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Facts and Logic About the Middle East

May 10, 2016

Anti-Semites, Hiding Behind Anti-Zionism, Raise Their Voices . . . and Get Scarier

Dear Friend of FLAME:

Here's a blinding flash of the obvious for you.

For the last decade anti-Semites have been hiding behind the excuse that "criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic"—which is true enough.

But it's lately become clear—especially in the UK's Labour Party and the BDS movement on American college campuses—that criticism of Israel more often than not really means criticism of Israel's existence—or anti-Zionism.

So let's ask: Is criticism of Israel's existence an attempt to persuade Israel to change its policies vis a vis the Palestinians—reduce the number of roadblocks in the West Bank, free political prisoners or sit down at the negotiating table? No, it never is. BDS, for example, does not support a two-state solution, but rather an endgame in which Arabs take over all of Israel and create a single Arab-majority state.

In other words, anti-Zionism stands for denial of Jewish people's right to self-determination—it means no Jewish state. Of all the nations that have been created since 1940—Algeria, Dominican Republic, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Laos, Pakistan and Syria, to name a few—only Israel is subject to delegitimization efforts. This despite the Jews' continuous 3,000-year history as Palestine's original and only indigenous people—which is clearly a double standard.

It's also become clear that once certain elements feel free to denounce the statehood of Israel, those people and groups soon reveal their abject disdain for Jews in general. Soon delegitimization of Israel—and only Israel—turns into demonization of Israel (meaning Jews), by calling them Nazis and baby-killers and accusing them of apartheid. Indeed, Britain's Labour Party has just suspended or expelled some 50 of its members for outright, public anti-Semitic statements, and the Party is wracked with scandal about the pervasiveness of anti-Semitism in its ranks.

So just for the record, what constitutes anti-Semitism? The U.S. State Department has adopted the "3 Ds" definition formulated by Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. These three tell-tale indicators of anti-Semitism are "demonization," 'double standard" and "deligitimization." As we have seen, though any one of these Ds qualifies as anti-Semitic, in fact anti-Zionism qualifies under all three criteria—a winner of the anti-Semite's trifecta.

To help you understand—and feel—the danger that anti-Semitism poses to Jews, especially to Jews in the United Kingdom, I urge you to read this week's featured FLAME Hotline article, which focuses on the political Left as a primary source of anti-Zionist anti-Semitism in the West today. This short, powerful piece by Stephen Pollard, editor of UK's The Jewish Chronicle, gives you both a cogent analysis of the Left's drift into anti-Semitism, but he also tells a personal story of "bone-chilling" fear reminiscent, perhaps, of the early days of Germany's Third Reich.

I guarantee that after reading this article, the next time you meet someone who argues that criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic, you'll be better prepared to set them straight..

In addition, I hope you'll also review the P.S. immediately below, which describes FLAME's current hasbarah campaign to articulate concerns I believe you may share about possible unbridled immigration of Middle East Muslims to the United States.

Best regards,

Jim Sinkinson
Executive Vice President, Facts and Logic About the Middle East (FLAME)


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The Left's hatred of Jews chills me to the bone

Stephen Pollard, The Telegraph (UK), April 28, 2016

As a young boy, I used to think my grandma very strange. In her bedroom she kept a suitcase, packed and ready for use at a moment's notice. "Just in case," she'd tell me when I asked where it was that she was always waiting to go to. "You never know when they'll turn on the Jews."

Her house in Northwood was epitome of suburban comfort, and I couldn't understand what on earth she meant. Until, that is, I learned some history—including the history of the Jews. Which is, in short, that pretty much everywhere, they have turned on the Jews.

From my teens through my twenties and thirties, the fact that I am Jewish meant little to me beyond the Jonathan Miller sense of being Jew-ish. I adored bagels, matzoh balls, Seinfeld and Woody Allen more than your average gentile would think they deserved. And that was about it. If you'd asked me, I'd have told you that after the Holocaust, real, serious anti-Semitism—the sort where Jews were killed for being Jews, rather than the odd nasty comment—was a thing of the past, in civilised Europe, at least.

Then something happened. 9/11, to be specific. I realised something was up that I didn't really understand. So I read and read and read. And then read some more—especially the words of the terrorists and their fellow Islamists. They were explicit and open. Jews were the enemy. All their "issues" with the West pivoted, in the end, on their Jew hate. So I immersed myself even more in the issues around terrorism and Islamism. Because, you see, it mattered.

It matters, of course, to all of us, because—as we have seen both on 9/11 and ever since, Islamist terrorism is not specific in its targeting. But it matters to me more, I would say, than anything else I can think of. Because although these maniacs will happily kill anyone, they say, and their subsequent murders show, that—quite specifically—they want to kill me. A Jew. So on level I am not in the least bit shocked, or even surprised, by the reemergence of Jew hatred as a thing in recent years. By what arrogance would we think that our generation, alone in history, would be free of the oldest hatred?

But on another, more visceral level, it chills me to the bone. And it's not the terrorists. They threaten me, of course, as they threaten us all. Yet to me, the real chill comes from their fellow travelers—the useful idiots of the terrorists and Jew-murderers who say they do not have a racist bone in their body, but when it comes to Jews, a blind spot emerges. The likes, to be blunt, of the now suspended Ken Livingstone, who claims never to have come across a single example of Anti-semitism in the Labour Party. He clearly has never looked in the mirror. Much has been written—especially by the brilliant Nick Cohen—on the "Red/Green Alliance"; the phenomenon by which a swathe of the Left has linked up with radical Islam, leading to the bizarre spectacle of Leftist feminists supporting Islamists who would cut off the hands of women who read books.

With "anti-Western-imperialism" as part of the glue binding the alliance, everything else falls into place. So Hamas and Hezbollah might have as their defining goal the elimination of an entire people from the face of the earth, but that unfortunate consequence for Jews is by the by, because Hamas and Hezbollah are freedom fighters.

And because Israel is part of the Western imperium, as well as a key target for Islamists, it is also enemy number one for progressives. So an obsessive preoccupation with the Jewish state becomes the default position of the Left. China, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia—pah! The focus must be on Israel and Israel alone. From that springs an entire worldview that encompasses "Zionist" control of the media, of business, of everything. And we can't be accused of targeting Jews because we don't use the word. We say Zionist, not Jew.

So deep does this warping of what it means to be Left and progressive now run that it is almost prosaic to assert Zionist control. But now, to cap it, we have a Labour leader whose entire political career has been in this milieu—feeding it, growing it and pushing it.

For months now, week by week, examples have been emerging of cut and dried anti-Semitism—most dressed up, oh so cleverly, as anti-Zionism, but much not even bothering to hide it. And the Labour leader's response to the criticism that he is soft on anti-Semitism and that it's his political mindset that has fuelled its rise is not to get hard on anti-Semitism. It's to get irritated.

This is not some academic exercise or interesting political theory. This is reality—the reality that the Labour Party is now run by a cadre for whom anti-Semitism really is ok, so long as it is dressed up as anti-Zionism. Because Zionism is the enemy of all good people.

Should I admit that I am afraid? Because I am. I don't go about my life in fear. I wouldn't be writing this or doing my job if I did. But how, quite rationally, can I not be afraid when Jews are being murdered on the streets of Europe simply for being Jews; when anti-Semitic tropes and discourse is becoming part of the mainstream of political debate; and when one of our main political parties is led by a man who does not merely let this fester, but actually describes representatives of terrorist groups as "friends"?

If this is the level we have reached today, I fear not just for myself but far more for my children. History shows that when anti-Semitism takes hold it does not wither; it grows. Yes, Britain is a wonderful home to Jews, as it is to all minorities. Yes, we have the full backing of the law and the authorities. But yes, I do look over my shoulder. Wouldn't you?





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