Jewish supremacism revisited: And, Deborah Orr’s faulty memory

As I noted in “On the explicit antisemitism of the Guardian’s Deborah Orr“, Orr, commenting on the Shalit prisoner swap for the Guardian, advanced a simply inexplicable moral calculus – one just brimming with animosity towards Jews.

Regarding the former, Orr somehow interpreted Israel’s willingness to release over a thousand Palestinian terrorists, for one Israeli who had never committed a crime, as evidence of Israeli racism.

She wrote:

“It’s quite something, the prisoner swap between Hamas and the Israeli government that returns Gilad Shalit to his family, and more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners to theirs…[which is] an indication of how inured the world has become to the obscene idea that Israeli lives are more important than Palestinian lives.”

Of course, such bizarre logic shows how debased the commentary over Israel has become, especially when you consider the real moral implications of the deal with Hamas: that the value of the hundreds of Israeli lives extinguished by the Palestinian terrorists released in the deal were apparently of no particular concern to Hamas, Orr or other European critics of Israel.  

Regarding Orr’s broader animosity towards Jews as such,  it seems that our crusading anti-Zionist friend forgot what she has written – or so it would seem by a Twitter exchange she had recently with a critic of her Guardian diatribe.

Here’s the Tweet which challenged Orr to fess up to her peculiar logic:

Then, Orr:

OK, I’ll jog her memory. She wrote, in her Guardian piece:

“…so many Zionists believe – that the lives of the chosen are of hugely greater consequence than those of their unfortunate neighbors.”

As I sense that Ms. Orr isn’t the brightest bulb in the lot, let me spell is out to her.

Despite having no recollection of arguing that “Jews think they’re better” than others, a mere few days ago she opined her disgust with the notion “that the lives of the chosen” – JEWS – “are of hugely greater consequence than those of their unfortunate neighbors”.  

And, of course, by “unfortunate neighbors”, it is, to be honest, less than clear which bastions of peace, brotherhood, universal love, and religious tolerance she’s referring to: Is it Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, Saudi Arabia or Iran? She doesn’t say.  

Yes, those pesky Jews – so crippled by selfishness that they fail to even consider submitting to the Islamist universal-ism which their neighbors so selflessly wish upon them.  

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