -- not liking Israel politically (acceptable?) versus just not liking Jews (bad).
Conversely, though, we on the Left have no similar intellectual freedom since any criticism of Israel is clearly and unequivocally because we're just anti-Semites. Which inspires me to give schlamozzle a bit of free advice: If you constantly and relentlessly conflate being anti-Israel with being anti-Semitic, you have absolutely no moral grounds to complain when people finally start taking you seriously. See how that works?
*Sigh*. I didn't think so. And no, we're not quite done here. But coffee calls.
AFTERSNARK 1: Shorter Israel fluffers: "It's positively outrageous to take out your political opposition on innocent civilians and citizens that have nothing to do with the military action that offends you."
Please tell me I don't have to explain the hypocrisy therein.
AFTERSNARK 2: Shorter Israel fluffers: "As soon as we lecture everyone on how they shouldn't tar an entire citizenry for the actions of its government, we can go back to insulting the French. Fucking cheese-eating surrender monkeys, the lot of them."
AFTERSNARK 3: As KEvron points out in the comments section over at schlamozzle's, schlamozzle whines about unfair and wide-sweeping derisive generalizations toward an entire ethnic demographic in a post entitled, "Turks Suck." And then he gives the finger to "Turks and Europeans." I'd totally missed that.