Listen to a reading of this article (reading by Tim Foley): The most despicable thing about the way Israel supporters smear Israel’s critics as anti-semites is that they are exploiting a very healthy impulse to advance a profoundly sick impulse. They knowingly exploit the fact that the further to the left someone is on the the political spectrum the more likely they are to (A) support Palestinian rights and (B) be very receptive to any suggestion that they might be acting in a racially insensitive way.
Precisely! We need to call out this faux accusation as DISHONEST every time it comes up, which is far too often. Put the accuser on the defensive, and refuse to take unjustified accusations seriously. How dare hey!
Although nobody covers this topic like you, Ms. Johnstone, I am sorry that you seem to be of the belief that left-leaners are better people than others. Well, think again. That old-fashioned view not disappearing fast enough is a tragedy. Get with it already.
Those of us who are anti-governments, yes all governments, and pro-sentient beings, we are the ones leading the way toward a more peaceful world. Government is the favorite tool of the wealthiest people in the world. You don't have to like it to be able to acknowledge it. Those wealthy people make money when government wage wars of destruction, and governments lead the rebuilds, and governments propagandize the hell out of the masses. Don't take the bait. All government is always bad. When it is at its least harmful, though, still, the free market would and will always do better.
Well, all the best. Please do continue your amazing coverage and analysis of the other propaganda we currently endure. A hearty note of gratitude for that.
Brilliant analysis. This has been obvious for a long time but it's so glaring, now that "MOST" people are awakening.......I hope!
You reminded me of the old tale of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf!" If you continually lie and use the same accusation over and over again, soon nobody will believe you. Your credibility is shot. Corbyn's detractors repeatedly accused him of being "antisemitic," and yet Corbyn's actions never gave any indication this was true. Their smear backfired spectacularly. No one will believe it anymore.
The same is currently happening with the Israeli propaganda push trying to draw a picture that all Gazans are "Hamas"--including their children and infants. It's yet another cry of "Wolf!" that's being ignored by the public and rightfully so. Israel has hit the wall. The propaganda isn't working.
We won't be falsely accused and shamed. We turn the tables and shame those who would lie to cover their war crimes. We know who the real "antisemites" are--the Israelis and their racist hatred of a true Semitic people--the Palestinians.
"Have you ever noticed that it’s never the actual anti-semites who get attacked as anti-semites?" - because those ones are good to have at hand, to be used as needed.
I would argue that the Zionists are using the Jews and Judaism as human shields!
The ridiculous thing about all criticism of Israel being anti-Semitic is that everyone on a Palestinian support March or rally or calling for a Ceasefire is by Israel’s definition anti-Semitic! The term is devoid of meaning now.
Has there ever been a major league Jewish criminal who did not invoke anti-semitism when they were being held to account? Even Mandela and Tutu wee accused by the Jewish lobby of being anti-Semitic because they dared sympathize with the plight of the Palestinians.
It’s actually the right wing reactionaries of the west that weaponised antisemitism post WW II. Having persecuted the Jews they then used this as a story to dispossess Palestinians of their land and use that land as a place to move the Jews out of Europe and deposit them there. This was done in an unholy alliance with Jewish reactionaries.
Then within Europe they carved out antisemitism as a special form of cloaking for Jews elevated above all others. So today in Europe it is for example illegal to deny the existence of a Nazi holocaust on Jews but it is perfectly legal to deny the existence of the European holocaust and genocide on Africans in Belgian Congo and perfectly ok to deny the holocaust of transatlantic slave trade.
Once you do that then it’s a short step to allowing Jews to persecute others free of consequences. And Jewish reactionaries have taken full advantage of that.
Today across Europe the vast majority of the nasty xenophobic neo nazi political parties all kneel to Israel, while beating up on Europes new minorities: those of African, Arab and asian descent. They even have alliances with and support Israel. Bear in mind these we are talking about here are neo nazis whose fathers and grandfathers and philosophical leaders were behind Auschwitz and everything. And the israelis and zionists partner with them and give them political cover - while TOGTHER battering European liberals who dare to point out apartheid in palestine, as “antisemitic”.
So the left was guilty of sleeping there. ALL form of discrimination should be battled and none of them, such as with antisemitism, should be elevated or carry any more consequences than discrimination against other peoples.
Very perceptive. Something that has needed to be said for a long time. Well-expressed
when Trudeau said something that offended Netanyahu (I think it was that he criticized the killing of children and called for a "humanitarian pause") this was Netanyahu's reply: https://twitter.com/netanyahu/status/1724588372994216010?s=48&t=xcbZuIsL8eZhmSzbpUQxlg
His first comment "It is not Israel that is deliberately targeting civilians but Hamas that beheaded, burned and massacred civilians in the worst horrors perpetrated on Jews since the Holocaust. "is, in my view, insulting to holocaust survivors and is in itself anti-Semitic.
Ahh, when you point out that Israel, or Occupied Palestine (that's anti-semitic) is mostly Jewish, well, you are anti-semite. When you say that most of Israel is backing the bombing, you are anti-semite. When you say that Zionists are Jewish, and Jewish people who call themselves Zionists are Jewish, you are anti-semite. When you say that Israel never had a right to exist, you are more than anti-semitic. You are a monster.
This fucking game has been gonig on and on for the past Edward Bernays late period.
I'm getting cancelled and emails from one of my employers for these:
Jeremy? Well, tough, but try being a slave laborer, working for $22 an hour, and see how easy it is to weather these monsters, in and out of public office.
Again, facts are anti-semitic: Jews make up the majority at 73.5% (about 7.145 million individuals). The Arab community, spanning various religions excluding Judaism, accounts for 21% (around 2.048 million). An additional 5.5% (roughly 534,000 individuals) are classified as "others".
Facts, anti Jewish: Nearly all Israeli Jews identify with one of four categories: Haredi (commonly translated as “ultra-Orthodox”), Dati (“religious”), Masorti (“traditional”) or Hiloni (“secular”).
Only Jews can talk about Judaism or Jews or Zionism:
Most Jews across the religious spectrum agree in principle that Israel can be both a democracy and a Jewish state. But they are at odds about what should happen, in practice, if democratic decision-making collides with Jewish law (halakha). The vast majority of secular Jews say democratic principles should take precedence over religious law, while a similarly large share of ultra-Orthodox Jews say religious law should take priority.
Even more fundamentally, these groups disagree on what Jewish identity is mainly about: Most of the ultra-Orthodox say “being Jewish” is mainly a matter of religion, while secular Jews tend to say it is mainly a matter of ancestry and/or culture.
Seesaw? Anti-semitic: Roughly eight-in-ten Israeli Arabs (79%) say there is a lot of discrimination in Israeli society against Muslims, who are by far the biggest of the religious minorities. On this issue, Jews take the opposite view; the vast majority (74%) say they do not see much discrimination against Muslims in Israel.
Settlers with uniforms and guns and mob rule and Racist Slave ideology?
Right, so the right to exist, and for all Jews having the "right" to go to Occupied Palestine, how does that work for those illegal settlements?
Israel is no longer a predominantly immigrant society; at present, roughly three-quarters of Israeli adults are natives, and just one-quarter were born abroad. Yet with virtual unanimity, Israeli Jews of every kind – native-born and immigrant, young and old, secular and highly religious – agree that all Jews everywhere should have the right to make “aliyah,” or move to Israel and receive immediate citizenship.
Only Jews and Jewish Israelis can talk about Isra-Hell.
The rest of us are anti-Semites!
> In fact actual anti-semites are some of Israel’s strongest allies.
Zionism and Nazism are 2 sides of the same coin, both based on racial supremacy and elimination of the "inferior", the "subhumans".
> The good news is that it doesn’t seem to be working as much anymore.
True. It's like the boy crying wolf.
Nothing is more antisemitic than Zionism:
Amen! As a Palestinian-American I've watched the fear instilled in the hearts of many left-liberals of being labeled anti-semitic; watched them look over their shoulders lest Jewish colleagues hear them talk about Israel/Palestine; watched them defer to those colleagues as "experts" and then slink back into their offices as the conversation turned heated as I challenged the colleague whose "expertise" amounted to MSM talking points larded with worn-out Zionist tropes.
The leveraging of the past has to stop. The Nakba is happening right now. The holocaust not only doesn't belong to the Jews, it started with leftists and gays, it has been far far superseded in atrocity by over 50 years of factory farming billions of sentient beings as the worst crime in human history. Also happening right now.
I also object to antisemitism being even worse than racism. Even hating Jews is more special?