Tuesday, May 17, 2016

On the appropriate response to antisemitic lies and blood-libels directed at Israel


Following my report on  Sunday's counter-demo against an antisemitic 'pro-Palestinian' attempt to spew lies and hatred in London and close down a Jewish-Israeli store a commentator expressed concern at the (well-meaning) banner here held up by one of the pro-Israel demonstrators, feeling it was far too defensive.

Indeed this is a subject I've addressed before - notably here - but it seems few people understand it so I will attempt to make this very simple using the following hypothetical analogy:
Jackie White looks after her 80 year old mother Iris who has been house bound in London with dementia for 10 years. One day a man Patrick Bates with a history of psychopathic violence and delusions, tells the local media that Iris has been murdering street children in Brazil every day for the last 10 years and that he plans to kill her to stop this. 

What should Jackie's reaction be? Should she:

a) Attempt to counter the accusations of Patrick Bates by providing proof of Iris's long-term disabilities and explaining what a caring woman she has always been.

or

b) Expose Patrick Bates as the liar and dangerously insane psychopath that he clearly is.

If she chooses a) she has already entered into a narrative in which 'both sides' are talking about whether or not Iris is a child killer. A reasonable 'headline' for the media would be:
"Jackie White denies her mother is a child killer"
If she chooses b) she has put the focus solely on the dangerous Patrick Bates. A reasonable headline would be:
"Lying madman threatens to kill 80-year-old housebound woman with dementia"
Given the obvious preference for b) can anybody explain to me why, in response to the obvious lies and blood libels about Israel originating from psychopathic killers like Hamas, Israel supporters choose the equivalent of option a) above and hence ensure that:
  1. The lies and blood libels ("Israel massacres children", "Israel is an Apartheid state" etc) become the focus of the discussion
  2. The lies and blood libels get repeated ad nausea and hence become intrinsically associated with Israel
  3. The systematic lying and psychopathic behaviour of the Palestinians and their supporters is totally ignored.
So, in future, Israel supporters must avoid saying what Israel 'is not' and focus on exposing the lies and psychopathic behaviour of the Palestinians and their supporters. Since almost all of the lies against Israel are simply a reflection of what her accusers really do, the accusations should be turned back against them; for example, here are the kind of things that the banners should say:
"There are 58 apartheid countries in the world: they are the 58 Islamic countries."
"Palestinians glory in the murder of Jewish children"
"The greatest honour in Palestinian society is to kill a Jew in cold blood"
"Believing Palestinian lies inhibits peace"
"Accepting Palestinian lies encourages them to kill"
"Arabs ethnically cleansed Jews from every one of their countries"
etc
We should also be telling the stories and showing the faces of the many Israelis murdered by Palestinians including the hundreds of children.

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All these progressive thinkers, intellectuals and peacemakers cannot be wrong

Monday, May 16, 2016

Read the antisemitic abuse following today's counter demo

I reported earlier on today's counter-demo against an antisemitic  'pro-Palestinian' attempt to spew lies and hatred in London and close down a Jewish-Israeli store. As this video from the anti-Israel agency Russia Today shows, the counter demo was clearly both a surprise and shock to the antisemites who normally have free rein over London's streets.


But just check our the continual stream of antisemitic abuse in the comments on the video. I have captured a few screen shots below:




Sunday, May 15, 2016

The day the Jews of London and their friends fought back

Update: see this follow-up for people who think none of this has anything to do with antisemitism.

Today, like so many days in London over the last 10 years, a group of antisemites who go under the laughable guise of 'Palestine supporters' planned to:
  1. March through the streets of London shouting despicable lies against Israel without being challenged
  2. Hand out leaflets spewing more lies, hatred and antisemitic blood libels to unwitting Londoners trying to enjoy a day out in the sunshine; and finally
  3. Lay siege to a modest Jewish Israeli-owned shop with the explicit intention of forcing it out of business, without a murmur of protest against them.
But NOT today. They met their match because, thanks to outstanding work by Gemma Sheridan (see update* about this below), Paul Besser, Joseph Cohen, Yochy Davis,  and others, Israel supporters had found out their plans and, at short notice, got together an impressive counter demo. And for over 3 hours Israel supporters were right in the faces of the antisemites ensuring that not a single Londoner or tourist heard their lies unchallenged.

It all started when the antisemites gathered in Soho Square and were about to serenade the visitors there trying to have a peaceful lunch with their classic tune "From the river to the sea Palestine will be free".  They were greeted first by Ishmael Sali, who they assumed would be joining their hatefest.


The look on their faces was quite something to see when Ishmael pulled out a large Israeli flag (see more pictures of Ishmael below), followed by others doing the same. Within seconds the terrorist supporting goons were surrounded by more people with Israel flags (more people in fact than the antisemites) and for the 20 minutes they stayed there singing the Israel supporters drowned out their noise with their own, including with some impressive shofar blowing.

When the antisemites started their march toward Covent Garden they were surrounded and followed all the way. For the 2 hours they were outside Sabon Israel supporters made sure to counter their lies. In particular they made sure the lies in these leaflets they were handing out did not go unchallenged:


And their ludicrous stunts - like letting off smoke bombs in red and then in the colours of 'Palestine' and attempting to throw a bag filled with shit were muted.


Even when their demo outside Sabon ended (to a rousing rendition of Hatikvah) the antisemites were followed all the way back. For once they did not have the streets of London to their own and they did not like it one bit.

Although still relatively small in numbers today's direct action by Israel supporters was a thousand times more effective than anything done in the last 10 years by the entire set of organisations run by Britain's 'official Jews' combined (UPDATE: Note I am referring to those 'official' demos and not other direct action events like today of which there have been quite a few). In fact I have no doubt that if the Board of Deputies and CST were aware of what was going to happen they would either have tried to stop it or would have made sure the Israel supporters were penned in as far away from the action as possible (which they manage to do every time) to maintain the image of the 'trembling Jew' **(UPDATE: see below comments about this from the President of the BoD).

Every time the 'Palestine Solidarity Committee' plans one of these stunts I can't help thinking of this. And it's about time they are shown up for the bigots they are.

UPDATE: Look at the antisemitic abuse after a video of the counter demo was posted.


PS I like these photos from today (courtesy Sharon Zacks):








and this one courtesy of Israel Advocacy Movement which perfectly sums up the day:


And here is what Israel Advocacy Movement says about today:

***TODAY WE SCORED A DECISIVE VICTORY***
London Palestine Action tried to close down an Israeli cosmetics shop in London called Sabon, their reason? Because the Sabon factory is in Kiryat Gat, a city well within the 1949 Armistice Lines, this was not a protest against "settlements", disgracefully this was a protest against the very existence of Israel.
London Palestine Action promoted this event for over a month, yet without advertising we were able to mobilise far more activists than they had. For one of the first times in years, our chants of "1, 2, 3, 4 stop the boycott, stop the war, 5, 6, 7, 8 stop the boycott, stop the hate", drowned out their screams of "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free"... a call for the destruction of Israel.
With our activists and supporters robed in Israeli flags we were successful in obscuring their message of hate.
The cherry on the cake, was when Chloe organised our supporters to end the day with a shopping spree in Sabon... the perfect response to a boycott.
For those that couldn't make it today, please take 5 minutes to head over to https://www.sabonuk.co.uk/en/ and support a great business that has found itself the focus of a vile and bigoted hate campaign.
Thank you so much each and everyone who came and continues to support Israel with us.
UPDATE: Wow it seems we REALLY got to them:


..and check the antisemitic abuse on the view comments

*UPDATE: Gemma Sheridan was working solidly on this - and the counter-demos that took place the day before - for six weeks and deserves special credit.

**UPDATE: Following my posting of this article the President of the Board of Deputies (Jonathan Arkush) wrote this response (which he is happy for me to share here):
Dear Edgar
I was very pleased indeed to read about the counter-demonstration.  You rather did the Board a disservice with your wide-of-the-mark comment.  The Board has always supported demonstrating and indeed has organised many of the leading ones.  The very last thing we would do is to have restricted this type of event !  Provided, obviously, any demonstration is conducted within the law I can assure you it will have the Board’s support.
I think you are aware that under my presidency the Board has spoken up and acted loudly and clearly for British Jews and Israel and I assure you will continue to do so without fear or favour.

What we need to do is to act with unity.  Let us support each other strongly and steer away from making derogatory comments – we can save those for the real opposition.

Regards  
Jonathan
UPDATE: a commentator expressed concern at the (well-meaning) banner saying "Israel is not an apartheid state etc") held up by one of the pro-Israel demonstrators, feeling it was far too defensive. I have written about this here.

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Moronic Israeli General's own goal and gift to the antisemites of the world

Probably the worst and most inappropriate speech ever given by any Israeli in a position of authority. And on Holocaust Memorial Day. Makes you wonder why anybody bothers to fight antisemitism.The antisemites are salivating over this.


Monday, May 02, 2016

Letter from a (now former) Labour Party member

A friend has sent me the following letter that he wrote to his (Labour) MP and Party Chairman in April 2013 (i.e. over 3 years ago). Note the people (including soon-to-be Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and of course now leader Jeremy Corbyn) he identifies as being at the heart of the party's antisemitism problem. He did not get a reply to the letter and he did resign as a result.

Anybody who thinks the Enquiry into 'antisemitism and other forms of racism' set up by Corbyn is going to end in anything but this outcome is deluded.

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Sunday, May 01, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Antisemitism versus anti-Zionism revisited


In the light of the current antisemitism row in the UK I have updated this from a previous similar post as many people (including Jewish pundits interviewed) have been making the case that antisemitism (generally considered a 'bad thing') has nothing to do with anti-Zionism (considered a 'good thing' by many 'progessives'). As this chart show there is clearly absolutely nothing in common.....



Antisemitism
Anti-Zionism



Basic Definition
Hatred of Jews
Hatred of the Jewish state
Core belief 1
Unlike all other people, the Jews are not entitled to equal rights
Unlike all other people, the Jews are not entitled to self-determination (i.e. their own state).
Core belief 2
The Jews are the root cause of most of the world's problems
The Jewish state is the root cause of most of the world's problems
What the most vociferous proponents want
Physical destruction of the entire Jewish race
Physical destruction of the entire Jewish state
What it based on
The singling out and demonization of Jews – and Jews alone - based on a set of complete lies about the political, economic, social and religious behaviour of Jews

The Nazis claimed the Jews were dedicated to subjugating the ‘indigenous German people’
The singling out and demonization of the Jewish state – and the Jewish state alone - based on a set of complete lies about the political, economic, social and religious behaviour of the Jewish state
The anti-Zionists claim the Jewish state is dedicated to subjugating the ‘indigenous Palestinian people’
How is it currently sustained
Continued and incessant lies and propaganda about Jews – much of it from Muslim countries, leftists and academia - promulgated in the media and on the web – that is rarely if ever challenged
Continued and incessant lies and propaganda about the Jewish State – much of it from Muslim countries, leftists and academia - promulgated in the media and on the web– that is rarely if ever challenged
Typical media presentation
Cartoons of big fat Jews who control the world and eat non-Jewish babies; cartoons of Jews killing non-Jewish children.
Cartoons of big fat Jews who control the world and eat non-Jewish babies; cartoons of Jewish soldiers killing Arab children
Who currently are the most virulent proponents
Muslims, left-wing political activists, Black panthers, right-wing extremists, racists, self-hating Jews.  In Muslim countries Pew surveys report 96% of the population ‘hate Jews’

Muslims, left-wing political activists, Black panthers, right-wing extremists, racists, self-hating Jews. In Muslim countries Pew surveys report 98% of the population ‘hate Israel’
Jewish proponents?
Those whose only connection to Judaism is when they say "As a Jew I deplore the Jewish religion.."
Those whose only connection to Judaism is when they say "As a Jew I deplore the Jewish state.."
Most common beliefs
·            Jews are baby-killers;
·            Jews did 9/11
·            Jews control the media
·         Jews control America, Britain, France (add any country you like, including even Arab ones) like
·         Jews control the world banking system, the UN, NATO (add any international organization you like)
·         Jews bake the blood of Christian children in their Passover matzos;
·         Jews control ISIS
    Jews control Syria’s Assad
·         Jews are racists – they discriminate against non-Jews
·         Zionists are baby-killers;
·         Zionists did 9/11
·         Zionists control the media
·         Zionists control America, Britain, France (add any country you like, including even Arab ones) like
·         Zionists control the world banking system, the UN, NATO (add any international organization you like)
·         Zionists bake the blood of Arab children in their Passover matzos;   
·         Zionists control ISIS
·         Zionists control Syria’s Assad
          The Jewish State is racist/Apartheid – it discriminates against non-Jews
Tactic 1: Deligitimization
The message that the Jews are a depraved, illegitimate, ‘invented’ race.
 

Denial of Jewish history including its origin in the Middle East.
The message that the Jewish State is depraved, ‘invented’ and illegitimate. 

Denial of Jewish history including its origin in the Middle East.
Tactic 2: Boycott
In the 1930s the Nazi singled out Jews for economic, cultural, political, and academic boycott (antisemites still do this informally)
The current BDS movement singles out the Jewish State (and Jews that support it) for economic, cultural, political, and academic boycott
Economic boycott in practise
Boycott Jewish businesses, products and services;
vandalise Jewish-owned shops and their products, including daubing Swastikas and Stars of David.
Boycott Jewish owned Israeli businesses, products and services; vandalise Jewish-owned Israeli shops and their products, including daubing Swastikas and Stars of David.
Cultural boycott in practise
In Nazi Germany Jewish artists, performers, writers and sportsmen were not allowed to perform, while books, art, and plays sympathetic to Jews were banned
Jewish Israeli artists, performers, writers and sportsmen are not allowed to perform, while books, art, and plays sympathetic to the Jewish state are shut out or shut down
Use of the Law
In the 1930s special Nazi laws introduced to both outlaw Jewish-owned businesses and criminalise attempts by anybody else to work with them
Special EU and Arab laws introduced to outlaw Jewish-owned Israeli businesses and criminalise attempts by anybody else to work with them
Secondary boycott tactics
In Nazi Germany Non-Jews visiting Jewish houses and businesses were publicly vilified and threatened to be boycotted themselves if they did not cease their interaction with Jews
Non-Jews visiting the Jewish state and doing business with it are publicly vilified and threatened to be boycotted themselves if they do not cease their interaction with the Jewish state
Labelling and taxes
The Nazis forced Jews to wear the yellow star.




Muslim countries have always forced  Jews to pay a ‘dhimmi’ tax
The EU forces Israel to put a special label on goods produced by Jewish-owned businesses (and only Jewish owned businesses) in places like Jerusalem

Muslim countries have always boycotted the Jewish State entirely
Typical everyday behaviour
·         Criticizing Jews for certain character traits (such as meanness, aggressiveness, deviousness) that are actually far more prominent in most other ethnic and religious groups
·         Criticizing Jews for their genuinely good character traits (such as intelligence, technology skills and business acumen) as in ‘The Jews use these traits to trick and steal from non-Jews’
·         Criticizing the Jewish State for certain character traits (such as meanness, aggressiveness, deviousness) that are actually far more prominent in most other countries
·         Criticizing the Jewish State for its genuinely good character traits (such as intelligence, technology skills and business acumen) as in ‘The Zionists use these traits to trick and steal from the Arabs’
Beliefs about the Holocaust
The holocaust narrative is exaggerated and perpetuated to gain sympathy for Jews.
The Jews are committing a holocaust against the Palestinians
The holocaust narrative is perpetuated to gain sympathy for the Jewish state.
The Zionists are committing a holocaust against the
Palestinians
What especially angers proponents
·         Jews defending themselves from attack; 
·         Any Jewish success in science and culture     
·         The Jewish state defending itself from attack;
·         Any Israeli success in science and culture
What they have never heard of or must never be mentioned
The total destruction of Jewish communities in Muslim lands after the establishment of Israel
The total destruction of Jewish communities in Muslim lands after the establishment of Israel
About the killing of Jews by Arab terrorists
If it really happens then the Jews must have had it coming to them
If it happens at all it is a natural reaction against Zionist crimes
About violence generally
Jews are legitimate targets for violence
Zionist Jews are legitimate targets for violence
Who are their heroes
Hitler, George Galloway, Ken Livingstone, Saddam Hussein, Ahmedinejad and any other bigot you can think of -  because they “stood up to the Jews”
George Galloway, Ken Livingstone, Saddam Hussein, Ahmedinejad and any other bigot you can think of – because they “stood up to the Jews Zionists”
Mandatory reading
Protocols of the Elder of Zion, anything by Gilad Atzmon
Protocols of the Elder of Zion, anything by Gilad Atzmon
Popular phrase
“Jews back to Palestine”
“Jews out of Palestine”
What happens if their proponents ‘win’
Millions of Jews were killed in the Holocaust, but it did not help the Nazis in any way at all
Millions of Jews will be killed, but it will not help the Palestinians in any way at all

For an alternative spin on this see:  Why anti-Zionism has nothing to do with antisemitism

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Antisemite Test

Following on from the Antisemite Game I now present the Antisemite Test (mainly because there is a really pathetic one circulating at the moment*):



*Here is the pathetic one (I recall seeing this in the Jewish Chronicle recently - I think it was by 'comedian' David Schneider). A lot of people thought it was excellent but, especially because of point 6, it is actually a complete cop-out since it actually exonerates people like Ken Livingstone and even Naz Shah:


Update: Exclusive results of Labour's enquiry into antisemitism

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