Israel recognises the real cause of "new antisemitism" -- itself


By iainlrabbak
January 26, 2010
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An Israeli/Jewish Agency report has found that 2009 was the worst year since the Holocaust for antisemitism.

The report does recognise, however, Israel's own part in the rise.

The report found that more anti-Semitic incidents were recorded during the first three months of 2009 than during the entire previous year. Israel's Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip was cited as the cause for the dramatic rise.

I suppose it is too much to ask that Israel do us no favours in future.

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richmillett

Tue, 01/26/2010 - 15:24

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And I suppose anti-Semitism has only existed since the creation of the Jewish State.....


iainlrabbak

Tue, 01/26/2010 - 15:37

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Hey, it's what the Israelis are recognising. Don't shoot the messenger.


Yvetta

Tue, 01/26/2010 - 15:41

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Of course Cast Lead kindled antisemitism, but that doesn't mean it was Israel's fault, nor has Israel admitted any such thing.
The Israeli case was not represented fairly in so much of the media, and the usual suspects who oppose self-determination for the Jewish people and seek Israel's destruction were the cheerleading squad driving antisemitism.


Yvetta

Tue, 01/26/2010 - 15:42

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The only messengers of such are you and your other selves/pals.


richmillett

Tue, 01/26/2010 - 15:58

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I wasn't shooting any messenger, just trying to expose your nonsensical interpretation which Yvetta did better than I did.


JackCam

Tue, 01/26/2010 - 16:27

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Yvetta's point is a very good one - your post suggests that, as a result of its military actions, Israel deservedly brought condemnation upon itself and upon all Jews in the Diaspora (though I suspect saying all Jews deserved condemnation was not your intention, as is seemingly evident from that statement "I suppose it is too much to ask that Israel do us no favours in future").

Israel has a right to defend herself from attack, just as every other nation does - many people may feel that Cast Lead was an inappropriate response, but nevertheless she has been under attack quite literally from all sides ever since the state was established. Cast Lead did result in a massive increase in antisemitic attacks carried out by people who either lack the intelligence to separate "Israel the Nation" and "All Jews around the world" as well as those who thought it an opportunity to express their racist, antisemitic hatred and get away with it, but we can't blame Israel's attempts to defend her population for the actions of each and every individual moron that goes out with an aerosol can and sprays a swastika on a synagogue.


iainlrabbak

Tue, 01/26/2010 - 16:50

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The problem is, Jack, that Israel brings this upon itself by claiming that it is the state of the Jewish people. I suppose there is much glee among the far right wing of the Zionist movement that Israel's actions create hostility towards Jews because with it, they would be able to spread fear and hatred.


JackCam

Tue, 01/26/2010 - 17:12

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Israel's very existence is down to the widespread feeling, among Jews and non-Jews, following the exposure of the full horrors of the Shoah that Jews needed and deserved a homeland of their own - for that reason, it depends for its existence on being a state for the Jewish people, which might be a marginally better claim that "the state of the Jewish people" as it might lead a few more people to understand that what Israel does is not necessarily supported by or in accordance with the opinions of all Jews. However, even if everybody understood that, you'd still get antisemites using Israeli policy as an excuse for violence and hatred, so I still don't think we should blame Israel for the actions of every moron anymore than they should blame every Jew for what Israel does. As for the right wing using the situation to spread fear, I fear you're undoubtedly correct - the right wing (and especially the far right) thrive on fear and misunderstanding, after all. That's how the BNP have managed to achieve the support they have in recent years.


iainlrabbak

Tue, 01/26/2010 - 17:16

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I agree with you, Jack


raymee_jones

Wed, 01/27/2010 - 01:50

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The problem is Isreal (like many governments) - can't admit when they've done wrong or stepped over the line.


richmillett

Wed, 01/27/2010 - 10:27

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raymee_jones - I suspect there is some truth in what you say about Israel like other governments not admitting it has done wrong when overstepping the line. If they did then its politicians would end up in front of the ICC very quickly. Even Barak Obama would be put in front of the ICC for the innocents killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Winston Churchill would have ended up there. Maggie would have ended up there for the Falklands War. It would become impossible to defend your country!


raymee_jones

Wed, 01/27/2010 - 17:44

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There's a lot of pressure, and interference on ground level, on the Israel government, from jewish religious extremists who's beliefs (if looked at objectively) - are racist and don't regard fellow humans as equals (or their equal right to inhabit the land).

Further,

Much can be learnt from Northern Ireland, two different clans of people (the protestant English/ Scots & the catholic Irish) - they both had to eventually compromise, and forget trying to continue on their respective moral high grounds (and idealism's), and importantly they had to be seen to be fair.
Something helped progress were efforts to stop state/ cultural discrimination (in jobs, and housing) and importantly included an impartial police force with members from both communities included. Isreal is in dire need of this.

Ultimately Palestine needs to be able to steer it's own ship, the big issue is Jerusalem - as it looks like it may have to be divided - yet I don't believe Isreal are ready or willing to allow that.

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