Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Moe

The latest Jesus and Mo, called “ugly,” is a good one, with the Jewish “Mo” (Moe) making a cameo appearance. The strip came with this note:

A new one today, on the rise of antisemitism. Here’s an interesting essay on the topic.


An excerpt from the Commentary piece by Ben Cohen:

Now, it appears, anti-Semites are being given additional power to define anti-Semitism by stating that it is something other than what they themselves represent—before rising in moral outrage to denounce anyone who might say different. Their views are not offensive, not anti-Semitic; no, it is the opinions of those who object to their views that should be considered beyond the pale.

This is more than a change in the dynamics of anti-Semitism; it is an inversion of the accepted logic of minorities and bigots altogether. Unlike blacks, Muslims, Hispanics, or any other religious or ethnic group, Jews alone are now to be told by their enemies who does and who does not hate them.

. . . To understand why such blatant expressions of anti-Semitism are no longer a cause for moral opprobrium, we have to examine the sociology that determines that Jews, in contrast to nearly every other minority group, sit squarely on the wrong side of the oppressor/oppressed dynamic and thereby make any Jewish complaints about bigotry inherently suspect.

And you can find Cohen’s answer in his piece.


  1. alexandra moffat
    Posted August 10, 2016 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Stating the obvious:
    There is a huge difference between anti-semitism(deplorable) and anti-Netenyahu/Avigdor/Israel policies and treatment of Palestine, and also the USA donation of many billions of dollars to that
    government, that country, plus the interference of Israel in US politics.
    We can be the latter without being the former.

    • Tom
      Posted August 10, 2016 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      Sorry, Alexandra Moffat I see your post as an example of the faulty logic critisised by Ben Cohen. I cannot see how it differs from the usual ” I am not anti-semitic but……….” followed by a long list of the why, power, money, undermining society etc. the same age old exaggerations dressed up for the 21st century.

      • Posted August 10, 2016 at 10:59 am | Permalink

        How about Israeli Jews who do not support these policies?

        Are you saying they are anti-Semites?

        How about an atheist who does not accept Zionism for that reason?

        • Tom
          Posted August 10, 2016 at 11:26 am | Permalink

          Simple, I doubt many Israelis critisise the US for providing billions of dollars or would intefere in US politics in any other way than is normal for a interested minority (and there are many such in the USA)
          As for Israeli Government/Palestinian policies, perhaps you could provide the answer since the present hopeful, the two state system seems to be unworkable as have all such artifial divisions in the past, ie Northern Ireland/Eire, North/South Vietnam, North/South Korea, India/Pakistan, Cyprus and so on.
          Answers on a postcard please?

        • Posted August 11, 2016 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

          “How about an atheist who does not accept Zionism for that reason?”

          I have real difficulty understanding anti-Zionism as anything other than anti-Semitism in today’s context, as I take Anti-Zionism to be defined as a rejection of the legitimacy of the State of Israel.

          Israel’s charter was as a homeland for Palestinian Jews. Trans-Jordan’s charter was as a homeland for Palestinian Arabs.

          Yet I have never seen any anti-Zionist also call for the rejection of the legitimacy of the State of Jordan.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted August 10, 2016 at 11:20 am | Permalink

        It is certainly true that anti-Semites sometimes couch their bigotry in those terms. It is equally true, however, that one can criticize Israel concerning the topics Ms. Moffat mentions without being an anti-Semite oneself.

        • Tom
          Posted August 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

          Agreed, but why mention the US aid and the the interference of the Israelis in the US political system?
          These issues only matter to those with an axe to grind since nearly every country in the world has benefitted from US aid and have their own lobbies in Washingtons corridors of power.
          It is always the exaggeration and the double speak which bothers me.
          Very rarely is a common sense argument presented, instead I hear and see the usual drivel.

          • Posted August 10, 2016 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

            + 1

          • mcirvin14
            Posted August 10, 2016 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

            There is a danger in some of this logic, and I hope this doesn’t end up being another Islamophobia… That’s the problem with Cohen’s article. He says that not speaking of Jews qua The Jews is merely subterfuge. This is the same argument Islamophobia apologists use to decry criticism of Islam as bigotry against Muslims.

            For example – I visited some of my Orthodox relatives in Paris right around the time the Iran nuclear deal was being finalized – that amongst other things (liking Trump, hate Obama)dominated the dinner table as the Yom Kippur fast was broken. So when I say that these Jews and others like them are more concerned with and loyal to Israel than France (which is a pretty true observation) is that anti-semitism? The fact that I observe this to be common in this community (think only Jewish education from pre-school to high school and then yeshiva for boys, mostly), is that anti-semitism?

            I think not.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted August 10, 2016 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

        The nation of Israel is not, contrary to the “oughts” of many of its politicians, an exclusively Jewish state. It includes atheists, Muslims and Zoroastrians at least, and probably many others.

        • Posted August 10, 2016 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

          Its Arab minority, besides Muslims, includes Christians and Druze.

          • mcirvin14
            Posted August 10, 2016 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

            Not to mention that despite its burgeoning Haredi/Ultra-Orthodox population, a very significant part of Israel’s Jewish population is ardently secular – atheist/agnostic/ambivalent etc.

            • gravelinspector-Aidan
              Posted August 11, 2016 at 11:49 am | Permalink

              I see a business opportunity looming, exporting faggots (sense 2, not 1) to Israel, for making bonfires.

      • jeremy pereira
        Posted August 11, 2016 at 7:28 am | Permalink

        Israel is a secular nation state. To criticise its actions is not to be antisemitic. It’s not even necessarily anti-Israeli any more than criticising the actions of my government is anti-British.

  2. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted August 10, 2016 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Everyone thinks that if what they say about another ethnic group is really true, then they are not racist. But if one ignores the problems in one’s own community, then I think you still are.

    In the 1990s Dinesh D’Souza published a book called “The End of Racism” arguing that racism would end if Africans simply fixed what were the bad cultural problems within their community. D’Souza said this was not bigotry, but based on knowledge, postjudice instead of prejudice.

    But DD’S cannot ever bring himself to say anything wrong about European civilization, America, or Christianity.

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