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Modern antisemitism

What does the U.N. have against Israel?

How can I prove to you that anti-Semitism is alive and well and flourishing very much on the World stage in the 21st Century, despite the never-again declarations by those who watched the Holocaust unfold? It’s easy, just look at the United Nations and its shenanigans.

The establishment of Israel as a sovereign nation provided a new twist, presenting a supposedly acceptable alternative to those looking for a politically-correct way to express their hatreds. The World looked on at a version of what was happening in the Middle East and, thanks to effective Arab propaganda, perceived Israel as the great villain of the piece, flexing its expansionist, colonial, racist muscles against the poor defenceless Palestinians. The upshot of this has become a strange hybrid of Muslim fundamentalism and secular left-wing peace campaigners, united by a common cause, anti-Israelism or anti-Zionism, the political version of anti-Semitism. We can even find some politically active Jews subscribing to this view; self-hating Jews, no less, if only they knew it! This unholy alliance had also been reflected on the World stage, with the coming together of Islamic nations and communist nations, under the auspices of the United Nations, with the shared aim of defying the USA and its allies, particularly Israel.

Don’t be fooled for a minute, it’s just a new expression of an old hatred. Granted there may be elements of inequality and injustice in the Palestinian situation in the Middle East, but there’s far worse raging in every corner of the globe! Yet we don’t coin a phrase to describe our position on these issues, do we? In drawing rooms and dinner parties across Britain, misled folk can openly declare themselves anti-Zionists and still have best friends who are Jewish! Attacking Israel on any level is just a comfortable and acceptable way of venting one’s anti-Semitism.

The longest hatred has found a new outlet and the World just doesn’t see it.

It didn’t see it in 2001 at Durban, South Africa at a United Nations Conference entitled “the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance”. It is fair to say that this conference was hijacked by this unholy alliance, with an assault on the legitimacy of Israel orchestrated by Iran, that bastion of love, peace and tolerance. Canada and the USA, to their credit, walked out half way through this conference and the European Union refused to be sucked into the venomous atmosphere being generated by the Arab representatives. But it was just a part of the drip, drip, drip of anti-Israelism, working on the sad truth that if a lie is told over and over again, some may start believing it. This worked very well in Nazi Germany in the hoodwinking of ordinary German people into believing that Jews were the very devil incarnate; and it seems to be working even in these “enlightened times”.

Did you know that around 40% of United Nations Human Rights Council resolutions are against just one nation, Israel, more than the actual worst human rights offenders combined! In 1975, the unholy alliance of nations managed to get a resolution passed by the U.N., resolution 3379, which stated, Zionism is a form of racism. The movement with the single aim of trying to protect Jews against racism, was now defined as racism. This nonsense was further embellished in the 2009 U.N. Anti-racism Conference by that staunch defender of human rights (except in his own country), the Iranian president Ahmadinejad, who stated that Zionism is not only racist but is the true root of racism throughout the World. This of course was the man who denies the Holocaust and repeatedly called for Israel’s annihilation.

Although the far left is no friend of Israel, there can be little chinks of light, as individuals shake themselves free of their conditioning. One such writer is Pilar Rahola, a Spanish politician, journalist and left wing activist. In a speech given at a conference in 2009, she said:

 …They want to listen to me, because they ask themselves why, if Pilar is a serious journalist, does she risk losing her credibility by defending the bad guys, the guilty? I answer provocatively – You all believe that you are experts in international politics, when you talk about Israel, but you really know nothing. Would you dare talk about the conflict in Ruanda? In Chechnya? – No. They are jurists, their turf is not geopolitics.. But against Israel, they dare, as does everybody. Why? Because Israel is under the permanent media magnifying glass and its distorted image pollutes the world’s brains. And, because it is part of what is politically correct, it seems solidarity, because talking against Israel is free. And so, cultured people when they read about Israel, are ready to believe that Jews have six arms, in the same way that during the Middle Ages people believed all sorts of outrageous things.

The first question, then, is why so many intelligent people, when talking about Israel, suddenly become idiots … Why, of all the World’s conflicts, only this one interests them? Why a tiny country which struggles to survive is criminalized? Why does the manipulated information triumph so easily? Why are all the people of Israel, reduced to a simple mass of murderous imperialists? Why is there no Palestinian guilt? Why is Arafat a hero and Sharon a monster? Finally, why when it is the only country in the World which is threatened with destruction, it is the only one that nobody considers a victim?

A brave lady, to fight against such a tide of ignorance. She asks why so many intelligent people, when talking about Israel, suddenly become idiots. She can sense that there’s something wrong, something going on that she can’t quite grasp. Yet she hit the nail on the head later on in her speech:

“Just as it is impossible to completely explain the historical evil of anti-Semitism, it is also not possible to totally explain the present-day imbecility of anti-Israelism. Both drink from the fountain of intolerance and lie. If, also, we accept that anti-Israelism is the new form of anti-Semitism, we conclude that contingencies may have changed, but the deepest myths, both of the Medieval Christian anti-Semitism and of the modern political anti-Semitism, are still intact. Those myths are part of the chronicle of Israel.”

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