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Wednesday, July 07, 2004

BTW, Michael Moore is Anti-Israel

via Naomi Ragen
In 1987, Moore was honored by the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) for his "courageous efforts in journalism." (In 1986, Moore was for a few months been editor of Mother Jones, and it was reported by ADC - and denied by Mother Jones - that he had been fired by Mother Jones because of his decision to do a cover story about the Palestinians]

In 1990, after his movie "Roger and Me," Moore told an ADC conference in Detroit that he had been invited to attend a screening of his film at the Jerusalem festival. " Moore told ADC that he had said he "would not attend , as long as Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza."

Moore attended and spoke at a June 5, 1990 demonstration at the Israeli Embassy protesting the continued Israeli occupation.

Moore dedicated his most recent book Dude Where's My Country, to International Solidarity Movement activist Rachel Corrie. In an on-line interview 11/16/03 with Booknotes, Moore described her as "stand[ing] in front of the bulldozers when the Israelis go to bulldoze the homes of people who did nothing wrong, but because a family member committed a horrible crime - with, you know, no trial, no anything..."

In his book, Stupid White Men and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation, Moore proposes that Congress should inform Israel that it has thirty days to end the bloodshed in its/our name or we will cut off the annual largess of $3 billion. He observes that individual terrorism is bad enough, but state sponsored terrorism is truly evil.

"If Israel wants to continue receiving our annual gift, it should be given a year to work out a plan with the Palestinians to create a nation called Palestine(formed from the West Bank, Gaza, and a strip of land that connects them)."

Moore from his book, Dude Where's My Country
"....If you want real security, I suggest you consider my ideas that will efinitely maker America a safer country....

It might be good to find out why hundreds of millions of people on three continents... are so pissed off about Israel. Now I'm not just talking about your everyday anti-Semites. No, I'm talking about the perceived notion that we Americans are supporting Israel in its oppression of he Palestinian people. Now where did those Arabs come up with an idea like that? Maybe it was when that Palestinian child looked up in the air and saw an American Apache helicopter firing a missile into his baby sister's bedroom just before she was blown into a hundred bits....

...Of course many Israeli children had died too, at the hands of the Palestinians. You would think that would make every Israeli want to wipe out the Arab world, But the average Israeli does not have that response. Why? Because in their hearts, they know they are wrong, and they know they would be doing just what the Palestinians are doing if the sandal were on the other foot.

...Hey, here's away to stop the suicide bombings - give the Palestinians a bunch of missile-firing Apache helicopters and let them and the Israelis go at each other head to head. Four billion dollars a year to Israel, four billion a year to the Palestinians - they can just blow each other up and leave the rest of us the hell alone.'" (pp. 121-122, Chapter 5 "How to Stop Terrorism? Stop being terrorists"- Dude Where's my country (2003)
More Moore:

"There is no terrorist threat in this country. This is a lie. This is the biggest lie we've been told."

"I think the United States, I think our government knows where (Bin Laden) is and I don't think we're going to be capturing him or killing him any time soon. Because he's funded by their friends in Saudi Arabia!"

"I want him [Bush] paraded in handcuffs outside a police house as a common criminal because I don't know if there's a greater crime than taking people to war based on a lie. I've never seen anything like Bush and his people. They truly hate our constitution, our rights and liberties. They have no shame in fighting for their corporate sponsors."

"[Americans] are possibly the dumbest people on the planet ... in thrall to conniving, thieving, smug pr*cks. We Americans suffer from an enforced ignorance. We don't know about anything that's happening outside our country. Our stupidity is embarrassing." -- Michael Moore while in Germany.

In Liverpool, he paused to contemplate the epicenters of evil in the modern world: "It's all part of the same ball of wax, right? The oil companies, Israel, Halliburton."

Naomi Ragen: "Moore angers me as an American, as an Israeli and as a Jew."

You betcha.

UPDATE: I'm really sick to death of Michael Moore, but somehow I can't let it go. yet. Jim Pinkerton had an interesting take on the possible effect of the movie; the upshot is
"... if Moore's film is a hit at the box office, it's more likely to turn Kerry voters into Nader voters than it is to turn Bush voters into Kerry voters."
I'll sit with that happy thought, and in the meantime maybe the whole thing will disappear.

I lost yet another liberal friend this week; he's gone over to the Dark Side, where he doesn't even care if Moore is a raving antisemite. He still thinks the maker of Fahrenhate 9/11 is a Great Patriot, in spite of all my arguments, reasons and evidence to the contrary. I have not another rabbit to pull out of my hat; I give up.

The funny thing is, I was really afraid of the effects of the Gibson movie and it turned out to be less significant than I expected (though not at all harmless). I had no actual fear -just some loathing- of the Moore movie, but lo and behold, the effect of this one is actually completely frightening! It's like a sci-fi movie, with people you know and love turning into zombies, their brains consumed by Bush-hatred. Go figure.