|Demonstration against anti-Semitism in London.|
Lipstadt compares the current wave of anti-Semitism in Europe with the situation there in the 1930s. She does not see parallels, but then says, “I wonder if I am too sanguine.” She mentions pro-Gaza demonstrators on Berlin’s Kurfuerstendamm, the grand boulevard, who chanted, “Jews, Jews, cowardly swine.” She also tells us that demonstrators in Dortmund and Frankfurt chanted, “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas!” Other anti-Semitic events in Europe are discussed.
Then she writes, “It would be simple to link all this outrage to events in Gaza. But this [anti-Semitic] trend has been evident for a while.” What about Israel’s “trend”? Israel has attacked Gaza in 2002, 2006, 2008, 2008-9, 2012 and 2014. And Israel has brutally occupied Gaza and the West Bank since 1967. That’s 47 years, the longest political occupation of land in history.
|Pro-Gaza demonstration in Paris, France.|
It is interesting to note that Muslim anti-Semitism has emerged “…in the past century…” because that coincides with Zionist settlement in Arab Palestine. Ahad Ha'am, who, after visiting Palestine in 1891, published a series of articles criticizing the aggressive behavior and political ethnocentrism of Zionist settlers. Ha'am, a leading Zionist, wrote that Zionists settlers:
...deal with the Arabs with hostility and cruelty, trespass unjustly, beat them shamefully for no sufficient reason, and even boast about their actions. There is no one to stop the flood and put an end to this despicable and dangerous tendency.
Is it possible that there is a causal relationship between European Muslim anti-Semitism in 2014 and the death of between 2,000 and 2,143 Gazans (including 495-578 children), as well as the wounding of between 10,895 and 11,100 Gaza civilians - not to mention the destruction of electrical and water supply and housing stock and infrastructure - during Israel‘s ‘Operation Protective Edge’ in 2014?
Ignoring Israel’s vicious and brutal attack upon the people of Gaza, Lipstadt writes, “Seventy years after the Holocaust, many Jews in Europe no longer feel safe.” She closes her editorial with: “Jews are worrying. It is time for those who value a free, democratic, open, multicultural society to do so, too. This is not another Holocaust, but it’s bad enough.”
The irony here is that the current strain of world-wide anti-Semitism was brought about by Israel’s bloody actions and that the “Jewish state” is anything but “a free, democratic, open, multicultural society.”
It seems that the above editorial provides a smokescreen. If “anti-Semitism” is being reported as “news” everywhere, then how can anyone criticize Israel? Then the Jewish state will be able to continue to do what it wants vis-à-vis Palestine, its “settlements” and war mongering against Iran. And, of course, an imminent threat of another “Holocaust” should also silence Israel’s critics.
A report in the BBC News Magazine, published the same day as Lipstadt’s editorial, also discusses anti-Semitism. But this piece actually discusses a spike in anti-Semitic incidents that coincide with Israeli attacks upon Gaza. In Britain the Jewish organization Community Security Trust (CST) monitors anti-Semitic incidents, including attacks on people or property, threats, anti-Semitic graffiti and online expressions of hatred towards Jews.
The CST said it received around 240 reports of anti-Semitic incidents in July, 2014; that’s five times the monthly average. The UK Association of Chief Police Officers has discussed a “significant rise” in anti-Semitism since the latest fighting began in Gaza in early July. The BBC report also says that “Looking at previous conflicts, such as the Israeli offensive in Gaza in 2008-2009, anti-Semitic incidents do seem to rise in their wake, before falling again.”
|Abraham Foxman, the head of the ADL|
The reputable Pew Foundation 2014 Global Attitudes survey tells us that 10% of people in France have negative attitudes towards Jews, while the ADL “poll” says that 37% of French people are anti-Semitic.
Yet again a smokescreen is being created. This time the ADL wants everyone to think that a quarter of the world’s population hates Jews. That “news” would take away criticism away from Israel, especially if a “second coming of the Holocaust” were in the works.
But of course in the United States issues such as these are up for debate and discussion. In response to the above editorial by Lipstadt was a letter sent to the New York Times by Yale University Episcopal chaplain Bruce Shipman. He wrote three sentences:
Deborah E. Lipstadt makes far too little of the relationship between Israel’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza and growing anti-Semitism in Europe and beyond. The trend to which she alludes parallels the carnage in Gaza over the last five years, not to mention the perpetually stalled peace talks and the continuing occupation of the West Bank. As hope for a two-state solution fades and Palestinian casualties continue to mount, the best antidote to anti-Semitism would be for Israel’s patrons abroad to press the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for final-status resolution to the Palestinian question.
But unfortunately, Shipman lost his job at Yale over this letter. Within hours of publication of the letter, Shipman says, people on and off campus began demanding his ouster. Two weeks later he felt compelled to resign.
|Bruce Shipman, Yale U. pastor who lost his job over a letter on Israel.|
Religion columnist and Yale lecturer Mark Oppenheimer wrote that Shipman’s approach “gives license to all sorts of stereotyping, racism, and prejudice. . . . why wouldn’t one write, ‘The best antidote to stop-and-frisk policing would be for black men everywhere to press other black men to stop shooting each other’? Why wouldn’t one write—perhaps after a Muslim was beaten up by white-supremacist thugs—’The best antidote to Islamophobia would be for radical Islam’s patrons abroad to press ISIS and Al Qaeda to just cut it out’?”
Chabad at Yale, a Jewish student group, issued this statement: “Reverend Bruce Shipman’s justification of anti-Semitism by blaming it on Israeli policies in the West Bank and Gaza is frankly quite disturbing. His argument attempts to justify racism and hate of innocent people, in Israel and around the world.”
David Bernstein wrote for the Washington Post, “Next on Rev. Shipman’s bucket list: blaming women who dress provocatively for rape, blaming blacks for racism because of high crime rates, and blaming gays for homophobia for being ‘flamboyant.'”
So much for free speech and debate. It is obvious that on the topic of Israel, no debate is allowed. No opinion but the politically correct one is allowed. And if you veer from the acceptable view, you will be dubbed an “anti-Semite” or “self-hating Jew.”
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