On Thursday Joseph Sobran, described by the New York Times as a “conservative writer and moralist,” died at the age of 64. The Times obit noted that Sobran’s “outspoken antipathy to Israel and what he saw as the undue influence of a Jewish lobby on American foreign policy led to his removal as a senior editor of National Review in 1993.”
After a decade of opposition to U.S. policy in the Middle East, Sobran, a protege of National Review founder William F. Buckley, crossed the line in 1993 when he attacked Buckley himself for being soft on Israel.
Buckley called Sobran’s criticisms “a breath-catching libel” and sacked him.
Case Study #2:
On Thursday, Sanchez appeared on the XM Sirius radio program “Stand-Up with Pete Dominick.” During the interview with Dominick, Sanchez called “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart “a bigot” and then said that he was bigoted against “everybody else who’s not like him. Look at his show, I mean, what does he surround himself with?”
Dominick pressed for specifics, and Sanchez, who is Cuban-American, responded, “That’s what happens when you watch yourself on his show every day, and all they ever do is call you stupid.”
Dominick, who was once the warm-up comic at Stewart’s Comedy Central show and now has a spot on CNN’s “John King, USA,” noted that Stewart is Jewish and so a minority himself.
“I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah,” Sanchez responded.
True, anti-Zionist views continue to draw retribution from both the left and the right.
But also true, anti-Zionist views continue to border on the anti-Semitic.
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.