Wednesday, April 05, 2006

When being anti-Israel is anti-Semitic - Bernard Pinsky

When being anti-Israel is anti-Semitic

Bernard Pinsky

There has been much discussion and finger pointing about criticism of Israel, its actions and its policies, and Israel's defenders' claims that much of the criticism is based on anti-Semitism. Critics of Israel say they cannot speak out for fear of being labeled anti-Semitic. Defenders of Israel are concerned that anti-Semitism is the basis for the criticism in many cases. It is therefore important to know when in fact anti-Israel rhetoric is founded in, results from or itself creates anti-Semitism.

1. When the media prints every allegation against Israel, no matter how outrageous or unfounded, it is anti-Semitic. In 2002, front pages of newspapers around the world printed news daily of the "massacre" ongoing in Jenin. Unsubstantiated reports of Palestinian casualties started at 500, then quickly rose to 3000. There were reports of hundreds of Palestinian bodies rotting and being carted out in trucks. Despite Israeli assurances that fighting was building to building, and every effort was being made to avoid civilian casualties, virtually every journalist in the world used the word "massacre" and "thousands dead" over and over. In the end, UN investigators found that 56 Palestinians and 52 Israelis had died in the pitched battles. Some years before, stomach flu had spread through a Palestinian high school. The affected Palestinian schoolgirls told reporters that Israelis were poisoning them. The media published that allegation around the world. There are dozens of other similar examples. These unfounded allegations, even if eventually corrected, have a cumulative effect of depicting Israel unfairly. It is the duty of the media to verify their stories and not to print unfounded allegations. In the case of Israel, the media often has not done so. Not only is the breach of their journalistic duty anti-Semitic for treating the Jewish state differently than other states, but the printed lies cause anti-Semitism, as evidenced by the past 2 years of increased anti-Semitic incidents world-wide.

2. When several states do the same thing, but only the Jewish state is blamed, it is anti-Semitic. In 1981 Ariel Sharon, being in charge of the areas of southern Lebanon that Israel invaded to stop attacks and rockets from there, did not stop Christian fighters from entering Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. A massacre of several hundred people ensued, perpetrated by Christians against Muslims. In 1994, Belgian UN peacekeepers, in charge of and protecting Rwandan Tutsis in an area under their control, pulled out their troops after 10 Belgian soldiers died. Rival armed Hutus then proceeded to massacre more than 500,000 Tutsis. In 1995, U.N. commanders delayed a request for air support by Dutch peacekeepers in Srebrenica, where Bosnian Serb forces slaughtered more than 7,000 Muslim civilians.
Years later, only Ariel Sharon is called a butcher. Only Ariel Sharon is indicted under Belgian international war crimes laws. Not only does no one ever refer to Belgians or the UN as culpable as Sharon for allowing much larger massacres, no one even remembers that someone else other than Sharon carried out the massacre. Only Sharon is vilified.

3. When people who fight racism fail to denounce anti-Semitism, it is anti-Semitic. The day after 9/11, the Vancouver Police organized a cross-cultural meeting and asked local media to attend. It was a show of solidarity for Muslims. On local television, local Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and Jews stood up and said that 9/11 was not a reason to blame all Muslims, the 9/11 terror was the act of a few radicals, and that they stood with their Muslim Canadian brethren. No act of revenge or anti-Muslim action or discrimination was justified or acceptable in any way. Since then in Canada there have been several synagogue bombings, a considerable increase in anti-Semitic violence, fear of speaking out in favour of Israel on campus, and chants by thousands of Muslims on Parliament Hill and other places of "death to the Jews". The Vancouver police have not, and no other police force in Canada has organized a similar TV event like after 9/11. Too many leaders have not stood up and vigorously denounced the increasingly anti-Semitic atmosphere. Some politicians and others have spoken out, but not nearly enough.

4. When pro-Israel speakers are not allowed to speak, it is anti-Semitic. At Concordia University, a riot prevented the Israeli foreign minister from speaking. Anti-Israel demonstrators physically and verbally abused the intended audience, broke windows and went on a rampage. Police did not prevent the violence. The speech was canceled No criminal charges were laid. So far one violent student has been suspended by Concordia, not expelled. Later, Concordia Student Union canceled the rights of Hillel, the Jewish students organization, because there was a pamphlet on a Hillel desk about the Israeli army. Hillel has filed in court to regain its status.

5. When people repeat lies about Israel in the face of contrary facts, it is anti-Semitic. An incredible percentage of the world seems to have fully accepted that the Arab-Israeli conflict is caused by Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. The conflict is very complicated, but that statement is simply false. Before 1967 Israel did not occupy the West = Bank and Gaza, and yet there were 3 wars fought in 19 years from 1948 to 1967. After 1967, Israel has offered land for peace on 3 separate occasions, the latest being at Camp David under Clinton. How could the falsehood that the occupation is the cause of the conflict have such currency if it weren't for willful anti-Semitic intent?

6. When only Jews are not entitled to a national homeland, it is anti-Semitic. Israel was established by a vote in the UN in 1947. Since then, its national movement, Zionism, has been labeled as racism at the UN and by many leftists. The same people do not label as racist the fact that Palestinians in the West Bank or Gaza will not tolerate Jews in their midst. Jews have one small country, one-fifth of whose citizens are Arabs, but their national aspirations are said to be racist. Palestinians are not called racist for wanting a national homeland, which will add to the already existing 22 Arab countries.

7. When Jews are dehumanized, it is anti-Semitic. In Arab countries today, and unfortunately in many other countries, Jews are dehumanized to an extent reminiscent of Nazi propaganda of the 1930s. In Egypt, a TV series based on the lies of the 19th century Protocols of the Elders of Zion is being aired weekly. Palestinian textbooks paid for by Canadians and Europeans show Jews as bloodthirsty, evil sub-humans. All over Europe Israelis are characterized as heartless. The lack of response from all quarters is deafening.

8. When Jews are blamed for what others do, it is anti-Semitic. In 2002, hundreds of Palestinian armed militants stormed and occupied by force the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. They sought to hide from Israeli troops. Israelis surrounded the Church, but did not attack. While the standoff continued for weeks, Israel sustained daily condemnations for its actions: no less than the Pope condemned Israel for surrounding the Church. Not a word from all these critics about the Muslim militants who occupied the Church and desecrated it. Israelis didn't touch the Church or those inside, but got international condemnation and scorn.

9. When Jews who support Israel's right to exist are not equal to those who support its destruction, it is anti-Semitic. Michael Lerner, the editor of Tikkun magazine, is an anti-war activist of impeccable credentials. He is anti-Sharon and in favour of Israel unilaterally abandoning the West Bank and Gaza, as it did in Southern Lebanon. Mr. Lerner wanted to speak against war at an anti-war in Iraq rally, but was refused by the rally organizers because he believes in Israel's existence as a Jewish state.

There is no reason for Israelis to accept advice from those whose opinions are based on anti-Semitic reporting or treatment of facts. Political problems have political solutions. Those who would stand up against anti-Semitism first and discuss the Arab-Israel conflict second, as opposed to the other way around, will make a genuine contribution toward peace.


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Israel should have [a long time ago] press the UN for:
1) Condemming Arab Muslim 'Palestinian' parents, teachers, leaders, Mullahs, for using Arab kids as human shields and as human bombs, clarifying the real culprits in Arabs' deaths.
2) Violations by ILLEGAL PA Arabs "settlers" on Israel's "agreed" borders by the UN.
3) "Palestinian" Violation of virtually ALL agreemants pacts with Israel (Oslo, Camp David, etc.).
4) The PA official media & education = hate (crimes) campaign on "the joos", (not just on Israel...).
5) Exposing the constant intimdation on nations by the GOLIATH ARAB MUSLIM (oil) block, to tarnish innocent Israel in the UN.



1) Are you denying that the Arab racist attacks on Jews in Israel/"palestine" has started since 1838 (Safed) [so were the attacks in 1883, 1920, 1921, 1929 - Hebron, etc.]?

2) Had Israel be a (mostly) Arab-Muslim State, would the intolerant Arab-Muslim Goliath world not accept them?

3) Why is there a complete silence on the historical fact of Arab immigration late 1800s early 1900s into Israel/"palestine"?

4) What anti-Israel bigotry is stronger, the "Arab racism"; factor? or the 'Islamic-Jihad' factor?

5) 'Moral equivalence' Do you have Arab activists on behalf of Israeli victims, just like you have Jewish, Israeli, Zionists activists for the (so called) 'Palestinian cause' (whatever that is...)?

6) If humane Israel would really go after "unarmed poor palestinians" as the 'Pallwood' propagandists tell us, How many Arabs would have survived Israel's might?

7) Who's more at fault, the Arab Muslim "Palestinians" parents pushing for Shahid-isim, or the indoctrinating Mullahs, Imams in the holy Mosques for using "Palestinian" kids and women as human bombs and as human shields (so they can blame the Zionists when Arab kids die)?

8) What would have happened if Arab Muslim "Palestinians" would have invested as much energy in rebuilding their lives as they do in destroying both nations' lives in fascistic Jihad, total hatred and campaign for GENOCIDE [to "drink the blood of the Jews" or to "push them all to the sea", or to "wipe them off of map"]?

9) Why does "bad" IDF Israeli army announce an area residents' civilians to evacuate before an operation against terrorists?

10) Why did Humane Israel's IDF invented specially low range missiles designed to hit ONLY the [terror] target and minimize collateral damage?

11) When was the last time the "Palestinian" well oil-ed propaganda machine has retracted [or even apologized] for it's usual PALLYWOOD fake images industry?

12) What's the difference between a Christian in Indonesia, Buddhist in Thailand, Christian in Nigeria, in Philippines, Australians in Bali (2002), non Muslims in London (0707/2005), in Madrid (bombing), "not the-right-kind-of-Muslims" in Shiite-Sunni hateful massacres in Iraq, oppression & massacres in the "Islamic Republic of Iran", and Israeli victims of the same "evil ideology"?

13) What's a harder oppression, your "average" Arab Muslim regime's on it's own people, Hamas-tan Islamic Apartheid [which most "Palestinians" supported!] on non Muslims, or the pro-Jihad parents' on their kids?

14) What would have happened if at least ONE Arab Muslim nation [regular or oil-ed one] would really care about the Arab [brothers, that since the 1960's started to call themselves as] "Palestinians" and let them get off the terror slum into normality and even prosperity?

15) What part of 'BLIND FASCISM' do Arab-Muslims deny, the usual obsessed anti Israel demonization [no matter what Israel does] or the reluctance to see Israel's super kind gestures for those that are trying to kill them [releases from prison, giving away own land vital to it's security, humanitarian aid, etc.] not as goodness but as "weakness"?

16) Why is it that when Islamists terrorists [Hamas or Hezbullah, Islamic Jihad, etc.] succeed in making sure Arab kids die [with their known tactics of cowardly firing among or behind children, etc.] the Arabs, Muslims rejoice and the Israelis, Jews are saddened ?

16) How can land be an issue [or the blatant lies the Arab lobby's financed: Jimmy Carter has said, though he admitted that Israel is a great equal democracy for all, Arabs and Jews alike!'] if "moderate" Palestinian official government still has venomous hatred and pro 'death cult' in it's regular curriculum and on it's official TV, or that such "moderate" Arab media outlets [like Al Jazeera] still glorify mass murder as "martyrdom"?

17) Who's more powerful, the Arab Muslim Goliath Oil mafia "lobby" on the world or a Chinese, Italian, Israeli, Irish, pharmaceutical, cigarettes lobbyists in Washington?

18) Had the International Arab Muslim lobby of nations in the UN [or the EU] not threatened other nations to bash Israel 24/7 [motivated by intolerance only!], What would be then the outcome?


Let's make it clear, even if there will be a "Palestine" state, it will never change the factual history, that a group of foreign Arab immigrants came into the (historic) land of the Jews (and started to call themselves as "Palestinians" in the 1960's) and hijacked the world comunity via terrorism and Arab oil power to give them yet a second 'Palestine' state (after Jordan).



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