Oh look this tokenizing bullshit again.
Look, to everyone who posts these photos with the notion that you’re proving something about the illegitimacy of Israel and Zionism:
I’m not going to go over the reasons NK are not representative of religious Jews. Not tonight. I’m focusing on something else this evening.
These men, these ludicrous fundamentalist men who belong to a tiny sect within Judaism that was founded in 1938. These men who travel to be palsy with Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. These men who stand out on the pavement with signs denouncing Zionism, who are so eagerly photographed and blogged and reblogged by Gentiles who also denounce Zionism. These men in their streimels and their black hats and their coats and their beards and their payess: do you have any idea how disrespectful you are toward them?
You know nothing about their beliefs, their history, or their way of life, and frankly, you don’t care. You don’t understand why they oppose Israel’s existence. (Hint, human rights have nothing at all to do with it.) You don’t know the roles they play within the larger Jewish world, the alliances and rivalries and conflicts, the court cases. You don’t understand where they came from. You don’t give a damn what they do on yontiff, or how they spend their days when they’re not protesting. You don’t know where their women and children are, or indeed if they have any, and what those women and children’s lives are like, and you don’t care.
You see them in a completely decontextualized and exploitative way: Old-Country-looking Jews who dress like the cast of “Fiddler on the Roof” in European black and funny hats, look authentic as all hell to your uneducated eyes, and conveniently uphold your hatred of Israel. Look, look, we found some real Jews, and they agree with us!
Everything they stand for besides the destruction of Israel would offend you. You don’t respect them. You have no intention of being allies to them in any way. They’re a conveniently exploitable camera shot to you, just as marginalized ethnic groups in their quaint tribal costumes have been ever since there have been cameras.
And as little as I like Neturei Karta, as a Jew, as a social justice activist, and even as a Zionist, I have to say, that sucks. You suck. Stop sucking so much.