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Sunday, July 01, 2012

The Subversive Hebrew Language

Alice Walker has joined fellow Hamas flotilla writers, Henning Mankell and Iain Banks in boycotting the Hebrew language and banning their books from being translated into the 4,000-year-old Zionist language. This move has gotten more attention, because, unlike Henning Mankell and Iain Banks, people have actually heard of Walker, if only because they were forced to read her in school.

As punishments go, preventing Israelis from reading The Color Purple seems more like a blessing than a curse. If only Amos Oz and David Grossman could be similarly convinced to follow through on their politics and begin boycotting the Hebrew language, the national IQ would be better for it.

Walker, Mankell and Banks (possibly the world's worst law firm) have every right to pick up their placards and boycott one of the world's oldest languages. When Wagner directed the work of Jewish composers, he reportedly immediately discarded the gloves that he wore during the onerous task. Perhaps Walker and the Gaza gang could do likewise, allowing the translation only so long as the laptop and printers that actually transform their words into the cursed Hebraic are swiftly thrown out afterward.

"We have to explain to ourselves the involuntary repellence possessed for us by the nature and personality of the Jews," Wagner wrote in "Das Judenthum in der Musik", "so as to vindicate that instinctive dislike which we plainly recognize as stronger and more overpowering than our conscious zeal to rid ourselves thereof."

Gaza is one of the ways that leftectuals like Walker, Banks and Mankell explain to themselves and their audiences that "involuntary repellence" that emanates for them from the Hebrew language, but not from Chinese, Turkish or Urdu. As committed progressives they may have to practice a conscious zeal to rid themselves of it, but the need of the left to express its Judeophobia is always stronger than its ability to control it.

The boycotts, followed by broken windows in Jewish stores, vapidly self-righteous denunciations, operas and plays like "Seven Jewish Children", and the entire celebration of the left's emancipation from self-restraint on the "Jewish Question", is the rationalization of that bigotry. It explains the bigotry to the bigots as not being bigotry at all. Suddenly smashing Jewish store windows becomes the most unbigoted thing a leftist can possibly do with his spare time.

In a letter to The Guardian, Iain Banks urged the world to impose "moral degradation and ethical isolation" on the Jewish State-- familiar terms from both recent and ancient European history.

Sticking Jews in a ghetto, local or global, is not a particularly original idea. If Banks wrote that sort of thing into a novel, it might be considered plagiarism. But being derivative is not a problem when it comes to hating Jews. A novel has to be original, a rant claiming that Jews are inhuman monsters, that a cabal of rich Jews controls foreign policy and that the best thing would be to isolate Jews from the rest of mankind or deprive them of their homeland and send them wandering around the world is greeted with the same applause as it would have been in 1939 or 1339.

Some dub these outbursts of left-wing Judeophobia; "The New Anti-Semitism", but what exactly is new about it? Like many movie remakes, it's new only in the sense that some words have been changed around and the whole thing has been given a fresh feel to tap into the emotions of a new generation.

The left's hostility to Israel derives from its hostility to Jews. The left rejected Jewish nationalism because it rejected the idea that Jews were a separate people with individual rights, rather than more peasants and workers to be deprived of their religion and heritage, and submerged into the melting pots of a secular post-European Europe and post-Russian Russia. Some Jews went along with the program and became the bully boys of the Soviet Yevsektsia. Others were declared enemies of the revolution and created their own country, which the Socialist Motherland did its best to destroy with massive shipments of planes, tanks and artillery.

The Nazis and the Communists, the far-right and the far-left, both agreed that the Jewish Question, had to be settled by getting rid of the Jew. Their only point of disagreement was on how to best accomplish this. What the Nazis tried to do in a decade, the Communists tried to do in a century, but the fall of Berlin ended both sets of experiments. It did not however end the attitude behind them.

When the left denies this history and instead dresses up its hatred under the guise of humanitarianism, it's practicing a repugnant lie. When it tries to hide its bigotry by sending out its Jewish collaborators to give a proper face to the whole affair, the lie becomes even more repulsive. The only conclusion to be drawn from these tactics is that the only kind of Jews that the left likes are the kind who turn on their own people.

The endgame on the side of the terrorists and their leftist supporters has never been peace, because peace has been futilely offered innumerable times. Their goal is to indefinitely prolong a conflict  in order to justify their hatred and violence. No one who boycotts Israel wants a specific demand met, what they want is an excuse for unleashing that overpowering hatred that Wagner tried to rationalize by claiming that Jews were incapable of creating true music and that the left rationalizes by claiming that the Jewish State is starving babies. The elaborate explanations are not the content, they are the context, they make the hatred, which is the end, seem like it is only the means to a noble end.

Step one. Impose isolation and degradation on the Jews. Step two. Utopia.

In the Soviet Union, as in the Hebrewless world that Alice Walker, Henning Mankell and Iain Banks would create, the Hebrew language was banned. Possession of a Hebrew dictionary could mean a one-way ticket to a Gulag chock full of the isolation and degradation so prized by the left's Bankses'.

Hebrew is a subversive language. It has a way of giving people ideas. Particularly Jewish people.

"When my grandfather was about 70 years old, he began to learn Hebrew," writes a former Refusnik and Prisoner of Zion in the Socialist Motherland. "He studied from a text book that he got hold of somewhere and had a notebook of Hebrew words that he copied from a dictionary. It was only after my grandfather died that I decided to study Hebrew using the books that he had left, partly in his memory and partly out of curiosity."

That man today is Israel's Information Minister, which just goes to show you how subversive those strange jumbled Hebraic letters can be. One day you're studying its peculiar grammar and the next day you're in a prison camp for asking to emigrate to Israel. And then you're the information minister of the Zionist Entity while the Socialist Motherland is pawning statues of Lenin and Stalin to the highest bidder.

Perhaps there is something in those inky black lines that passes into the soul. Much as Wagner feared being contaminated by Jewish music, perhaps Walker, Mankell and Banks (experts in litigating Semitic claims and marine navigation) fear some mystic power of the language contaminating their cause, flowing backward from the translation and into their hearts.

Certainly the Hebrew language can be blamed for some of it. The Jewish Anti-Zionist left stubbornly resisted Hebrew, clinging to the Yiddish dialect of German, Russian and Hebrew as the true language of the working class. Today Hebrew is a language with millions of speakers while Yiddish is spoken primarily by Orthodox Jews, whose own resistance to modern Hebrew is breaking down.

The Soviet Union understood that banning Hebrew was a way of banning Jewish identity. Whether Walker, Mankell and Banks (we do broken windows and doors) understand this is debatable, but they have that same Wagnerian "involuntary repellence" when it comes to having their precious books translated into the tongue of Moses, David and Jeremiah. Something about it troubles them, gives them an itch in the back of the head and a tickle in the throat. As much as they know that calling for a boycott of an entire language makes them look like bigoted fools, they just can't help it.

For all their empty blather about concentration camps in Gaza, the real concentration camp is the one that they want to build around that subversive Hebrew language, the subversive Hebrews, their subversive country and everything that they do to subvert the stability and sanity of the left.

In 2012, the Jewish Question is still alive and well, and the answer is still isolation and degradation. But the Hebrew language has been degraded and isolated by better than the likes of Walker, Mankell and Banks (dropped clauses a specialty) and after 4,000 years, it is still here. The books written in that language have outlived anything that these three scribblers will ever pen.  

Hebrew and Hebrew speakers will not be destroyed by a cultural boycott put forward by proponents of degrading culture for political ends. "Bereishis Bara Elohim Et Hashamayim Ve'Et Haaretz". These words are the opening to the most famous books ever written, in its original language. In English they read, "In the beginning, G-d created the heavens and the earth."

How much more subversive can you get?

28 comments:

Not Ovenready said...

Daniel,
You forgot to mention what her own daughter thinks of her: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1021293/How-mothers-fanatical-feminist-views-tore-apart-daughter-The-Color-Purple-author.html

A despicable person as well as a poor excuse for a mother.

Not Ovenready

ligneus said...

The Nazis and the Communists, the far-right and the far-left

The Nazis were lefties,
The Nationalist Socialist Party.

See Jonah Goldberg's book, Liberal Fascism.

ligneus said...

Read Barbara Kay for the true picture of Alice Walker.

LemonLimeMoon said...

They don't believe in any god except themselves, so Hebrew has no meaning for them other than ones they like to make up.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

The Nazis were not lefties, though they did take some ideas from the left.

Keliata said...

"
The boycotts, followed by broken windows in Jewish stores, vapidly self-righteous denunciations, operas and plays like "Seven Jewish Children", and the entire celebration of the left's emancipation from self-restraint on the "Jewish Question", is the rationalization of that bigotry. It explains the bigotry to the bigots as not being bigotry at all. Suddenly smashing Jewish store windows becomes the most unbigoted thing a leftist can possibly do with his spare time"


Do they even realize whose names and slogans and tactics they are invoking?

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

I read Rebecca Walker's book back in the day. No doubt Alice Walker was a terrible mother, but Rebecca Walker built a career on this whole dynamic and I wouldn't exactly trust her either.

Her daughter is still a leftie and anti-Israel, just 30 percent less hateful than her mother.

Nora said...

This age old hatred spawns from the same roots - envy, fear, lies, ignorance, and stupidity. Unfortunately, there were always be a portion of the population that has no real consciousness to speak of, and no willingness to develop a positive one.

American Genie said...

"A novel has to be original, a rant claiming that Jews are inhuman monsters, that a cabal of rich Jews controls foreign policy and that the best thing would be to isolate Jews from the rest of mankind or deprive them of their homeland and send them wandering around the world is greeted with the same applause as it would have been in 1939 or 1339."

It saddens me to say, Daniel, that these feelings are not limited to the left. More and more I see these type statements in the comments sections of conservative sites by people on the right.

It seems that the bigotry comes mostly from the followers of Ron Paul, but it is evident in a growing number of conservatives, and it breaks my heart.

Anonymous said...

While "Uncle" Tom Friedman has been claimed to refer to Israel as "Yad Vashem with an airforce", the comforting thing is that Jews now have an army, nation, and are a nuclear power. Not a small thing when facing the haters today.

These idiots can bray at the moon all they like, Israel is here to stay. Hopefully the smart European Jews will get out when they still have time, prior to the onset of full Eurabia.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Ron Paul draws as much from the left as the right.

Keliata said...

""Bereishis Bara Elohim Et Hashamayim Ve'Et Haaretz".


Bingo! That's the problem right there. They hate G-d and everything closely associated with Him. Who can say why they hate G-d and the Jewish people? IMO part of it is innate and part of it is the way they were raised (nature and nurture).

I also think people like Alice Walker and her liberal buddies want to be gods of their own creation so they try to destroy Him.

Like that's ever going to happen! And Hebrew won't pushed to the brink of extinction as Yiddish was.

Keliata said...

American Genie: I agree.

dwight said...

There is no one like the G-d of the Jews.

And there is no anger quite like the one of the narcissist.

And there is no humor quite like the one of the Jews.

And there is no "silent" meditation quite like theirs, as they stand before their G-d, whispering in their Hebrew, "May my soul be silent to those who insult me, and may my soul be humble before all."

You've made me smile with your words, Mr. Greenfield, even in this.

Thank you.

LemonLimeMoon said...

If you go far enough left or far enough right you will come full circle.

Anonymous said...

The only Book that needs to be Banned,Is that filthy toilet paper Koran. Great for wiping my ass and great for lighting the grill.

Jewel said...

I think I'll learn Hebrew. For spite.

Anonymous said...

Esav hates Yaakov, and communists hate him twice because they think Israel is a religious Jewish state. How wrong they are Israel hangs by a thread from being divested from its Judaism. Most secular children don't even know what "Shma" is, many fight now circumcision, but probably the world is raising up to show them where they come from and to Whom they belong.

Gary Fouse said...

Famous German beer drinking song:

"Alice! Who the f*** is Alice?"

RegT said...

The burning question for me is: have Alice Walker's books been translated into Ebonics yet?

SFMEDIC said...

Jewish Boycott.........

A short time ago, Iran 's Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali  Khamenei urged the Muslim World to boycott anything and everything that originates with the Jewish people.

In response, Meyer M. Treinkman, a  pharmacist, out of the kindness of his heart, offered to assist them in their boycott as follows:

"Any Muslim who has Syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. He should not even try to find out whether he has Syphilis, because the Wasserman Test is the discovery of a Jew. If a Muslim suspects that he has Gonorrhea, he must not seek diagnosis, because he will be using the method of a Jew named Neissner.

"A Muslim who has heart disease must not use Digitalis, a discovery by a Jew, Ludwig Traube.

Should he suffer with a toothache, he must not use Novocaine, a discovery of the Jews, Widal and Weil.

If a Muslim has Diabetes, he must not use Insulin, the result of research by Minkowsky, a Jew.

If one has a headache, he must shun Pyramidon and Antypyrin, due to the Jews, Spiro and Ellege.

Muslims with convulsions must put up with them because it was a Jew, Oscar Leibreich, who proposed the use of Chloral Hydrate.

Arabs must do likewise with their psychic ailments because Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew.

Should a Muslim child get Diphtheria, he must refrain from the "Schick" reaction which was invented by the Jew, Bella Schick.

"Muslims should be ready to die in great numbers and must not permit treatment of ear and brain damage, work of Nobel Prize winner, Robert Baram.

They should continue to die or remain crippled by Infantile Paralysis because the discoverer of the anti-polio vaccine is a Jew, Jonas Salk.

"Muslims must refuse to use Streptomycin and continue to die of Tuberculosis because a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the wonder drug against this killing disease.

Muslim doctors must discard all discoveries and improvements by dermatologist Judas Sehn Benedict, or the lung specialist, Frawnkel, and of many other world renowned Jewish scientists and medical experts.

"In short, good and loyal Muslims properly and fittingly should remain afflicted with Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Heart Disease, Headaches, Typhus, Diabetes, Mental Disorders, Polio Convulsions and Tuberculosis and be proud to obey the Islamic boycott."

Meanwhile I ask, what medical contributions to the world have the Muslims made?

What was that???? I'm still listening...............

Anonymous said...

What Iain banks says about imposing "moral degradation and ethical isolation" on Israel sounds so much like:

Sura 9:29 where Jews and Christians must pay the jizya and feel themselves subdued/humiliated

He and Walker are useful idiots and are by their fruits already fully fledged Mohamedans.

Aish.com has a good article, I;ll post it in a minute - kate b

jewamongyou said...

What Israelis now speak is "Israeli". I wouldn't consider it Hebrew, but you can call it whatever you want. Here's a post I published about this a while back:

http://jewamongyou.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/the-struggle-for-hebrew/

Anonymous said...

http://www.aish.com/jw/me/An_Open_Letter_to_Alice_Walker.html

Anonymous said...

Good old Eliezer Yitzhak Perelman (Ben Yehuda) little did he know he was fulfilling Zephanyah 3:9 ......... hmmm, and it's not arabic, is it?
kate b

Phyllis Blickensderfer said...

Thanks, Not Ovenready, for the introduction to Rebecca Walker.

Thanks, Daniel, for closing with the truth, too.

sheik yer'mami said...

Nobody I know in Israel could be bothered reading Alice Walker's book in Hebrew.

I wouldn't even read it in English, knowing what I know about her hatred.


When is Louis Farraklown's new book coming out? Can't wait!

Anonymous said...

man_in_tx

As a Christian, I enjoy studying the Old Testament Scriptures in the original Hebrew, though I am no scholar, by any means.

I particularly enjoy the Psalms -- such soaring imagery that is in no way diminished by the compact concision that characterizes that poetic genre.

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