Does anybody remember that about ten years ago or more, an Arab or Iranian prof at Columbia University in New York [Prof Hamid Dabbash?] told a Jewish young woman student that she wasn’t a Semite because she had green eyes? We could dismiss this claim on the grounds that the prof’s argument was racist. It was racist. It also defined Semite rather narrowly in a racial, genetic sense. But the argument has to be answered on the empirical level about the relevance of green eyes because simply pointing out that the argument is racist does not make an impression on people who really don’t care if it is racist or not. But who often search for something, anything, apparently factual to hold against the Jews. So in my efforts to vitiate this noxious claim by Prof Dabbash [as I recall his name] I will point out that in my own personal experience I have met more than one Arab who had green eyes. And some who had blue and gray eyes. But as you probably understand, we are dealing here with an unthinking cult or mystique –not interested in empirical facts– that wants to see Jews as alien to the Middle East, not only to the Land of Israel. So Jews have to be put into a box of being European in appearance which some are. On the other hand . . . OK, let’s try a lighter, more sarcastic approach while supplying some photographs for the sake of empirical evidence. In that light, please read what follows:
In my unwearying efforts to be politically correct, I have landed upon a hard to solve problem. We all know that according to PC, pale white, blond-haired, blue-eyed people are BAD while black folk are GOOD, and that people with skin color of shades in between are rated accordingly. But what do we do if a blond, white Arab girl slaps an olive-skinned or darker Israeli soldier? Which one is right and which one wrong? A conundrum even harder to solve is when an Arab terrorist murderer is blond and blue-eyed, like young lion Mr Ahmed Nasr Jarrar in the photo below, and the Israeli victim of murder is a swarthy Jew like Rabbi Raziel Shevahh [may his memory be a blessing], murdered by Jarrar and his accomplices in a drive by shooting . According to the standard PC rules of skin-color-based morality, the Jew would be right and the blond Arab wrong. Likewise in the case of Ahed Tamimi.
Ahed Tamimi of the notorious Tamimi clan whose members have been involved in many terrorist murders, including the Sbarro restaurant bombing massacre in Jerusalem in 2001. Here is a video of the recent incident where she slaps a soldier. [Also here & here & here]. Note how each of the four news sources presents the video differently, in shorter or longer versions, in versions favorable or unfavorable to the claims of Ms Tamimi and her family. Here is a report of connections between Amnesty International and the Tamimis [here]. The Daily Mail considers whether there has been media bias on the Australian Broadcasting Company in favor of the Tamimi narrative [here]. Rikki Hollander of CAMERA analyzes media coverage of the Ahed Tamimi case here.
Ahmed Nasr Jarrar murderer of Rav Raziel Shevahh, זכרונו לברכה
Here is how Palestinian Media Watch labels this photo [here]:
The image shows terrorist Ahmed Nasr Jarrar (left) and his father, terrorist Nasr Jarrar, who is holding an assault rifle. The father was a Hamas terrorist who planned two attacks in central Israel – a double suicide bombing in the Sheba Hospital and a truck bombing in a multi-story building – attacks that were thwarted when he was killed and other members of his terror cell were caught by Israeli soldiers in 2002. [source is PMW here]
Here below is a photo of Rabbi Raziel Shevahh זכרונו לברכה with part of his family. Note that Rav Shevahh has dark eyes and black hair, unlike his murderer, Jarrar [source here] :