Fake News: then and now

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 “Fake News” has been in the news lately. However as the pundits have reported this is not a new phenomenon. “fake news” lies at the very heart of antisemitic literature such as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. I quote from wikipedia:

  • The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (Russian: Протоколы сионских мудрецов) or The Protocols of the Meetings of the Learned Elders of Zion is an antisemitic fabricated text purporting to describe a Jewish plan for global domination. The forgery was first published in Russia in 1903, translated into multiple languages, and disseminated internationally in the early part of the 20th century. According to the claims made by some of its publishers, the Protocols are the minutes of a late 19th-century meeting where Jewish leaders discussed their goal of global Jewish hegemony by subverting the morals of Gentiles, and by controlling the press and the world’s economies.
  • Henry Ford funded printing of 500,000 copies that were distributed throughout the U.S. in the 1920s. Adolf Hitler was a major proponent. It was studied, as if factual, in German classrooms after the Nazis came to power in 1933,[1] despite having been exposed as fraudulent by The Times of London in 1921. It is still widely available today in numerous languages, in print and on the Internet, and continues to be presented by some proponents as a genuine document.

To the propagators  of antisemitism and anti-Israel bias, antisemitism is understood to be a powerful psychological weapon in the interest of national policy. Both Hitler and the current day jihadists/Palestinians, understand this very well. However those who are fed  antisemitic tropes and beliefs are seemingly totally unaware that they are espousing irrational beliefs based on lies. They do not understand that antisemitic beliefs consist of lies which are held up as truths – “fake news”. The young Palestinians educated by Hamas and the Palestinian authority are brought up to believe that “Israelis/Jews  are devils and demons”, not human beings like themselves.

Hitler understood this “policy tool” called antisemitism very well: Hermann Rauschning, who claimed to be Hitler’s ‘confidant’, said in the mid-1930s:

“Anti-Semitism … was beyond question the most important weapon in [Hitler’s] propagandist arsenal, and almost everywhere it was of deadly efficiency. That was why he had allowed Streicher, for example, a free hand. The man’s stuff, too, was amusing, and very cleverly done. Wherever, he wondered, did Streicher get his constant supply of new material? He, Hitler, was simply on thorns to see each new issue of the Stürmer. It was the one periodical that he always read with pleasure, from the first page to the last”.[10]

 

To understand how antisemitism, hate literature, becomes accepted via the media whether “the news” is legitimate or not, and how these falsehoods are used to incite violence against Jews and others, one has only to study the history of Julius Streicher and his magazine Der Sturmer. I quote from wikipedia.

  • Beginning in 1924, Streicher used Der Stürmer as a mouthpiece not only for general antisemitic attacks, but for calculated smear campaigns against specific Jews…Streicher orchestrated his early campaigns against Jews to make the most extreme possible claims, short of violating a law that might get the paper shut down. He insisted in the pages of his newspaper that the Jews had caused the worldwide Depression, and were responsible for the crippling unemployment and inflation which afflicted Germany during the 1920s. He claimed that Jews were white-slavers and were responsible for over 90 percent of the prostitutes in the country. Real unsolved killings in Germany, especially of children or women, were often confidently explained in the pages of Der Stürmer as cases of “Jewish ritual murder.”
  • One of Streicher’s constant themes was the sexual violation of ethnically German women by Jews, a subject which served as an excuse to publish semi-pornographic tracts and images detailing degrading sexual acts. These “essays” proved an especially appealing feature of the paper for young men. With the help of his notorious cartoonist, Phillip “Fips” Rupprecht, Streicher published image after image of Jewish stereotypes and sexually-charged encounters. His portrayal of Jews as subhuman and evil is widely considered to have played a critical role in the dehumanization and marginalization of the Jewish minority in the eyes of common Germans – creating the necessary conditions for the later perpetration of the Holocaust.
  • Julius Streicher was able to escape the consequences of his writing during Nazi times. – He was frequently sued for libel but manged to evade guilty verdicts. – However in 1945 he was one of the nine Nazis tried and found guilty by the Nuremberg Tribunal, and condemned to hanging for “Crimes against Humanity.”

The other day I was having a conversation with a young recently graduated Jewish college student in Israel. He said to me but If one were to believe some of the nasty ideas that the Nazis promoted about the Jews wouldn’t it stand to reason that Germans would want to be rid of them? He was saying if everyone says you are evil must there not be some truth to it? Yes exactly! This is how insidious media and journalism can be and not just the type of openly antisemitic and vulgar campaigns such as Streicher’s in Der Sturmer!

Apart from the more outlandish internet videos on youtube that spew lies about Jews and Israel the following is just a very abbreviated list:

•    The Protocols Of The Learned Elders Of Zion by ZeroSixtyFive 40,721 views 
 3:21:38

•    Evidence that The Protocols of Zion are Genuine, 1of4 by TheRapeOfJustice 10,258 views 
 14:57

•    ARE THE JEWS ALIEN LIZARDS ? I thought it was a crazy idea until I studied it by Neo triestowarnyou 124,198 views 
 1:20:59

•    Where have the Rothschilds disappeared to? by The Bilzerian Report 1,373,332 views 
 21:03

•    Michael Collins Piper vs Eric Jon Phelps – The Great Debate: Zionists or Jesuits? by Reasonable Doubtt 28,625 views 
 1:26:06

•    Should the British stop tolerating intolerance? (The Big Questions, 15/6/14) by Islam & Islamicate 58:50

(By the way I have not watched all of these but any brief look  at the titles will advise you of the nature of the content.)

Then, you also have more legitimate sounding sites, some far right revisionist sites, some far left NGO’s, that you have to explore knowing what you are looking for before you understand that they too are indeed “black flags”, and just as antisemitic as the more blatant ones. While researching the meaning of antisemitism for this article I came across this site which goes by the name of Institute for Historical Review. Here are some of the articles posted on the site, all with the underlying agenda that antisemitism is warranted, that Jews hold too much power in the US and worldwide, that Iran is not a terrorist state, that Muslim terrorism is justified and the like.

When I first landed on this site, while searching for the definition of antisemitism, it looked totally trustworthy and legitimate to me. It was only when I read to the very end of the article, that I noticed that they were claiming that antisemitism is justified. This statement – “anti-Semitism is the natural and understandable attitude of people toward a minority with particularist loyalties that wields greatly disproportionate power for its own interests, rather than for the common good.”- this statement only came at the end of a very long article which fortunately I read through to the end: Here is the blurb for the article:

And then there are others

  • What Christians Don’t Know About Israel
  • By Grace Halsell
  • American Jews sympathetic to Israel dominate key positions in all areas of our government where decisions are made regarding the Middle East. This being the case, is there any hope of ever changing U.S. policy? … The answer to achieving an even-handed Middle East policy might lie elsewhere — among those who support Israel but don’t really know why. This group is the vast majority of Americans. They are well-meaning, fair-minded Christians who feel bonded to Israel – and Zionism – often from atavistic feelings, in some cases dating from childhood.
  • Behind the Campaign For War Against Iran
  • By Mark Weber
  • In recent years prominent American politicians and other influential public figures have spoken repeatedly of the alleged danger of Iran’s nuclear program, and have again and again threatened war against this Middle East nation of 75 million … How real is this “threat”? How dangerous is Iran? What’s behind the campaign for war? And what does all this mean for Americans? In fact, the so-called Iran “crisis” is artificial … Often ignored amid the clamor for war are the sober warnings of informed scholars, historians, specialists, analysts, and military leaders, who point out some basic, key facts: Iran is not building nuclear weapons, Iran is not a threat to the US … War is not the answer. What’s needed instead is a bold new reality-based approach toward Iran.

They will also republish articles from respected media sources which support their agenda such as these:

  • In a remarkable but under-reported address, Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged that the “immense” and “outsized” Jewish role in the US mass media and cultural life has been the single most important factor in shaping American attitudes over the past century, and in driving major cultural- political changes. “Jewish heritage has shaped who we are – all of us – as much or more than any other factor in the last 223 years. And that’s a fact,” Biden told a gathering of Jewish leaders in Washington, DC.

In the post above I suspect Biden was speaking to a Jewish convention trying to reassure them that America recognizes the many cultural contributions of Jews to the United States of America, the the arts, academia and sciences. However the author with an agenda – Mark Weber – uses Biden’s to lend credence to the antisemitic trope that “Jews control the media – that Jews control the financial world etc.”

And here is a post by a professor from the London School of Economics

  • Delegitimising Through Dehumanisation: Palestinian ‘Human’ Rights Denied
  • Dr. Sandra Nasr – London School of Economics and Political Science
  • … Zionism, the ideological project to secure a Jewish homeland, relies upon notions of separateness, superiority and entitlement. It finds its origins in the ‘promise’ believed to have been made by God to ‘His people’ – Abraham and his descendants, the Israelites. According to this belief, they were to take the land by force, kill anyone who resisted, and take for slaves those who did not fight back (except in more distant towns which should just be cleansed) … The narratives present in the Torah – and, indeed throughout the Tanakh — not only raise the Israelites to special status (‘a people apart’) above all other peoples of the Earth, but legitimises – and even requires – the ethnic cleansing of non-Israelites from the land of Canaan.

Again here the author draws on a false narrative to support her position re Jews and Israelis. But the average person could easily come to take this for truth. She conflates biblical narrative with current history expounding under cover of her academic title a version utterly false in its entirety and toally misconstrued on the basis of a desire to advance a political agenda.

The above screed is no different from the priestly disputations of the middle ages vilifying the Talmud, the historic books of Jewish law – collections of the arguments pro and con regarding Jewish ritual and social laws. Public book burnings of the Talmud often took place in Europe following these “disputations between Christian Priests and Rabbis. The verdict of course was known from the start.After reviewing this material I can almost forgive the unsuspecting public and innocent students for being led astray. These sites and some of these video are so sophisticated that it is not difficult to understand some of the misguided ideas about Jews and Israel.

Right in line with this are the libelous anti-Israel agenda inspired by the so-called pro-Palestinian protest movements that have popped up on many college campuses. They claim that Israel is a violator of human rights, that Israel Is an “apartheid state”. These organizations deceive their supporters with their fallacious narratives, even using “pallywood”, artificially orchestrated videos of dead Palestinian babies and other similar gut wrenching casualties, to incite anti-Israel sentiments among college students and the general public. The Home Page of Electronic Intifada has the following screen today: December 25, 2015.

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Of course they don’t tell you that on Christmas eve there were three separate attacks, car jammings and knife attacks on IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians as reported here in The Times of Israel. The Israel news report lists the incidents, the attackers and their victims, and the condition of both attackers and victims.

This is how it was reported in the Israeli press.

  • One person was lightly injured Thursday morning in a suspected car-ramming in the West Bank north of Jerusalem, Israeli officials said, the third attack in as many hours Thursday morning.
  • The army said a car tried to hit soldiers and border police at the Adam junction next to the Rama army base. The driver was shot and killed at the scene, an IDF statement said.
  • The incident was the third attack of the day after two separate stabbing incidents, also in the West Bank.
    Earlier Thursday, a Palestinian stabbed and injured two security guards at an industrial park outside the West Bank settlement of Ariel. Guards at the site shot and killed the attacker during the incident, police said.
    One victim, 24, was listed in serious condition after suffering several stab wounds to his upper body. A female guard, also 24, was listed in moderate condition with a stab wounds to her upper body, according to police and the Magen David Adom rescue organization.
    Less than an hour later, a Palestinian man attempting to stab soldiers with a screwdriver was shot and killed near the West Bank city of Hebron Thursday morning. The army said the assailant, “armed with a screwdriver, approached a checkpoint near Hebron and attempted to the stab security forces.” The soldiers opened fire on the man, killing him, the IDF said.

Sadly, Since September, Israel has endured hundreds of knife attacks and car rammings on civilians in many cities both inside Israel the West Bank. There have been many dead and many injured on both sides. However, clearly, the aggressors are those who are ramming cars into innocent bystanders and stabbing civilians in the street.

Are you beginning to see that the work of anti-Israel internet sources is no different from the work of Julius Streicher?

I was in Israel during the month of November, 2015, in the midst of the terrible daily attacks on Israeli citizens. I interviewed and filmed people I met in places like cafes and public gatherings. Among others, I interviewed one remarkable Israeli by the name of Anna Immanuel. I want to share her story with you because she says it so much better than I could.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7chG26y5Ui4&feature=youtu.be

What makes me so smart? I am a child of survivors who has since childhood struggled with the question “Why did the Nazis find fit to murder my grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins along with over six million others?”.

This has been a very long post but I hope you feel that your time has been well spent.

Jonathan Spyer: Anti-Semitism in Islam and the West

Jonathan Spyer

Prof. Jonathan Spyer is a Journalist and academic currently working out of Jerusalem. He recently made 2 trips into Syria and survived to tell the tale. Last week, he was in Montreal speaking at McGill University for the ISGAP (Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy) lecture series, Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective. His talk was about Antisemitism in the Middle East (here is the full lecture Video), historically and in the present.

He reviewed the two theories re Islamic anti-semitism, the “modernist” and the “perennial” theories. The modernist theory, espousing the idea that Middle Eastern anti-semitism is imported from the West and related to the rise of Israel as a state. The perennial theory of Islamic anti-semitism that traces its origins to the beginnings of Islam in the 6th. century. In reviewing these theories he points out how they interweave to create the current ideas and attitudes in the Middle East and also how they compare with Western anti-semitic ideology.

Interestingly, the Jew could survive in Arab lands only if he was a defeated and weak figure of ridicule and contempt. It is for this reason that the rise of contemporary Israel is such an affront to Islamic ideology. It is also in this context, we can understand the terrible current affront to Islam when Jews, who are supposed to be weak, inferior, and ridiculous (monkeys etc.) are in possession of Jerusalem, a seminal Islamic holy site.

By contrast, the Jew, historically in western Christian mythology is a dangerous, powerful, and treacherous, figure who nevertheless must not be killed because his presence attests to the historical Jesus, and the second coming of Jesus is dependent on the conversion of all Jews to Christianity. With the relaxation of Christian ideology in the 19th century and the rise of secularism and science, 20th century western style antisemitism was born based on 19th century “scientific theories of race”. Here the picture of the “Jew as a treacherous, moneygrubbing figure” became etched in biology, leaving absolutely no exit for Jews living under Nazi ideology and sovereignty.

Spyer had an interesting response to the question of whether anti-zionism is the same as antisemitism. “Zionism” was a movement to advance the creation of a Jewish state and there were groups debating pro and con. However, once Israel was created, one can only speak about being for or against the abolishment of the existing State of Israel. Therefore, anti-zionism is not about criticizing the state of Israel but is a screen for the Arab wish to destroy the state of Israel.

Spyer also answered a question about his recent trips to Syria and in a few words conceptualized Obama’s Middle East foreign policy. He states that although Obama’s intentions regarding relations in the middle east were well meaning, they have unbalanced relationships that have held for years. Resulting in a situation that makes the US appear weak towards their enemies and endangers the countries with whom the States have typically been allies.

Spyer is able to concisely summarize Obama’s missteps in the Middle East.

He states that “Obama appears to have thought that by expressing Empathy and understanding of Middle Eastern cultures via his Cairo speech in 2009, he could open dialogue and repair the damage that he perceived had been caused to the American image in the Middle East by the Bush policies. He then proceeded to not back long standing allies of the US, Tunisia and Egypt and Libya, and also not to confront long standing enemies of the US in the Middle East, Iran and Syria. In this way he degraded the US strategic coin in the era. Those who had relied on the US are now dead or in jail and those who had relied on other patrons, were glad that they chose the “right” side – witness Bashar Al Assad who has waged a war against his own people with the support of Russia and China for over a year, and no interference from the US or Western Allies. And this is exactly the opposite of what is needed to have a voice in the Middle East, i.e. one must show that one’ allies can rely on you and that your enemies must fear you.  This is how Israel has managed to maintain some semblance of peace in a very dangerous area of the world. And this is how Obama has seriously devalued the American Strategic coin in the region.” (emphasis mine)

I invite your comments.

Israel a Totalitarian Regime?

After participating in the BDS lectures on campuses, and several conferences regarding Palestinian strategies of the delegitimization of Israel, including several put on by CIJR, SPME, and The Jerusalem Post Conference, I felt I had to respond to the recent show in which George Stroumbouloupoulos, popular CBC talk show host, waded into the quagmire of Israel/Palestine debate. Here is the letter which I just e-mailed to him and I share with you.

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George Strombopolous host on CBC

From: Abigail Hirsch
Subject: Israel A totalitarian regime?
Date: 20 May, 2012 7:34:36 AM EDT
To: strombo@cbc.ca

Dear George,

Generally I watch your programs and admire your fast paced style of interviewing entertainers. However when you have guests like George Galway, a well known anti-semite, and Ken Finkelman, who claims that Israel is a totalitarian state that controls its own citizens and the West Bank, and you say nothing, you are treading on dangerous territory. I feel that words matter. I am sure that you do too. Honest Reporting has written the following rebuttal to your guest Ken Finkelman’s assertions that Israel is a totalitarian state, that supposedly controls its own citizens and also those in the West Bank. Israel: a “Totalitarian Regime”? CBC’s Stroumboulopoulos Allows this Statement to go Unchallenged

I might add that Israel has a standing citizen’s army since 1948. The majority of the citizens support the government’s policies because the Palestinian leadership has been exposed as hostile, corrupt, and uncompromising, and insistent on continuing its’  total dependence on UNRWA – millions of dollars from the UN that supports only one group of refugees in the world – the “Palestinian refugees”, who have become pawns in this ongoing conflict between Israel and the Arab world since 1948.

Usually I am an admirer of your program. When you wade into the Israel/Palestine conflict, you are treading on very dangerous territory. Its a sad history of calumny that borrows from Nazi ideology and is spread by intellectuals as was the Nazi ideology. It was George Orwell, commenting on the Nazi ideological situation in Germany who said, “There are some things that only an intellectual would be stupid enough to believe!”

Here is the prominent journalist Brett Stephens speaking about the double standards applied to Israel and news about Israel.

And here is an important recent address regarding the silence of citizens in Europe that allowed the Holocaust to go forward.

Anti-Israel Palestinian ideology supported by countless UN resolutions, has the support of anti-Israel anti-Semites all over the world. Don’t become one of them through silence or ignorance.

Abigail Hirsch
CEO, AskAbigail Productions
www.AskAbigailProductions.com

Jerusalem Post Conference: Elyezer Shkedy

jewish people I recently attended the Jerusalem Post conference and videotaped it in its entirety. I personally resonated with the talk of Elyezer Shkedy since he and I share some personal history. His father is a sole survivor of a Hungarian family and my family, also, is Jewish, Hungarian, and survived those terrible times.

Elyezer Shkedy just happens to be the current CEO of El Al, Israel Airlines, and the former chief of the the Israeli Air Force. The theme of the conference was building the Zionist Dream and he exemplified this in the talk below.

Here is his talk in its entirety: I think you will enjoy it.

Highlights of the Jerusalem Post Conference: 2012

 

After attending the Jerusalem Post Conference I reviewed the footage and have highlighted below statements of Gilad Erdan, Israeli Minister of the Environment, and Danny Ayalon, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, as they relate to the two most serious challenges facing the Jewish State of Israel today: The Israel/Palestine refugee conflict, and the threat of a nuclear Iran.

I feel it’s best for you to hear their comments directly: Gilad Erdan, points out the contributions of water and electricity provided by Israel in the territories and in Gaza, and the absence of any movements for peace coming from the Palestinians.

They both, also, deftly answer the critics of the Israeli/ Iran policy, specifically, former PM of Israel, Ehud Olmert, who threw down the gauntlet criticizing Netanyahu. Olmert’s comments were widely reported in the media.

The clip below addresses the Iranian nuclear threat to Israel and the world and the responsibility of Israel and the International community according to Israeli cabinet members.

The following clip reviews the Israeli aspirations to resolve the ongoing Palestinian refugee crisis in our time.

Here Gilad Erdan details Israel’s provision for basic human rights, electricity and water for Palestinians in the disputed territories, recognizing the universal human needs for these basic necessities since 1967 and to the present.

 

Fighting For the Zionist Dream

Fighting for the Zionist DreamOn Sunday, April 29, 2012, the Jerusalem Post will be hosting their first annual conference on “Fighting for the Zionist Dream” in New York City. The conference, featuring several high profile speakers, is an attempt by the Jerusalem Post to bring to its readers the news makers and news reporters, both from Israel and the Diaspora, according to Steve Linde,  editor-in-chief.

In a special invite, Mr. Linde writes, “A year after the historic changes brought about by the Arab Spring, the Middle East is undergoing a huge transformation, the US is bracing for a dramatic presidential election, the global economy is in turmoil and Israel is facing enormous challenges on all fronts. How will all this affect the close relationship between Jerusalem and Washington, and what impact might it have on Jewish communities around the world?”

The conference will feature many high profile speakers, including:

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Ehud Olmert

  • Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
  • Gilad Erdan – Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection.
  • Gabi Ashkenazi – former Chief of Staff of the IDF
  • Danny Ayalon – Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister
  • Prof. Alan M. Dershowitz – Attorney, law professor and author
  • Ron Prosor – Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Ido Aharoni – Consul General of Israel in New York
  • Meir Dagan – former director of the Mossad
  • Elyezer Shkedy – Former Commander in Chief Of the IAF and President & CEO EL AL Israel Airlines
  • Efi Stenzler – World Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jewish National Fund
  • Russell F. Robinson – CEO JNFMalcolm Hoenlein – Executive vice chairman of the CPMAJO
  • Daniel Seaman – Deputy Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Public Diplomacy

There will be three panel discussions covering the following topics: Israel’s place in the Middle East; Diaspora – Israel Ties; and The Media War against the Delegitimization of Israel.

I will be attending the conference. Tune in on Sunday for live tweets, and I hope to post the highlights when I return.

Queen of Jordan speaking about UNRWA at the UN and others regarding the Two State Solution

Deception: Betraying the Peace Process

Queen of Jordan speaking about UNRWA at the UN.

http://www.youtube.com/user/firstonethrough

An Israeli citizen speaking abut the two state solution

And an article about the deception of the Palestinian Peace process

 

Caroline Glick, senior fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC, speaking about the Politics of the Two State solution

Below is an Article From the Jerusalem Post about the failed peace process

JPost on PMW book launch: “Deception: Betraying the Peace Process”

By: Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Palestinian Media Watch director Itamar Marcus, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, and human rights leader Robert L. Bernstein hosted a press conference yesterday launching Deception: Betraying the Peace Process.

Authored by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik of Palestinian Media Watch,Deception exposes a year-long duplicitous campaign by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to utilize the various cultural, educational, and media sources under its control to promote messages of hate among Palestinians and undermine the peace process with Israel.

The following is the Jerusalem Post story on the event:

New book highlights PA denial of Israel’s right to exist

by Jordana Horn

Deception: Betraying the Peace Process,’ contends, the PA promoted messages of hate in order to undermine the peace process with Israel.

By: Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

 

 

 

Highlights of the CIJR conference Combatting the Delegitimation of Israel


I am, as we speak, reviewing the footage from the recent conference, Combatting the Delegitimation of Israel, which my company videotaped. The morning was devoted to exposing the issues. Efraim Karsh pointed out the attempt to deny Jewish claims to the land of Israel, from its inception by the Arab states, Egypt, Trans Jordan and Syria, who were eager to divide the the current land of Israel and divide the spoils among themselves in 1948. Asaf Ramirowsky analyzed the history of the “refugee problem” and UNRWA, pointing out that UNRWA, the recipient of Billions of dollars has a life of its own, and has no interest in resolving the refugee issue.

Other enemies of Israel are holocaust deniers and leftist internationalists, both Jews and non-Jews who deem the creation of the nation state of Israel to be a “mistake”. Sally Zerker pointed out the anti-semitism seminal to the God of the leftists, Karl Marx. Barbara Kay analyzed the leftist intelligentsia in Israel that also sides with the leftist ideological camp.

Richard Landes, pointed out the “psy-ops” and “memes” that are part of the delegitimation war against Israel. Israel is being painted as the “Nazi Goliath” dominating the Palestinian David, because she dares to defend herself and her people with all means necessary. Mordechai Nissan, was the standard bearer for Jewish pride, as he pointed out the remarkable history of the Jews, a people, most loyal to each other, and yet also most aware, and concerned for others.

Catherine Chatterley and Charles Small ably described how the virus of anti-semitism has reignited in the West in respectable academic circles. Charles Small pointed out the danger of anti-semitism as it has a genocidal intent as regards Jews and Israel.

And here is Catherine Chatterley speaking about the resurgence of anti-semitism in our midst.

Prof. Krantz ended the conference with a resolution and a call to all of us, Jews, non-Jews, individuals, and institutions, to do everything in our power to expose and counter this situation in defence of Jews, and the Jewish State of Israel.

A Combatting the Delegitimation of Israel highlights video has been posted and CIJR will be posting the full conference talks on their website and is also planning to create a DVD for educational purposes.

Featured image from http://cifwatch.com

An Evening with Deborah Lipstadt, Holocaust Scholar and Activist

The capture, in Argentina, of SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann, chief architect and commander in charge of the Nazi death camps, his transportation to Israel, and videotape coverage of his trial in 1961, in an Israeli court, in Jerusalem, electrified the world. It is now fifty years later. Long enough for most people alive today, not to be aware of it. The public debate it prompted at the time, regarding the nature of Nazi crimes against humanity and also where, how, and by whom, Nazi war criminals should be brought to justice, was a watershed moment in how the civilized world found the means to deal with the legacy of the holocaust – genocide on a scale that had never been seen before. Deborah Lipstatd’s new book, The Eichmann Trial, infuses a gripping narrative with historical perspective and contemporary urgency.

On Monday Oct. 31, 2011, Deborah Lipstatd spoke at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal.  Deborah Lipstadt, an American historian, is herself a courageous figure who was sued by David Irving, an English historian, for libel, in a London court. David Irving, also a historian, claimed that Deborah Lipstatd was “libelling” his work, his historical work – books that deny the historical facts of the Holocaust. After a three month trial, the Judge vindicated Deborah Lipstatd, calling Irving a “right-wing pro-Nazi polemicist,” and confirming the accusations of Lipstadt and Evans.

This brief video captures the importance of Deborah Lipstatd’s work and her contribution to our time and place.