Monday, May 25, 2015

The anti-semitism v anti-Zionism question revisited

Because of recent information I was given*** I was prompted to update my chart on the "anti-semitism v anti-Zionism" debate. Clearly the two things have nothing in common .....



Antisemitism
Anti-Zionism



Official Definition
Hatred of Jews
Hatred of the Jewish state
What vociferous proponents really want
Physical destruction of the entire Jewish race
Physical destruction of the entire Jewish state
What is the core belief
The Jews are the root cause of most suffering in the world
The Jewish state is the root cause of most suffering in the world
What it based on
The singling out and demonization of Jews based on a set of complete lies about the political, economic, social and religious behaviour of Jews
The singling out and demonization of the Jewish state based on a set of complete lies about the political, economic, social and religious behaviour of the Jewish state
How is it currently sustained
Continued and incessant lies about Jews – much of it emanating from Muslim countries and academia - promulgated in the media and on the web – that is rarely if ever challenged
Continued and incessant lies about the Jewish State – much of it emanating from Muslim countries 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’
Most common beliefs
·         Jews are baby-killers;
·         Jews did 9/11
·         Jews control America, Britain, France (add any country you like, including even Arab ones)
·         Jews control the world banking system, the United Nations (add any international organization you like)
·         Jews bake the blood of Christian children in their Passover matzos;
·         Zionists are baby-killers;
·         Zionists did 9/11
·         Zionists control America, Britain, France (add any country you like, including even Arab ones)
·         Zionists control the world banking system, the United Nations (add any international organization you like)
·         Zionists bake the blood of Arab children in their Passover matzos;
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 – and Jews only – for economic, cultural, political, and academic boycott (antisemites still do this informally)
Singling out the Jewish State - and only the Jewish State – for economic, cultural, political, and academic boycott
Economic boycott in practice
Boycott Jewish businesses; vandalise Jewish-owned shops and their products, including daubing Swastikas and Stars of David.
Boycott Jewish owned Israeli businesses; vandalise Jewish-owned Israeli shops and their products, including daubing Swastikas and Stars of David.
Cultural boycott in practice
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 Israel 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
In today’s West 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 while Muslim countries have always forced  Jews to pay a ‘dhimmi’ tax
The EU now forces Israel to put a special label on goods produced by Jewish-owned businesses (and only Jewish owned businesses) and also imposes additional taxes
Typical everyday behaviour
·         Criticizing Jews for certain character traits (such as meanness, aggressiveness, deviousness) that are actually more prominent in other ethnic and religious groups
·         Criticizing Jews for their genuinely good character traits (such as intelligence 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 their genuinely good character traits (such as intelligence and business acumen) as in ‘The Zionists use these traits to trick and steal from the Arabs’
Beliefs about the Holocaust
The holocaust is exaggerated to gain sympathy for Israel. The only real holocaust was committed by Zionists against the Palestinians
The holocaust is exaggerated to gain sympathy for Israel. The only real holocaust was committed by Zionists 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, Saddam Hussein, Ahmedinejad and any other Muslim bigot you can think of -  because they “stood up to the Jews”
George Galloway, Saddam Hussein, Ahmedinejad and any other Muslim 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 they ‘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
What is their current most hated thing in the whole world
The State of Israel
The State of Israel

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

*** I was told that the Streetwise organisation (whose website says that it "works nationally with Jewish schools and Community organisations, enhancing the personal safety and personal development of young Jewish people to support their safe, physical, and emotional wellbeing") had provided training at a Jewish school in London in which students were told  that "anti-semitism was completely different to anti-Zionism". I now believe this was was a misunderstanding. After writing to Streetwise asking "In what way are you preparing Jewish students, for example, for the tsunami of hatred they will face when they go to University given that 100% of the hatred will be dressed up as anti-Zionism rather than what it really is?" I recieved the following response:

At Streetwise we use CST's antisemitic incidents and antisemitic discourse reports as the basis for discussing antisemitism, and the related and often overlapping problems of anti-Zionism and anti-Israel hate. The CST reports do not say that anti-Zionism is completely different to antisemitism; and this is not what was said in the session that you refer to.

Our specific work with 6th formers includes an antisemitism campus-preparation session in partnership with CST. This highlights the types of antisemitic hate crimes that young Jewish people may face on campus, as well as how to respond and report such incidents to the relevant authorities. 
I am very happy to put the record straight on this. I believe that Streetwise are providing an excellent and very important service for the Jewish community. I will be looking into the CST material.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Money for starving Africans or convicted Palestinian terrorists?




I have reported many times on the scandal of Britain's funding of the Palestinian Authority going to pay salaries of convicted terrorists. Finally, some of the main stream media is waking up to the story - as you can see from this report in today's Daily Express.

Cash for terrorist salaries from the Foreign Aid budget is by no means the only scandal relating to British payments to the 'Palestinian cause'. Millions more per year goes to NGOs based in Israel and the PA which are dedicated solely to the deligitimization of Israel. The idiots at the Foreign Office claim these payments will ultimately support a 'two-state solution', whereas these organisations actually do nothing other than incite hatred and violence.

And of course there is also the millions from hard-working Brits paid every year to charities like Oxfam, Christian and Comic Relief which ends up directly funding Palestinian Jew-hatred.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Charles meets IRA leader but won't visit Israel


Prince Charles has upset some people today by meeting IRA leader Gerry Adams, although nobody ever bats an eyelid when he - and the Queen - visit terrorist-sponsoring corrupt Arab regimes, which they do all the time.

Charles did make one visit to Israel in 1995 to 'represent the Queen' at the funeral of Yitzhak Rabin. It is the ONLY 'official' visit ever made by a member of the British Royal Family (his father Prince Philip visited his mother's grave in Jerusalem in 1994 but the Royal Family and the British Government made clear that this was only in a 'private capacity').  The anti-semitic Arab arse-licking goons who have dominated the British Foreign Office for years have never allowed the Queen to visit Israel in case it 'upsets our Arab friends'. But Prince Charles's aides went further than that in 2007 when they ruled out any official visit declaring:
"Acceptance would make it hard to avoid the many ways in which Israel would want HRH [Prince Charles] to help burnish its international image."
If David Cameron is even half the 'friend' of Israel that he and some of his naive Jewish supporters think then he should demand that the Queen finally accepts Israel's long-standing invitation to visit their country.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

In shock move Vatican recognizes Islamic State of Luton*

Pope Francis greets Luton Leader Anjem Choudary after Vatican formally recognises Islamic State of Luton today
The Vatican has quickly followed its recognition of the terrorist State of Palestine today by also formally recognising the Islamic State of Luton. In an historic meeting in Rome today with the moderate leader of Luton, the Emir Anjem Choudary, Pope Francis said:
The illegal occupation of Islamic Luton by the imperialist British government continues to be a barrier to world peace. The aspirations of the Muslims of Luton to have their own independent Sharia State - as Emir Choudary has heroically campaigned for years - can no longer be denied.  
By recognising the Islamic State of Luton today the Vatican also brings pressure to bear on the British Government to ensure a peaceful transfer of power to these long down-trodden Muslim people.
Anjum Choudary, in a sensitive and conciliatory speech asserted:
The new Islamic State of Luton demands that the rest of Britain must now submit to Sharia law. No non-Muslim will be harmed providing they convert to Islam. We also demand that the Vatican renounce Catholicism and submit to the Sharia.
President Obama supported the move saying "I have always maintained that no peace in Britain is possible until there is a 2-state solution - a 100% Muslim State of Luton and a 65% non-Muslim State for the rest of Britain. Moroever, the world's 180 million Muslim refugees who originate from just outside Luton must be allowed to return to their ancient homeland (i.e. the rest of Britain).

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu also welcomed the move but said "I believe that Britain has a right to exist, but Israeli support for Britain's right to exist could not be guaranteed if the illegal occupation of Luton continued"

*Satire, but no more silly than the genuine news from the Vatican.

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Simple questions relating to the Middle East that are never asked


I have sent this to a couple of news outlets.
  • Why are Western countries expected to take in unlimited Muslim "refugees" while far wealthier (and under-populated) Muslim countries like Qatar, Saudi, UAE, Bahrein, etc never are despite them sharing the same religion, language and culture as the "refugees"?
  • Why is it a cause for celebration when Americans, Brits or Arabs kill Islamic terrorists, but a 'war crime' when Israel does it?
  • Why is the only country in the Middle East that is not an apartheid state (Israel) the only one that is accused of being an apartheid state?
  • How is it that the people who call Israel an 'apartheid' state also generally insist that every single Jew must leave 'Palestinian territory'?
  • Why are antisemitic activists who are dedicated to the destruction of Israel always called "Pro-Palestinians" rather than what they really are?
  • Can you identify a single pro-Palestinian activity (as opposed to anti-Israel activity) that has ever been carried out by any Western "pro-Palestinian" activist?
  • Why are anti-Zionist organisations like Yachad, J-Street and the New Israel Fund still referred to as being 'pro-Israel'. 
  • Why are bigoted, brainwashed Westerners who go to "Palestine" to throw rocks at Israelis called "peace activists"?
  • Why are scorecards of 'civilians killed' mandatory for conflicts involving Israel (as in "2000 Palestinians killed, only 10 Israelis"), but never used in any other conflict in the world (did you ever see the number of dead British or US civilians mentioned when those countries mount attacks against Arab countries)?
  • Over 140 countries in the United Nations were either created, or achieved independence, after 1945. Why is it that only one - Israel - has its legitimacy questioned?
  • Why do people who routinely reject Israel's claim to its own capital city Jerusalem never question Britain's claim to the Falkland Islands (a mere 13,000 miles away)?
  • (To all British politicians) Why do you insist that Muslim colonisation of British cities is a great success for multi-culturalism, whereas allowing Jews to live in their own capital city Jerusalem is an obstacle to peace?
  • Why does Iran need 'peaceful nuclear energy' when it has the second largest reserves of oil and gas in the world (enough to meet its own population's energy demands for over a million years)?
  • Why is Turkey still occupying Northern Cyprus?
  • (To all politicians) If - as you insist -  Islamist terrorists who declare that they are killing in the name of Allah are not Muslims, then what religion are they?
  • (To all politicians) If - as you insist - Islam is a "Religion of Peace" then why do you you also tell cartoonists they must not draw Mohamed as it will incite Muslims to kill them?
  • (To David Cameron and every single LibDem and Labour politician)  If, as you always say, every penny reduction to the Foreign Aid budget will lead to more African children starving to death, how do you justify the £20 million of the budget every year being paid to the Palestine Authority as salaries for convicted terrorists?
  • If  poverty and discrimination are reasons youngsters in the West turn to terrorism,  how come only Muslims (and never Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, non-Muslim Africans, non-Muslim blacks, Charedi Jews, gypsies and indeed every other poor, minority group) have actually become terrorists?


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The dangers of criticising Islam


Ed Miliband got plenty of things wrong in his election campaign but he got unfairly singled out for his plan to "outlaw Islamaphobia" under a Labour Government. In fact  Miliband was simply following a commitment  made two months earlier by the Conservative Party.

Moreover, the criminalisation of 'Islamaphobia' (including 'displaying posters critical of Islam' and 'tearing pages from a Koran') had already been put into practice many times by the last Conservative-led government, as can be seen from the examples here and here.


Of course in the USA criticising Islam could never by criminalised because of the First Amendement. And that is why the American (and world-wide) response to the Jihad attack against Pamela Geller's "Draw Muhamed" event was so appalling (basically Geller - and not the Jihadists - got the blame).

Mark Steyn has a fantastic article "Stay Quiet and You'll BeOkay" on the attacks on Geller but I was prompted from what he wrote to do this piece because even Steyn made the mistake of assuming that Milliband and the Labour Party were somehow unique in the UK in their intent to criminalise "Islamaphobia". Not only was this official Conservative and LibDem policy before Labour announced it but it is also supported by the SNP, the Greens and the Welsh Nationalists. In other words everyone (except UKIP). 

Incidentally I reproduce below an appeal I received from Pamela Geller. I don't normally do this sort of thing but this woman is one of the bravest people in the world and (as proven by the small number in the West who have challenged sharia law publicly) her life is in imminent danger. The Obama administration has made it clear they will do nothing to protect her (I suspect they will be rather relieved if she is murdered) and she needs money for security.

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Appeal from Pamela Geller

Look. I am sure you have heard about what happened in Garland, Texas. Two jihadists wanted to replicate and ramp up what happened in Paris, by murdering scores of patriotic Americans who were standing in defense of free speech. They were met with an utterly authentic response. The media has been waging jihad against the defenders of freedom, primarily me, but that's only a device they are using to destroy anyone who speaks against the sharia and jihad. In the wake of our Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest, ISIS issued a death threat against me. They called me khanzaar -- pig -- which is the word Muhammad used of his victims before he slaughtered Jews. They threatened to murder also anyone associated with me, anyone who defends me, and anyone who supports our work
In other words, they've declared war against America.

The media, on the other hand, is aligned with the jihad force. They're cheering and agitating for my demise -- some news outlets have even asked me for my posthumous remarks. They have been viciously attacking me and Robert Spencer, blaming us for the attack on us.
They are not going to win. We are not going to let them win. If we had a responsible media, it would report on the positive developments in light of this terrorist attack: the jihadists were killed. By drawing them out, we exposed their network, without getting anyone killed. The FBI is now going after sources. They are gleaning intel from their computers as we speak. We smoked out a terror structure. The FBI has put more American terror suspects under constant surveillance following the deadly attack. Every city across the U.S. has "subjects of concern" under heightened scrutiny, and the military is taking the threat seriously enough to raise the threat level to Bravo -- the highest level since 9/11. The terror network that hit us has now expanded to include roots in Minneapolis.
People say we "provoked" the jihadis. But it has since come out that they were already looking for targets to hit. If they hadn't hit us, they would have hit a much less protected target, as did the jihadist Amedy Coulibaly in the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris, and the jihadist Man Haron Monis in the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Sydney, Australia. The jihadis in Garland weren't provoked by us -- they are already provoked. Our event just smoked them out. If we had not had such extensive security, many more people would have died -- either at our event or somewhere else. Instead, the only dead were two jihadis, and a jihad network is exposed.
All that from one little art exhibit.
With just one small, relatively obscure presentation, America has been made aware that the threat is here. America has been made aware of the virulence of the war on free speech. Obama cannot ignore and excuse terrorism that is committed in the name of Islam, and we exposed the quislings and apologists for jihad terror among the political, cultural and media elites.
This has come with an enormous cost.
We are now marked. Marked for life. And we need to take extraordinary measures to protect ourselves, and above all, our work for freedom. This involves costs that are so far beyond astronomical, they take our breath away.

Yet this is not negotiable. The NYPD and our own security team have told us in no uncertain terms that specific measures must be taken.

We cannot rely on the Obama administration. The FBI has not even bothered to contact us. Clearly, if we held positions the administration favored, we would be under guard sent by the government right now. But we do not.

That means that it's on us. And that means you, because we cannot do it without you. If you support our work, if you support the stand we have taken, we need your help now more than we ever did before. This is going to require a small army. And not just for the next month, but for the foreseeable future.

This is not just about protecting some people from being attacked and killed. This is about taking a stand and showing the world that violence, murder and threats will not win.
 
We need your help now more than ever. Now is the time. This is a gamechanger. This is a new era. Few have realized just how different everything is after Garland: now Americans will have to watch their back every time they do anything that Muslim fanatics think "offends Islam."
Strike a blow against that. Strike a blow for freedom. Every dime will be used for security -- nothing else. Send your tax-deductible donation via Paypal to americanfreedomdefense@aol.com -- go here. Or send to:
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Pam Geller
Cartoon from http://comicallyincorrect.com/2015/05/13/pam-geller/