Tuesday, June 05, 2012
British Publicist Melanie Phillips on Jewish Anti-Semitism in Israel
A Jewish pathology
Published in: Melanie's blog
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One of the most shocking aspects of the campaign to demonise and
delegitimise the state of Israel is the part played in this diabolical
endeavour by Jewish and Israeli academics on the political left. We're
not talking here about people who are merely critical of Israeli
policies. We're talking about people who lend their names and academic
credentials to lies, libels, distortions, fabrications,
misrepresentations and other malicious fantasies in order to demonise
and delegitimise Israel, treatment they afford to no other country.
Why do they do this? Why, especially since they themselves are Jews
and Israelis? Many reasons suggest themselves, ranging from the craven
desire for access to a fashionable society itself riddled with this
prejudice, through naivety, ignorance of Judaism and history not to
mention sheer benighted stupidity, by way of a bitterly warped
psychopathology all the way to the closed ideological thought system
of the left for which Israel is doubly damned – as a western nation
and a Jewish western nation.
The part played by these Jews in the global bullying of Israel, and
the tacit or explicit support they are thus lending to those whose aim
is the extermination of the Jewish state, cannot be overstated. For
those in the wider world who want Israel destroyed not only use the
bogus arguments of these Jewish Israel-bashers but also use their
Jewishness as a human shield, to insulate themselves against the
charge of Jew-hatred.
How can there be anything bigoted about these arguments, they say, if
Jews and Israelis are themselves using them? Very easily, actually;
throughout the long centuries of Jewish persecution, the terrible fact
is that Jews themselves have always been prominent in such murderous
campaigns. The Judeophobic malice of today's left, indeed, which can
be traced back to the French Revolution, was supplied with rocket fuel
by Karl Marx whose own Jewish ancestry managed to morph into virulent
hatred of Judaism and the Jewish people.
Within Israel itself, the demonisation of their own country by Israeli
academics has to be seen to be believed – not least for the free rein
they are usually given to debauch the role of a university and
substitute lies and propaganda for facts and knowledge. If anyone
challenges them, they start screaming that they are being demonised.
Not surprisingly, a steady stream of them find their way onto the
campuses of Britain, where the already Judeophobic atmosphere supplies
them with an unlimited supply of the oxygen of hatred. The IsraCampus
website is doing sterling work recording this systematic corruption of
the academy by Jewish academics both within Israel and abroad. It is a
deeply tragic and unique phenomenon. As Professor Steven Plaut has
written on that site:
'Among the most malicious and venomous of all bigots, the Jewish
antisemites are at the forefront of each and every smear campaign
against Israel and other Jews. Jews today are leaders in the campaigns
to boycott and divest from Israel, including the Solidarity with
Terrorists groups. They make pilgrimage to the terrorist camps of the
Hamas and the HezbAllah, cheering on terrorist atrocities against
Jews. They pioneered the smear campaign to paint Israel as an
apartheid regime and denouncing Israel as equivalent to Nazi Germany
is their favorite pastime.
'... The creation of Israel was supposed to turn Jews into a normal
people. But the psychosis of Jewish antisemitism has no comparable
analogue among the nations, making the Jews a therapist's sui generis.
The disease of Jewish antisemitism not only illustrates the absence of
normality among 21st century Jewry, it threatens the very survival of
Israel and of Jewish communities around the world.'
Bizarre? Grotesque? Suicidal? Sure. Yet astonishingly, all but ignored
by Jews in Israel and elsewhere, who choose to pretend this is not
happening. IsraCampus is fighting back. Where are all the rest?