I have been reading an amazing post "Vegan-washing" and the fanaticism of the far-Left by Elder of Ziyon, where he describes some vegans and their obsessive fringe*. A fanatic animal-rights activist named Gary Yourofsky, who was the trigger of the discussion, is less relevant to the whole, but his opinion on Israeli/Palestinian strife is so starkly original that I can't skip it:
Responding to the core question of the Palestinian struggle and the call to boycott Israeli academia and the settlements, Yourofsky said he sees no point in caring about any human beings so long as animals that are being regularly slaughtered. “When people start eating sliced up Jew flesh, or seared Palestinian children in between two slices of bread with onions, pickles and mustard, then I’ll be concerned about the Middle East situation.”Whatever, but the point of the post is how the anti-Zionist left responded to this opinion.
The +972 author, Haggai Matar, tries to wrap his head around such thinking, and finally gets an answer. Another animal rights activist explains that Yourofsky is a "single issue activist" who is focused on animal rights above all. He is, simply, a fanatic. Some people can be so obsessed with a single topic that they can be understood, even if their resulting actions are unforgivable."Part vegetarian part vegan"... hm... an interesting combo. Something like centaur, I guess, only which part is vegetarian and which part is strictly vegan? No matter, but the invention of that "vegan-washing" term forced me to think in that philological direction, hitherto unexplored.
Matar then quotes far left anti-Zionist Aeyal Gross, in Haaretz (Hebrew), where he notes that recently Bibi Netanyahu made statements supporting animal rights during a cabinet meeting. It wasn't a policy statement, it wasn't a public speech, it was just a conversation during a meeting.
Gross is incensed at how such a disgusting person as Netanyahu could possibly advocate a liberal position on anything. It is like Gross, a "part vegetarian part vegan," is sickened that he could have anything in common with the prime minister of Israel.
So Aeyal Gross, who had previously railed against Israel's officially gay-friendly public stance, called this "vegan-washing" as a successor to the ridiculous term "pinkwashing."
Think about it: there are, probably, thousands of different activities and points of view that find support and succor among the cursed Zionists. And no one has so far noticed it and, aside of the two cases (pinkwashing and vegan-washing), these activities remain scot-free of proper anti-Zionist attention, classification and nailing to the wall of shame. Something must be done about this, I am sure, and to be helpful to the anti-Zionist folks, I am bringing up here a few examples, hoping that this will be a first push in the right direction, and then the business of classification and nailing will become a self-sustaining form of anti-Zionist expression.
Let's start with washing. It is not a secret that at least some Zionists are washing and even demanding that their children be washed. Here is some proof: first an Hebrew article on benefits of washing. With pictures, too, to make the whole more sinister. And a children song, too popular to be denied:
Now, looking at this incontrovertible proof, how could one avoid applying the term "washing-washing"**? I am only surprised that the true anti-Zionists didn't invent it yet. Although I suspect that some of them are already on the case, judging by this:
Clearly someone suspected a Zionist washing plot, it just hasn't yet crystallized into a definition.
Here are a few examples of newly coined definitions, ready for use:
- Book-reading-washing. While Zionists are consuming quite a lot of reading material, should it remain undefined and un-criticized?
- High-tech-washing. Unnecessary to explain how the Zionists trumpet this activity. No more, I hope, with introduction of this term.
- Color-washing. The Zionists bring to their country all kinds of Jews of all possible colors (or even colours). So there.
- Democracy-washing. They (the Zionists) point out that their media is free and democratic, and anyone can publish any opinion, no matter how inane the opinion might be, like... oh well. Not anymore.
- Hummus-washing. This is not about hygiene, chickpeas should be washed before processing into hummus no matter how anti-Zionist your are. But the insistence of the Zionists in producing their own brands of hummus is super-annoying.
- The no-rape-washing, I would have forgotten it if Noga didn't remind me.
(*) I must be careful here, and a statement that some of the vegans are my friends couldn't be missing from this post.
(**) There is an issue, though, that may later cause a rift between different branches of anti-Zionist movement. Namely, should the cases of Zionist-stained activities/opinions create a single word (like "pinkwashing") or are multiple words allowed (like in "scuba-diving-speargun-hunting-washing") ? The issue should be resolved asap, I suggest.