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It’s not hard to be accused of hatred by Zionist haters

This is priceless. Zionist fundamentalists hold conferences about the “delegitimisation” of Israel globally while finding nothing to fault in Israeli policies except bad PR. Occupation? What occupation? Apartheid? Just an anti-Semitic allegation by Jimmy Carter. Feel the desperation:

Many perpetrators from very diverse backgrounds are heavily involved in the ongoing de-legitimization of Israel, without any one being dominant. This is different from the build up of extreme anti-Semitism before the Holocaust. Then most of the overwhelming demonization of the Jews came from a single source: Hitler and his followers and allies. They built on an infrastructure laid over many centuries, mainly by the Catholic Church and certain factions of Protestantism.

On Sunday and Monday of the past week Boston-based CAMERA – which combats media distortion of information about Israel – held a conference on Israel’s de-legitimization. The lecturers were experts who have studied various sources of demonization. This gave an audience of about 1,000 people an overview of this frightening phenomenon. Many had come from other parts of the United States and Canada.

The purveyors of anti-Israel hatred include large parts of the Muslim world. At the conference Daniel Pipes said that Jews should focus their efforts on combating adherents of radical Islam. His view however may be too narrow an approach as much of the de-legitimization of Israel comes from the mainstream of Muslim societies. Former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler showed how several categories of law, including human rights law, have been corrupted by the United Nations. The same subject was dealt with in more detail by Professor Anne Bayefsky of the Hudson Institute.

Andrea Levin, who heads CAMERA, gave a number of examples of how the New York Times corrupts information about Israel. The academic Tammy Benjamin illustrated how anti-Israel hatred is promoted on the campuses of the University of California, the largest State university system in the United States. The forces of de-legitimization are on the one hand university teachers who use their courses for propaganda. On the other hand Muslim and leftist students spew hatred against Israel and try to frighten pro-Israeli Jews. Even if this contradicts university rules often administrations hardly react to complaints.Professor Alvin Rosenfeld of the University of Indiana focused on Jews and Israelis who are in the forefront of those causing damage to Israel. He mentioned that after the Gaza flotilla incident more than 1,000 US rabbis, rabbinical students and academics instituted a fast to pray that Israel will become a more moral state and be nicer to the inhabitants of Gaza. Professor Gerald Steinberg of Bar Ilan University, who heads NGO Monitor claimed, that NGOs are often at the origin of anti-Israel news in the media.

Other hate promoters are various Christian groups, mainly liberal Protestants. Yet another source of hatred is trade unions. One cannot neglect right-wing sources of anti-Israel hate promotion, but one overwhelming message of the Boston conference was that the greatest threat to Israel comes from various groups in the Muslim world, assisted to a large extent by many extreme left-wing forces, but also by more moderate mainstream forces from social democracy.

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  • iResistDe4iAm

    Apologists for Israel’s occupation/colonisation are quick to blame any person/organisation/nation for Israel’s problems and behaviour, except for Israel itself. 

     

    Who to Blame

    "large parts of the Muslim world"

    "adherents of radical Islam"

    "the mainstream of Muslim societies"

    the United Nations for corrupting "several categories of law, including human rights law"

    "the New York Times corrupts information about Israel"

    "the campuses of the University of California"

    "university teachers who use their courses for propaganda"

    "Muslim and leftist students"

    "Jews and Israelis who are in the forefront of those causing damage to Israel"

    "NGOs"

    "various Christian groups, mainly liberal Protestants"

    "trade unions"

    "right-wing sources of anti-Israel hate promotion"

    "various groups in the Muslim world"

    "many extreme left-wing forces"

    "more moderate mainstream forces from social democracy"

    "Jewish Israel haters" and "ultraorthodox Neturei Karta"

    "the Israeli government [for] neglecting this largely non-violent war against the country for many decades"

    "increasing ideological criminality of Europe"

     

    Leading to "Potential Genocide"

    "If radical Muslims obtain an atom bomb"

    "Shiite Iran is about one year away from producing such a nuclear weapon"

    "atom bombs belonging to Pakistan, a Sunni Muslim country, fall into radical Muslim hands"

    "go back to indefensible borders, which Abba Eban called the “Auschwitz borders” "

    "an agreement which is called “peace” but may be nothing more than an intermediate step to mass murder"