Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Stefan Molyneux's Mendacity in Denying the Diversity in Israel

Stuart K. Hayashi

This is a follow-up to the post "Stefan Molyneux Cites and Repeats Conspiracy Theories About Jews from a David Duke Acolyte."

Stefan Molyneux repeatedly pulls a dishonest trick.  He says that people should stop fretting about the burgeoning white nationalist movement in the United States and Western Europe, because it has a precedent in . . . Israel and Zionism.  He proclaims,
This is the basic fact [for] everybody who's shocked and appalled about the potential for white nationalism: OK, well, if you are opposed to white nationalism, then you must of course be enormously opposed to Israel, which is an ethno-state. If you are not opposed to, and criticizing, Israel for being an ethno-state, then shut up about white nationalism, because you are a racist, a coward, and a hypocrite.
To him, if alt-right leader Richard Spencer has his way and the United States becomes a "homeland" for white people that repels nonwhites from immigrating, that is no worse than what Israel already does.

Here is a 96-second video montage of Molyneux regurgitating Richard Spencer's propaganda.

Actually, the claims of Richard Spencer and Stefan Molyneux are false.  Israel is more diverse -- ethnically, racially, and religiously -- than Molyneux lets on.  According to the CIA World Factbook, no more than 77 percent of Israel's citizens are Jewish. Over 20 percent of Israel's citizens are non-Jewish; over 16 percent is Muslim.

In terms of ethnicity and race and religion, Israel is more diverse than Japan, Finland, and Norway.

And contrary to much propaganda from both the Left and the Right, the Israeli government's policy is that Arabs in Israel are to be treated as first-class citizens with the same rights as Jewish citizens. As the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise points out,
Arabs in Israel have equal voting rights; in fact, it is one of the few places in the Middle East where Arab women may vote. Arabs in 2011 held 14 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. Israeli Arabs have also held various government posts, including one who served as Israel’s ambassador to Finland and the deputy mayor of Tel Aviv. Oscar Abu Razaq was appointed Director General of the Ministry of Interior, the first Arab citizen to become chief executive of a key government ministry. Ariel Sharon’s original cabinet included the first Arab minister, Salah Tarif, a Druze who served as a minister without portfolio. An Arab is also a Supreme Court justice. . . .
Arabic, like Hebrew, is an official language in Israel. More than 300,000 Arab children attend Israeli schools. At the time of Israel’s founding, there was one Arab high school in the country. Today, there are hundreds of Arab schools.  
The sole legal distinction between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel is that the latter are not required to serve in the Israeli army. This is to spare Arab citizens the need to take up arms against their brethren. Nevertheless, Bedouins have served in paratroop units and other Arabs have volunteered for military duty.
This is not to deny the all too many instances of tensions between Jews and non-Jews within Israel. And there are many policies in all the aforementioned countries -- Israel, Japan, Finland, and Norway -- that I don't like. I don't approve of conscription in Israel or anywhere else.

 But the fact remains that if Stefan Molyneux got his way and the USA became a "homeland" exclusively for white gentiles, this would not be an emulation of Israel. Richard Spencer and supposed anarchist Stefan Molyneux would have it that statutory law in the United States discourage racial mingling; that Israel is intended to be a safe haven for Jews does not mean that Israel is all about statutory discrimination against Arabs.