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Today’s anti-zionism is anti-semitism

“I’m not anti-Semitic. I’m just anti-Zionist” is an excuse often repeated by politicians, intellectuals and students when they justify their hatred for Israel. This justification, however, has become so convoluted that it is unclear what the difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism is anymore.For the sake of clarity, let’s start out by defining these confusing and perhaps overlapping terms.Although a misnomer as it refers to all Semites including Arabs, anti-Semitism has come to specifically mean the hatred of Jews. This prejudice dates back for thousands of years with incessant abuse, expulsions, and massacres, culminating with the extermination of European Jewry in the 1940’s; the largest systematic genocide in human history.Given this dark experience as a minority, many advocated that the only way to ensure Jewish safety and survival was through the establishment of a Jewish state. The belief that Jews should pursue a country of their own is called “Zionism.”As nationalist movements have swept the world in the 20th century, the U.N. granted sovereignty to the Jewish population in British Palestine and Israel declared its independence in 1948.But as Zionism is the pursuit of a Jewish state, one would assume this ideology would become irrelevant once its goal was achieved. However, as Israel is constantly forced to justify its right to exist, a modern Zionist is someone who believes that the Jewish state should continue to be an autonomous country.This conviction has been challenged since Israel’s creation with an existential war of independence against five Arab armies. More recently, terrorist groups such as Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon have vowed to destroy Israel with rocket attacks and suicide bombings. Moreover, Iran (which does not share a border or have any real disputes with Israel) is currently developing nuclear weapons to “wipe Israel off the map.”These positions are indeed anti-Zionist as… Read More

Time to End Affirmative Action

Born in a one-room log cabin in Kentucky, no one thought this impoverished and uneducated hillbilly could ever aspire to be anything more than a grocery store clerk. Little did everyone know, however, his intelligence was more impressive than his 14 shoe size (big feet can mean intellectual endowment as well).  He studiously read law and political philosophy books whenever he had the chance and went onto become a lawyer, house representative, senator and the first Republican President. You guessed it. Abraham Lincoln.As the Republican Party was founded on an anti-slavery platform, Honest Abe dedicated his life to opposing pro-slavery activists among the Democratic Party. For all the shocked tea-sipping hippies, please take a moment to wipe the strawberry mocha chai you just spat across your computer screen and come to terms with the unbelievable fact that the Republicans were the good guys.As for the Democrats of the 19th century, many argued that slavery was an important social institution that improved the collective welfare. The Republicans, on the other hand, could not tolerate the suppression of individual freedom and refused to accept anything less than abolition. Unwilling to acknowledge that black people were not possessions, the Southern Democrats led the succession from the Union and unleashed the most brutal war in American history. Once again, Abe’s intelligence won against the odds.Even after emancipation, however, African Americans did not enjoy civil rights until a Georgia boy from a staunch Republican household entered the political arena. You probably heard of him: Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Appropriately, he delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech at the footsteps of the Lincoln monument in honour of the man who set his people free. Now it was his turn to give his people equality.There were colossal obstacles, however, in the way of progress. If… Read More

Hosni Mubarak vs. KFC

With millions of protesters taking to the streets of Egypt, denial is more than a river where President Hosni Mubarak lives. The 82-year old dictator, who’s ruled the land of the pyramids for the last three decades, has been reluctant to give up his throne. And why shouldn’t he have been? He’s oppressed his people so well for so long, it’s not like the international community is going to say anything now. Even Obama is telling the anti-government movement to calm down and show restraint.But what are the demonstrators saying to their despised ruler?“Will you please go? I’ve to go home and take a bath!”“I got married 20 days ago, I want to see my wife already!”“My hands are tired of holding this freaking banner!”Oh my golly gosh darn it, says the bewildered PC do-gooder. How could Patrick Levy make such tasteless and offensive jokes about the Egyptian Revolution? Does he not know the facts? Does he not know the tyranny of Mubarak? For God’s sake, Anderson Cooper was hurt during the rioting. Does he not have a soul?!Before all you hippies go on a hunger strike, dress up in moronic costumes and scream “Death to the Prince Arthur Herald”, take a deep breath (perhaps even a haul of your joint) and wipe the tears from your pretty little eyes. These were real slogans from protesters’ picket signs in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.My favourite placard reads as follows:Egyptians: “Mr. President, we have come to bid you farewell.”Mubarak: “Why, where are you going?”It shouldn’t be surprising, however, that the Egyptian people have an astute appreciation for political humour. The oldest joke recorded in history is a 4,600 year old papyrus scroll making fun of the Pharaoh.But the most hilarious part of this revolutionary comedy is the blame game of who started all… Read More

Free Speech in Dire Straits

Winning four Grammys, two MTV Music Awards and selling over 120 million albums worldwide, Dire Straits has been celebrated by fans and critics as one of the most commercially successful rock bands. Twenty five years after the release of their global hit Money for Nothing however, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) has deemed the song too offensive for our vulnerable Canadian ears.Why has it been suddenly banned across the country? Lo and behold, we’ve been listening to music that violates human rights and we didn’t even realize it. Thank God our tax dollars go towards censoring 80’s classics. Who knows? Maybe one day an unsuspecting youth will turn on the oldies station instead of gangster rap about guns, drugs, and pimping. Crisis averted.The issue was brought up when a man in Newfoundland complained to the CBSC that Dire Strait’s lyrics contains three utterances of a certain derogatory epithet for homosexuals. As a result, the council ruled that Money for Nothing, which has been played a billion times since 1985, will no longer be broadcasted in Canada due to the single complaint. After all, in our political correct society, it is not only about minority rights anymore. Instead, we’ve decided that no one should ever be offended by anything.Ironically, the fact that one man can dictate the music choice of 34 million is offensive to the essence of Canada’s democracy. It seems like something out of George Orwell’s 1984 except that Big Brother is a hypersensitive liberal prude.In response to being categorized as a human rights violator along with Kim Jong Il and Colonel Gaddafi, Dire Straits front man Mark Knopfler has defended his work by claiming that the lyrics are obviously satirical as it describes an ignorant person ranting against rock stars for getting “money for nothing.” Therefore, one… Read More

Time to End Affirmative Action

Born in a one-room log cabin in Kentucky, no one thought this impoverished and uneducated hillbilly could ever aspire to be anything more than a grocery store clerk. Little did everyone know, however, his intelligence was more impressive than his 14 shoe size (big feet can mean intellectual endowment as well).  He studiously read law and political philosophy books whenever he had the chance and went onto become a lawyer, house representative, senator and the first Republican President. You guessed it. Abraham Lincoln.As the Republican Party was founded on an anti-slavery platform, Honest Abe dedicated his life to opposing pro-slavery activists among the Democratic Party. For all the shocked tea-sipping hippies, please take a moment to wipe the strawberry mocha chai you just spat across your computer screen and come to terms with the unbelievable fact that the Republicans were the good guys.As for the Democrats of the 19th century, many argued that slavery was an important social institution that improved the collective welfare. The Republicans, on the other hand, could not tolerate the suppression of individual freedom and refused to accept anything less than abolition. Unwilling to acknowledge that black people were not possessions, the Southern Democrats led the succession from the Union and unleashed the most brutal war in American history. Once again, Abe’s intelligence won against the odds.Even after emancipation, however, African Americans did not enjoy civil rights until a Georgia boy from a staunch Republican household entered the political arena. You probably heard of him: Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Appropriately, he delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech at the footsteps of the Lincoln monument in honour of the man who set his people free. Now it was his turn to give his people equality.There were colossal obstacles, however, in the way of progress. If… Read More
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