Anti-Zionism is not anti-semitic

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    alanjjohnstone
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    Always a good read, Jonathan Cook on Starmer’s pro-Israeli government stance

    How Starmer’s Labour reversed 40 years of progress on Israel and Palestine

    Surprisingly, Cook commends Tony Blair in his article for meeting with Hamas and the IRA

    #225028
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    From Jonathan Cook again

    https://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2021-11-26/tribal-left-mirror-right/

    a [2015] survey found that 56 per cent of British Jews believed “anti-Semitism in Britain has some echoes of the 1930s”.

    Remember this survey was before Corbyn had been elected Labour leader and before the furore about a supposed antisemitism crisis in the party had moved into full gear…

    … the Israeli Haaretz newspaper found the views of most fellow Jews in the UK preposterous:

    If the majority of British Jews and the authors of the CAA [Campaign Against Antisemitism] report actually believe that, then it’s hard to take anything they say about contemporary anti-Semitism in their home country seriously. If they honestly think that the situation in Britain today echoes the 1930s when Jews were still banned from a wide variety of clubs and associations, when a popular fascist party, supported by members of the nobility and popular newspapers, were marching in support of Hitler, when large parts of the British establishment were appeasing Nazi Germany and the government was resolutely opposed to allowing Jewish refugees of Nazism in to Britain, finally relenting in 1938 to allow 10,000 children to arrive — but not their parents who were to die in the Holocaust (that shameful aspect of the Kindertransport that is seldom mentioned) — and when the situation of Jews in other European countries at the time was so much worse, then not only are they woefully ignorant of recent Jewish history but have little concept of what real anti-Semitism is beyond the type they see online.

    #225115
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Imagine the outrage if anti-zionists made similar statements as Trump did.

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/israel-had-absolute-power-over-154439528.html

    #225146
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Diana Neslen regularly attends her local synagogue and keeps a kosher home but has been accused of antisemitism.

    Neslen is a member of Jewish Voice for Labour. The group estimates that more than five times more Jewish than non-Jewish Labour members have faced actioned complaints of antisemitism.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/dec/20/jewish-woman-accused-antisemitism-labour-threatens-sue-anti-zionism

    #225232
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Eric Zemmour, the French far-right presidential candidate, is Jewish.

    The Great Rabbi of France, Haïm Korsia, said in October that Zemmour is “certainly” anti-Semitic and “obviously” racist.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/12/22/french-jews-denounce-far-right-candidate-zemmour

    #225311
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Pleasing the audience

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/dec/28/david-lammy-apologises-for-nominating-corbyn-to-be-labour-leader

    Speaking at this year’s Limmud festival, a Jewish event, the shadow foreign secretary said he “never believed” Corbyn would become leader and that his nomination was “a mistake”.

    “I regret nominating Jeremy Corbyn and if I knew what I do now, I never would have nominated him,” Lammy told an online audience of about 300, in comments first reported in Jewish News. “I never believed he would become leader. That was a mistake and I am sorry for that.”

    He said he was proud of the Jewish community for standing “shoulder to shoulder” with leaders including Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu in their fight against apartheid.

    Lammy appears to be re-writing history for Tutu was noted also for his criticism of Israel’s maltreatment of the Palestinians.
    Tutu declared his support for boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS) as a peaceful means of opposing Israeli occupation.

    Also Mandela declared that “we consider ourselves to be comrades in arms to the Palestinian Arabs in their struggle for the liberation of Palestine. There is not a single citizen in South Africa who is not ready to stand by his Palestinian brothers in their legitimate fight against the Zionist racists”.

    #225433
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster
    #225438
    ZJW
    Participant

    ‘Simon Wiesenthal Center Releases its Global Anti-Semitism 2021 Top Ten List’: https://www.wiesenthal.com/assets/pdf/global_anti-semitism_2021_top_ten.pdf

    Number 3 is the BBC. Number 5 is Jewish Voices for Peace.

    #225469
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Actress Emma Watson accused of anti-semitism for expressing pro-Palestinian solidarity

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/04/emma-watson-pro-palestinian-post-sparks-antisemitism-row

    #225505
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    JK Rawling accused of being anti-semitic for depicting Gringott bankers as big-nosed goblins

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/jon-stewart-calls-jk-rowling-090804877.html

    #225509
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/jan/05/maureen-lipman-attacks-casting-of-helen-mirren-as-former-israeli-pm

    Helen Mirren shouldn’t play Golda Meir because she isn’t Jewish says Maureen Lipman.

    #225523
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Imagine the outrage if a non-Jew had said this

    “These are not people, these are subhumans. Despicable people and the corruption of the Jewish people. They must not be given any backing,” Golan told the Knesset Channel. “This radical nationalist rampage will bring a catastrophe upon us.”

    Golan said he was referring to settlers suspected of having defaced a nearby Muslim cemetery, which he likened to a “pogrom.”

    Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Golan’s remarks were “shocking, a generalization and bordering on a blood libel.”

    https://apnews.com/article/business-middle-east-israel-germany-west-bank-86bca8b78c16a9b49dc9200f4c0fa9d0

    #225588
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    We have Friends of Isreal groups within all the main UK political parties and donations have been made to selected MPs so how is the following so different?

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-59984380

    #225738
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    The Smearing of Emma Watson



    Emma Watson is part of an exponentially fast-growing choir of decent like-minded men and women of good faith all over the world, united in their belief that all people, irrespective of their ethnicity or their religion or their nationality, must have inalienable human rights, including the right to life and liberty and self-determination, from every river to every sea everywhere. That includes the long-suffering people of Palestine. The attempted weaponization of anti-Semitism against this movement not only weakens the term as a description of real fascist racism, but in fact serves to legitimate it. If criticizing cruel Israeli policies toward the Palestinians is anti-Semitic, then what is so wrong with anti-Semitism, so this misguided line of thinking goes. As Robert Fisk once noted, “if this continued campaign of abuse against decent people, trying to shut them up by falsely accusing them of anti-Semitism, continues, the word ‘anti-Semitism’ will begin to become respectable. And that is a great danger.”

    #226041
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Amnesty International joins HRW and B’Tselem in describing Israel as an apartheid state and as expected is accused of being anti-Semitic by the Israeli government

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-60197918

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