Anti-Semitism Or Simply A Reaction To Israeli Crimes Against Humanity?
In 2014 tens of thousands protested in London against Israel’s military
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Those who follow events in the one-sided Israeli-Palestinian conflict may have noticed that while the mainstream media has been gorging itself on the recent news of Jewish cemetery desecrations, it has never bothered to observe that significant principle of journalistic professionalism known as “objectivity” with regards to similar cemetery desecrations by Jewish settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. As well as such illegal settler desecrations, the Israeli state has itself been guilty of “chosen people” impunity by not only besieging the Palestinian Bab al-Rahma cemetery outside occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City — denying entry to Palestinians attempting to bury their deceased relatives — but also of other shenanigans including the planting of “fake Jewish graves in Muslim cemeteries.” In April 2016 a UNESCO resolution stated that the Temple Mount and holy sites in Hebron and Bethlehem are an “integral part of Palestine,” and strongly condemned “the Israeli aggressions and illegal measures against the freedom of worship and Muslims’ access to their Holy Site Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al Sharif, and requests Israel, the Occupying Power, to respect the historic Status Quo and to immediately stop these measures.”
By dishonestly failing in its duty to objectively report events, the mainstream media has not only allowed itself to become a vehicle for relentless Israeli efforts to prevent criticism of Israel’s criminality, but has also assisted in the coercion of so-called Western democracies into criminalising the activities of pro-Palestinian activist groups including the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. By aiding and abetting pro-Israel propaganda, the craven mainstream media is effectively not only denying its international audience factual reportage based on the five core principles of journalism — Truth and Accuracy, Independence, Fairness and Impartiality, Humanity, and Accountability — but is also hindering the right of freedom of expression, assembly and association which for example in the U.S. constitutes an infringement upon First Amendment rights. Boycotts to achieve political goals are a form of expression that the Supreme Court has ruled are protected by the First Amendment's protections of freedom of speech, assembly, and petition.
The assertion by those who blindly support Israel that Judaism and Zionism are one and the same thing is a cunning falsehood designed to implant the fear-inducing idea that any criticism of Israel — no matter how justified by irrefutable facts — is a manifestation of the anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.
“Ever since the Jews invented the libel charge of ‘anti-Semitism’ in the 1880s. It was first printed in the Jewish Encyclopaedia (1901 Vol. 1, p. 641), and has been built up with Jewish money, organisations, propaganda and lies (such as the Holocaust — Holohoax), so that now the word is like a snake venom which paralyses one’s nervous system. Even the mention of the word ‘Jew’ is shunned unless used in a most favourable and positive context.”
Charles A. Weisman, Who is Esau-Edom?, Weisman Publications, 1966.
“Israelis and American Jews fully agree that the memory of the Holocaust is an indispensable weapon — one that must be used relentlessly against their common enemy . . . Jewish organisations and individuals thus labour continuously to remind the world of it. In America, the perpetuation of the Holocaust memory is now a $100-million-a-year enterprise, part of which is government funded.”
According to Israeli author Moshe Leshem, the expansion of Israeli power is commensurate with the expansion of “Holocaust” propaganda. Balaam’s Curse: How Israel Lost its Way, and How it Can Find it Again, Simon & Schuster, 1989.
In what has been one of the most controversial broadcasts on mainstream Israeli television, Israeli TV host, comedian and comedy writer Assaf Harel, recently used the final episode of his show Good Night with Assaf Harel to draw attention to the stark differences in living standards in Israel, and to denounce the treatment of Palestinians. While there are undoubtedly other Israelis who question not only the morality but also the longterm consequences of the brutal occupation, few have dared to publicly voice there concerns with such candid and forceful eloquence as Assaf Harel.
Such sentiments now emanating from other equally concerned Israelis would appear to confirm the reality that — while some degree of anti-Semitism still unfortunately prevails — the majority of people supporting Palestinian rights are not anti-Semitic, but rather human beings with a moral responsibility and democratic right to free speech which the Israeli lobby is relentlessly trying to snuff out by conflating opposition to an inhumane Zionist Apartheid regime with anti-Semitism: a ploy that could have dangerous future consequences. It should be understood that Judaism is a religion for Jews, and not the religion of “the” Jews of whom a great many are indifferent to religion with 52% of them apparently not believing in God.
Zionism on the other hand, is a sectarian, colonial nationalism which — with historic support from the Rothschild banking dynasty — hijacked Judaism as a means of establishing a “Jewish” state on land from which the indigenous Palestinian population had to be ethnically cleansed with a contemptible disregard for all of Judaism’s much-hyped moral values and ethical principles. Yet it is in the name of those same values and principles that most Israeli Jews continue to deny the Palestinian Nakba: a denial that is no less heinous than the Christian and Muslim denial of the Nazi holocaust. The only difference is that the number of Christian and Muslim Holocaust deniers is relatively small, while those Jews denying the Nakba and the still ongoing genocide of Palestinians are in the majority.
For the sake of all humanity, diaspora Jews must therefore not only stop living in blind denial of Israel’s barbaric oppression of the Palestinian people, but also honestly recognise the fact that the Palestinian people have been waiting for almost 70 years for a state of their own — neither occupied nor blockaded — where they would not be robbed of their land, water, agricultural livelihoods, and resources; where their homes would not be arbitrarily demolished to make way for more illegal Jewish settlements that encroached on their lives and fragmented their society; where along with their dignity they would not also be systematically stripped of their hopes, heritage, and history; where they would not be subject to restrictions and blockades that prevented freedom of movement and trade including the import of essential building materials and medical supplies; where their children would grow up without seeing their parents being hounded, humiliated, imprisoned, tortured, and murdered; where those same children who were routinely harassed, bullied, beaten, arrested and imprisoned, could — like their Israeli counterparts — enjoy their childhood and fulfil their aspirations; and where in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights they — as an indigenous population — would not be subject to ethnic cleansing while the rest of the world stood by and watched in silence for fear of being accused of anti-Semitism.
Israeli Jews are equally obligated to recognise the irrefutable fact that global condemnation of their “Jewish” state is not due to rampant anti-Semitism, but rather a consequence of routine Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights. Abundant and stark evidence of Israeli Jewish hatred and racism as seen in numerous YouTube video clips as per following example is bound to invite criticism that has nothing to do with anti-Semitism.
In his book Israel’s Fateful Hour, Yehoshafat Harkabi — Chief of Israeli Military Intelligence (1955-9) and subsequently a professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem — called for Israel’s withdrawal from the occupied territories and warned as follows:
“We Israelis must be careful lest we become not a source of pride for Jews but a distressing burden. Israel is the criterion according to which all Jews will tend to be judged. Israel as a Jewish state is an example of the Jewish character, which finds free and concentrated expression within it. Anti-Semitism has deep and historical roots. Nevertheless, any flaw in Israeli conduct, which initially is cited as anti-Israelism, is likely to be transformed into empirical proof of the validity of anti-Semitism. It would be a tragic irony if the Jewish state, which was intended to solve the problem of anti-Semitism, was to become a factor in the rise of anti-Semitism. Israelis must be aware that the price of their misconduct is paid not only by them but also Jews throughout the world. In the struggle against anti-Semitism, the frontline begins in Israel.”