Sunday, July 23, 2006

Yes, anti-Zionism is a Form of anti-Semitism, and other articles

1. Yes, anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism!
Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism: The Link
By Diana Muir
Ms. Muir is the author of Reflections in Bullough.s Pond: Economy and
Ecosystem in New England. The working title of her current project is:
What Good is a Nation; A Clear-Eyed Look at Nations and Nationalism.

This week, the Spanish Foreign Minister felt compelled to defend Prime
Minister Zapatero from charges of anti-Semitism.

Zapatero had donned the black-checked keffiyeh that is the symbol of
Palestinian determination to destroy the Jewish State and criticized
Israel for using .abusive force that does not protect innocent human

It was all too familiar.

On any given day one can find some eminent European . a university
professor, high-ranking churchman, a parliamentarian . gravely explaining
to reporters that harsh and disproportionate criticism of Israel is not

And their protestations sound plausible. After all, this is not your
grandfather.s anti-Semitism. Israel.s highly-educated critics do not
refuse to dine in restaurants that serve Jews, use epithets like .kike,.
or believe that Jews control the international financial markets and are
more likely than others to engage in shady business practices.

At least that is what I assumed until someone did the study.

Two Connecticut professors got curious about the constant denials that
extremely harsh critics of Israel were anti-Semitic. Edward H. Kaplan, the
William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Management Sciences, and
Charles A. Small, Director of Urban Studies, Southern Connecticut State
University, decided to examine the issue in formal way. Their paper,
.Anti-Israel Sentiment Predicts Anti-Semitism in Europe,. appears in the
August issue of the Journal of Conflict Resolution. 2

Kaplan and Small ask whether individuals expressing strong anti-Israel
sentiments, such as the statement by Ted Honderich, Emeritus Grote
Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic at University College
London, that .those Palestinians who have resorted to necessary killing
have been right to try to free their people, and those who have killed
themselves in the cause of their people have indeed sanctified
themselves,. are more likely than the general population to also support
in such old-style anti-Semitic slurs as .Jews have too much power in our
country today..

The correlation was almost perfect. In a survey of 5,000 Europeans in ten
countries, people who believed that the Israeli soldiers .intentionally
target Palestinian civilians,. and that .Palestinian suicide bombers who
target Israeli civilians. are justified, also believed that .Jews don.t
care what happens to anyone but their own kind,. .Jews have a lot of
irritating faults,. and .Jews are more willing than others to use shady
practices to get what they want..

The study.s other interesting finding was that only a small fraction of
Europeans believe any of these things. Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism
flourish among the few, but those few are over-represented in Europe.s
newspapers, its universities, and its left-wing political parties.

For Americans who do not read the European press, the level of raw
anti-Semitism in European intellectual circles can be shocking.

A couple of years ago the French Ambassador at the Court of St. James,
Daniel Bernard, told his companions at a London dinner party that Israel
is a .shitty little country,. .Why,. he asked, .should the world be in
danger of World War Three because of those people?.3

Those people? Moderates heard echoes of old-fashioned anti-Semitism. But
the French Foreign Ministry stood behind their ambassador, calling
assertions that Bernard.s remarks were anti-Semitic "malevolent

The British press agreed. Columnist Deborah Orr defended Ambassador
Bernard in the Independent. .Anti-Semitism is disliking all Jews,
anywhere, and anti-Zionism is just disliking the existence of Israel and
opposing those who support it,. explained Orr, who holds .the honest view
that in my experience Israel is shitty and little..5

Columnist Richard Woods summed up the attitude of the European
intelligentsia when he wrote that Ambassador Bernard.s remark was only
.apparently anti-Semitic..6

Kaplan and Small have shown otherwise. When you read, for example, the
opinion of Marc Gentilli, president of the French Red Cross, that the idea
of allowing Israel to join the International Red Cross and use the Star of
David on its ambulances is .disgusting,.7 you can be pretty sure that he,
along with Ambassador Bernard, Prime Minister Zapatero, President Chirac,
and the rest of Europe.s harsh critics of Israel, are very probably the
kind of old-fashioned anti-Semites who just don.t like Jews very much.

1 .Spanish Minister Objects . Says Criticism of Israel Not anti-Semitic.
International Herald Tribune, July 20, 2006

2 Kaplan, Edward H. and Small, Charles A., .Anti-Israel Sentiment Predicts
Anti-Semitism in Europe,. Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 50 No. 4,
August 2006, pp. 548-561 PDF

3 Tom Gross, . .A Shitty Little Country,. Prejudice and Abuse in Paris and
London,. National Review, Jan 10, 2002.

4 ..Anti-Semitic. French Envoy Under Fire,. BBC Dec. 20, 2001

5 Deborah Orr, .I.m fed up being called an anti-Semite,. Independent,
December 21, 2001, cited in Tom Gross, . .A Shitty Little Country,.
Prejudice and Abuse in Paris and London,. National Review, Jan 10, 2002.

6 Richard Woods in the, .When silence speaks volumes. London Sunday Times,
December 23, 2001, cited in Tom Gross, . .A Shitty Little Country,.
Prejudice and Abuse in Paris and London,. National Review, Jan 10, 2002.

7 Davis, Avi, .A Star-Crossed Resignation,. Washington Times, Jan 2, 2002,

2. National Review Declares: Bibi saw it coming:

Axis of Hypocrisy.Russia, US, UK, Italy, France Urge Israeli Restraint
By Edward Olshaker

4. Noam Chomsky Celebrates the Hezbollah:

5. Fighting Amalek:

6. What innocent Lebanese civilians?

7. Think Chomsky will attend?

8. Treason Chic - the Jews for a Second Holocaust are already out with
their banners:,7340,L-3279792,00.html

9. Israel's film producers are the closest thing the Hezbollah has to a
fan club in Israel. Ynet has an expose of these critters here,7340,L-3279357,00.html
alas in Hebrew only.

In an open letter, dozens of these "film producers" expressed their
support for Lebanese and Palestinian terrorism against Jews. They wrote
it just in time for an Arab film festival about to open in Paris.

The YNET piece has 1600 talkbacks at the moment and almost all of them are
denouncing these moonbats as traitors, while some are proposing to do
things to these traitors that could not be shown in a PG film.

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