-ISRAELI APARTHEID WEEK: An Agenda of Propaganda and Lies.


By alansimons
February 9, 2011
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Where is the outcry from the Jewish World?

FEBRUARY 09, 2011. - This coming March, organisers of the annual international Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) will be clamouring to celebrate their 7th annual festival of antisemitic claptrap and hate mongering diatribe against the Jewish nation. Piggybacking on the current Arab revolutionary mentality of protest for political change, we shall see IAWs agenda of propaganda and lies expand by leaps and bounds. Things couldn't get any better for them. They have been handed a golden opportunity on a plate to expand their cause, namely the elimination of the State of Israel.

In fact it has already started. This year the organisers have stated that, "Due to the popularity of Israeli Apartheid Week we have extended the 'week' to allow campuses, organizations and regions on different schedules to participate."

And participating they are with events in Amsterdam, Beirut, Bethlehem, Berlin, Bogota, Bologna, Boston, Cape Town, Caracas, Chicago, Dundee, Edinburgh, Edmonton, Glasgow, Houston, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Minneapolis/St.Paul, Montreal, New York City, Oxford, Pisa, Pretoria, Providence RI, Rome San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Utrecht, Vancouver, Winnipeg, etc., etc., etc.

In addition, this year more than in previous years, we will witness the power and use of social media in IAWs agenda to delegitimize Israel. Social media will be the key in spreading misinformation about Israel and diaspora Jews.

To quote Melanie Phillips, the British journalist and author, "Israel is completely outclassed and outmanoeuvred on a battleground that it doesn't understand it is on." To which I might add, with reference to IAW, "so is the Jewish diaspora."

As pointed out by Israel's Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center:

"Examination of IAW themes in previous years clearly shows that these are well-organized events taking place in various sites worldwide, whose aim is to undermine the legitimacy of the State of Israel by portraying it as a racist country and associating it with the South African apartheid regime. The security fence is referred to as the “Israeli apartheid wall” to reinforce the image of Israel as an “apartheid state”. The false branding of Israel as an “apartheid state” is motivated by an attempt to smear Israel as racist, as well as an effort to spread the message that the Zionist model is doomed to collapse just like the apartheid regime in South Africa, clearing the way for the establishment of a Palestinian country on the entire territory of “Palestine”.

"In addition to focusing on the comparison between Israel and the apartheid regime, the IAW has been used in recent years to spread other messages aimed to delegitimize, slander, and isolate Israel, turn it into a pariah state and promote the vision of its collapse. Such messages include bringing up the claim that Israel commits “ethnic cleansing” against the Palestinians (associating it with Serbia, whose leaders were accused of war crimes); demanding that all Palestinian refugees be granted the right to return to the places they left in 1948 (knowing that the realization of the “right of return” would spell the end of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state); calling for an economic, social, and cultural boycott of Israel; and demanding to end the “occupation” and “colonization” of "all Arab territories" (i.e., the elimination of the State of Israel, whose territory is considered as Palestinian/Arab land)."

IAWs declaration that Israel not exist has been well documented. Hazem Jamjoum, from Ramallah, is one of the organizers of the 2010 IAW events. Giving an interview to Al-Jazeera, when asked if he would agree to a two-state solution, Jamjoum said he is not interested in a two-state solution but in the establishment of a single state (i.e., a Palestinian state) (Al-Jazeera TV, March 4, 2010). Furthermore, IAWs current website shows a map of Greater Palestine. Israel is no where to be seen.

Throughout the history of the world, the most abused, kicked-around race of people have been the Jews. Unfortunately, we continue to live in an age where numerous antisemites, hate-mongers, far left, far right loonies and IAW proponents of this world, demand to rule the day. To these people I say again, "Va te faire cuire un oeuf!" These IAW racists, who profess to be utterly convinced that their knowledge of Middle East modern history is correct, coupled with their convoluting conspiracy theories, are unshakable in their hatred of Jews.

And from where I sit, very little is being done on an international level to contradict these harebrained miscreants. As Jews, why have we become obsessed as individuals into keeping our mouths shut, while allowing these idiots to spread their words of hate and intolerance? Enough! What makes us so insecure? Why do we, as individuals, remain silent?

What does it take for Jews to stand up as one and be counted and to vigorously express ourselves against the perpetrators of hideous comments? Israeli Apartheid Week has to be held accountable for their actions. As Jews we must respond. No one will do it on our behalf.

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mattpryor

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 15:26

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On the plus, their website is illegible!


jose (not verified)

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 15:28

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Bravo, Alan!

As a first IAW week's action, I suggest to ban all bloggers that smear Israel as a racist state from the JC blog. They have enough hate tribunes, they don't need a Jewish journal's blog to add more of the same old hate.


amber

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 16:45

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Thank you Alan, for exposing the lies, racism and bigotry of the proponents of this hatefest.

Where, indeed, is the outcry?


amber

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 16:46

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Exactly Jose - it is ridiculous that the JC blogs entertain hatemongers and obsessive demonisers.


jose (not verified)

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 16:52

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Yes amber, especially since we see their tribunes censor pro-Israel speech (not hate speech) without any hesitation.
Not that I compare the JC to these hate tribunes, but there is no reason why we should consider that a Jewish journal is necessary for them to express their hate. Free speech, they have... Elsewhere, please.


mattpryor

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 16:59

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LOL @ the saddo going round marking down posts - what a loser!


jose (not verified)

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 17:07

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Hater zair has no better job anyway, Matt!


jose (not verified)

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:41

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By the way, I note that Paris seems to be immune from that plague, for the moment. Strangely, a number of pages have the French title of the website.
The organisation that got the domain name is in Toronto, Canada, or so they say. The email address is from an anarchist group, set up for anonymising (that is hide IP addresses) the haters.


Jon_i_Cohen

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 21:13

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Excellent article, but, for "the Jews to stand up and be counted as one" requires leadership, unfortunately diaspora Jewry does not have a cohesive leadership with any idea of planning, strategy or PR; we simply have a "leadersheep", until diaspora Jewry addresses this as an issue wen will continue to founder.


Joe Millis

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 21:20

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The Jewish leadership in the UK does indeed reflect the views of the majority. According to the JPR poll, 75% believe in the two-state solution and more than 50% want talks with Hamas. Perhaps most significantly, a slight majority (53% to 45%) believes that Jews living in Britain have the right to judge Israel, and nearly three-quarters believe that Jews should be free to speak their mind about Israel in the British media in at least some, if not all circumstances.
The only "sheep" I see are those on one side who agree with every Israeli cough and fart or those on the other side who jeer every cough and fart.


jose (not verified)

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 21:27

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Well, at least we see where Milligramsam stands:
- goes with the alleged 'majority' who wants to talk with Nazi HAMAS,
- wants to judge Israel and believes he can give deadly advices, without having him or his family risk their lives.

If I were a UK Jewish voter, I would be proud to be in the 'minority'. LOL!


Jon_i_Cohen

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 21:32

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Joe, the Jewish "leadersheep" only reflects the opinions of Shul goers who vote for their mates,(the deputies) - this is the make up of The Board of deputies. This is NOT representative of Jews in the UK, in fact it accounts for less than 5% of Jews in the UK; hardly democratic or representative.


jose (not verified)

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 21:33

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By the way, "Lukas" has already disappeared from the radar...
Banned user trying to make a comeback, I guess!
Now awaiting "Obi Wan Kenobi" and "Yoda".


Joe Millis

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 22:13

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Jon, the poll wasn't perfect, but it was nothing to do with shul-goers of any stripe. It was an online poll (one of its imperfections) and its intention was to find out Jewish attitudes to Israel. Most British Jews are in favour of a two-state solution. Most think it is OK to criticise Israel, even in the non-Jewish press. And a slim majority are in favour of talks with Hamas.
Strikingly, every pro-Israel and pro-Zionist movement got its membership to take part in the poll (and because of the flakiness of the system, anyone with time on their hands and a knowledge of how to use multiple proxies could have voted several times).
If anything, the Board is far more fulsome in its backing for Israeli government policies than the people it purports to represent.
So, basically, they are sheep, but not in the way you think.


jose (not verified)

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 22:39

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anyone with time on their hands and a knowledge of how to use multiple proxies could have voted several times

Milligramsam, any idea why radicals are more likely to know that than mainstream?

So, basically, they are sheep, but not in the way you think.

Definition of "sheep" by Milligramsam: someone who does not think like the alleged 'majority'.
Milligramsam will soon rewrite the whole dictionary. Meanings will change from black to white and vice versa.


amber

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 00:18

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millis, do you really think that what Israel lacks is yet more criticism? And yes, talks with Hamas, obviously the missing ingredient...

Why are you such a fool?


Joe Millis

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 09:17

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Amber, I'm just conveying what the poll suggested, and that is that the majority of British Jews have no problem with Israel being criticised.


jose (not verified)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 09:39

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Milligramsam, nobody has any problem with Israel being criticised. Only with Israel being demonised, smeared, slandered, (blood-) libeled, etc., and 'Plaestinians being condoned for each and every war crime they commit. In short for the systematic anti-Israel, pro-'Palestinian' bias.

Please try to understand that very simple difference.


Joe Millis

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 10:42

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Photo of a big bunny rabbit!


Joe Millis

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 11:06

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Don Quixote

Donnie Darko


Jonathan Hoffman

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 12:07

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"And a slim majority are in favour of talks with Hamas."

Joe you are distorting that poll and you know it.

"Just over half (52%) of the sample agrees or
strongly agrees that “The government of Israel
should negotiate with Hamas in its efforts to
achieve peace.” "

In other words, if there was a chance of gaining peace, Israel should negotiate with Hamas. But at the moment that is impossible because Hamas wants to obliterate all Jews.

Remember you are Joe Millis now and not TelegramSam any more.


jose (not verified)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 12:19

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Milligramsam, it seems that your computer skills betrayed you... The img tag take a src attribute, it seems!
ROTFL!


jose (not verified)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 12:27

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Jonathan, this means England should have negotiated with Hitler, should Hitler have wanted peace? He didn't of course, but does that change anything really?


Joe Millis

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 12:39

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Jonathan, it is not I who is distorting the poll. The word "if" did not appear. That's your interpretation.
As you say: "Just over half (52%) of the sample agrees or strongly agrees that “The government of Israel
should negotiate with Hamas in its efforts to
achieve peace.”"

Where's the "if"?
But that's just a minor finding of the poll. The main finding is that more than three-quarters are in favour of a two-state solution and more than half think criticising Israel, even in the general media, is no bad thing.
That goes to show that people on the fringes -- those who say amen to every Israeli policy on the one hand and those who, on the other hand, jeer every Israeli policy -- are the real sheep.
Why this obsession with T.Rex?


amber

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 12:47

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millis, you weren't simply conveying the content of the poll - you were saying that you think it right that British Jews attack Israel. The one commodity Israel is not short of is criticism - why do you feel obliged to add to the onslaught?


mattpryor

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 12:48

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So Joe Millis - never mind what other people think - are YOU in favour of negotiating with HAMAS?


Joe Millis

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 12:53

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No, Matt, not unless it is to discuss mutual funeral arrangements. But I am in favour of a two-state solution, as it is the only way Israel can survive beyond the next five-ten years.


Joe Millis

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 13:03

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Amber, OK, here's an analogy. If you were to see a family member about to commit suicide, what would you do? Or what if you were in a car and the driver was drunk. I would trust that you would intervene and try and prevent that.
It's the same with criticism of Israel, a country about which we are justifiably very proud. Note criticism, not demonisation.
Some of us, and according to the JPR poll many of us, believe that Israel, a dear family member, is behaving in a way that is detrimental to its future. Lots of us have family and friends there. Lots of us may harbour a desire to go and live there or that their children might go and live there. We don't want to see the country crash. We've invested too much energy and emotions in the country to see the Third Jewish Commonwealth commit suicide.
Now, of course, there are those who believe that Israel should be left to the Israelis to decide on their future. That would be irresponsible and completely against the notion that Kol Yisrael Arevim zeh le zeh (all of Israel is a guarantor for the other). These people basically believe that "Israel is Israel's problem, let's leave it to the Orthodox. Nothing to do with me, guv".
There are also those who believe that only if you live in Israel should you say anything. A very good point. However, Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, and as such has often asked diaspora Jewry for help. IMHO, the best help we can give Israel now is to prevent it committing suicide.


Jonathan Hoffman

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 13:25

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"more than half think criticising Israel, even in the general media, is no bad thing."

Again you're distorting it outrageously. Only 35% said Jews should ALWAYS be free to criticise. Another 38% said there are some circumstances where criticism is OK.

So "more than half think there are at least SOME circumstances where criticism is OK". That is not the same as "more than half think criticising Israel is no bad thing"!


jose (not verified)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 13:29

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here's an analogy. If you were to see a family member about to commit suicide, what would you do? Or what if you were in a car and the driver was drunk. I would trust that you would intervene and try and prevent that.

OK, here is your analogy, you see a perfectly sober driver, you're six pack over and ask the driver to crash in a wall while you step out of the car...
Please don't give deadly advices to your betters, Milligramsam.


Joe Millis

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 13:30

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Jonathan, that's no distortion. If you prefer the wording free to criticise and some circumstances, fine. It's still 73% of the community who believe that saying amen to every Israeli policy is wrong.


Joe Millis

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 13:33

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Jose sees big rabbits


zair (not verified)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 13:35

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This is one of the reasons why Israeli Apartheid week is so necessary:

http://www.jeremiahhaber.com/2011/01/when-settlers-kill-palestinians.htm...


jose (not verified)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 13:45

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This is one of the reasons why Israeli Apartheid week is so necessary:

To gather all haters in one place to cheer themselves up!

Poor Milligramsam, he lost his backup neuron.


zair (not verified)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 13:46

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Go see this if you would like an idea of why people are upset about Israel's actions:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12398823


amber

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 13:51

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Zair repeats lies and distortions about Israel. Zair, is a propagandist who removes all context from his bleatings in order to further a highly partisan and unreasoned agenda. His presence on this site is exclusively dedicated to vilifying the Jewish state, the only democratic and pluralistic nation in the entire Middle East.

It is a disgrace. JC, why is he here? This is not debate or reasoned discussion - it is demonization, and it is relentless.

Please boot him off.


jose (not verified)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 13:51

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I got an idea about why people are upset by Jews having a state.
Remember that the Cast Lead operation was made necessary by the will of the Nazi HAMAS, Hater zair.


amber

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 13:52

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Zair, where is Palestinian Apartheid week, Syrian Apartheid week, Saudi Apartheid week?

Hypocrite.


amber

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 13:53

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Zair, more settlers are killed by Palestinians than the other way round. Yet you have no problem with that.

Bigot.


amber

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 13:56

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Millis, it is your policies which would lead Israel to suicide.

Yes, it is a home for the Jewish people, but criticizing Israel to a highly partisan and hateful non-Jewish media, as exemplified by the useful idiots of IJV and Jfjfp is not only morally repugnant, as these Jews will not face the consequences of the stupidity they espouse, it is indeed suicidal.

That you feel the need to add to the hatred is shameful.


Joe Millis

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 14:05

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Amber, you and I will have to disagree over what policies will lead to suicide. I believe that holding on to the territories and controlling the lives of a disenfranchised non-Jewish majority is suicidal because it will lead to a one-state solution. And that is a betrayal of Zionism and Judaism.
I think you are confusing criticism with demonisation. Criticism doesn't have to be demonisation, as exemplified by IJV and JfJfP. It can be constructive too, and that is what the majority of British Jews would agree to.


jose (not verified)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 14:27

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I believe that holding on to the territories and controlling the lives of a disenfranchised non-Jewish majority is suicidal because it will lead to a one-state solution.

Please, no inversion of facts, Milligramsam. Remember Israel went out of Gaza? For what benefit? Didn't that prove that going out of Judea Samaria would be suicidal again?

I think you are confusing criticism with demonisation.

No, you are. All of us criticise Israel in one way or another. Except that we found much more to criticise in the neighbouring countries. So do the neighbours, by the way!
Criticising Israel and abstaining to criticise the neighbours for much worse ills is antisemitism (see EU working definition). And when this attitude is systematic, this is demonisation.


zair (not verified)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 14:53

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@Amby, 'Zair, where is Palestinian Apartheid week, Syrian Apartheid week, Saudi Apartheid week?'

Why don't you start one Amby?


zair (not verified)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 14:57

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@Amby, 'Zair, more settlers are killed by Palestinians than the other way round. Yet you have no problem with that.'

And I am sure they are prosecuted with all the might of the Israeli apartheid justice system.


jose (not verified)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 15:00

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And I am sure they are prosecuted with all the might of the Israeli apartheid justice system.

'Palestinians' are prosecuted by military tribunals when they kill Israelis in Judea Samaria. Foreigners outside Israel's armistice line cannot be tried by Israeli tribunals, Hater zair.


zair (not verified)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 15:12

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'Palestinians' are prosecuted by military tribunals when they kill Israelis in Judea Samaria.

I stand corrected, of course they are not Israeli citizens, they are occupied so must be tried by the occupying military (IOF) power.

PS. I hate no-one, including you jose

I see you still put speech marks around Palestinians. Would you rather they didn't exist?


jose (not verified)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 15:37

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I stand corrected, of course they are not Israeli citizens<§blockquote>

Right, and neither would they want to if they were offered the opportunity, by the way. Remember those haters who burn Israeli flags? So don't blame Israel. They are tried by Israel military tribunals because there is no other justice in Judea Samaria. PA 'justice' is a farce, as we know.

PS. I hate no-one, including you jose

You hate every person that do not hate Israelis, Hater zair.

I see you still put speech marks around Palestinians. Would you rather they didn't exist?

I always put speech mark around misleading words. There is not such thing as a 'Palestinian'. All those who know history also know that. Hate of Jews is not enough to make a
people of them.


mattpryor

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 15:46

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If you don't hate us Zair, why do you come here and call us names such as "war crimes apologists" etc?

It's hardly very friendly, is it?


jose (not verified)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 16:00

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It's hardly very friendly, is it?

To Hater zair, that is not hateful. Hate is when we call him an antisemite. LOL!


amber

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 23:55

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Because, zair, I have a life and don't waste my time in hating and demonizing - unlike your Jewbaiting self.

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