The “Boycott Israel” movement gives all of the world’s wheezy old anti-Semites, terror sympathizers, and dictator toadies a chance to pretend they have the moral high ground. Sometimes it goes right to their heads.
Such was the case with antediluvian Pink Floyd veteran Roger Waters, recently spotted waving a flag at concerts that branded a Star of David on a giant pig, as he lurched forth to yell at the “undeniably cute” Scarlett Johansson in the most patronizing manner imaginable. From The Blaze:
In his Facebook post, Waters described a meeting with Johansson. “Scarlett? Ah, Scarlett,” Waters wrote. “I met Scarlett a year or so ago, I think it was at a Cream reunion concert at MSG. She was then, as I recall, fiercely anti Neocon, passionately disgusted by Blackwater (Dick Cheney’s private army in Iraq), you could have been forgiven for thinking that here was a young woman of strength and integrity who believed in truth, human rights, and the law and love. I confess I was somewhat smitten. There’s no fool like an old fool.”
“A few years down the line, Scarlett’s choice of Soda Stream over Oxfam is such an act of intellectual, political, and civil about face, that we, all those of us who care about the downtrodden, the oppressed, the occupied, the second class, will find it hard to rationalize,” Waters wrote.
The cranky rocker finished his tirade by saying, “Scarlett, you are undeniably cute, but if you think Soda Stream is building bridges towards peace you are also undeniably not paying attention.” He’s lucky he delivered this patronizing sermon in service of a trendy hard-Left cause, and he’s too far past his heyday for anyone to be terribly worried about what he says, or he’d be torn to ribbons by feminists for talking down to her like that.
Actually, it’s the terror-chic fashionistas and upscale anti-Israelites who aren’t paying attention, and they put a lot of effort into it. For example, they struggle very hard not to hear the explosions as terrorist rockets are launched almost daily into Israeli population centers. The new Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts many of them, which is good news for the civilians of Israel, but it also makes it easier for people like Roger Waters to ignore the constant stream of attempted murders.
He’s also not paying attention to what Palestinians who actually have direct contact with Soda Stream are saying about the company. They generally love their jobs, which pay about double what they can eke out of the moribund economy run by the kleptocrats and psychopaths Roger Waters supports. Maybe he could take some time from his next trip to Switzerland to hit a few banks and find some of that international aid money the Palestinian thugocracy has been squirreling away.
If you’re unfamiliar with what he’s talking about, ScarJo spent eight years – which is over a quarter of her life – working as an ambassador for the international charity Oxfam, which is supposed to be fighting to alleviate starvation and poverty, but turns out to have big problems with Palestinians building a good living for themselves by working for You Know Who. The actress took a job as spokeswoman for Soda Stream, the do-it-yourself soda-making machine, which happens to be run by You Know Who, and has a factory in Guess Where. The people who think Israel should give up a big chunk of its territory – and would not at all mind seeing the rest of it disappear, as the Palestinian educational system depicts when it prints up maps that don’t have Israel on them – have an aggressive blacklist operation that seeks to make celebrities treat Israel like the second coming of apartheid South Africa. To the surprise of many observers, Johansson didn’t give up her spokeswoman gig when she was ordered to do so; she resigned from Oxfam instead.
What makes this celebrity conflict so interesting is that the blacklisters probably aren’t going to have much luck destroying Scarlett Johansson’s career. She’s got impeccable Party credentials as a vocal Obama supporter, is currently running at the peak of her career, and doesn’t give the tabloids a lot of dirt to work with. She can not only afford to ignore these goons; there’s a good chance they’ll make themselves toxic by going after her too hard.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a statement about the blacklist on Twitter this morning: “Attempts to impose a boycott on Israel are immoral and unjust; they cause Palestinians to adhere to their intransigent positions and push peace away.” That’s what bothers the anti-Semites. Employment is the most powerful assimilative force known to any society; it’s arguably the only really effective tool for building social harmony, which is usually exactly as difficult to find as jobs are, in any given city, state, or nation. If the Palestinians are voluntarily cooperating with Israelis to build productive enterprises, they might give up their “nationhood” obsessions and start insisting on better government for themselves… and then where will the kleptocrats and their enablers be?