Is Goldblog a 'Jewish Sewer Pipe for Obama'?

By Jeffrey Goldberg

We here at the Goldblog glass-enclosed nerve center have been called many things by extreme leftists and rightists, but this one, from a website called "Israeli Frontline," which I'm guessing is part of the Jewish right wing love-Israel-to-death crowd, stands out for its unknowing echo of a familiar Nazi trope:

The plain truth is Jeffrey Goldberg is a Jewish sewer pipe for Obama. And he's loving every minute of it because, like T. Friedman, Beinhart and the J Street crowd, he wants to "punish" Israel." 

That would be "Beinart," not "Beinhart," by the way. (Smear artists should know that they undermine the power of their invective by misspelling their targets' names.) Peter and Tom Friedman and the "J Street crowd" can defend themselves. I would like to offer a defense, not of myself, but of sewer pipes. Civilization could not exist as we know it without sewer pipes. They make our cities and towns livable, aesthetically pleasant and healthful places. (I would also note that Israel, a country those at "Israeli Frontline" ostensibly love, also utilizes sewer pipes.)

For whatever reason, the far-right, Jewish and Nazi alike, despise sewer pipes. When I read this post above (it was motivated, obviously, by my recent column noting that President Obama, according to my sources, believes that Israel doesn't know what its own best interests are), I was struck by its use of the sewer pipe metaphor, which is so often used by anti-Semites, rather than Semites, to describe the perfidious role Jews play in debasing Christian society. One of my regular Nazi interlocutors recently e-mailed me this gem of writing, apparently lifted from some sort of fascist website: "Drive these trash cockroaches out of your community in any way you possibly can. Above all CANCEL YOUR CABLE TV, and get the jewish sewer pipe of pornography and kikesickness out of your life completely. Boycott businesses owned by trash jews, like Home Depot, a kike-owned company that loves to promote homosexuality to children. Shop at Lowe's instead."

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