Joseph Weissman, third-generation Messianic Jew, reveals how his exposés of Christian anti-Zionism on the blog Seismic Shock earned him a visit from the police. You can read more about his exploits on Harry’s Place.
Tue, 01/26/2010 - 15:39
Modernity Blog is tracking this story.
It is outrageous that the police went to his home on a complaint of harassment from Stephen Sizer when he had committed no crime and was not suspected of committing any crime.
Melanie Phillips has written about it too
We are all Joseph Weissman now
Tue, 01/26/2010 - 15:48
Sizer believes it is antisemitic not to try to convert Jews to Chrisitianity:
My concern is with so-called Christian Zionist organisations that … equate the Gospel with helping Jews .. without telling them about the Cross … my concern is with those so-called Christian organisations that do not engage in Evangelism, that do not share Jesus with Jewish people: that’s antisemitism
Rowan Williams, why is he tolerated in the church?
Tue, 01/26/2010 - 16:21
Why do you write "antizionism" and not "antisemitism"?
Antizionism means denying the Jewish people their right of self-determination
That is antisemitic - see EUMC Definition
Tue, 01/26/2010 - 16:28
It's not antisemitic, Jonathan, much as you would love it to be. It is being anti-Israel. There's a difference. It is, however, antisemitism to try and convert Jews against their will to another religion.
Tue, 01/26/2010 - 18:15
'Why do you write "antizionism" and not "antisemitism"?'
Presumably coz Simon doesn't want a visit from Plod!!
Tue, 01/26/2010 - 18:44
As the Vidal Sassoon Centre pointed out years ago, antisemitism is properly spelled without a hyphen because, since there's no such concept or ideology as Semitism, it's impossible to be against it; antisemitism is and always has meant Judeophobia, which of course is what Wilhelm Marr was.
Zionism, however, is very much a concept and an ideology, and thus requires a hyphen, whether preceded by pro- or anti-.
Tue, 01/26/2010 - 19:02
If to 'not share Jesus with Jewish people: that’s antisemitism', then, presumably, giving papers in Iran withhout trying to convert Shi'a Muslims (never mind protest abuse of Iranian Muslim converts to Christianity), or helping Palestinian Muslims, without sharing with them the Jesus of Christianity over that of Islam, is also antisemitism.
Tue, 01/26/2010 - 20:28
Thanks for the link.
I think there is a wider issue here, the Police intervening in blogging.
That's not a topic that normally would invoke the emotions, but in the 21st century and the age of the Internet, it is as if everything you write would potentially be subject to the scrutiny of the State and Police. That is wrong.
That surely is shades of the old Soviet Union? Where writers used to self-censor to avoid the knock at the door in the middle of the night.
Irrespective of anything else, these events set a very dangerous precedent, and regardless of my disagreements with Rev. Sizer, it is that involvement of the Police which is most pernicious.
If there is no criminal activity or intent, then the Police and the State should not be involved.
Seismic Shock's writings were legitimate criticism, nothing more, a bit harsh, sometime pointed, but nothing that us, adults, shouldn’t be able to handle.
It was not a criminal matter, thus should not involve the Police.
My blog has links to a cached copy of the deleted blog, and readers can make their own minds up, but all in all, the criticisms do not constitute harassment, a criminal activity or anything close to that, so the Police should not have been involved.
Fri, 01/29/2010 - 00:27
It's quite clear, from his threat to 'report' the Australian Vee, that Sizer wanted to use the police to silence allegations of antisemitism. I think he's taking a leaf out of George Galloway's book.
Sun, 02/21/2010 - 17:56
Sizer is not the only one to use (read abuse) the Police to silence criticism of antisemitic acts.
Kingston University's Vice-Chancellor, Sir "Peter" Scott filed a criminal complaint against me for harassment after I exposed antisemitism at the University as well as various acts of proven corruption (as determined through public enquiries).
As a result, I was convicted in absentia and was subjected to numerous police raids at my house.
Why is there so little reporting about this in the Jewish community?
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