Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Silencing Occupy Wall Street and criticism of Israel through demonization

By Ali Abunimah

"Paul Krugman has a great column today on the “panicked” reaction of the country’s plutocrats to the Occupy Wall Street protests that are spreading across the country. The protests, he writes, “have already elicited a remarkably hysterical reaction from Wall Street, the super-rich in general, and politicians and pundits who reliably serve the interests of the wealthiest hundredth of a percent.”

What struck me though was his description of the tactics used to demonize perfectly rational and sensible critiques of the disastrous way the economy is run for the benefit of a tiny number of people:
The tactics Krugman describes struck a real chord with me – they are exactly like the tactics US-based anti-Palestinian groups are using in their campaign against so-called “delegitimization” of Israel. A “delegitimizer” you may recall is anyone who questions Israel or calls for an end to its occupation, apartheid and other crimes against Palestinians and other Arabs, in short the entire Palestinian rights and solidarity movement.

Like Wall Street’s Masters of the Universe, Israel’s anti-Palestinian supporters have no morally defensible message, no positive case to make, no way to justify the US giving billions of dollars each year to a colonial apartheid state while basic services for Americans are slashed. So their only resort is to attack and demonize all who call for common sense: ending Israel’s special treatment and working for full equal rights and decolonization based on universal human rights principles – just what the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement calls for....."

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