Highlights of the 2012 Jerusalem Post Conference

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.

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.


Antisemitism and Judeophbia Explained

Last week, I attended a class on anti-semitism and the media, given by prof. Fred Krantz offered by the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research in Montreal (CIJR).

Prof. Krantz started off by giving a definition of anti-semitism. I share with you here two definitions of antisemitism.

“Bernard Lewis defines anti-semitism as a special case of prejudice, hatred, or persecution directed against people who are in some way different from the rest. According to Lewis, antisemitism is marked by two distinct features: Jews are judged according to a standard different from that applied to others, and they are accused of “cosmic evil.”

In 2005, the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (now Fundamental Rights Agency), then an agency of the European Union, developed a more detailed working definition, which states:

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

It adds “such manifestations could also target the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity.” It provides contemporary examples of antisemitism, which include: promoting the harming of Jews in the name of an ideology or religion; promoting negative stereotypes of Jews; holding Jews collectively responsible for the actions of an individual Jewish person or group; denying the Holocaust or accusing Jews or Israel of exaggerating it; and accusing Jews of dual loyalty or a greater allegiance to Israel than their own country.

It also lists ways in which attacking Israel could be antisemitic, e.g. by claiming that the existence of a state of Israel is a racist endeavor, or applying double standards by requiring of Israel a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation, or holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the State of Israel.”

And then I discovered this short trailer for the movie Judeophobia.I thought this was an especially cogent summation about the current state of affairs regarding antisemitism from some of the best minds around.

The second part of Prof. Krantz’ talk was to point out how anti-Israel bias manifests itself in the media via the choice of articles and words in certain institutional papers, including The New York Times, The Tribune and others. He pointed out that it is important to remember that the editors choose what will go into the paper and how it is reported. This is amply apparent if you follow an NGO like Honest Reporting as I do. This year they even had a contest for who wrote the most dishonest articles, and the Guardian won.

And here is yesterday’s post from Honest Reporting called The Media Cheat Sheet.

Update November 18, 2019:

This was originally posted in February 2012. Sadly this issue has only become more serious and prevalent since then, in Europe, in the US and even in Canada.

This morning I was fortunate to catch a screening of Bogdan’s journey,

an amazing documentary which explores the consequences of antisemitic acts 70 years after the event both among Poles and Jews.

Its a must watch film for anyone who want to understand and to heal.

Thank You Bogdan for your brave journey and to the filmmakers who put this together.

Natan Sharansky in Montreal: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Conscience

Natan Anatoly Sharansky spoke to students at Hillel House and to the Jewish community a few days ago. Natan Sharansky is a Jewish activist for Jewish and Soviet human rights, a former prisoner in the Gulag. He was miraculously freed through the activism of Jews all over the world. After being liberated from the Soviet prison, he served in the Israeli government for nine years. He is now the head of the Jewish Agency of Israel (Sochnut). He spoke about his experiences.

He spoke about how and why he was arrested, what brought down the totalitarian Soviet Union. He explained that the human being has two needs which must be met, one is for freedom of expression, and the other is for identity and belonging. Identity is knowing who you are and what you stand for. This he received from his identity as a Jew.

Jews were persecuted in Soviet Russia. Sharansky knew that he needed both his identity and his freedom – if he were to acknowledge that he was a spy for Israel he could have gained his freedom. He refused. He was not willing to compromise on either front and he understood that all those who had an identity – i.e. who knew what they were fighting for – were his allies and friends in prison. His captors offered him his freedom if he would denounce Israel and his Jewish identity. He refused.

The activist support of Jews in the US and Europe was what enabled his release and the release and exodus of hundreds of thousands of persecuted Jews from the Soviet Union. (I was one of those social workers on the receiving end of Russian Jews escaping from tyranny in NYC.) The softening of the Soviet regime vis a vis the Jews led eventually to the downfall of the Soviet totalitarian system and an extension of human rights to all Soviet citizens.

He also spoke about the inevitability of the Arab spring Рthe need of the people to overthrow  totalitarian dictators in Egypt and Libya and elsewhere. He explained that Egyptians are rebelling against the totalitarianism of Mubarak, and fighting first for freedom of expression:

“If their only choice is the Muslim brotherhood or Mubarak totalitarianism, they will choose the brotherhood.”

The test will be whether the brotherhood will be able to deliver on the promise of freedom of expression and tolerance of identity. So far, there is already a prisoner of conscience, in Egypt, who has been imprisoned for speaking out against the military, Michael Nabil. Here, he talks about the Arab spring while interviewed by Irwin Kotler. Sharansky

He also spoke about the conflicts experienced by Jewish students on campuses all over North America due to the fraudulent claims of the BDS – Boycott Divestment Sanctions – and IAW (Israel/apartheid) movements that have branded Israel with the sins of South African apartheid, and made the Palestinian cause the poster child for human rights activism on North American campuses.

Here is what Israel and the Jewish Agency of Israel is doing about it. They are bringing Israeli fellows to campuses and also inviting students to come to Israel for internships and study to learn the truth for themselves.

Highlights of the CIJR conference: Combating the Delegitimation of Israel

I am, as we speak, reviewing the footage from the recent conference, Combatting the Delegitimation of Israel, which my company filmed.

Efraim Karsh pointed out the attempt to deny Jewish claims to the land of Israel. Asaf Ramirowsky analyzed the history of the “refugee problem” and UNRWA. 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. 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 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.


CIJR Delegitimation Conference in Montreal (Nov. 6, 2011)

On November 6th, CIJR Canadian Institute of Jewish Research at Concordia University is hosting a conference that will bring international activists and scholars to Montreal. The morning will be devoted to defining and analyzing the “delegitimization strategy” and scholarship. The afternoon will be devoted to combating it.

The morning participants will be Efraim Karsh, the distinguished historian, Sally Zerker, of York U., Asaf Ramirowsky, of the Middle East Forum, Barbara Kay, the Canadian journalist, and Catherine Chatterly, U. of Manitoba.

Daniel Pipes (Hoover Institution/MEF) will be giving the keynote address over lunch which is included in the admission.

I am especially excited about participating with the afternoon panelists who have been activists in the cause, Richard Landes, Mordechai Nisan, and Charles Small.

Richard Landes coined the term “Pallywood” which visually exposes the creation of Palestinian victim films on the West Bank. This was exposed on Sixty Minutes.

Mordechai Nisan, a former Montrealer, has proposed a novel solution to the Palestine refugee problem in his new book, Only Israel West of the River, and Charles Small, also a former Montrealer, has been in the forefront of exposing Islamist anti-semitism.

The conference is free to students and $36 to the public.

If you have any interest in the history, the people, or the land of Israel, you will want to attend this conference and I urge you to do so.

Nov. 6, 9 – 4:30 Lunch included $36./free for students.
Location: Chevra Kadisha on Clanranald near Queen Mary
To register: cijr@isranet.org
e-mail: cijr@isranet.org
or call: 514-486-5544
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