Hold onto your hats folks but I’m going to say something nice about Jeffrey Goldberg. He’s the guy who wrote one of the most poisonous reviews of Jimmy Carter’s Peace Not Apartheid for which I’ve never forgiven him. So I never thought it would come to this. But he’s written a glorious piece absolutely skewering Aish HaTorah and linking it directly to the Clarion Fund (“high-level officials of Aish are up to their chins in this project”), producers of Obsession and Third Jihad:
Aish HaTorah…is just about the most fundamentalist movement in Judaism today. Its operatives flourish in the radical belt of Jewish settlements just south of Nablus, in the northern West Bank, and their outposts across the world propagandize on behalf of a particularly sterile, sexist and revanchist brand of Judaism. Which is amusing, of course, because “Obsession” is meant to expose a particularly sterile, sexist and racist brand of Islam.
The tragedy of “Obsession” is…that it takes a serious issue…Islamism — and makes it into a cartoon. Its central argument is that the “Islamofascism” of today is…worse than Nazism. This is quite a thing for a Jewish organization to argue. One of the featured speakers in “Obsession” is a self-described “former PLO terrorist” named Walid Shoebat, who argues on film that a “secular dogma like Nazism is less dangerous than Islamofascism is today.”
This is lunacy, of course. Islamism isn’t Nazism. It’s bad enough without being labeled Nazism. Martin Gilbert, the biographer of Churchill, shows up in the film as well, and doesn’t cover himself in glory: “History has an unfortunate habit of always repeating itself,” he says. Always? Does this mean that the Arabs are right now constructing death camps for the Jewish citizens of Israel?
…The film is meant to suggest that Obama will provide aid and comfort to Islamism, or is an Islamist himself…Yes, he went to party with Rashid Khalidi. So did I. Does that make me a member of Hezbollah?
I actually have another idea for a film: I would call it “Obsession” as well, but it would be about the poor souls who believe that Obama is a radical Muslim, that Israel has a right to expel Arabs from its lands, and that America should declare war on all of Islam.
My hat is off to him. It’s a terrific piece of writing and a savage satire. I wouldn’t want to be the subject of one of his demolition derby jobs myself. Jeffrey, it’s nice to be on the same side for once.
Hat tip to Phil Weiss who notes the odd and delicious irony that Goldberg’s piece is linked at CAIR’s website. What’s this world coming to when these two find something in common?