Vocabulary of anti-Semitism or anti-Capitalism? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '6'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '1'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • Barka
    • 12.09.10 | 18:12 (IST)

    A cartoon in Harvey's "Coin's Financial School" (1894) depicts the Rothschildt family as an octopus, embracing the globe in its tentacles. No Jews are mentioned in Frank Norris' "The Octopus" (1901), a novel about capitalism and corruption in the California railroad industry. The company of America's first billionaire, Rockefeller's Standard Oil, was nicknamed 'the octopus'. The simile has been near ubiquitous during the recent financial crisis, applied to Wall Street, AIG, GS etc etc. A BBC headline from 15.2.2010 - "Greece: Spearing the 'octopus'" cites a Greek farmer issuing a common complaint in post- financial collapse Greece: "It's the octopus," said the farmer, flexing his fingers like tentacles. "It's the mayor, the president, the factories, the euro; it's you, the British, the Americans. Take, take, take." I've seen the octopus-metaphor in connection with Walmart and the IRS, the Taliban and various terrorist organizations. Oh, and Ahmadinejad called Paul, the 'psychic octopus' who correctly predicted the outcomes of Germany's performance at the recent World Cup, a "symbol of the decadent West." Accusing Mr. Levy of spreading the 'vocabulary of anti-Semitism' -- with the implication of spreading anti-Semitism itself, which is utterly ridiculous -- is as ignorant as accusing a Hindu or Native American who uses the Swastika as a good luck symbol of being a Nazi.

    from the article: Time for disengagement
    First published 00:45 12.09.10 | Last updated 00:45 12.09.10
Haaretz Headlines
Israeli security forces reach for an ultra-Orthodox Jew attacking people with a knife
6 stabbed at Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade

Suspect was convicted of attempted murder after stabbing three during 2005 Gay Pride Parade; he was recently released from prison.

20:44 30.07.15 | 20 comments
Roger Waters and Gideon Levy at the singer's home in the Hamptons.

Roger Waters: I hate apartheid, not Israel

Special interview | The former Pink Floyd singer talks to Gideon Levy about his political views, tragic family history – and when the rock star-turned-activist will be happy to play in Israel again.

A settler confronts a Border Policeman during the demolition of the Dreinoff buildings in Beit El,

Israel will never be able to withdraw from West Bank

In 2005, the state managed to evacuate 9,000 settlers from Gaza. In 2015, it struggled to demolish two empty settlement buildings in Beit El.

Woody Allen and Emma Stone

'Life is meaningless, but movies keep me distracted'

In an interview with Haaretz's film critic about his new movie, "Irrational Man," Allen insists that he has always been pessimistic - but admits that he's also lucky.