Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Jewish Paradox

"Jewish leaders are preparing to fight the [Federal] government's plans to weaken race hate laws, saying they could encourage persecution and racially-motivated violence." (Jewish concern at plan to change hate laws, Jonathan Swan, Sydney Morning Herald, 15/11/13)

Hm... persecution and racially-motivated violence.

Presumably, these guys are concerned about anti-Semitism, right? Jews coming under attack because they're Jews.

But read on and you find it's not that simple:

"Mr Wertheim [the executive director of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ)]* has warned that the 'wholesale repeal' of sections of the [Racial Discrimination] act would not only prevent vilified groups from defending their reputations legally, but would also encourage more sinister forms of hate speech. 'It would... open the door to importation into Australia of the hatreds and violence of overseas conflicts'..." (ibid)

So that's it: what they're really worried about is the spillover effect of overseas conflicts, specifically, the spillover effect of the Middle East conflict on the community they purport to lead.

The trouble is, and the average reader is unlikely to pick this up from such a report, Wertheim and other Jewish leaders also act as lobbyists/apologists for Israel. In that capacity, they emerge as partisans in the very conflict they fear could affect the well-being of Jews here in Australia.

As political Zionists, of course, they routinely conflate anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism, which is to say anti-Israelism. For them, criticism of Israel, its ideology and practice, is either anti-Semitism pure and simple, or verging on anti-Semitism, or crossing the line into anti-Semitism, the circumlocutions for smearing a critic of Israel as an anti-Semite being many and varied.

Unfortunately, this is where the matter becomes problematic for the community they supposedly represent - as veteran British journalist and author Alan Hart so lucidly points out: 

"In my book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, the answer to the question of what Zionism would do in the event of mission failure was given to me by Golda Meir in one of my interviews with her for the BBC's flagship Panorama programme. She said that in the event of a doomsday situation, Israel 'would be prepared to take the region and the whole world down with it.'

"The Jewish paradox comes down to this. Israel was created by Zionism to guarantee the well-being and existence of the Jews, but that well-being and perhaps even existence is most seriously threatened by Zionism's policies and actions.

"How can that possibly be true?  

"What we are witnessing today is a rising, global tide of anti-Israelism. It is NOT a manifestation of anti-Semitism, meaning that it's not being driven by prejudice against or loathing and even hatred of Jews just because they are Jews. Anti-Israelism is being provoked by Israel's arrogance of power, its sickening self-righteousness and its contempt for international law in general and the rights of Palestinians in particular.

"The danger for Jews everywhere is that anti-Israelism could be transformed into rampant and rabid anti-Semitism. The most explicit warning that this could happen was given by Yehoshafat Harkabi, Israel's longest serving Director of Military Intelligence. In his book Israel's Fateful Hour, published in English in 1988, he wrote this (my emphasis added):

'Israel is the criterion according to which all Jews will tend to be judged. Israel as a Jewish state is an example of the Jewish character, which finds free and concentrated expression within it. Anti-Semitism has deep and historical roots. Nevertheless, any flaw in Israeli conduct, which initially is cited as anti-Israelism, is likely to be transformed into empirical proof of the validity of anti-Semitism. It would be a tragic irony if the Jewish state, which was intended to solve the problem of anti-Semitism, was to become a factor in the rise of anti-Semitism. Israelis must be aware that the price of their misconduct is paid not only by them but also Jews throughout the world'." (The Jewish paradox arising from the curse of Zionism, Alan Hart, sabbah.biz, 11/5/13)

(The Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis, who is behind the push to remove those sections of the RDA that make it an offence to offend another person on grounds of race or ethnicity, has the interests of the right-wing commentariat, particularly Andrew Bolt, very much at heart. At the same time, however,  Brandis has been rambammed (2009 & 2010) and has form in raising the concerns of the Israel lobby in the Senate. (See my 29/5/09 post Her Brilliant Career.) The question arises: can he please both interest groups with his new legislation? Watch this space...)

[*For a critique of the role of ECAJ and other Zionist lobby groups from within the Jewish community, see my 20/6/13 post Join the Dots...]

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now, if Israel is THE JEWISH state and speaks in the name of the Jews all over the world, one can hardly see where the line between anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism can be drawn. And when the Jews all over the world look up at Israel as the supreme embodiment of "Jewishness" and when their prayers end with "next year in Jerusalem", how can they not be viewed as "Israel firsters"?

MERC said...

Which is why it's in the interest of Jews as Jews to come out and declare 'not in my name.'

Anonymous said...

But can Jews be Jews without the "Land of Israel which is central to Judaism"? Can they be Jews if they renounce Judaism? Some took that step, left Israel and ceased to be Jews, like Gilad Atzmon and Shlomo Sands.

MERC said...

Well, Jews, whether religious or otherwise, were around before the advent of political Zionism.

Shlomo Sand, in his 2012 book, 'The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland', argues that the 'Land of Israel' is a 19th-century Evangelical Protestant/political Zionist construct designed to facilitate the colonization of the Middle East and the establishment of the State of Israel.

Anonymous said...

But the "Promised Land", which is at the core of Judaism?

MERC said...

You're confusing Jewish theology with the political Zionist exploitation and corruption of that theology. 'The Promised Land' is a strictly religious concept, not a piece of real estate. Here's Sand on the subject from his aforementioned book:

"[T]he Promised land was undoubtedly an object of Jewish longing and Jewish collective memory, but the traditional Jewish connection to the area never assumed the form of a mass aspiration for collective ownership of a national homeland. The 'Land of Israel' of Zionist... authors bears no resemblance to the Holy Land of my true forefathers (as opposed to the mythological forefathers) whose origins and lives were embedded within the Yiddish culture of Eastern Europe. As with the Jews of Egypt, North Africa, and the Fertile Crescent, their hearts were filled with a deep awe and a sense of mourning for what was, to them, the most important and sacred place of all. So exalted worldwide was this place that, during the many centuries following their conversion, they had made no effort to resettle there. According to most of the rabbinically educated figures whose writings have survived the passage of time, 'the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away' (Job 1:21)..." (p 19)

Anonymous said...

If the Jews made no efforts to resettle in Eretz, it was not because of the exalted sacrality of the place, but because the conditions did not permit.

MERC said...

There's probably little point in asking you to read Sand's book, is there?

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Don't you just love it when the Zionists bring history wars to Australia http://anc.org.au/news/Jewish+body+adds+voice+against+Genocide+denier+McCarthy

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Here is the Armenian National Committee of Australia glorifying past acts of international terrorism (1) i.e the bombing of the Turkish Consulate in Lisbon, killing the wife of the DCM, Cahide Mihcioglu, who set off the bomb to kill the JCAG terrorists, sadly sacrificing herself for her family.

The Turkish Australian community have been terrorized twice in the past, in 1980 where 2 Turkish diplomats in Sydney were gunned down and in 1986 where Lebanese Armenian Levon Demirian, a member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation aka the Armenian National Committee blew up the Turkish Consulate building in Yarra, Melbourne with more than 4kgs of explosives. (2)

And here you have a Christian fundamentalist NSW MP, CDP Leader Rev. Father Fred Nile (also Member of the NSW -Israel Parliamentary Friendship group" attending an event where the "Lisbon 5" terrorists are glorified as 'martyrs for the greater Armenian cause'. (3)

The holy alliance between the (Iranian backed) Armenian National Committee and the Zionist lobby on opposing the change in anti-racism should not come as a surprise (4) And in return the Zionist lobby's support to deny the right for free speech - defaming a genuine scholar of Ottoman history, Prof. Justin McCarthy. (5) (6)

What is extremely worrisome is, according to a recent report compiled by Jeremy Jones, Director of International & Community Affairs at the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council,

"while anti-Jewish hatred from right-wing supremacist groups is waning, “the far left, Arab ultra-nationalist and radical Islamic groups play an increasing role in propagating anti-Semitism and in actively organising events, often with anti-Semitic aspects and attracting support from people professing overtly anti-Semitic sentiments.”(7)

Do you get the picture?


1 - http://www.armenia.com.au/news/Australia-News/English/25215/Sydney-to-commemorate-Lisbon-5-with-Wake-Ceremony-this-Sunday

2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wNk77ZiWDs&feature=share

3- http://www.armenia.com.au/news/Australia-News/English/25457/AYF-Australia-and-ARS-Soseh-honour-30th-Anniversary-of-Lisbon-5-in-Sydney

4- http://www.jwire.com.au/news/signing-objections-to-section-18-changes/38800

5 - http://www.ecaj.org.au/2013/armenian-genocide/

6 - http://www.ata-a.org.au/

7 - http://www.jewishnews.net.au/anti-semitism-on-rise-but-violence-abates/33285

Avram Cohen said...

The Turkish denial of the BRUTAL Armenian Genocide is comical to the rest of the world in how Turkey comes across so low IQ ignorant and stupid in the on going denial of 4 million Christian Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks that they massacred!

As a Jew I say I hope soon one day the three R''s for Armenia takes place.. RECOGNITION, REPARATION and RESTITUTION!!