Thursday, June 01, 2017

Pulling Out All the 'Stop Corbyn' Stops, and New Allusions for Antisemitism


by Mazin Qumsiyeh -

June 1, 2017

All our British colleagues and supporters of Human Rights: There is a strong campaign targeting Jeremy Corbyn using corporate and special interest dominated “mainstream media”.

Theresa May refused to debate him because she is a pawn of such interests including putting personal and Zionist interests ahead of British interests.

We from Palestine after 100 years of the British Balfour and French Cambon declarations, 69 years of ethnic cleansing (since the Nakba of 1948) and 50 years of racist colonial occupation (since the Naksa 1967) urge all of you (in Europe and elsewhere) to get involved, speak out and support freedom and an end to this nightmare.

A bit of news: Apparently Trump shouted at President Mahmoud Abbas in their meeting in Bethlehem. Very revealing. But at least Abbas did not give Trump gifts like the Saudi king did.

Take Action (US citizens) on Jerusalem:

The EU parliament with strong lobby from Zionists throughout Europe and lack of a human rights based lobby violated its own charters and adopted a bizarre definition of “antisemitism” crafted by Zionists. Below are some of the items that they claim constitute "antisemitism" with my notes below them.

“Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.”

Too vague. What is “radical ideology” and what is "harming" (can resisting occupation be considered harming Jews!). For example what to do as many colonial settlers live by power of gun on stolen land of a native person. Inter national law says natives have a right to resist such colonial thieves. Would the native “ideology” of their right to defend themselves be considered “anti-Semitism.”

“Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.”

Bizarre. What if certain Jews (not “the Jews”) do indeed control some aspects of economy, media etc? Many Zionists Jews themselves claim such power. Does that make them “anti-Semitic”? What about in Israel where obviously Jews control every aspect of life BY ISRAELI LAWS passed by the Knesset? Does that make Israel and the Knesset “anti-Semitic”?

“Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.”

Too vague. And also “Jews as a people” is as false as saying “Muslims as a People”. Jews are those who believe in tenets of Judaism, nothing more nothing less. It is not a “people”. Only people are humans.

“Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.”

See above on people. Yes, no generalizations should be accepted about “the Jews” but Israel is a government and it does exaggerate and use the Jewish holocaust for its own benefit.

“Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.”

This is the most bizarre part. This is a well documented fact. If this was not the case ten the US government is “anti-Semitic” for having tried Jonathan Pollard of espionage and found him guilty (Israeli government gave
him citizenship after he betrayed his country).

“Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.”

Nobody is denying anybody right of self-determination. Polish or Palestinian or US Jews, Christians, and Muslims have a right of self-determination in their own countries per international law. Self-determination does not include deciding to go to someone else's country, claim it by “divine power” and kick the natives out (as European Jews did to us making now 7.2 million refugees). The state of Israel and Zionism are factually racist endeavors.

“Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.”

Israel is not a “democratic nation”. See my chapter:

“Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis.”

Far too vague and unclear. What would be permissible “characterization”? Would an un-touched photo of the dropping of a one-ton bomb on a refugee camp from an F-16 carrying a symbol of a star of David be considered an “Anti-Semitic” photo. Would stating the fact that an orthodox Jew massacred 29 worshippers including children (125 injured) in the Ibrahimi mosque be “anti-Semitic”

“Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.” 

 Was Vladimir Jabotinsky anti-Semitic for doing so? Current Israeli policies include collective punishment, mass incarceration, creating “concentration areas” (as the Israeli government called them for Bedouins of the Negev), torture, administrative detentions (without trials or lawyers), home demolitions, extrajudicial executions and more. “that of the Nazis” include many policies shared and many laws copied almost verbatim from Nazi racial laws (again see:

“Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.”

Again vague. Which Jews? Many Jews oppose the whole idea of the existence of a “Jewish state” and not merely its actions. Many Jews support ethnic cleansing and genocide (including heads of major Jewish  organizations like the “Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations”). Calling a spade a spade or the sky blue should not be called “anti-Semitism”.

Finally will Israeli journalists like Gideon Levy and Amira Hass and Israeli human rights organizations like B'Tselem be all lumped under “antisemites”? After all, their words and fact filled reports violate most of these Zionist definitions. Will the UN, Amnesty International, Physicians for Human Rights, the International  Committee of the Red Cross?

Will 12.5 million Palestinians also be labeled “anti-Semites” like blacks in South Africa were labeled “anti-white”?

What a sick Orwellian world we have created by apathy and silence. Time to speak out. I urge all Europeans especially to speak out (shout out). Enough is enough.

Resist, organize and Stay Human

Mazin Qumsiyeh
A bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at home
Professor and (volunteer) Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History
Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability
Bethlehem University
Occupied Palestine
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