-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.

COMMENTS

amber

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 23:57

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zair, how many Palestinians have been put on trial by Fatah or Hamas authorities for killing Jews?

What a sad loser you are.


Nigel Blumenthal

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 05:32

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zair, coming from the BBC none of this is remotely surprising. When was the last time the BBC devoted a three minute segment to pictures of dead or bleeding Jewish teenagers after a suicide attack? When was the last time they even reported the rocket barrage that still continues daily ? And you think that this show of Palestinian misery justifies the hate-fest that is apartheid week? That week - or, closer to a month now in the good ol' freedom-loving UK - just adds to the poison, and makes any eventual coming together of the two communities, which is what must happen for any two-state solution to work, less and less likely.


Nigel Blumenthal

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 05:38

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Unfortunately, almost all of the comments on this blogspot go to prove Alan's original point, which has rather gotten lost in the heat of battle. It was that British Jewry needs to stand up with one voice, and shout, "Enough of the lies and hatred of IAW!". But if we can't even talk with one voice in this tiny forum - zair excepted, of course - I wouldn't expect him to oppose IAW - then how can we expect the wider community to come together?
Our leadership are morally bankrupt on this issue, and the sooner we take a lead from the people in the streets of Cairo and demand new and better leadership, the better.


jose (not verified)

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 08:34

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Amen, Nigel.


Yoni1

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 14:35

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Zair screeches:

"I hate no-one"

You hate Jews, you pathetic creature.

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

There are no 'Palestinians'.


Watchful Iris (not verified)

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 15:32

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I think Zair is on a 9 day lunch break.


Yoni1

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 15:39

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'Iris' and 'think' in the same sentence is a classic oxymoron ('moron' being the operative word, in your case).


jose (not verified)

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 16:13

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"oxy" is also operative as in "oxydised"...


zair (not verified)

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 17:06

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@mattpryor, 'On the plus, their website is illegible'

Thanks for flagging this. I sent an email to them and they have now sorted it ;)


zair (not verified)

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 17:13

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@mattpryor, '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?'

I don't hate anyone matt (don't get too upset with me using your first name now). You confuse antisemitism with criticism of Israel, it's actions and those who are its apologists. Don't worry you are not alone.

I believe in universal values and when they are denied I will speak up.

It might not be 'friendly', but I'm sure you're big enough to handle it.


jose (not verified)

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 17:16

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I sent an email to them and they have now sorted it

Who cares, Hater zair?

You confuse antisemitism with criticism of Israel

No, you do that. But EU does not.

I believe in universal values and when they are denied I will speak up.

We have seen exactly the contrary when human rights were violated by the dictatures and Nazi organisations you support, Hater zair.


amber

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 17:20

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zair, not only are you a bigot, you are a liar. You say you are merely a critic of Israeli policy. Yet you have consistently shown that you approve of Hamas and other Islamist genocidal terror groups, whilst israel can NEVEWR do anything right. This is not a debate, it is wallowing in a visceral hatred. That is not criticism of a policy, it is bigotry against an entire country and her people.

You should be ashamed.


Yoni1

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 17:29

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"You confuse antisemitism with criticism of Israel, it's actions and those who are its apologists"

Mendacious crap. Screeching demonisation of Israel for defending herself, and supporting the Nazi Hamas, make you an antisemite.

"I believe in universal values and when they are denied I will speak up"

More unmitigated crap. The 'universal values' you support are those of the Nazi genocidal Hamas.


Yoni1

Sat, 02/19/2011 - 17:30

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Amber,
Scum like Zair are never ashamed.

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