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What's the Real Scoop on 'Antisemitism'? Is it Hatred or Self-Flattery?Opinion by Tim King Salem-News.com
Are humanitarian writers simply hiding a hatred of people over their religion?
(SALEM, Ore.) - It occurs to me that the endless false accusations of 'antisemitism' fired at news agencies with the guts to speak openly about Israel's terrible abuse of non-Jews in Palestine, may actually be a form of self-flattery.
As the only U.S. news agency not under the influence of Israeli policy, Salem-News hears this accusation often. My hatemail file is an interesting one.
It takes a lot of audacity to suggest that an objection to war crimes, the murder of children and theft of land, is actually a hidden 'hatred of Jews' but this is the endless accusation. What kind of a society is able to conjure that up? One that both directly and indirectly supports state terrorism, that much we know; but what is the rest of the story?
I have several items that continually are on our radar when it comes to contact from pro-Israel supporters.
First, I regularly observe backers of Israeli apartheid (Israel has separate laws and roads for Jews and non-Jews) policy failing to capitalize the word 'Muslim' and honestly, that tells me a great deal right off the top. It is a dirty trick that betrays high levels of prejudice. Israel is an occupying government; I strongly object to their politics, but that doesn't mean we should subject them to a lower case by reference.
Second, there is a hasbara (Israeli propaganda) program underway to suggest that Palestine never actually existed. This is curious since Zionism was all about "moving to Palestine" and it was becoming increasingly popular as the 20th Century approached the Holocaust; another word that is always capitalized, like Nakba or Naksa, which represent the beginning of Palestine's Diaspora in 1948, and the terrible deadly Six Day War of 1967.
Third, those behind Israeli policy always reference 'terrorists' when the numbers of civilians Israel has murdered and purged over six decades absolutely dwarfs the number of their own killed. Thus the question is asked, who is the terrorist?
Less Violence, No Change
It is true that the different Palestinian resistance groups used to set off bus bombs, suicide bombs and all of the other guerrilla warfare techniques used by the oppressed and occupied. It is also true that these days, those explosions are nearly silent. Should this not be valued?
It can't be valued, because it is more important for Israel's media and politicians to remain in a victim role which is a highly convoluted scenario at best. It seems quite true that they are dismissing the progress toward peace of their perceived enemies, and prefer to say things like, "Hamas fires thousands of rockets into Israel". The real picture is that when Hamas was conducting these attacks, they only managed to kill 28 Israelis total over the years.
This means Israeli press (with the exception of the great journalists at Ha'aretz) doesn't note the concessions of Hamas, which not only terminated suicide bombings years ago, but then later stated they were wrong for ever having done it. Where is the coverage? It can all be read on Wikipedia and don't think the Israelis would leave that page on Hamas alone if it featured fabricated statements.
The truth is that for many years the Palestinians have laid down their arms hoping for a peaceful end to their terrible struggle. It is a large thing to have taken place, in a culture that has its homeland stolen. No people on earth take kindly to the idea of real estate theft, which is synonymous with the concept of Israel since it first began 63 years ago, a story much like the Native Americans in the US that took place in the century before.
Supporters of Israel are not all wrong; they are denied information by a sold out mainstream media that is reliant on money that largely tied to the support of Israel. If they knew what we know, they would feel differently.
Even Israel's own President Shimon Peres, recently stated his very serious concerns last week in a Ha'aretz article:
"I'm concerned about the continued freeze [in the peace talks]."
Peres also said, "I'm concerned that Israel will become a binational state. What is happening now is total foot-dragging. We're about to crash into the wall. We're galloping at full speed toward a situation where Israel will cease to exist as a Jewish state."
From the thousands of items we have published about the conflict between Palestine and Israel, and the peace talks, it seems clear that the killers are Israelis and that those doing almost all of the dying are Palestinians.
One recent event that shows the absurdity of the mentality was the tragic murder of the Fogel family at the Itamar settlement. The Israeli media circus and rumor mill must have been red lining.
They took images from a Gaza freedom gathering, and suggested that the gathering was to celebrate the 'terrorist' murder of this settler family.
The people in Gaza had anything but that on their minds; none had been anywhere near the settlement of Itamar. The story again underscores the massive bizarre Israeli mentality that always leads to "they hate me because I'm Jewish" instead of logically sorting through the issue and finding a fair answer.
Even if they are willing to defend a privately owned vessel at sea from Israeli commandos with stones and slingshots, not one person in this movement believes in violence. Their goal is a world where they can raise their families and live in peace. This is not an option for most Palestinians. The Fogel family Murder is a tragedy by any standard, but it should never have been used as a political tool against Palestine.
As our writer, Alison Weir noted in her article at the time:
If anything even unrelated involving the death of an Israeli takes place, the media is all over it. Yet Israel kills one or more Palestinian every single day. Accepting this murder as the "right" of Israel is insane.
As is the slaughter that the Americans are guilty of. The U.S. killed over a million Iraqi people in its current 'Oops that was a mistake war in that country and Karzai himself is getting sick of the 'collateral damage' which is fancy talk meant to reference the seemingly endless deaths Americans and their friends have caused.
So back to antisemitism, the false charge we always live with for honest reporting about Israel; it is untrue, there is no obligation for Americans or anyone else to "support" any government that sees itself as entitled to take life yet somehow remain above the fray. The constant misinformation, the direct lies about battered populations being "terrorists" as Israel reserves no humanity for them; it is all so wrong.
Those children of Palestine need everyone's support and with love instead of bullets and checkpoints, Palestine could be a normal integrated society where Judiasm is prominent but not exclusive.
First they came for the communists,
This sickness of a system of violence that some believe represents Jews, is nothing of the sort. Real Jews don't stand up for murder, and intelligent people do research and leave their comfort zones to get the real facts, not just those that are tailored to fit their lifestyle.
And for the record, when it comes to the Salem-News.com writers who take on this subject, we are all well studied in Genocide, because this is what we do for a living; we're professional researchers all.
Perhaps there are writers in the world who, for whatever reason, actually hate Jewish people. I don't even know the concept of hate in this way, and I never have or will select my friends because of their faith. It's all good by me unless the person uses that 'faith' as an excuse for some type of personal gain. This I see far more in my Christian friends than my Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist or Muslim friends.
As the editor, when it comes to Genocide, I write about Palestine and Sri Lanka primarily, but I have also written about what happened in Europe during WWII, Cambodia in the 1970's, Afghanistan during the 1980's, and Uzbekistan in recent years. Since the genocidalists in these places are of varying faiths, Jewish and Hindu in Israel and Sri Lanka; it would thus be assumed that I am not writing about their heinous acts and am not really bothered by the war crimes; the deaths of children and the rampant slaughter; those who make off base accusations of antisemitism believe these claims are just a 'mask' or a guise to hide my real motivations, of being a person who hates these two particular religions.
Of course in past articles I have talked about the negativity associated with the Tamil ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Sri Lanka (by expulsion, not death) and I'm sure I then become a 'Hindu hater' in your book. However, we must not forget that I also have written at length about the Taliban's treatment of humanity and about the troubles in Northern Ireland and the UK's oppression there; it is true that I have.
So therefore by the logic of the 'antisemitism' accusers, I also hate Christians, as well as Jews and Buddhists and Hindus and Muslims. Now, let's not forget that I am really disgusted by any country that does this. Surely you conclude from my disdain over the Killing Fields in Cambodia, that I really just hate a particular religion, right? Which one was that again?
If you want to meet the legacy of a famous antisemite, go examine the early years of Zionist founding father Theodore Herzl. As crazy as it seems, that guy hated Jews first (He was part Jewish like Hitler) and then turned around and led them to believe they should steal all of Palestine because it is their 'right', and that my friend is racism at its finest.
I'm sorry, but it embarrasses my soul to watch what the Americans and Israelis and Sri Lankans are doing; what the Nazi's and the Khmer Rouge have done, and the other countries also guilty of these crimes. Things would be much better if we didn't spend our time defending ourselves from false accusations. I could care less what, where or how any person worships.
The moral to this story? Israel and its supporters need to stop trying to excuse war crimes and human rights violations. There are no excuses, and no religion gets a free ticket because its ancestors suffered. I can't appreciate that part of the argument. Does anyone think my ancestors and yours didn't suffer or have to sometimes fight for what they had? White Americans are utterly intolerant of reparations for African-American suffering, but its OK for the Jews to justify their deeds over it? What possible justification does the suffering of a thousand years ago mean to a modern generation?
 Hip Hop, Olive Trees and Palestine - Tim King Salem-News.com
 If HAMAS is a Terrorist Organization, What Does That Make Israel? - Political Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com
 Peres warns: Israel in danger of ceasing to exist as Jewish state - By Yossi Verter Ha'aretz
 Murdering Babies is 'Permissible' When They're Palestinian - Alison Weir Salem-News.com
 First they came… - From Wikipedia
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