Not Anti-Black, Anti-Africa – A Guide to the Anti-Semitism/Anti-Zionism Debate

As the crisis over anti-Semitism in the Labour party continues. It is still, unfortunately, the case that people are quite unable to understand how what is claimed to be anti-Zionism and not anti-Semitism can be and often is a form of anti-Semitism.

Here I will attempt to shed light on the problem through satirical illustration of how the phenomenon plays itself out, if we were to apply the ‘anti-Zionist, not an anti-Semite’ logic to a different minority group, the Black community for example.

One of the things I always ask myself when I hear anti-Semitic or ‘anti-Zionist’ remarks and how others react to them is to ask myself, “what if this remark or something similar were said about Blacks or Muslims or any other group?”

Suppose an individual or group of people professed the following:

“I am not racist, I am in fact a life-long anti-racist. No one should be discriminated against based on their skin colour. I have nothing against Black people (Jews), I am anti-Africa (anti-Zionist) and critical of the policies of African governments (the Israeli government).”

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Is it time for UK Jews to pack the bags?

I grew up in an era where for most British Jews, we were able to find some sort of balance between living with a strong connection to Israel but were able to live comfortably in Britain. Assimilation existed and was a challenge and anti-Semitism was not a daily occurrence.

Living in North London, many Jews could essentially live a Jewish life free from violent anti-Semitism. There were obviously hate crimes, general bigotry and stereotyping that many Jews experienced at some time or another. But this was often explained away as being a phenomena that unfortunately exists, which Jews are not the only minority to experience.

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Belief in Historical Falsehoods – The Cause of Labour’s Anti-Semitism Problem

For those who have been following the Labour party and the row over anti-Semitism, this week revealed some shocking developments in the saga. In May Labour secretly suspended 50 members over racist and anti-Semitic comments. This comes as Jeremy Corbyn and his Momentum supporters pushed a radical shift in the party. Lets look examine in a little depth some of the comments made and we will see what is fundamentally wrong.

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From Tel Aviv to Orlando

Last week Tel Aviv experienced one of the most diabolical killing sprees in its history, where Palestinians with guns opened fire murdering Israeli civilians in the heart of Tel Aviv in Sarona Market. Sky news fuck up

Since the Har Nof Massacre Israel has been victim to outright libel at the hands of the Western media in the reporting of almost every terror attack against its civilians perpetrated by Palestinian murderers.

In the most recent attack in Israel, CNN used condescending quotation marks on the word “Terrorist” in their headlines in reporting the event. Sky News in an attempt to offer context and background to the latest atrocity described the endless terror attacks since October 2015 as “allegedly carried out by Palestinians.”

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A Review of Current Trends in Jewish Identity – May 2016

As with my recent update in my analysis of the Israeli Arab conflict for the first time in seven years I wish now to turn my attention to another subject that I have not written about since, trends and models of Jewish identity reflecting on my years when I worked in Informal Jewish education in the UK.

I had entered the world of Informal Jewish education at a time when the youth movements dominated scene. I was a graduate of Hanoar Hatzioni, but then went onto work with other similar religiously pluralist organisations under the umbrella of the UJIA, including Bnei Brith, Maccabi and the Redbridge JCC (Jewish Care, Redbridge).

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The Absurdity of “Brand Israel”

In 2005, the Israeli Foreign and Finance Ministry and Prime Ministers Office agreed to embark on a plan to “re-brand” Israel, to improve Israel’s image abroad. By not mentioning the conflict with the Palestinians and instead to focus on the “positive” side of Israel.

This has involved emphasis on Israel’s agricultural achievements and environmentalism. This has a specific term given to it by anti-Israel activists called “Green washing” – Using environmentalism as a means of white-washing all the allegations anti-Israel haters like to accuse Israel of.

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A Political Analysis of the Arab-Israeli Conflict – May 2016

The last time I wrote a political commentary on the Arab-Israeli conflict was in 2009 in an essay titled The Second Intifada Revisited, where I wrote about my predictions of what direction the Arab Israeli conflict was heading.

It is now 2016, seven years later and much of what I predicted has come to pass. I will hopefully write more frequently on this topic from now on, but first I am sure many of you reading did not read my previous forecast. In 2009, I drew on the work of William Zartman in his  International Conflict Resolution after the Cold War.1 and what he describes as Ripeness theory in conflict resolution.

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Ignorance – The Greatest Threat to the Jews

‘My people has been eliminated for lack of knowledge; for you have spurned knowledge, and I will spurn you from serving Me; and as you have forgotten the Torah of your God, I, too, will forget your children.” Hosea, 4:6

The biblical prophets provided us many years ago with the keys to Jewish survival. The Zionist leader, Ahad Ha’am, famously proclaimed in 1910, “The secret to Jewish survival, is learning, learning, learning.”1

Today this has manifested itself not simply in the form of gradual assimilation into the non-Jewish society. It takes on what appears to be a unique form, where Jews proclaim non-Jewish agendas in the name of Judaism.

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Was Zionism Set Up By The British To Serve Their Imperialist Ambitions? Exploring The Views Of The BDS Movement Part 3

Recently a few of us decided to attend a weekly protest that take place on Oxford street every Thursday evening organised by the BDS organisation “Victory to the Intifada,” known as the Picket.

We spoke to a number of people who were in attendance who were willing to be interviewed by us and share their views on why they were boycotting Marks and Spencer for trading with Israel and against Zionism.

There is an ongoing argument as to whether or not anti-Zionism is the same as anti-Semitism, and ones freedom to voice legitimate criticism of Israeli government policies. This is very vague, so we wanted to know what these people believe, what their criticisms are and here we will explore their claims and ascertain how legitimate such voices are.

You may view our interview below.

This is the third post responding to views made by those at the protest. One of the people we interviewed claimed.

Israel was set up by the British Mandate as part of a Colonial settlement, as a state in the Middle East that is friendly to the West. 

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