The new anti-Semitism / Op-ed: Anti-Israel campaign identifies Jews as immoral, Jewish state as historical fraud (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Moshe Dann Published: 04.22.12, 20:26)
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It´s Jew-hating time, again. No cross-burnings or bomb-wearing
psychos screaming for Allah. It´s sophisticated, draped by UN and EU
glitz, banal reports about Israeli atrocities, and Palestinian
liberation. It´s so holy, so morally pompous, and fashionable.
Criticizing Israel doesn´t lack for issues: "apartheid," "war
crimes," "stealing Palestinian land," "oppressing Palestinians," "the
NGOs funded by European governments, the UN, and most Arab and Muslim
organizations and countries, condemn Israel as a pariah state,
unworthy of existence. In this pogrom of conscience they wear no
hoods. Their masks are self-righteousness.
The mechanism for vilification and de-legitimization, Boycott,
Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaigns, is coordinated by the
Palestinian BDS National Committee, an umbrella organization for
dozens of Palestinian organizations, located in Ramallah and
supported by the Palestinian Authority. A global movement, it is
behind the spread of anti-Israel actions by churches, unions and
The mantra chants are easy: "End the Occupation," "Justice for the
Palestinians," "Peace Now." No need to think about complicated
issues; just blame Israel. And Hate. Hate.
Anti-Israel campaigns overlap anti-Jewish sentiments. This explains
why hate-Israel campaigns garner support from atheists, anarchists
and even some Christians, why young people wrap themselves in
checkered scarves, like Arafat, and come to Israel in order to fight
alongside Arabs, some placing themselves in danger, and why EU
countries with hard-hit economies spend hundreds of millions of Euros
every year supporting anti-Israel organizations.
Backed by Islamists, especially Muslim Brotherhood-supported student
organizations, hating Israel has become the campus rage. Meanwhile,
university administrators have been obsessively neutral and Jewish
organizations, excessively polite.
In addition, Israel has produced its own uber-critics – columnists
who condemn Israel as "racist," editors who recommend "raping"
Israel, academics, literary figures, and artists who support BDS
against Jews living in Judea and Samaria.
Hence, in order to understand de-legitimization, we need to
distinguish between those who seek Israel´s destruction, in one form
or another, and those with legitimate, honest criticism. As one of
the pillars of democracy is freedom of speech, drawing the line
between what is acceptable, and what is not, is often difficult. Self-
criticism is essential; without it there cannot be growth. But self-
criticism without limit, unbalanced and exaggerated, is self-
Challenging Israel´s identity as a nominally Jewish state might be
acceptable if all states with official religions were rejected.
Singling out Israel, therefore, is not only bigoted; it is a form of
de-legitimization, a softer denial of Israel´s right to exist.
The soft deniers protest their link with hard-line de-legitimizers,
arguing that they support Israel, but are critical of its "racist
policies," its "illegal occupation of Arab lands," its "colonialism."
But the connection between criticism and full-blown hatred deepens
when biased news stories and distorted rhetoric about
Israeli "atrocities" and "war crimes" become self-defined truths,
distortions of reality.
Decrying "the occupation as a moral disaster" for Israel therefore
identifies Jews as immoral, a state-sponsored immorality, a legal and
historical fraud that sharpens the sword of de-legitimization,
justifies BDS campaigns, and anti-Jewish violence.
When the Gaza Strip is portrayed as "a vast prison," for example,
then attacking the warders is heroic, overthrowing the system that
produced that prison is justified, and Hamas missiles become “self-
If a Jewish, democratic state is inherently discriminatory,
indeed "racist," those who oppose it can be honored as "freedom
fighters." If Israel "steals Arab lands," then those who struggle to
regain what is rightfully theirs are reasonable. If Israeli
settlements are "illegal," it is a crime that should be punished.
This ugly portrait of Israel is intentional, one that has no
descriptive shades, no positive images, or perspective. It is one-
The power of propaganda is that it lacks critical thinking, the
essence of brainwashing. Delegitimizing Israel, therefore, needs to
be reconsidered not only as an informational problem, but as a
For the first time in history, Christian and Muslim Jew-hatred,
liberals, anarchists, fascists and communists, dictators and
presidents have merged into a formidable coalition against Israel, an
international, multi-faceted onslaught to bring Israel to its knees.
One of the mechanisms used to delegitimize Israel is promoting
Palestinianism and Palestinian statehood. Paradoxically, a "two-
state" plan, instead of reducing resistance to Israel, increases it.
This is because the prospect of Palestinian statehood and full
sovereignty raises expectations that it will replace Israel, not
This explains why Palestinian leaders "never miss an opportunity to
miss an opportunity." It´s not due to a miscalculation. It´s exactly
what they intend. It also explains why they can´t and won´t recognize
Israel´s right to exist, refuse to negotiate the refugee issue, and
reject any compromise on Jerusalem. The problem is not territorial,
Posing simple questions reveals the dilemma: What kind of Israel is
fully and wholeheartedly acceptable? Is the Nakba (catastrophe –
Israel’s establishment in 1948) over? Will Arab/Islamic terrorism,
violence and incitement cease with the establishment of another
Palestinian state? What will bring an end to this conflict?
If the response is, “End Israel’s existence,” you know what you are
fighting for. The author is a PhD historian, writer and journalist
(Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/22/12)
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