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Killing the “enemy”

The Israeli population may be fairly disinterested in their upcoming election on March 28, but at least one leader, National Jewish Front’s Baruch Marzel, has called for the assassination of “far-left” Gush Shalom founder Uri Avnery.

Marzel’s comments are nothing short of incitement. Furthermore, Avnery is hardly a “far-left leader”, as explained by Haaretz. I spent time with him during my travels in Israel late year and he has always been at the forefront of negotiations with the Palestinians. If “far-left” means rejecting the mainstream political elite and their failed attempts to insulate the Jewish state, I’m sure Avnery is pleased with the description.

29 comments ↪
  • Progressive_Atheist

    Chemical – Avnery does not make extremist remarks. You do.

  • JohD

    No suprise here. 'Targeted killings' were declared to apply in 'ticking bomb' situations. Soon it was enough to declare that someone was a terrorist. Soon after, it was enough that someone was suspected of suporting terrorism. Pretty soon it will be enough that you are a terrorist sympathiser, then that you are soft on terrorism … etc. … etc.

  • Chris

    Neo-nazism is a clearly defined term and should be reserved for such. How does Marzel qualify for being labeled a fascist?

  • Progressive_Atheist

    Would it be fair to call the National Jewish Front a bunch of neo-Nazis?

  • Comical_Ali

    "Progressive", that must be a tough call for Hamas supporters.

    Anyway- Why not quote Marzel accurately and completely?

    Marzel was returning the extremist remarks made by leftist Uri Avneri a few days ago, where Avneri justified the murder of Israeli MK Rechavam Ze'evi, calling his murder a "targeted killing " by the Palestinians.

  • Chris

    The letters Fisk claims to have recieved are no longer in existance. They have taken on the image of myth because Fisk can not even prove they ever did exist. Sort of an OJ thing.

    As for the mp3 file, it also does not state that Deshowitz ever claimed that questioning why 9/11 occured is antisemitic or antisemitism at work. And Fisk does not make any claim that Dershowitz ever said any such thing.

    If Fisk claimed that Dershowitz stated that being pto-terrorist and anti-american was the same as being antisemitic, then Fisk lied. No such statement, written, or on audio file exists.

    Attempting to compare Fisk’s testimony to the 100’s of thousands of documents that exist, proving the holocaust occured, is not reasonable.

  • Chris

    Whether or not that was your intent, it is what you did.

    I take none of this personally. I have no idea why you would think that.

    Fisk did not, in the transcription you pasted here, state that Dershowitz accused him of antisemitism, or that Dershowitz ever stated that questioning why 9/11 occured was an antisemitic act.

    I if you believe Fisk said that based on the transcription, then you have failed to comprehend the transcription. I would state that we have come to expect this comprehension problem from you, but that would be in defiance of Anthony’s wishes that you stop making comments of that nature.

  • Addamo

    Tell me Chris,

    Have you always been this desperate whenever defending Israel or it’s appologists?

    You really are making a compele and utter fool of youtself. Apparently you seem oblivious to that.

  • Chris

    You could not call them neo-nazis. They are not advocating the return of the nazi party to Germany. Or anywhere else.

  • Addamo

    The more loose term for neo nazism refers not just to the German WWII Nazi party, but to fascism in general.

    The National Jewish Front’s Baruch Marzel could certainly be considered a fascist.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    How is Marzel a fascist? The fact that it isn't clear to you is troubling. Perhaps this will help:
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3052235

  • Comical_Ali

    Rather ironic how those who usually propogate Jewish conspiracy theories about "Jewish power & control" are only too quick to throw around derogatory Nazi epithets at people.

    In any case, those extremists on the fringe of Israeli society like Marzel, advocate a transfer of Arabs at worst. On the otherside however, the extremists advocate a genocide of Jews at best. and these extremists are not on the fringe of the society in question, far from it. And yet the knee jerk response from certain people (see first paragraph in the above) is to bark "neo-nazi" & say nothing or better still sympathise with the genocidal extremists on the otherside.

  • Addamo

    <code>Rather ironic how those who usually propogate Jewish conspiracy theories about “Jewish power & control” are only too quick to throw around derogatory Nazi epithets at people.</code>

    You mean like Allan Dershowitz referrign to Fisk's inquity in to why 911 happened as anit-semitic?

    You mean like Fisk receiving letters calling his mother the daughter of Adolf Eichman for daring to mentino 911 and the US/Israeli relationship in the same breath?

    On the otherside however, the extremists advocate a genocide of Jews at best. and these extremists are not on the fringe of the society in question, far from it.

    Can thsi be backe by any statistics or is this your opinion?

    And yet the knee jerk response from certain people (see first paragraph in the above) is to bark “neo-nazi” & say nothing or better still sympathise with the genocidal extremists on the otherside.

    When some calls for the murder or elimination of someone else, purely because they have a different opinion, calling that person a fascist is not overstating it. Do you have a more suitable term?

  • Chris

    Antony,

    Your link does not clear up the question regarding marzel's fascist credentials. That he may make the same threats as any thug does not make him a fascist, any more that one can claim that Hamas is a Fascist organization.

    If you are claiming such, please advise.

    That you find persoanl things troubling is only your concern and you should keep it to yourself. If not, petty insults, as you have made, quickly escalate until you have to send out a warning. It is unseeming that you must warn others about acting as you do.

    Comical, I don't believe Marzel is advocating the removal of Arabs from Israel.

    I believe that his party advocates the removal of terrorists, sympathizers and those who call for the destruction of Israel, but not the expulsion of Israeli Arabs.

    I don't believe there is any statement on record of Dershowitz claiming that Fisk question of why 9/11 occured is antisemitic, in and of itself. Kindly post a link. As for the letters, there is no proof of them either. That is beginning to sound like an urban myth.

    I sure anyone of us can claim we destroyed the evidence.

  • Addamo

    I don’t believe there is any statement on record of Dershowitz claiming that Fisk question of why 9/11 occured is antisemitic, in and of itself.

    Wrong. There IS a statement on record. It's in the form of an MP3 file of the speech Fisk gave a MU this month.

    Unless you ar insisting that Fisk is lying, in which case, kindly post a link that proves it.

    Kindly post a link.

    http://fourthestateradio.com/audio/lectures/FER_M

    Here is the transcript of that statement.

    "You could say, who did it. 19 Arabs who said they were Muslims. You could say, how did they do it? Box cutters, airplanes, tall buildings. But what would happen when you asked the question , WHY? And that night, I found out. Because I was condemned by a Harvard Professor, whom I shall not name. It was Allan Dershowitz of course. Who said that merely to ask the question…he said I was a dangerous man, and that merely…this is before he was pulled off the program, they pulled the plug on him. I was a dangerous man, and that merely to ask this question, meant that I was pro terrorist, an anti-American, which was the same as being anti-Semitic. That’s what he said. I’ve got the tape recording if you want to hear it."

    As for the letters, there is no proof of them either.

    Yes there is proof. It's in the form of an MP3 file of the speech Fisk gave a MU this month.

    You could also say there is no proof 6 million Jews dies in the holocaust either right? What we know, we have based n the accounts given by witnesses to the tragedy.

    “That is beginning to sound like an urban myth.”

    No, it actually sounds like a typical response people get when they dare challenge Israel in a public forum

    I sure anyone of us can claim we destroyed the evidence.

    True but then again, it is most likely this has indeed taken place in the past. The statement was made in a public forum. Fisk has not been requested to provide evidence.

    It could just as easily be said that the number of Jews killed in the holocaust (6 million) was an urban myth as it has never been proved.

  • Addamo

    Futhermore Chris,

    Urban myths are second hand dotires. Fisks account of the abuse letters he recived was first hand, so even if he were lying, your use of the expression is completel out of context.

    If you were to ask Anthony, he would tell you that he took as recived abusive letters linking him to Nazi figures.

  • Addamo

    Chris

    As we have come to expect from you, you are inventing loopholes in order to deny something you are clearly ashamed to acknowledge. The lengths you are taken this argument (re the Eichman letters) suggest you are taking this whole issue very personally. Why is that? They do not reflect on you, but on those who sent them. There are good and bad Jews just there are good and bad people of every denominating and race. You seem to take it upon yourself to defend these indefensible actions.

    Why is that?

    Fisk said that night of the speech:

    I was a dangerous man, and that merely to ask this question, meant that I was pro terrorist, an anti-American, which was the same as being anti-Semitic. That’s what he said. I’ve got the tape recording if you want to hear it.

    Do you agree this is an accurate representation of what Fisk said? If not, then by all means, correct my quotes.

    If you do agree as to the accuracy of this transcription, then where is the ambiguity? Your position must be that Fisk lied, it which case it comes down to your word against his. Sorry to say that few people are going to believe you Chris. You weren’t even there unless of course, you also deny that the very debate between Fisk and Dershowitz even took place.

    See how perilous and unsustainable your argument is?

    Attempting to compare Fisk’s testimony to the 100’s of thousands of documents that exist, proving the holocaust occured, is not reasonable.

    I am not attempting to do that. Of course the Holocaust took place. I was talking about the evidence proving that 6 million were killed. Is there any forensicforensic evidence which supports this number?

  • Addamo

    Whether or not that was your intent, it is what you did.

    Hwat are you talking about?

    Fisk did not, in the transcription you pasted here, state that Dershowitz accused him of antisemitism, or that Dershowitz ever stated that questioning why 9/11 occured was an antisemitic act.

    Then you apparently can't read.

    Fisk said that night of the speech, referrign to Allan Dershowitz.

    I was a dangerous man, and that merely to ask this question, meant that I was pro terrorist, an anti-American, which was the same as being anti-Semitic. That’s what he said. I’ve got the tape recording if you want to hear it.

    There is no ambiuguity there. Dershowitz accused Fisk of being "pro terrorist, an anti-American, which was the same as being anti-Semitic". You're only possible comeback here might be that when Fisk said "which was the same as being anti-Semitic", he was making a comment, but this is highly unlikely as it would have been a misrepresenttion of what Dershowitz said on that occasion.

    Seeing as you have a different interpretation of this passage, woudl you care to explain what you interpreted Fisk was saying?

    You have also mad an incredibly moronic suggestion that Fisk did not receive the Eichman letters he alluded to, but that it was just a rumour. Well, your ludicrous argument just blew up in your face and has dragged your credibility into the mud yet again.

    defiance of Anthony’s wishes that you stop making comments of
    that nature.

    In case you hadn't noticed, Anthony was also referring to you.

    You have no credibility whatsoever Chris. You are a joke and a troll.

  • Comical_Ali

    You mean like Allan Dershowitz referrign to Fisk’s inquity in to why 911 happened as anit-semitic?

    I wasn't refering to Fisk in particular. I was primarly refering to people who comment on this blog. You know, the type of people who bark about " powerful Jewish lobbies" much like a little known artist from vienna who became a well known "statesman," once did in Germany and then curiously throw nazi ephitets around. But its interesting that you bring 9/11 and Fisk into this, since its also common to see the "Jews are behind 9/11" blood libel other drivel throthing out from the Loewenstein fan club.

    When some calls for the murder or elimination of someone else, purely because they have a different opinion, calling that person a fascist is not overstating it. Do you have a more suitable term?

    Please point to a policy or statement which suggests that Marzel or others like him are calling for the murder or elimination of Arabs. I'm curious to see it.

    On the otherhand, the elimination of Israel is in the Hamas charter. The desire for genocide against Jews is clearly expressed in the Arab/Palestinian mainstream media. Yet the same fan club which is only too eager to throw the nazi ephitets around, curiously has a cute little soft spot for genocidal movements like Hamas.

  • Addamo

    "bring 9/11 and Fisk into this, since its also common to see the “Jews are behind 9/11″ blood libel other drivel throthing out from the Loewenstein fan club."

    That is a complete an utter lie. Not a good start Comical, but then again, when you have no argument to make or moral basis, you can always invent one right?

    Please point to a policy or statement which suggests that Marzel or others like him are calling for the murder or elimination of Arabs. I’m curious to see it.

    Even worse than that, he is calling for the assai nation of another Israeli Jew for daring to consider the fete of Palestinians. Isn't that extremist and fascist enough for you? here is the quote:

    "National Jewish Front’s Baruch Marzel, has called for the assassination of “far-left” Gush Shalom founder Uri Avnery."

    The desire for genocide against Jews is clearly expressed in the Arab/Palestinian mainstream media.

    While the genocide and killing of Palestinians is actually taking place. Thank god the Israeli's don’t talk about this stuff or it would then become an outrage.

    Isrel has the 4th most powerful military n the world and here you are, carrhing on as though they are still the victims. Build a bridge for God’s sake.

    "curiously has a cute little soft spot for genocidal movements like Hamas."

    You mean like say, Israel, who financed and supported Hamas from the beginning?

    Have you paid any attention to the peace offering from Hamas of late? Or are you just going to remain fixated on the line that justified the killing and ethnic cleansing Palestinians en masse?

  • Comical_Ali

    <code>That is a complete an utter lie. Not a good start Comical, but then again, when you have no argument to make or moral basis, you can always invent one right?</code>

    How is that a complete lie? Just scroll through other comment sections of this blog, its really not that hard.

    Even worse than that, he is calling for the assai nation of another Israeli Jew for daring to consider the fete of Palestinians. Isn’t that extremist and fascist enough for you? here is the quote:

    A nazi is someone that 1.advocates racial superiority/darwinsim

    2. advocates the extermination of a group of people

    Marzel does neither. His saying that Averny is a target was in response to a comment Averny made himself saying that a late assasinated Israeli cabinet minister was a legitmate target. That certainly does not make Marzel a nazi.

    Interestingly those who advocate the massacer of Jews, calling them "monkies, apes and pigs" (now thats racial superiority at its worst) seem to either escape your attention or worse get your support. How ironic for someone who throws "nazi" around as a derogatory insult.

  • Addamo

    Interestingly those who advocate the massacer of Jews, calling them “monkies, apes and pigs” (now thats racial superiority at its worst) seem to either escape your attention or worse get your support.

    I dont; support people who do or say these things. I support people who have been denied the right to an existence outside of a life of humiliation and oppression and having thei human rights abused.

    Those who advocate the massacre of Jews are no better than those Israeli's whomassacrre Paletinians, but a smart enough to make sure it remains out of public view and out of the media.

    Violence is still much more detructive than threats of violence.

  • Chris

    While the genocide and killing of Palestinians is actually taking place.

    Please prove the genocide of Palestinians has taken place. Or was it just another lie?

  • Addamo

    Prove that it's not.

  • Addamo

    Genocide in Palestine http://www.po.org.ar/english/751art3.htm

    Genocide in The Middle East:
    The Palestinian Holocaust
    http://www.harlemlive.org/international/middle_ea

    Genocide and ethnic conflict in Israel and Palestine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genocide_and_ethnic_

  • edward squire

    Addamo Mar 22nd, 2006 at 12:46 am

    When some calls for the murder or elimination of someone else, purely because they have a different opinion, calling that person a fascist is not overstating it. Do you have a more suitable term?

    "Evil" springs to mind.

  • Chris

    It appears that none of the references provided prove any such genocide occurring.

    Funny, 'evil' is the term being used to describe Iran, but some complained about it.

  • Addamo

    Funny, ‘evil’ is the term being used to describe Iran, but some complained about it.

    Evil is the term being used by enemies of Iran. Iran and iraq both described the Us as the Evil Empire.

    It's a simplistic term and used by simple minded people.

  • Chris

    It seems fairly racist of you to be calling the Iranis and Iraqis a simple minded people.

    It seems the lack of fire in the elections is due in part by the plans of Kadima. The majority of Israel is ready to consolidate its gains and set the borders. The minority is also resigned to the opinion that it will be done. The rest is economics; boring at the best of times.