30 November 2011

Shock, horror: Arab spring revolutionaries admire Israeli democracy: then bash Israel.

Okay, I notice that one website I went to find out who Anshel Pfeffer is turned out to be "Palestine: Information with Provenance (PIWP database)" and illustrated with the Palestinian flag (and apparently run by PSC, Ireland). Still, nobody's perfect and he might be there through no fault of his own. Might be, I said, because Snoopy let slip that there are Israelis who have issues with Mr Pfeffer. Ah well, that doesn't make what he has to say necessarily any less relevant or important.

So, this is from the online English language version of Haaretz, so it may or not have been in the Hebrew printed or online version. Anyway, what does he have to say for himself? Actually, some quite interesting things. For example, ""We want a democracy like in Israel." I heard this sentence twice in January, once in a shopping center in Tunis and a second time on a street near Tahrir Square in Cairo." Before you get too excited at this demonstration of fraternal love for democracy breaking out all over in the wake of the Arab spring, note that he goes on to say that "the young Tunisian man, an Islamist in the local laid-back fashion, after extolling Israeli democracy, immediately launched into a tirade against the Jewish state's treatment of the Palestinians." So, business as usual after the compliments. Go figure!

Here's the link for the rest of the article.

By Brian Goldfarb.