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The definitions are clear

The vast majority of anti-Zionists and Israel-critics are not anti-Semites, merely after a nation that doesn’t discriminate on the basis of race and religion.

Real anti-Semitism is clear for all to see.

(Via Fightdemback)

22 comments ↪
  • JohD

    Racism like this is as rare as patent leather. The fewer pogroms their are, the more we hear about it. The problem is that the charge of anti-Semitism is a devalued currency; I seriously doubt whether anyone who has ever opposed anything Israel has ever done, has not been faced the charge of anti-Semitism. After awhile, it gets so you don't even bother to respond.

    Generally, it is a charge about motives, not actions, and is therefore unfalsifiable. Once charged, you are guilty of … well, guilty of being charged.

    Guys like this Miller are cardboard cut-out figures – unreal, and hardly worth the bother. They are also extremely thin on the ground. However, the use of a person that 'escaped the Nazi gas-chambers'is another cardboard cut-out, and sublime ethnocentricism. This Jews-as-victim-matter-of-fact presentations have become obscene after decades of over-use.

  • Suze

    I differ on this matter. I once happened on an odious site which gave me chills- all it was was a list of people- well known people, who the author suspected of being jewish. I was researching a film of a well known book and had googled an actor's name. It scares me that there are such people out there who are so consumed that they need to compile lists and publish them. Just the act of making the list crosses some line which I can't describe but I just find it very very frightening. I don't underestimate the hatred of these people. But nor does this make Israel's actions just in the case of Palestine, or I think, Lebanon.

  • edwin

    Suze, is the SHIT list is like what you saw?

  • Ed Squire

    From the news-report:

    The postings were removed last night after Sunday News confronted Miller, 22, telling him we were going to publicise his shocking website blog, which still contains pages of derogatory comments about Jews and other minorities.

    This, more often than not, is the clue to genuine racism. Real anti-Semites are rarely ever exclusively anti-Semites; they are racial exclusivists: scratch the surface and you'll find that the only race they don't hate is their own.

  • Addamo_01

    It scares me that there are such people out there who are so consumed that they need to compile lists and publish them. Just the act of making the list crosses some line which I can’t describe but I just find it very very frightening.

    Reminds me of David Horowtiz's book of America's 100 most dangerous intellectuals. The little witch hunt he and Daniel Pipes have formed is clearly intended to defame and marginalise those people.

    Of course, Horowitz and Pipes will insist this is allowed under freedom of speech.

    Real anti-Semites are rarely ever exclusively anti-Semites; they are racial exclusivists: scratch the surface and you’ll find that the only race they don’t hate is their own.

    I coudl not agree more. It seems so paradoxical that those on the right who support any poilicy that involves the killing of Arab muslims, as so pro Zionist. I think it's much like the marriage of convenience between the evangelical Christians i nthe US and Zionists. They pretend to be friends because it is mutualyl beneficial in the short term, but both holds a hidden desire to see the other group burn in hell.

  • M.Mayes

    freedom of speech is very fickle. I've noticed quite alot of zioist arguements sing the tune of, the jews have the right to lobby, people saying we are too powerful is to take away the jewish voice… and so on. But it is also clear that zionists like those at AIJAC use words like anti-semitism to silence their opponents..

    could it then be said that everyone has a democratic right to free speech so long as they are in sync with jews?

  • Ed Squire

    M.Mayes Aug 14th, 2006 at 3:07 am

    But it is also clear that zionists like those at AIJAC use words like anti-semitism to silence their opponents..

    It's a double-edged sword: the freedom of speech allows the use of rhetoric that is intended to cajole and intimidate with "power-words" like "anti-Semitism" – but that very freedom also allows one to point out that it is usually hyperbolic lunacy and that its users are hyperbolic lunatics.

  • Ed Squire

    Addamo_01 Aug 14th, 2006 at 2:27 am

    It seems so paradoxical that those on the right who support any poilicy that involves the killing of Arab muslims, as so pro Zionist. I think it’s much like the marriage of convenience between the evangelical Christians i nthe US and Zionists. They pretend to be friends because it is mutualyl beneficial in the short term, but both holds a hidden desire to see the other group burn in hell.

    It's interesting to see how genuine White Supremacist racists get torn between who to attack: "the scheming Joos" or "the psycho sand-nig*ers". They either turn into fanatical pro-IDF cheer-squads or great fans of Arab terrorists … all the while in fact hating both of them. What they do seem to admire in each of these two groups is their violence. It's yet another psychological link between fascism to racism.

  • Suze

    Yes so true. And that strange paradox pointed out in Finkelstein's review where the so called libertarian Horowitz is advocating more and more extreme circumventions of basic law and human rights- and becoming more like the fascists of the past in doing so – even to the point of making lists of ideological enemies, as you point out, Addamo.

  • Addamo_01

    Cpatian, Comical and company have often asked for an example of University academics ebign censored with regards to Israel. Well, here is an extreme an example as you are ever liekly to come across:

    Douglas Giles is a recent casualty. He used to teach a class on world religions at Roosevelt University, Chicago, founded in memory of FDR and his liberal-inclined wife, Eleanor. Last year, Giles was ordered by his head of department, art historian Susan Weininger, not to allow students to ask questions about Palestine and Israel; in fact, nothing was to be mentioned in class, textbooks and examinations that could possibly open Judaism to criticism

    .

    Leaving aside his boss's doubtful qualifications to set limits on a class of comparative religion – her speciality is early 20th-century Midwestern artists such as Tunis Ponsen (nor have I) – the point to grasp is that Professor Giles did not make inflammatory statements himself: he merely refused to limit debate among the young minds in front of him.

    http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1…

  • Suze

    Not on this topic but Ahmadinejad now has his own blog.

  • Addamo_01

    How cool is that? Pitty there is no translation to English included.

  • Suze

    Yes there is- click on the flag at the top that has stars & stripes. I wouldn'y call him the snappiest blogger ever. Do you think Bush will do some trolling along the lines of Viva's "armanidinnerjacket- you stink?" I don't see how he could resist.

  • Addamo_01

    I suspect the eels at Tim Blair and Little Green Footballs will likely have a ganger. Bush doesn't read remember?

  • Good point Antony, but no sane person is going to level at you the charge of being anti-semetic. And it's evident that every time pro-Israeli people with little intelligence level such charges at people who are simply being critical, not racist, they shoot themselves in the foot.

    From a linguistic perspective it's especially stupid, considering both Jews and Arabs are semites. Truly anti-semetic people are going to hate Arabs just as much as Jews.

    Nevertheless, I still find some of your posts are unbalanced in their criticism of Israel and oversimplify the challenges faced by Israel, Palestinians and neighbouring nations.

  • Leo Buddha

    Lisa wrote

    "From a linguistic perspective it’s especially stupid, considering both Jews and Arabs are semites. Truly anti-semetic people are going to hate Arabs just as much as Jews."

    Yes but common usage is not logical. A zealous ignoramus invented it and so it is best wriiten as one (new) word, antisemetic and not as anti-semetic.

    And yes the reason why some, including some antisemetis love the Ant he is a Jew and "some of [Ant's] posts are unbalanced in their criticism of Israel and oversimplify the situation in just the same way as many professionals do. The true professionals do know that they are selecting only certain parts of the whole releavnt truth. And we all know that knowingly doing is a lie. That is why in court people are asked to swear that they are telling the whole of the relevant truth. Certain professors of peace and such, and the men who endorsed Ant's book know that they theselves do not tell the whole of the relevant truth. they only tell the (politically correct) really, realy relavant truth… 🙂 Oh well. Great club! How many seconds of fame?

  • Addamo

    some of [Ant’s] posts are unbalanced in their criticism of Israel and oversimplify the situation in just the same way as many professionals do

    That goes both ways doesn't it? When Israel is criticised, it is either a lie or an oversimpification, but Israel's amen corner is addicted to calling anyone who stand in Israel's way as terrorists.

    And we all know that knowingly doing is a lie.

    Which makes screeds from the likes of Dershowitz, Horowitx, Pipes. and Kramer et all, lies correct?

  • Leo Buddha

    Addamo wrote

    That goes both ways doesn’t it?

    Sometimes. If appropriate.

    When Israel is criticised, it is either a lie or an oversimpification,

    Sometimes. If appropriate.

    but Israel’s amen corner is addicted to calling anyone who stand in Israel’s way as terrorists.

    Sometimes. If appropriate.

    Which makes screeds from the likes of Dershowitz, Horowitx, Pipes. and Kramer et all, lies correct?

    Sometimes. If appropriate.

  • viva peace

    The vast majority of anti-Zionists and Israel-critics are not anti-Semites

    Oh, so not the "vast" majority, merely a "significant" majority, eh?

  • Addamo

    Oh, so not the “vast” majority, merely a “significant” majority, eh?

    Oh dear. It's started again. Nurse!!!!

  • M.Mayes

    What a highly creative response to Addamo there Leo. Though the last one about Dershmeister's lies being heralded as truth, lies being told as truths can be sometimes appropriate?

    Viva, you keep crapping on about this whole anti-semitism thing, get over it, I nor anyone else sane here (assumption) are anti-semites. If you think a nation that is on the border of commiting genocide and have made the occupied territories into small apartheid states, is morally correct, then you need to get your head checked.

  • Paul Walter

    Interesting to note others picking up on a thought I've had too, about the alliance in the US between reactionary fundamentalist Christians and Jewish Lobby.

    These would have once avoided one another like the plague, and for good reason.

    The Christian fundamentalists derive of the Redneck Right in America and represents the same tendencies of intolerance, fear and ignorance that exploded into Hitlerism in Germany, when the conditions proved condusive.

    The pre-Zionist US Jewish intelligentsia, by contrast, had its origins in precisely those urban unfortunates who fled Mittel European pogroms and racial persecutions that were paralleled later in the KKK Negro lynchings, for example.

    Think of Walter Benjamin, Adorno, Marcuse, Levinas, Sontag etc , as a formative element of the outward-looking aspect of Western culture expressed popularly by the likes of Bob Dylan in the 'sixties. This thinking celebrated Martin Luther King and his emancipation freedom marches and Noam Chomsky and the antiwar movement and had as heroes the likes of executed German Christian Nazi resistance-leaders like the executed Niemeyer and Niemoller. This thinking was later sneered at the Right as "Kumbayah" for its Ghandiist pacifism, but pointed ot wht it saw to bw rong despite theodium dropped upon it by the neo-cons of the time.

    This sort of youthful, outwards-looking thinking has been ovecome by by the competing tendency of inward holocaust-born Zionism and Ultra Orthodoxy on one hand, linking with an also exclusive/exclusionary Christian fundamentalist revival which was a reaction to the free thinking of the sixties; a Canute-like attempt to hold back the waves of post ww2 emancipation and progress. The alienation of modernism was expressed in a simplistic return to a lost "dreamtime" (think of Howard as- loosely- an expression of this tendency).

    The result is this peculiar alliance between the Aryan millenarianists, who want the Jews all back in Israel so they can be wiped out at the End of Days, eventually leaving only Fundamentalist Christians surviving. Meanwhile, the Zionists and Ultra- Orthodox despise Christianity as a fanciful and romantic Goyish apostasy, with the democratic tendencies of more rational elements of Christianity to be side-stepped, as a hinderance in fulfilling the Return that ends the Diaspora (in their equally exclusionist dogmas).

    Personally, I detest Anti Semitism because it is so unthinking and reactive; a bit like some of the sort of stuff you hear from dolts about blackpeople. I grew up in the sixties when this sort of rubbish , like the KKK, was despised, MCarthyism was (apparently) on the wane and the idea was to think patiently about things instead.

    But I contend I am NOT "anti-muslim" to despise the more stupid elements of muslim fundamentalism.

    Nor am I "anti-semitic" to despise what Israel has just done in Lebanon, or "Anti American" in feeling the same contempt for the US as per Iraq, any more than I am wrong to despise those who inflicted the Warsaw ghetto circa 1943 on Polish Jews. A stupid response generated by laziness, fear and ignorance, answered by the quack nostrums of slime bag tabloid politicians and newspaper columnists and publishers similar to those who pushed Nazism, is to be avoided.

    Hansonism is an embryonic manifestation of Nazism, so I happily make common cause with its enemies, be they the likes of Waleed Ali or Antony Loewenstein, because these people value ideas and consciousness before emotional self indulgence and closed-minded exclusionist notions born of contempt prior to investigation.

    "know thyself"

    "To thine own self be true"