Saturday, April 30, 2016

Antisemitism versus anti-Zionism revisited


In the light of the current antisemitism row in the UK I have updated this from a previous similar post as many people (including Jewish pundits interviewed) have been making the case that antisemitism (generally considered a 'bad thing') has nothing to do with anti-Zionism (considered a 'good thing' by many 'progessives'). As this chart shows there is clearly absolutely nothing in common.....



Antisemitism
Anti-Zionism



Basic Definition
Hatred of Jews
Hatred of the Jewish state
Core belief 1
Unlike all other people, the Jews are not entitled to equal rights
Unlike all other people, the Jews are not entitled to self-determination (i.e. their own state).
Core belief 2
The Jews are the root cause of most of the world's problems
The Jewish state is the root cause of most of the world's problems
What the most vociferous proponents want
Physical destruction of the entire Jewish race
Physical destruction of the entire Jewish state
What it based on
The singling out and demonization of Jews – and Jews alone - based on a set of complete lies about the political, economic, social and religious behaviour of Jews

The Nazis claimed the Jews were dedicated to subjugating the ‘indigenous German people’
The singling out and demonization of the Jewish state – and the Jewish state alone - based on a set of complete lies about the political, economic, social and religious behaviour of the Jewish state
The anti-Zionists claim the Jewish state is dedicated to subjugating the ‘indigenous Palestinian people’
How is it currently sustained
Continued and incessant lies and propaganda about Jews – much of it from Muslim countries, leftists and academia - promulgated in the media and on the web – that is rarely if ever challenged
Continued and incessant lies and propaganda about the Jewish State – much of it from Muslim countries, leftists and academia - promulgated in the media and on the web– that is rarely if ever challenged
Typical media presentation
Cartoons of big fat Jews who control the world and eat non-Jewish babies; cartoons of Jews killing non-Jewish children.
Cartoons of big fat Jews who control the world and eat non-Jewish babies; cartoons of Jewish soldiers killing Arab children
Who currently are the most virulent proponents
Muslims, left-wing political activists, Black panthers, right-wing extremists, racists, self-hating Jews.  In Muslim countries Pew surveys report 96% of the population ‘hate Jews’

Muslims, left-wing political activists, Black panthers, right-wing extremists, racists, self-hating Jews. In Muslim countries Pew surveys report 98% of the population ‘hate Israel’
Jewish proponents?
Those whose only connection to Judaism is when they say "As a Jew I deplore the Jewish religion.."
Those whose only connection to Judaism is when they say "As a Jew I deplore the Jewish state.."
Most common beliefs
·            Jews are baby-killers;
·            Jews did 9/11
·            Jews control the media
·         Jews control America, Britain, France (add any country you like, including even Arab ones) like
·         Jews control the world banking system, the UN, NATO (add any international organization you like)
·         Jews bake the blood of Christian children in their Passover matzos;
·         Jews control ISIS
    Jews control Syria’s Assad
·         Jews are racists – they discriminate against non-Jews
·         Zionists are baby-killers;
·         Zionists did 9/11
·         Zionists control the media
·         Zionists control America, Britain, France (add any country you like, including even Arab ones) like
·         Zionists control the world banking system, the UN, NATO (add any international organization you like)
·         Zionists bake the blood of Arab children in their Passover matzos;   
·         Zionists control ISIS
·         Zionists control Syria’s Assad
          The Jewish State is racist/Apartheid – it discriminates against non-Jews
Tactic 1: Deligitimization
The message that the Jews are a depraved, illegitimate, ‘invented’ race.
 

Denial of Jewish history including its origin in the Middle East.
The message that the Jewish State is depraved, ‘invented’ and illegitimate. 

Denial of Jewish history including its origin in the Middle East.
Tactic 2: Boycott
In the 1930s the Nazi singled out Jews for economic, cultural, political, and academic boycott (antisemites still do this informally)
The current BDS movement singles out the Jewish State (and Jews that support it) for economic, cultural, political, and academic boycott
Economic boycott in practise
Boycott Jewish businesses, products and services;
vandalise Jewish-owned shops and their products, including daubing Swastikas and Stars of David.
Boycott Jewish owned Israeli businesses, products and services; vandalise Jewish-owned Israeli shops and their products, including daubing Swastikas and Stars of David.
Cultural boycott in practise
In Nazi Germany Jewish artists, performers, writers and sportsmen were not allowed to perform, while books, art, and plays sympathetic to Jews were banned
Jewish Israeli artists, performers, writers and sportsmen are not allowed to perform, while books, art, and plays sympathetic to the Jewish state are shut out or shut down
Use of the Law
In the 1930s special Nazi laws introduced to both outlaw Jewish-owned businesses and criminalise attempts by anybody else to work with them
Special EU and Arab laws introduced to outlaw Jewish-owned Israeli businesses and criminalise attempts by anybody else to work with them
Secondary boycott tactics
In Nazi Germany Non-Jews visiting Jewish houses and businesses were publicly vilified and threatened to be boycotted themselves if they did not cease their interaction with Jews
Non-Jews visiting the Jewish state and doing business with it are publicly vilified and threatened to be boycotted themselves if they do not cease their interaction with the Jewish state
Labelling and taxes
The Nazis forced Jews to wear the yellow star.




Muslim countries have always forced  Jews to pay a ‘dhimmi’ tax
The EU forces Israel to put a special label on goods produced by Jewish-owned businesses (and only Jewish owned businesses) in places like Jerusalem

Muslim countries have always boycotted the Jewish State entirely
Typical everyday behaviour
·         Criticizing Jews for certain character traits (such as meanness, aggressiveness, deviousness) that are actually far more prominent in most other ethnic and religious groups
·         Criticizing Jews for their genuinely good character traits (such as intelligence, technology skills and business acumen) as in ‘The Jews use these traits to trick and steal from non-Jews’
·         Criticizing the Jewish State for certain character traits (such as meanness, aggressiveness, deviousness) that are actually far more prominent in most other countries
·         Criticizing the Jewish State for its genuinely good character traits (such as intelligence, technology skills and business acumen) as in ‘The Zionists use these traits to trick and steal from the Arabs’
Beliefs about the Holocaust
The holocaust narrative is exaggerated and perpetuated to gain sympathy for Jews.
The Jews are committing a holocaust against the Palestinians
The holocaust narrative is perpetuated to gain sympathy for the Jewish state.
The Zionists are committing a holocaust against the
Palestinians
What especially angers proponents
·         Jews defending themselves from attack; 
·         Any Jewish success in science and culture     
·         The Jewish state defending itself from attack;
·         Any Israeli success in science and culture
What they have never heard of or must never be mentioned
The total destruction of Jewish communities in Muslim lands after the establishment of Israel
The total destruction of Jewish communities in Muslim lands after the establishment of Israel
About the killing of Jews by Arab terrorists
If it really happens then the Jews must have had it coming to them
If it happens at all it is a natural reaction against Zionist crimes
About violence generally
Jews are legitimate targets for violence
Zionist Jews are legitimate targets for violence
Who are their heroes
Hitler, George Galloway, Ken Livingstone, Saddam Hussein, Ahmedinejad and any other bigot you can think of -  because they “stood up to the Jews”
George Galloway, Ken Livingstone, Saddam Hussein, Ahmedinejad and any other bigot you can think of – because they “stood up to the Jews Zionists”
Mandatory reading
Protocols of the Elder of Zion, anything by Gilad Atzmon
Protocols of the Elder of Zion, anything by Gilad Atzmon
Popular phrase
“Jews back to Palestine”
“Jews out of Palestine”
What happens if their proponents ‘win’
Millions of Jews were killed in the Holocaust, but it did not help the Nazis in any way at all
Millions of Jews will be killed, but it will not help the Palestinians in any way at all

For an alternative spin on this see:  Why anti-Zionism has nothing to do with antisemitism

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is complete rubbish, your usual Hasbarah, this YOUR definition of anti-zionism, it is not fact.

Anti-Zionism is, as it says against Zionists, who may or may not be jewish but can equally be christian or from other religions, so for you to conflate anti-zionism with anti-semitism is a complete LIE.

Why not send you readers to a site where they can find the truth and not your twisted lies such as.

http://www.truetorahjews.org/

Here you can get a real from ... from real jews.

Anonymous said...

Actually, a main test is how often the anti-"Zionist" has spoken out about any other trouble spot on the planet. If it's only Israel they're on about, or if they somehow need to "start" with Israel, it's rather suspicious.

That, plus the anti-"Zionist's" full willingness to support those who are openly anti-Jew in speeches and official documents (e.g., Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, Fatah).

As for citing anti-Zionist Jews, they are authorities only on their own beliefs, not on logical reasoning nor broader reality; just as you could have found German Jews with Hit the belief that Hitler didn't mean them any harm.