Your Narcissism is Showing

Rob Schneider, a second-tier celeb, best known for a series of sophomoric comedies, recently tweeted: “To not be outraged at the killing of children to risk your very soul.”

To which I would reply. If the only deaths of children that provoke a response from you are those of children killed in Gaza, but not the hundreds of thousands of black Muslim children killed in Darfur by their co-religionists over the past decade or the 700 Syrian civilians killed in two days recently (or the 170,000 killed over the last three years), it is not the capaciousness of your soul that you display, but the depth of your narcissism and need to be admired as a “good person.”

If the only deaths of children that set your thumbs twittering are those when Jews are involved, then you are an anti-Semite. And please spare me any references to your Jewish father.

If your outrage is devoid of any context – who started the fighting, who deliberately sought the deaths of those children for their own propaganda gains – you are not quite the moral paragon you imagine; you are a dunce and the enabler of the deaths of more children.

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11 Responses

  1. shaul.shapira says:

    I liked this post. I think one of the differences between people that are anti-Israel or genuine bleeding heart liberals, and Anti-Semites is how they react to other, clearly more horrendous conflicts. Even if all the anti-Israel propaganda were as true as it is in fact false, it still wouldn’t come near the grotesque actions of ISIS et al. If the only force you find morally repellant is the IDF, then you’re likely a Jew-hater who couldn’t care less about alleged disproportionallity

  2. Steve Brizel says:

    In a recent Jewish Action article, a MO person who is employed as a screenwriter documented that many of Hollywood’s most talented people both are enamored of LW political POVs and need either booze or some sort of recreational drug to get through the day, and display a sense of PC with respect to Israel and almost any issue related to “organized religion.” Their views influence social media-but really are of little significance outside people whose lives revolve around the antics of Hollywood celebrities. Unfortunately, left wing political influences and opinions have been SOP in Hollywood-except for the years of the blacklist of Communists and Communist sympathizers.

  3. Solomon says:

    Pretty accurate. I would have not included a charge of anti-Semitism (and certainly not a throwaway reference to his father, who, by the way, may hold very different views). Instead, I would have questioned the integrity of his soul if his outrage is only manifest when Jews are involved.

  4. Ellen Solomon says:

    Hmmm. Where was he when the human rights groups in Gaza were complaining about the child labor being used to build those tunnels….

  5. Steve Brizel says:

    IIRC, Joan Rivers recently asked where were the Jewish celebrities like Stephen Spielberg, Barbara Streisand, etc during the recent hostilities? One can surmise, as noted elsewhere, that many Jewish liberals and celebrities are simply throwing Israel under the bus in determining that they are accentuating their liberalism-even and especially it means that they are walking away from their support of Israel.

  6. ab says:

    although i agree with the author’s view on this topic, his argument is weak. One could easily distinguish between syria’s victims and those in gaza.
    syria’s victims are just that, victims of evil criminals, and nobody is claiming that those murdering children are good and justified. Israel on the othe hand, can be viewed diferently. If one holds the occupation is more or less the source of violence, which israeli politicians have more or less conceded, then all children murdered are in fact victims of the occupation. True, israel conducts operations with great restraint and mercy, but if the basis for operations is not legitimate, then in fact the children are unjustifiable victims of an unjustified conflict.
    If a ba b’machteres murders the baal habayis due to the fact that the baal habayis is allowed to kill him, therefore it is self defense, it is a little weak. This point would negate the authors all claims against mr. schneider.
    Now if you hold the occupation is in fact a liberation, or at least a justified occupation for security or other purposes, then this explanation falls away, but is it reasonable to call someone an anti-semite b/c he considers the occupation unjust? Now if he’s a fool, and hasn’t thought this through fully, then he’s an anti-semite b/c he is getting upset at JEws when more are being killed by others. If he has though, then it would seem to be wrong to consider him an anti semite, and it would be difficult to honestly counter his arguments.

  7. Bob Miller says:

    We have a large number of fellow Jews who were brought up in a political religion, essentially not Judaism. For them, viewing events through traditional Jewish eyes is very hard to do or inconceivable. I’m wondering if some concerted Hollywood outreach (for example) is now in order.

  8. Steve Brizel says:

    We now know that the White House is reviewing every arms transfer to Israel, and that the USPS refused to send mail to Israel. I think that the Obama-Netanyahu differences stem from this factor-Obama was educated in the post Vietnam era at an Ivy League school where he became a disciple of the POV that America’s days as a great power were over, that America caused more harm than good when it fought Communism, and that we should retreat from foreign commmittments and especially avoid the use of military power as a means of foreign policy, and never saw a military budget that he viewed as swollen. It is a perspective rooted in Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky and Saul Alinsky. Netanyahu’s POV is in no small part shaped by the fact that his brother Yonatan ZL, died rescuing passengers who were held hostage by Arab terrorists and taken to a third-world dictatorship. IMO, everything stems from those two radically different views of the world-and Obama’s views, which eminate from the John Lennon School of Foreign Affairs ( “Imagine”) simply view Israel as an ally to be thrown under the bus simply because supporting Israel is inimical to Obama’s radically based POV.

  9. Raymond says:

    Suppose Person A suddenly pushes Person B into Person C, crushing Person C to death. Even though it was Person B’s body that crushed Person C, no sane person would say that Person B is responsible for murdering Person C. Obviously, the murderer is Person A.

    While I admit that this is not an exact analogy, it is close enough to point to the idea that Israel cannot be blamed for the deaths of ANY moslems, whether they be adult males, women, or children, for the fact is that Israel was given no choice in the matter. They were forced to defend their lives and their country. And so while Israel physically pulled the trigger, no sane person could blame the Jews for all those deaths, just as no sane person could blame Person B in the example I just gave. Obviously, the ones causing all these deaths are the ones who have made murder their one and only hobby, namely Hamas and other islamofascist terrorists.

  10. L. Oberstein says:

    I thnk that anti-semitism is certainly a big part of it. Also, Europeans excusing their inactio n during the HOlocaust by saying that the Jews aren’t better than us.
    I also think that there is a real pathology in the Moslem world and especially in the Arab world that makes them unable to accept blame and leads them to all kinds of conspiracty theories, like ISIS is an Israeli plot! The world loves the Dalai lama and he has the sympathy of all decent people. It hasn’t helped him recalim Tibet. if the choice is a popular but exiled israel or a reborn ,vibrant Jewish state in Israel, then we can chose the later. We will have to realize though that we will not be a nation like all other nations, no matter how much we so aspire. When the full power of Jwish brains are unleashed and all segments of Israel share in the economy and contribute tothe development of the country, Israel will be a very strong little country and people like to have strong friends ,especially if they have oil and gas. The future is not all glum. I hope that there is some exit strategy for dealing with the quagmire of gaza. They won’t just disappear, and so far, their plight arouses justiable compassion in all decent people, including most Israelis. If Israel had a partner, this could be solved.

  11. shaul.shapira says:


    Is he tweeting about those other horrors as well? And what about America’s actions in Iraq? Does he blame the US for Isis’s actions too?

    To quote a certain United Nations interpreter
    [Google: Hot mic catches UN interpreter saying anti-Israel votes are ‘a bit much’]

    “I think when you have… like a total of ten resolutions on Israel and Palestine, there’s gotta be something, c’est un peu trop, non? [It’s a bit much, no?] I mean I know… There’s other really bad {expletive deleted} happening, but no one says anything about the other stuff.”

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