By Jonathan Hoffman
August 22, 2012
"How many have to die to achieve "One State"? "
That's the question I always ask advocates of 'One State' - meaning the antisemitic act of eliminating Israel as a Jewish State, the one Jewish State alongside 57 Muslim States.
I ask it because the vast majority of Israelis - Jews and Arabs - do not want 'One State' under any circumstances, so it could only be achieved by force.
I asked it of Antony Loewenstein tonight at SOAS. Loewenstein ("As an atheist non-practising Jew") has co-edited a book advocating "One State".
Of course the 'One State' antisemites can never answer my question. Loewenstein at first tried to turn the tables on me by asking me a question. But I pressed him. Was it one million? Two million?
"Six million" came back the answer with a smirk. How utterly despicable - and from a man who then said - without a hint of irony - "I have spent my life fighting antisemitism"! (He also said that Iran is no threat to Israel!).
Thank heaven that Israel haters like Loewenstein have made no headway whatsoever in Australia - where there is strong bipartisan support for Israel.
Postscripts: Here is Richard Millett's report of the meeting, with audio of the despicable "6 million" response:
As Richard says:
Mocking the Holocaust seems to be becoming de rigeur within anti-Israel activism
The ever-reliable Daphne Anson provides some background on Loewenstein here:
Harrys Place has posted Richard's piece: