Glenn Beck, once again proving he’s one of the biggest idiots on the planet (barring genuine monsters like Moamar Qaddafi, Kim Jong Il and Bashar Assad), has called the J14 tent protesters who’ve been demonstrating in massive waves of hundreds of thousands around the country, “Communists:”
The conservative pundit…scoffed at the protesters’ list of demands, comparing many of their calls for increased social benefits to those of the former Soviet Union.
When he heard that the protest leaders were calling for higher taxation for the Israeli upper-classes, Beck laughed derisively, saying “ah, hate the rich.”
How idiotic is he? Let me count the ways. First, these protesters are the middle class, not the élite and not the highly educated who are likely to be left-wing activists of the sort Beck detests. There are Orthodox Jews among their number and certainly a huge cross-section of demonstrators have served in the IDF. Has Beck similarly served his country? Nooooo! So look who’s calling the kettle black.
Protesters are deploring the destruction of social benefits like public education and health care. Naturally, Beck’s millions entitle him to private schools and the finest medical care money can buy. Not so those involved in J14. They’re just average people with average jobs who’re mad as hell about what Bibi’s taken away from them. In reality, the J14 movement is the Tea Party in reverse. It has all the magnetism among Israelis that the Tea Party has had for right-wing Republicans over the past year or so; yet J14’s values are diametrically opposite. So I’d suggest that smearing J14 is the equivalent within Israel of smearing motherhood and apple pie.
Further, Beck claims (with no proof, natch) that J14 protestors are in cahoots with Islamists (a viewpoint certainly shared with Anders Breivik):
Beck also insinuated a possible collaboration between socialists and Islamists, pointing out historical instances in which the two movements went hand in hand.
And echoing the views of the extreme settler movement who he ardently supports, Beck called for stealing more “empty” Palestinian land on which Israel should build new settlements to “solve” the housing crisis:
Beck then went on to suggest that the housing crisis could be solved by simply building up empty land in the West Bank. The right-wing commentator emphasized that the area, biblically referred to as “Judea and Samaria”, is “Judea – like Jews”.
No, not “Judea–like Jews,” but Judea–like settlers; or Judea like Judeans who lived a millennium or so ago and no longer exist.
By the way, the “Restoring Courage” moniker is more rock band tour slogan than anything relevant to the Israeli scene. The only thing Beck is trying to ‘restore’ is the Davidic monarchy (in the guise of a settler theocracy); or possibly the political hegemony of Likud and settler-religious parties even farther to its right. Instead of all this nonsense, I wish Beck would talk to Bibi about ‘restoring’ some of the Israeli social safety net which he’s cut bit by bit to shreads over the years.
Beck’s making a big deal of visiting Itamar, the home of the murdered Fogel family. One Fogel he’ll never visit is the father’s brother, Motti, who is a committed peace activist.