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We told you yesterday about the anti-Semitic comments of former British Foreign Minister Jack Straw, and we followed up later in the day by covering Straw’s unconvincing explanation. Now Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary magazine, has picked up the story and deconstructs Straw’s original statements and explanation. Like us, Tobin is not impressed:
Making such accusations is offensive rather than just wrong because, as Straw knows very well, talking about Jewish money buying government policy is straight out of the anti-Semitic playbook of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The purpose of such claims is not to argue that Israel’s supporters are misguided so much as that they are illegitimate.
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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at 9:13 AM | Stand For Israel
Ali Salim, writing at the Gatestone Institute, deals with a problem that has grown to dominate the culture of the Arab and Muslim worlds: virulent Jew-hatred. Salim goes so far as to call it “a national mental illness” within the body of Islam. Few westerners are aware of how pervasive the problem. Read this article and prepare to be shocked and disturbed.
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Almost no Ramadan evening goes by without tedious “historical” dramas on Al-Jazeera and the other Arab TV channels, whose objective is to brainwash viewers with anti-Semitic propaganda. They deal with the Jews’ denial of the Prophet Muhammad’s message, Jewish attempts to poison him and their betrayal of him at the Battle of the Trench in Al-Medina. Almost all the series’ end on the same note: the message is always that the fate of the Jews in the Palestine they stole from the Arabs will be the same as that Muhammad wreaked on them at Khybar, they will be slaughtered and their women and children will be sold into slavery.
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 at 8:37 AM | Stand For Israel
Palestinian culture is awash in hatred of Jews and Israelis and in a cult of victimhood. That may seem harsh, but it’s simply incontrovertible fact and sugar-coating it is what allows well-meaning folks like Secretary of State John Kerry to come back to the Middle East time and again peddling the same tired clichés and warmed-over peace plans. Until someone – preferably a Palestinian leader – deals with the cultural corruption in Palestinian society, there is little point to discuss peace.
Take, for example, this video of two young Palestinian girls spewing vile anti-Semitic bilge.
This looks like the kind of thing that a child might learn to recite in school. And who helps fund Palestinian TV? And who helps fund Palestinian schools? That’s right: the American taxpayer.
A famous song from the Broadway musical South Pacific tells us:
You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear
You’ve got to be taught from year to year
It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught
These little girls weren’t born with a genetic mutation that compels them to hate Jews. They were carefully taught by hate-filled adults. They went to schools and played on streets named after “martyrs.” They are surrounded by television shows, popular songs, and revered older children who fill them with the same hatred. They have little or no economic prospects, and they will likely marry men with no prospects either, because the actions of their leaders have nearly destroyed what little opportunity used to exist in their towns. Their “armies” blow up buses full of women and children – which their culture celebrates but which, deep down, must cause additional shame – and then they suffer from the justified retaliation and security measures of a real army. They live with very little – many of them in squalid refugee camps where only the generosity of hated Western powers provides for their daily sustenance – while the Jews mere miles down the road sit in air-conditioned homes and play with the latest iPhones. This seething hatred, this failure, this weakness,…Read More » Comments (15) »
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at 8:10 AM | Stand For Israel
Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien announced yesterday that she was joining Al Jazeera America as a correspondent. It’s the highest-profile hire yet for the network owned by the Qatari government with a long history of anti-American, anti-Israel, and anti-Jewish reporting. Defenders of the network will point out that Al Jazeera America’s sister network, Al Jazeera, is the primary culprit of spreading the libel that Jews use Muslim children’s blood in religious ritual or conspiracy theories about the Jews’ role in 9/11. But that’s kind of a distinction without a difference as the ownership of both networks is the same – a government that, while it has hosted a U.S. air base, also has the worst record of counter-terrorism in the region.
We can’t know, yet, what kind of reporting Ms. O’Brien will do for her new employer. What we can say is that her decision – if we’re being charitable – calls into question whether or not she is too naïve to be a serious journalist. In her statement, O’Brien said that Al Jazeera “has made a commitment to producing quality programming and pursuing underreported stories.” What underreported stories would those be? Like the one about the international Jewish conspiracy to illegally harvest human organs for sale on the black market? Ms. O’Brien is certainly correct that it didn’t get a lot of coverage in the U.S. If we’re being less charitable, we could say that O’Brien’s decision is based solely on taking a job where she could get one; demonstrating that either she lacks principles or is willing to violate them for a paycheck.
We’ll keep an eye on Al Jazeera America and on Soledad O’Brien. But we can’t say we wish her well in her new endeavor.Comments (27) »
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at 8:06 AM | Stand For Israel
Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary, says that the airing of (yet another) anti-Semitic television series across the Arab world – this one based on the conquest and subjugation of Jews in the region of Khayber by Muslim forces in 642 AD – is indicative of the problem in the region: popular culture across the Arab and Muslim worlds is neck-deep in Jew-hatred.
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Rather than dismissing this as irrelevant to the discussion of peace, the popularity of such smears should send a chill down the backs of those who continue to argue that Palestinians and the Arab world are ready to give up their hundred-year-old war to eradicate the Jewish presence in the region. So long as Khaybar remains a safe theme for broad-based Muslim popular culture, we’re a long way from peace in the Middle East.
Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at 9:09 AM | Stand For Israel
In this video from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commends the delegates of the Fourth Annual Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism and shares myths and truths of anti-Semitism and the state of Israel. It’s well worth a watch:Comments (5) »
Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 at 3:45 PM | Stand For Israel
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Iran’s most powerful authority said the Islamic Republic would destroy the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel launched a military attack against it.
“At times the officials of the Zionist regime (Israel) threaten to launch a military invasion but they themselves know that if they make the slightest mistake the Islamic Republic will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said during an address, broadcast live on state television.
Thursday, March 21st, 2013 at 8:46 PM | Stand For Israel
It is entirely appropriate that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be in attendance for the funeral of his good friend and Jew-hating fellow traveler, the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. In addition to their shared disdain for the United States, Chavez and Ahmadinejad were always able to bond over their anti-Semitism and to use it to beat up on Israel. Chavez actually took his anti-Semitism a step further – whereas the tiny Jewish population of Iran is allowed to live in relative peace (although an atmosphere of intimidation hangs over daily life), Chavez created a terrible, frightening environment for the also tiny Jewish population of his country.
The brotherhood of the anti-Semites is nothing new, of course. Even Hitler was chummy with other notorious Jew-haters – like Hajj-Amin el-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem.
But with his favorite fellow dictator gone from this world, one wonders what America-hating, anti-Semite will become Mahmoud’s new Hugo. Don’t doubt for a second that there will be one. Some petty tyrant or another always figures out that they can get a lot of popularity mileage out of cursing the U.S. and turning on the Jews.
Chavez is a perfect example.
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Friday, March 8th, 2013 at 9:48 AM | Stand For Israel
Notorious friend of Iran, foe to Israel, and president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez died this Tuesday.
Because of his camaraderie with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his support for Hamas, and the public message he spread of anti-Semitism, life for Venezuelan Jews under Chavez has been difficult, to say the least.
Today in Israel Hayom, Ayelet Ben Naim published a poignant piece appropriately titled Being a Jew Under Chavez. Here’s an except detailing the most dramatic parts of life under the president, but the whole post is worth a read.
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Chávez’s many anti-Jewish statements in the media, like calling Jews pigs, denying the Holocaust and accusing Israel of genocide against the Palestinians, contributed to an atmosphere of anti-Semitism that grew worse year by year. Suddenly it became frightening to walk down the street after dark, for fear of being harassed. Our synagogues and Jewish community buildings were spray-painted with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans and there was a feeling that Chávez was egging on the populace and speaking the “people’s language” against the Jews.
Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 4:03 PM | Stand For Israel
Controversial British MP George Galloway is at it again.
Once expelled from his own Labour Party for calling the prime minister a liar, Galloway has now been caught on tape storming out of an Oxford University debate. The reason? His opponent, a 21-year-old medical student, is Israeli.
“I don’t debate with Israelis, I have been misled,” Galloway huffed as he stormed out of the debate.
Galloway is a longstanding supporter of Hezbollah and Hamas, and a virulent opponent of Israel. His claims that he was “misled” were met with harsh criticism from the attendees of the debate you can hear shouting on the video, “Racism!” and “He’s a human being!”
According to JPost, the Israeli student Galloway was to debate said, “To refuse to talk to someone just because of their nationality is pure racism, and totally unacceptable for a member of parliament.”
Watch Galloway’s tantrum here:Comments (30) »
Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 12:34 PM | Stand For Israel