Liberals can no longer get away with pretending that their outrageous lies, blood libels and false accusations of Israel being a mass murdering, genocidal apartheid state merely amounts to "criticism" of Israel. We need to call it out for the anti-Semitism that it is. They can deny it all they want and accuse us of trying to stifle "criticism" of Israel. But we are not blithely throwing around the term anti-Semite when responding to such venomous hatred of the Jewish state. Engaging in such talk as calling Israel a mass murdering state is not legitimate, reasonable criticism, it is indeed anti-Semitic since it is such an outlandishly false accusation as is the charge of apartheid, racism, genocide, nazism and so forth. Meanwhile the left has nothing to say about the truly mass murdering, apartheid muslim states.This is among the many reasons I have come to despise liberals and liberalism.
On Harry’s Place, Dave Rich makes some good points about the now common analogy that is drawn between Israel and the Nazis, or Gaza and the Warsaw Ghetto, as used by such Israel-haters as George Galloway, Jenny Tonge, the British Muslim Initiative and others. Its import, as he says, lies in far more than its mere offensiveness and demonstrable barmyness. It is used for very specific political purposes. Since Nazism is totally beyond the pale – and since the Israel-haters believe, falsely, that Israel’s legitimacy rests upon the Holocaust – tarring it as a Nazi state delegitimises it and thus advances the agenda of its destruction.Continue reading
But Rich points out a further consequence of demonising Israel in this way:
If Israel is a Nazi state, then anybody who does not oppose Israel is morally no better than a Nazi. There is only one place this train of thought can end: with the demonisation and social isolation of the vast majority of ordinary British Jews.
It means that when mainstream Jewish community leadership bodies organise a rally with the slogan, “Stop Hamas Terror: Peace for the people of Israel and Gaza”, and launch a Jewish community fundraising campaign for hospitals in both Gaza and Israel during the fighting, Richard Seymour accuses them of “cheerleading the massacre” and concludes that anybody who goes on the rally “ought to be shunned, and treated as the moral and political degenerates that they are.” It means that a research paper published by the School of Oriental and African Studies to investigate “legal aspects of economic and trade issues arising from Israel’s occupation of the OPTs” lists the names, addresses and contact details of kosher food shops in London and Manchester.
Once the central argument of anti-Israel campaigning in this country is that Israel is Nazi Germany, then this is no longer an anti-Zionist movement: it is an antisemitic one, with an antisemitic politics as its driving force.
Precisely so. And that is why so many British Jews now feel under siege in a country that to their horror and astonishment has now turned against them -- which they feel every time they switch on the BBC or read the newspapers or go to the office or stand around over drinks with people they once thought were friends but who now force them to make a choice: renounce Israel and be accepted, or support Israel and be a pariah.