Antisemitism/Islamic Jihad/Do they have anything in common

Antisemitism/Islamic Jihad – Do they have anything in common?  And are they equally important? Prof. Gunther Jikeli of Germany has just published a book on his research of antisemitism among Muslims in Europe today.

Jikeli bookThe first graph below based on research by Fondapol surveyed Muslim populations and non-Muslim populations living in Europe. They were asked to agree or disagree with the following statements:

Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 10.01.37 AMThe above graph measure what percentage of the population that self identifies as Muslim, or members of far left or far right organizations agree with each of these questions.  What do you think about the above statements? Do you agree with any of them?  Do you agree with the first question – “The Jews use today their status of victim-hood of the Nazi genocide during the second world war for their own interest?” According to the graph 40% of the European population whether Muslim far right or far left, agree with this statement. Do you agree with this statement? What about the second statement: 2. “The Jews have too much power in the economy and the financial world”?: What about the third statement 3 – “The Jews have too much power in the media?”. What about the fourth statement 4 – “The Jews have too much power in politics?” What about the fifth statement 5 – “The Jews are responsible for the current economic crisis”? What about the sixth statement 6 – There is a Zionist conspiracy on a global scale?”

And what about these questions: Are Jews evil? Are Zionists trying to take over the world?  Do Jews deserve to be attacked? Did they deserve to be attacked in Nazi Germany? What about Israelis? Are they any more criminal or evil than anyone else?

Perhaps you are among those, whether you are Muslim or not, who do not agree with these statements. Are you represented above or below the yellow line in the graph?  The line measures  the percentage of antisemitic ideas among those people who do not self identify as part of either the far left or the far right in Europe. Their agreement with the above statements  varies widely from 35 % of the population to 6% of the population polled depending on the individual question. In this way the graph examines the not always obvious beliefs about Jews in the general European population whether they are Muslims or not, whether they are members of the far left or the far right. The highest number, 35% of the European population believe that, “The Jews use today their status of victim-hood of the Nazi genocide during the second world war for their own interest?”. This is a sickening statistic attesting to the underlying antisemitic notions of the European public and attests to the lack of understanding of many in Europe that the systematic murder of six million Jews was not just another atrocity but a rupture of civilization. How did professors, philosophers such as Martin Heidegger, professionals, and the common man, acquiesce to the Nazi program of expulsion and murder of their Jewish compatriots, and so many other Jews just because they were born Jewish.

By now everyone knows that the sacred texts of Islam, the Koran and the Hadith are chock full of commands to hate the Jews because they are such evil people and cursed by Allah. The Jikeli research additionally offers evidence against the commonly held belief that social class, discrimination, and similar factors play a role in Muslim antisemitism. It is rather that the level of antisemitism rises with the level of religiosity and fundamentalist interpretations of Islam.(reference)

Moreover, anti-zionism, anti-Israel propaganda is also part of the ideology of Islamic Jihad. and more and more outrageous ideas about Israel and Jews are propagated every day by the Islamic world. Have you heard that Israel is the creator of Islamic Jihad? An article by Manfred Gerstenfeld exposes these outlandish ideas that are daily propagated by Islamic scholars.

 

Although Muslims are most prominent in their assent to these antisemitic tropes or lies about Jews, Europeans – on the far right and the far left are not far behind.

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Where does European non-Muslim antisemitism come from? Again Manfred Gerstenfeld reminds us:

This idea of Jews being absolute evil is ensconced in history. Christianity has long promoted it by saying that the Jews were eternally responsible for killing the “son of god.” This was in their view the worst imaginable act. In his book, The Devil and the Jews, Joshua Trachtenberg wrote that medieval Christendom perceived the Jew as “sorcerer, murderer, cannibal, poisoner, blasphemer.”[13]

 

As you can see from this graph, some of them are Muslims, some are identified as belonging to the far right/Nazi parties and most are not identified. This exposes the lack of attention paid to these antisemitic violent crimes by the authorities and the public.

Sadly, anti-zionist, anti-Israel Muslim forces, often those advocating on behalf of Palestinian refugees, have long been active in poisoning the minds of  European/western students about Israel as well.  On many universities in Europe and in North America, Israel is equated with the Nazi state and with Apartheid South Africa, and similar calumnies, such as the IDF harvesting organs for trafficking and murdering babies.

The acceptance of such antisemitic ideas among Europeans, whether Muslim or not, is highlighted by the popularity of Dieudonne M’bala M’bala. Below are two slides created by Prof. Jikeli to illustrate this point.

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And just as any bully will only be strong if no one stands up to him, the silent acquiescence to antisemitic ideas by the general public has greatly emboldened the anti-semites and the jihadists and resulted in a massive increase in hostile antisemitic actions.

Antisemitism has greatly increased in France since the year 2000 as most people have stood idly by and refused to name the beast whether it comes from Muslims or non-Muslims. And this has resulted in a massive and increasing exodus of Jewish families from France where they feel unsafe. The increase in antisemitic acts and antisemitic violence is documented below.

 

Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 9.36.01 AMHowever antisemitism is only one strand of the anti-infidel Islamic jihad ideology. And these supremacist false Islamic ideas currently threaten the fabric of all European and non-European western democratic nations as can be seen by the recent indiscriminate attacks in France, Spain, Belgium, England, Australia, Canada and the United States.

The picture below documents the recent attackers of innocent civilians in a cafe, in a concert hall etc.of which I am sure you are all well aware.

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The immorality, prejudice, and violent acts of the anti-semites and the jihadists have to be exposed, condemned, and prosecuted both by individuals, the media, and the state, if Europe is to make any headway in its current struggle with Islamic jihad and antisemitism. We all have to clearly understand what is antisemitism, what is Islamic jihad, and we must expose these and any other  pernicious political currents that promote violence as a tool for change.

If you want to see the insidious workings of these forces in the world for yourself  watch this report on a notorious U.N. human rights official Alfred de Zayas — a hero to Holocaust deniers — for his new essay absurdly blaming the Paris terrorist attacks on America, the West and Israel.

Are these ideologies important to understand? Yes indeed, for the sake of all humanity. If we don’t open our eyes, face these issues, and do our part, we are all doomed.

And here is a video of the seminar by Professor Jikeli that I participated in at McGill that this essay is based on:

 

 

Exposing IAW and BDS on campus

bdsI have been attending the IAW Israel/apartheid week and BDS  lectures and and observing their behavior in Montreal for at least five years.

The Palestinian Mafia on campus systematically takes over student union positions, something not too difficult to do since most students are totally uninterested in student government issues, preferring to focus on study and grades and getting that degree. The student union fees are automatically deducted from students’ fees.
The “student union” in Montreal is not part of the university and does not come under the jurisdiction of the university. It comes under the labor law and the jurisdiction of labor unions. They become therefor untouchable unless students wake up to where their funds are going.

I know this because of personal experience.
In Montreal, and I can see that IAW and BDS uses the same tactic everywhere.  On campuses all over North America the same speakers and programs are offered. It is clear that they are a well organized franchise having very little to do with student leadership.

Their most recent pretty boy is Steven Salaita, the professor who was declined for a tenure position at the University of Illinois for his poor scholarship and egregious tweets regarding the recent war in Gaza.
I attended his talk here in Montreal last week and recorded it.
 The hall was full of those and only those who are already convinced of the “cause”. They tried to dissuade me from attending. They wanted to know “why I was there”. I was the only one in the room not clapping and not adulating the speaker.

The other modus operandi of BDS and IAW is to infiltrate left wing student organizations, and student media. Check out the student run media In Montreal, CUTV, a tv lab run by student union funds, and the student run radio station, CKUT 90.3fm, that is totally infiltrated by professional Palestinian activist students. In addition the students infiltrate left wing student causes and organizations, convincing them that they are in the same boat as the Palestinians. They prey on underdog issues, aboriginal causes, feminism, queer issues, sexual harrassment, infiltrating these student organizations and comparing Israel and the Palestine issues to South Africa and its apartheid era. (Any scholar can differentiate between these two but these people thrive on the innocence and ignorance of students seducing them to these “social justice” causes by false information and a false narrative: ie, that the Israelis are Jewish “colonizers” who have stolen Arab lands. That the Israelis are committing “genocide” vis a vis the Palestinians. The BDS mafia has no respect for history or numbers. Very few students are in a position to check them. In addition to bringing false information about the Israel/Palestine situation, by bringing rogue Israeli soldiers and “professors” Jewish, and otherwise, in this way they wage a psychological campaign for the hearts and minds of college students.
And sadly I have seen even legitimate tenured college professors supporting them. Because the left wing rhetoric can be compelling. I used to have an uncle who while not being a leftie himself was wont to pronounce, “the world is veering to the left”…that was before the fall of Communism.

Students and the public are beginning to understand this situation. This year 2014/2015, the McGill student union brought two motions for the university to boycott and divest from Israeli enterprises. They were defeated in the autumn term because students made a concerted effort to invite students who never attend student GA’s to come out and vote “No”. The student leaders then put it on the agenda again in the spring term close to exams. This time in addition to student mobilization, Justin Trudeau himself, an alum of McGill showed up to denounce the motion and it was defeated 267 – 217.
Ryan Bellrose, a Metis from Calgary, has personally waged a one man campaign to show how the aboriginal situation in Canada is more like the Israeli position than the Palestinian position.

But how many people can involve themselves in a serious way in this ugly battle.
In addition to the blogs that I have published on my own site (www.askabigailProductions.com)  and the blogs that Ryan Bellrose has published (http://www.cuwi.ca/ryan-bellerose.html), I am aware of several organizations that have stepped up to the plate to expose this situation. SPME, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East), CIJR (Canadian Institute for Jewish Research), ISGAP (Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism).

I would love to hear from you on this issue.

Abigail Hirsch, CSW
CEO askabigail Productions
March 18, 2015

What is the Israel/apartheid, BDS movement all about?

workers party europeWhat is the Israel/apartheid movement all about? It is a  radical left wing, communist workers party, focusing on Israel as the “bad guy capitalist” and “colonial” entity. They will tell you that they don’t focus only on Israel and its true. They also are anti-Canada and anti-US. They court aboriginals with incitement that Canada has “stolen lands from the aboriginal Indians”, and claim to support feminist and “queer” issues, and all anarchic environmental and political issues. Their current flag waving is about the prospect of raised student fees. Certainly any serious academic can punch giant holes in all their arguments but they are convinced of their self righteous political correctness, of being on the side of “justice” and “human rights”.

So why have they made a name for themselves with the Israeli issue? Because they think they can. Why did the Nazis target the Jews? Because they were a distinct and demonized minority, easy to push around. We now realize that this is antisemitism.  As Prof.Wistrich pointed out “there are some things that only an intellectual would be stupid enough to believe…Intellectuals invented modern antisemitism”

The BDS Israel/apartheid movement is doing the same thing. It is attracting students with the call for “social justice” by using spurious academic arguments regarding Israel as a colonial entity who has “stolen” Arab land and is committing genocide vis a vis the palestinians. They call it “apartheid” and call for Justice for Palestinians. The Nazis also had their academic supporters. They too were spurious.

Anyone who believes this is not a sophisticated organizing labor/union party is fooling themselves. And by the way, apparently student unions in Quebec fall under the legal law of labor unions. I learned this the hard way, via an experience of discrimination by a Concordia student union enterprise: CUTV. When I complained to the university authorities, they told me their hands were tied because the student union comes under the labor union law and is a defacto union, supported by student fees.

They call themselves a grass roots movement similar to the unionizing movement of another era.  They adopt the tactics of Saul Alinsky, the social worker of the early twentieth century who supported the unionizing of farm workers in the US at the beginning of the twentieth century. And they infiltrate victim-associated student groups in order to get them to align themselves with their subverted Palestinian narrative. For example one of the titles of their talks is

from Turtle Bay to Palestine”

Turtle bay is a Canadian Aboriginal community

I quote from a recent article published by SPME, Schlars for Peace in the Middle East:

Academic freedom” is invoked today by the BDS movemetn largely to criticize two Satans – America and Israel.  Only sexual harassment appears exempt from this blanket protection. Gradually the entire campus has become an “academic freedom” zone where protests often filled with anti-Israel speech that demonize the Jewish State qualify as academic “speech.”  Universities have enacted “speech codes” and imposed restrictions on “hate speech” in an attempt to curtail speech that academics find uncongenial. But these codes and restrictions do a pitiful job protecting against the falsehoods waged against Israel. Clearly, academic freedom is a one-way street; only those having the “correct” opinions may claim it.

In conclusion, the IAW/BDS movement propogates a false and delegitimizing narrative vis-a-vis Israel under the banner of “social justice”.

And this is why, I, who am not an academic, feel compelled to share with you my experience and understanding of the IAW and BDS campus movements. IAW and BDS is subverting the minds of our students with false narratives and they need to be “called out”.

But don’t take my word for it, Here is a very detailed and well researched article on BDS its supporters and funding.

Unmasking BDS: Radical Roots, Extremist Ends

 

Is Israel a colonial or post colonial enterprise?

French_Colonial_administrator_Congo_1905Is Israel a “colonial” or a “post colonial” enterprise? Why am I asking this question? The charge that Israel is a “colonial” enterprise in the sense that England or France or other European powers were colonial enterprises in the nineteenth century and leading up to the present, is a keystone of the the anti-Israel propaganda yearly foisted on North American students by the pro-Palestinian propaganda machine that promotes the claim that Israel is an apartheid state as was South Africa and therefore is worthy of “boycott divestment and sanctions”. Boycott Divestment and Sanctions by the international community is generally considered to be the force that lead to the release of Nelson Mandela and the liberation of South African Blacks from the oppressive “apartheid laws” formulated by the South African government regarding permissible connections between whites and blacks in South Africa in the twentieth century. This was a clearly colonial enterprise of the Dutch, the white people who colonized an area in Africa and created the state of South Africa.

I am not a scholar in this area but this question of whether Israel is a colonizer state has apparently been been on the minds of scholars and I bring you here the scholarly struggle to define this term vis-a-vis Israel, the modern Jewish state born in 1948 out of the ashes of the European colonial enterprise in the Middle East: (approx. 1917 – 1948)
http://homes.chass.utoronto.ca/~ikalmar/illustex/penslarzionism.htm

Israel: A Colonial or Post-Colonial State?
Copyright c 2003 by Derek Jonathan Penslar
Zionism certainly contained Orientalist elements, yet it differed from colonial movements in its assertion of familial propinquity, however distant, with the Arabs.  As opposed to Joseph Conrad’s nightmarish vision of the corruption of the white man who journeys into the heart of African darkness, Conrad’s contemporary, the Hebrew writer Moshe Smilansky, presented Jewish contact with the Beduin and Druze of Palestine as literally an ennobling experience.  For Smilansky, celebration of the Arab was less similar to Western romanticization of the utterly alien noble savage than Russian depictions of the semi-Asiatic Caucasian Muslim as intrinsically Russian.[4]  Moreover, whereas the topos of the Arab as sexual object figured prominently in Orientalist fantasy (the object was usually female but at times male, as in Andre Gide’s novel The Immoralist), the sexualized Arab rarely figured as an object of Zionist desire.[5]   Thus we see in Zionism an apparently contradictory search for connection with and isolation from the Arab, a contradiction that can be resolved if we look beyond the obvious similarities between Zionism and colonialism and turn our gaze to the Jews’ historic status as a colonized people and Zionism as an anti-colonial movement.  …

Moreover, although the officers of the ZO had few qualms about linking their enterprise with European colonialism, they were not wont to conceive of the Arab as an enemy to be expelled or a body to be enslaved for profit.  …

It is no surprise, then, that aspects of Zionism resemble  anti-colonial national movements, although there were spectacular differences as well...

Much of the recent literature on the colonial encounter probes the complex reaction of the colonized intelligentsia to the blandishments of the West, the inability to achieve full acceptance, and the simultaneous desire to preserve and transform indigenous cultures.  Throughout Asia and Africa, intellectuals compensated for their economic and military inferiority vis a vis the west by asserting the moral and spiritual superiority of the colonized nation versus the powerful, but allegedly spiritually bankrupt, European powers.  For example, in India, Vivekananda’s Ramakrishna mission, founded in 1897, re-fashioned Hinduism into a bulwark against the west, which allegedly inculcated spiritual discipline into its adherents through yoga and meditation, and stimulated national solidarity by preaching the necessity of social action.[7]  Here, as well as in such diverse lands as Thailand (Siam), Meiji Japan and late Ottoman Egypt, the locus of collective identity was presented by intellectuals as found in the realms of culture, religion, and historical commemoration, which could lead to a purification of contemporary ways of thinking and a return to lost glory…

An essential component of early Indian and Jewish nationalism was a defensive, secular historiography that posited the continuous existence of a united people (what Benedict Anderson calls a bound seriality[12]), whose fall from ancient glory was the result of random chance and human action, not divine will.  Traditional Hindu historiography, like the historical consciousness of biblical and rabbinic Judaism, interpreted the course of human events as the result of divine providence, which rewarded and punished the leaders of the faith and people according to their observance of the divine way, be it dharma or halakhah.  Although Jewish historical thinking began to secularize in the sixteenth century, in the wake of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, Hindu scholars were accounting for the Muslim and British conquests of India within this sacred-historical framework as late as the mid 1800’s.  But in the 1870s, Hindu historiography adopted modern Western conceptual norms, with the result being a body of writing in many ways parallel to the great works of Jewish historical writing of the age. Heinrich Graetz’s magisterial History of the Jews, like  Tarnicharan Chattopadhyay’s History of India, blended staggering erudition with proto-nationalist apologetics.   Both authors molded history by compartmentalizing it into distinct periods, separated by particular events that became synecdoches for the nation as a whole.  History moved from the periphery to the center of consciousness; the nationalist project was presented as an act of restoration as much as one of revolutionary transformation.[13]

The comparisons I am offering between the Jewish and Asian intelligentsia might appear forced because, prior to the rise of Zionism, the former rarely thought of themselves as colonized, but rather as members of a religious minority, deeply rooted within its lands of residence, most of which became increasingly open to Jews, socially and politically, over the course of the nineteenth century.  Emancipation transformed Jews into enfranchised citizens, and capitalism made them into prosperous burghers.   In such an environment, one could argue, Jewish intellectuals did not engage in colonial mimicry, rather, they were no more or less European than their Christian fellow-countrymen.  There was, however, a clearly apologetic, defensive component in the Haskalah and Wissenschaft movements that differentiate them from their general European counterparts, the Enlightenment and historicism.   The popularization of scientific discourse in the Jewish press was far more than an instrument of mass education through the dissemination of useful knowledge; it was seen as a vehicle for the collective transformation of a people psychically stunted by talmudism.  Jewish intellectuals in nineteenth-century Europe may have felt that time was on their side, but they were nonetheless engaged in a vigorous campaign to refashion Judaism, not merely to be accepted into European society, but also to protect Jewish life from the blandishments of both Christianity and secularism, to engage in a carefully thought out process of imitation in order to prevent assimilation.  The material conditions of life for European Jews and Asians differed greatly, as did the relations of power with the European hegemon, but the thought processes of Jewish and Asian intellectuals were similar, including those that led to the development of nationalist ideologies.  It is no surprise, then, that aspects of Zionism resemble  anti-colonial national movements, although there were spectacular differences as well...

(The politics of female emancipation in the context of colonial theory: (heading mine)

Consider the case of women’s suffrage, which was the subject of almost two centuries of debate in the West, and which only came to France and Switzerland after the second World War.  Yet as Sylvia Walby has noted, post-colonial states have granted women the franchise at the time of the states’ establishment. Political citizenship is granted to all adults at the time of state creation as an expression of a populist sentiment and a legitimization of the overthrow of nonrepresentative colonial rule.  As Chatterjee writes of India, nationalists asserted that the entire people had been nationalized, that is, vested with a distinct and unifying Indianness. The entire nation, having been feminized by the colonial power, was to be emancipated in one fell swoop.[14]  This conceptual framework is of benefit for the study of Zionism, for it helps account for the World Zionist Organization’s early granting of voting rights to women (for the second Zionist Congress of 1898, at a time when only New Zealand had national female suffrage) and the passion with which all but ultra-Orthodox members of the Yishuv advocated women’s suffrage after the first World War.”

As you can see, use of the term “colonial” vis-a-vis Israel is totally spurious from an academic point of view and yet it is blandished by all of the BDS literature and mentioned casually by all of the BDS speakers.

Thank you for having the courage to inform yourself regarding these issues as I have.

Abigail Hirsch, CSW,

An observor and student of the BDS/Israel apartheid movement in Montreal, Canada

 

I am adding another perspective on the Israel/colonial issue by Metis activist and proud Zionist Ryan Bellerose.

I look forward to hearing from you and your comments.

 

 

Muslim Antisemitism: Rational or Irrational Enmity?

January 2015 has been a tough month for Europe and for Jews.

January brought us the Charlie Hebdo murders and the Paris Kosher Market murders. January 26th marks the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. What have we learned in the interim between the systematic murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazis and their Hungarian, Polish, Austrian, French, Belgian and Dutch collaborators? And What to make of the resurgence of Jew hatred in current times all over Europe, and Jew hatred in the Middle East which continues to threaten Israel and its inhabitants?

Just a few days ago Professor Mordechai Kedar of BESA the Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies gave a seminar at McGill on the roots of Islamic hatred of Christians and Jews which goes back to the origins of Islam, the teachings of Mohammad in 609 AD. the very founding of Islam.

He explained that Mohammed borrowed extensively from the scriptures of the Jews and the Christians but when this was pointed out to him by Christians and Jews, he attacked them for the denial of his message. And further made the claim that only his, Muhammed’s message was the true one. The scriptures of the Jews and Christians were deception and void. A very convenient self serving doctrine which he followed up with murder of Jews and Christians, and with an insincere truce, followed subsequently by additional murders and forced conversions by the sword. This can be verified by any Islamic scholar or wikipedia.

The conflict between Shia and Sunni also goes back to the founding of Islam and the conflict over the succession to Mohammed. This continues to be the driving division between Sunni and Shia, each one calling the other “infidel”.

As Professor Kedar pointed out Muslims have a different view of history, and different values than those that have developed in the western democracies. I.e. their concept of peace is “the peace of Sharia”, and no compromise with other religions or cultures can be envisioned. This is a hard lesson to accept but it has to be faced if we are to understand the current state of conflict in the middle East between between Islam and the West, between Shia and Sunni, and between Islam and Israel which sees itself as a democratic but Jewish state.

In addition, to the anti-infidel hatred of Muslims, the hatreds of Nazi Germany in the twentieth century found fertile ears among the Arabs, specially the Mufti of Jerusalem. Professor Kedar in his talk, spoke about the The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It has become a popular book in the middle east all over the Arab world. Apparently, no one has told them that this was a forged anti-semitic document published by the Russians; It was even one of the documents that the New Library of Alexandria, in recent times, chose as one of the two most important books representative of Jews and Judaism. (Until the Israel ambassador intervened when the library was opened.)

If you have never heard of the 

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

I quote from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

“The Protocols is a fabricated document purporting to be factual. Textual evidence shows that it was transcribed by a speaker of Ukrainian and could not have been produced prior to 1901…”

And it’s forgery was already uncovered in 1921:

“The Protocols is one of the best-known and most-discussed examples of literary forgery, with analysis and proof of its fraudulent origin going as far back as 1921.[9] The forgery is an early example of “conspiracy theory” literature.[10] Written mainly in the first person plural,[a] the text includes generalizations, truisms and platitudes on how to take over the world: take control of the media and the financial institutions, change the traditional social order, etc. It does not contain specifics.[12]”

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and other similar books such as Mein Kampf written by Hitler himself formalized the rampant antisemitism and made it sound ratuonal. It formed the basis of the irrational Jew hatred which lay behind the genocidal murder of at least six million Jews for the sole reason that they were “Jews” as identified by the Nazis. It’s publication has been banned in many countries due to its libelous nature.

This fraudulent book is considered to be G-d’s truth in the Arab World as evidenced by the many publications and republications. Some of the covers are reproduced here:     

 

Alongside other anti-semitic publications:

 

In addition one can find hundreds of videos on youtube espousing  conspiracy theories regarding Jews, Israel, Judaism and its supposedly demonic aims. One wonders who is the audience for these videos?

As unpleasant as this is, it has to be faced if anyone wants to understand the sources of anti-Jewish  and anti-israel sentiment in the Muslim world and even in the non-Muslim anti-Jewish ranks.

Sadly few Western pundits or journalists basing their ideas on “rational actors” and supposed “facts” has faced this dark truth about Islam and European antisemitism.

Fortunately most Europeans and Americans are aware of the deceptions involved in antisemitic tropes although many don’t understand how these tropes infiltrate anti-Israel attitudes and dogmas such as the Israel/apartheid calumny.

And Of course one always wonders how the theory accords with what actually exists on the ground in Islamic communities.  But now we have the cold hard facts about how Islamic communities on the ground think and feel. An extensive  Pew report on the views of Islamic people in different countries was just published:

The evidence is that the middle east where Islam is already the law of the land, are most supportive of Islam and sharia Islamic law.

“Indeed, the survey finds that support for making sharia the law of the land is often higher in countries where the constitution or basic laws already favor Islam over other religions.2 Majorities in such countries say sharia should be enshrined as official law, including at least nine-in-ten Muslims in Afghanistan (99%) and Iraq (91%). By comparison, in countries where Islam is not legally favored, roughly a third or fewer Muslims say sharia should be the law of the land. Support is especially low in Kazakhstan (10%) and Azerbaijan 8%).3

I think this means that there are differences among Islamic communities in different parts of the world but we have to be aware of what the terms and ideas are in order to understand how to deal with them.

Open Letter to the Students of Concordia re: CUTV

Open Letter to the Students of Concordia re: CUTV

My name is Abigail Hirsch. I have been an active volunteer at CUTV (Concordia University Television) prior to it’s current management team for two years, and I would like to share a number of my concerns with you.

CUTV as you know is funded by your student association fees, which you are required to make, and will soon be voting to increase. It therefore follows, that the station funded as it is by the entire student body, should represent that student body fairly and honestly, without becoming divisive or discriminating.

This policy has changed since September 2010 when Laith Marouf became the new programming manager of CUTV.  How has he acted?

First, he has taken a leadership role at the Israel-Apartheid movement since many years, and the CUTV programming now reflects his anti-Israel bias.

Second, he has been censured for unethical reporting by the McGill radio station, ‘The Olive Tree’ where he was the executive producer. He was asked to retract a baseless claim, which alleged that Israel had been involved in the Abu Graib scandal in Iraq. His retraction was made evasively and without contrite honesty.

Anti-Israel Programmer Suspended by Montreal Campus Radio (April 20, 2010)
CKUT Radio suspends “Under the Olive Tree” programmer Tariq Jeeroburkhan following HRC member’s complaints.

Third, since his tenure at CUTV, they have posted to youtube a news piece in which Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, writer and Nobel Prize winner, was characterized as a “war crimes apologist”.

And here are the comments that I posted to CUTV that Laith Marouf found objectionable.

“Israeli war crimes apologist? Elie Wiesel? Now that’s a kangaroo court.

I disagree with the CUTV being shut out of the media, however it is clear from this interview that CUTV is biased and not listening to Mr. Wiesel at all.

Is the interviewer aware that not everypne agrees with his assumption that Israel is guilty of oppression and war crimes.

For anyone who is truly interested in Israel/Palestine, two courses are offered for credit at Concordia: Contact CIJR 514-486-5544.”

What is most distressing however is what I found out when I approached the campus ombudsman about this situation. I learned that the Concordia Students Association is actually a legal union of workers governed by the laws of union in Quebec and is outside the authority of the Concordia Academic Apparatus. It is for this reason that the Student Association is able to function with impunity based on the funding of your student fees which go directly to the student union which then manages a rather large budget.

It is time to decide how much longer your news should be reported with bias and rancor. I feel certain that you are strongly against biased and  dishonest reporting and biased management. Is Laith Marouf the kind of person that you entrust with media leadership? Is Mr. Marouf your choice of station manager? Is CUTV deserving of your student dollars and financial support

I hope you will inform yourself accurately about this situation so that when it comes time to vote again you will be able to do so with clarity and enlightenment.

Sincerely,
Abigail Hirsch
Former volunteer at CUTV
Concordia student

The above letter was sent to the student paper and I don’t believe was ever published. The student paper is also funded by the student association fees. The letter was published here on my website: November 28, 2011. I am republishing it now with the addendum below which can act as a smoking gun for Students at Concordia. (Isn’t it wonderful that nothing disappears on the WEB.) I am publishing it in wake of the recent vote to approve the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) re Israel academics by the CSA (Concordia Student Association) which I believe is highly unrepresentative of the Concordia Student body, (all of the votes re BDS were submitted and concluded on Friday evenings or Jewish holidays). A CSA, a Concordia Student Association which functions with impunity under the aegis of the Quebec law of workers unions, which is funded by a compulsory student fee and which apparently continues to be monopolized by the Pro-Palestinian mafia that demonizes Israel in its Israel/apartheid conferences etc.

I am publishing here my own research regarding Laith Marouf and CUTV and CKUT in 2011

Here are links re Laith Marouf that are worth looking at because it shows the entire infiltration by student councillors of the Student Council that is funded by student fees.

Anti-Israel Programmer Suspended by Montreal Campus Radio (April 20, 2010)
CKUT Radio suspends “Under the Olive Tree” programmer Tariq Jeeroburkhan following HRC member’s complaints.
http://www.honestreporting.ca/news_article_name/49578uothostsuspended.aspx

Montreal Campus Radio Reprimands Anti-Israel Program (March 26, 2010)
A CKUT Radio program that lent credence to bizarre claims of Israeli culpability for the notorious 2004 Iraqi prisoner abuse atrocities
http://www.honestreporting.ca/news_article_name/radioreprimand45965.aspx

Montreal Campus Radio Blames Israel for Abu Ghraib Prisoner Atrocities (January 26, 2010)
A CKUT Radio McGill program lent credence to bizarre claims of Israeli culpability for the notorious 2004 Iraqi prisoner abuse atrocities at Abu Ghraib without any supporting evidence.
http://www.honestreporting.ca/news_article_name/58420CKUTAbughraib.aspx

For other links about his problematic past, simply type “Laith Marouf” in Google and you’ll get plenty of articles:

and here are additional information of the workings of the Concordia Student Union

2001 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents

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In September 2001, the Concordia Student Union (CSU) published an Agenda entitled Uprising, which accuses Israel of being involved in “state terror that has killed civilian men, women, and children whose only ‘crime’ is their nationality”. The CSU-produced Uprising goes one step further with an article by Laith Marouf that insinuated that “the ‘Jewish’ Rector knows how much money the university owes to Zionists”, and accused the Concordia administration of being Arabophobic.

Earlier in the year, Mr. Marouf, a foreign national from Syria who was in Canada on a student visa, is alleged to have harassed and intimidated the editor of a Concordia University newspaper and her staff, by alluding to their religion. He is also alleged to have stated in an undergraduate Political Science class in the winter semester of the 2000-2001 academic year, in front of all his peers and the professor, that the “Talmud obliges Jews to kill all non-Jews”.

Marouf, who was elected as a CSU student councilor in March 2001, was allegedly caught on two occasions scrawling graffiti on Concordia University property. One of these incidents relates to graffiti containing both anti-Jewish and anti-Israel diatribes, including “Stop Jewish Apartheid”, “End Jewish Occupation”, “Israel is a racist State”, and the Star of David being equated to a swastika. Similar anti-Jewish and anti-Israel graffiti was scrawled by an unknown person or persons on the corners of eight sidewalks on St. Catherine Street not far from the York Theatre, stating “Stop Jewish apartheid” and “End Jewish supremacy”.
http://www.bnaibrith.ca/publications/audit2001/audit2001-02.html

Broken code
http://www.mcgilltribune.com/2.12361/broken-code-1.1637972

Jihad at ‘Gaza U’
http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/311

Anti-semitism? in the middle east?

Anti-semitism is a very unsexy subject. No one wants to be considered an anti-semite, a Jew hater; especially in the West. It is as unsexy as racism – taboo. So why has ISGAP, the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism, presented over 100 speakers on this subject and posted all of them to Vimeo?

To really understand the deep seated anti-semitism of the current leadership in the middle east I suggest that you watch one of the ISGAP speakers, Edwin Black’s recent talk for ISGAP speaking about his book: The Farhud: The Arab/Nazi alliance and its lasting effects.

He points out that the Arab Jew-hatred did not start with World War II, but preceded it, and the Farhud, the Arab governing organization of the time, allied with Hitler, whose need for oil coincided with the Nazi and Arab Arab desire to eliminate the Jews. Few people are aware that Palestinian Arabs fought alongside Hitler all over Europe and in the Middle East: while England pandering to the Arab presence blocked any Jewish immigration to the area then known as Palestine, now known as Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria as well as the area currently known as the West Bank and Gaza. Edwin Black removes the veil of ignorance about a nasty and unpleasant topic, the anti-semitism of the Arab world from 1850 to the present, which we ignore at our peril. He has researched a book on the subject and here lectures about it to a University audience. After listening to this talk, you will never again be able to close your eyes to the anti-semitism that pervades the middle east today and you will understand why there is no peace there now, nor will there be peace in the near future as long as the current Islamic leadership persists in their anti-semitic, anti-Jewish beliefs that have been inculcated for years:

And this is not to say that Jews and Islam have never been able to co-exist or that all Muslims hate Jews just that the road to peace between Israel and its neighbors needs to address these issues head on and so do the do-gooders in the West.

When Universities Do it Right: The Case of Emory University

teach inWhen Universities Do It Right: The Case of Emory University

Early Sunday morning, October 4th, 2014, members of my brother’s fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, discovered several swastikas spray-painted on their house. Whether students in a drunken stupor following Saturday night debauchery, so-called Palestinian “human rights activists,” or garden-variety klan-style anti-Semites, nobody has any idea who could have been behind such a shameful act of vandalism, especially on the holiest day in the Jewish Calendar, Yom Kippur.

While spray-paint can be painted over, the shock that these fraternity men felt when they realized they were the target of a hate crime will probably be forever engraved in their memory. Their sense of belonging as a respected group in the Emory community had been eroded, and they no longer felt safe in their own home. Emory Jewish students saw this as a warning, a message: “you are not wanted here.”

This incident wasn’t the first time and probably won’t be the last time swastikas have been painted on campus buildings, especially AEPi houses, at universities such as Yale and the University of Oregon. However, the way it was dealt with should serve as a shining example for other universities facing similar challenges.

Emory knew that the incident sent Jewish students the message that they were unwelcome on campus. Unlike other universities who shoved it under the rug to preserve their reputations, Emory took an active role in ensuring that the sense of belonging of Jewish students was rekindled. That same evening, Emory University President Jim Wagner sent a detailed letter to the entire university community condemning the acts, updating them on the police investigation, and emphasizing that those responsible for the vandalism are not welcome at Emory. Furthermore, Emory students were urged by their student government to wear blue the next day in a demonstration of solidarity with the brothers of Alpha Epsilon Pi and the rest of the school’s Jewish community. Hundreds of Emory students did just that, making Jewish students on campus feel enveloped in a support network, a sea of calming blue. A week and a half later, Emory faculty hosted a teach-in event about anti-Semitism, which helped to combat the normalization it experienced when conflated with anti-Zionism during Opertion Protective Edge.

That wasn’t even all. While my family was having breakfast that Sunday, just hours after the act of vandalism, we received a phone call from an administrator at Emory. My parents and I, who had the call on speakerphone, received a detailed and transparent report of the events, as well as a vigilant list of what was being done in response. The administrator asked us if we had any questions or concerns, and referred my parents to counseling services provided by the university. My parents were stunned that Emory took such great care of its Jewish students, and left with a very positive impression of Emory as a Jew-friendly school, despite the crimes that hoped to demonstrate otherwise.

What was so special about Emory’s response was that it was the complete opposite of what other universities have done. While other universities quietly painted over the symbols of anti-Semitic genocide, Emory cooperated with media outlets, encouraged broad coverage, and, with utmost transparency, hoped to use the incident as a teachable moment, to raise awareness about the rising tide of anti-Semitism around the world. In doing what Emory did, they sent an even louder message than the perpetrators that the Jews of Emory are a valuable and welcome part of the community – and here to stay.

Written by Alexandra Markus

Hitler et La Filette: Youth confronts the Holocaust

catherine shvets 2 Experience the Holocaust through the eyes of a young girl

Sonia Sarah Lipsyc interviews Catherine Shvets about her book “Hitler et la fillette” that brings us into the moving experience of the holocaust through the eyes of a young girl.

See it at : jQmtl Interview / Entretien avec Catherine Shvets sur « Hitler et la fillette », a 12 min video in French with English subtitles.

 

At the tender age of fifteen, Catherine Shvets was writing about the Shoah through the memories of her survivor grandmother. She addressed the important actions of nameless rescuers who saved a little girl, the theme of Shvets’s recent oeuvre , « Hitler et la fillette », éd Flammarion/Québec, 2010.

Catherine Shvets, born in Quebec of Russian Jewish heritage, is today twenty-one years old and a second-year student in philosophy of education at McGill University.Carherine shvetz-gf

 

Is Jewish Nationalism Synonymous with a Jewish State?

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I wrote this blog as a response to the opinion piece in the Gazette “Jewish Nationalism is not synonymous with a nation state.”

The author, Sam Bick, bandies about words like “nation” “nation-state” “nationalism” “ethno racial identity” without defining these terms and then makes some statements which are simply false.

He writes:
This idea of Jewish people as a “nation” or “race” in need of a territory is a new conceptualization popularized in 19th-century Europe, one that neglects the diverse experiences, practices and identities of people who have practiced Judaism around the world for hundreds of years — particularly Arabic-speaking Jews.”

The Jewish journey is documented in the bible, (the “Torah” in Hebrew). Canaan, Israel, the homeland of the Jewish people has been integral to the history of the Jews chronicled in the torah from ancient times. The destruction of the first temple in Jerusalem, the destruction of the second Temple by the Romans in 70 AD and the dispersion of Jews from their homeland, Israel, and their longing to return  is documented in literature and poetry and historical writings over millenia.

A quick google of the name of the author, of this piece, Sam Bick, reveals that he has previously written for EI (Electronic Intifada) and Tadamon (which means allies in Arabic). Tadamon has an office in Montreal). Both of these organizations, EI (Electronic Intifada) and Tadamon are integral arms of the BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanctions) movement against Israel and Israel alone. They sponsor the infamous Israel/apartheid week conferences on campuses all over North America. EI and Tadamon have both been exposed for propagating opinions about Israel and the Jewish people that are designed to demonize Jews and Israel and whose aim is not peace but only the destruction of Israel.

I myself, speak from experience, having attended several Israel/apartheid week conferences in Montreal. By the way the BDS  – Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement – was initiated at the first UN Human Rights conference in Durban in 2001, a conference that was billed as “The First UN World Conference on Racism”. This “conference” turned out to be a witch hunt directed at Jews and Israel and Israel alone. This has been well documented and continues to be available to anyone who wishes to inform himself on these issues. It was here at Durban that the slogan “Zionism is racism” was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council. Mercifully, this canard  was later retracted by the UN itself. However this fact seems to have gone above the heads of the EI and Israel Apartheid and BDS propaganda machines which actively continue to  libel Israel and Jews with this canard. For many, in our age, “truth” is an elusive thing subject to argument and debate. Most people are not aware of the background of the BDS movement or that they continue to propagate lies about Israel in order to advance their political agenda.

“Anti-israel haters should never have a free lunch” as Manfred Gerstenfeld so aptly put it when he spoke to this issue in Montreal several years ago.

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There must be a push-back on these issues by academics and others who are appalled at the re-cloaking of sheer antisemitism or Jew hatred into contemporary discourse.

Jews are a tiny minority, and it is for this reason, that we Jews and those who love truth must use our wits to fight this injustice.

 

Abigail Hirsch, CEO
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