The Year of War Against Anti-Semitism

31-12-19 04:13:00,

One might think that 2019 was the year war was declared against anti-Semitism judging from the pronouncements of politicians in Washington, London, Paris and Berlin. To be sure, Israel and its diaspora friends have continued to play the “anti-Semitism” card whenever their behavior is challenged but the international passion to extirpate the “new anti-Semitism” to include any and all criticism of Israel is something quite special that is being backed up by punitive legislation.

In one of its more recent victory laps, British Zionists are toasting Mazel Tov in their Hanukkah celebrations over their part in the defeat of Labour candidate Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn was demonized personally by the British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis shortly before the December election and was unfairly labeled an anti-Semite by the Jewish media over his antipathy towards Israeli actions and his willingness to recognize the suffering of the Palestinians. From now on, no British politician will be willing to challenge Jewish power in the U.K. Indeed, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who claims some Jewish ancestry and spent some time in his youth on a kibbutz, has already pledged to make any criticism of Israel illegal in Britain. Moving the British Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will no doubt soon follow.

Meanwhile, and as a direct result of the unwillingness to confront Israel in any meaningful way, war crimes committed by the Jewish state proliferate. Every Friday there is a shooting gallery along the fence with Gaza, where unarmed Palestinian protesters are targeted by Israeli snipers. And in November, Israel conducted a series of air strikes on the Gaza Strip after its assassination of a senior Islamic Jihad commander and his wife. At least 34 Palestinians were reported killed and more than 100 wounded in the two days of bombardment while no Israelis were killed. An attack on the makeshift home of the al-Sawarka family killed eight members of the family, including children. A week later, a ninth member of the family, Mohammed al-Sawarka, died from from his injuries.

The Israeli army carried out a perfunctory investigation of the deaths and concluded that that the army’s intelligence section had made a mapping mistake that included the family home as part of an Islamic Jihad “compound.” So a filing error led to the deaths of nine innocent civilians in one family and,

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Battling anti-Semitism or shielding Israel? Trump signs executive order targeting ‘discriminatory’ boycotts & activism on campuses

12-12-19 09:06:00,

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that he claims will help combat anti-Semitic discrimination based on “race, color, or national origin,” as critics say it only shields the state of Israel from any criticism.

Citing the “rise of anti-Semitism” on college campuses and elsewhere, the move seeks to apply the 1964 Civil Rights Act to Jewish Americans, and calls on the government to find new ways to “use nondiscrimination authorities” to address the issue.

“This is our message to universities: if you want to accept the tremendous amount of federal dollars you get every year, you must reject anti-semitism; it’s very simple,” President Trump said after signing the order.

Some critics have posited a different purpose altogether, however: beating back criticism of Israel and silencing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which looks to bring international pressure on Israel to cease its occupation of Palestinian lands. The president singled out the initiative by name in his signing statement, insisting his administration has “taken a firm stand against the so-called divestment and sanctions movement.”

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“It is designed to chill any kind of speech that is critical of Israel,” Joe Cohn, legislative and policy director at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, told the Wall Street Journal. “This would be unconstitutional.”

President Trump and some conservative allies have long argued that BDS promotes a covert form of anti-Semitism or discrimination against Jews, despite a number of prominent Jewish progressive groups taking part in the effort, such as Jewish Voice for Peace, a California-based activist network.

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The BDS campaign itself, launched by Palestinian civil society activists in 2005, has explicitly disavowed anti-Semitism, with co-founder Omar Barghouti telling 972 Magazine in 2015:

BDS is a non-violent human rights movement that seeks freedom,

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MSM hurls FAKE ‘anti-Semitism’ charge against Trump, rather than question his REAL loyalty to Israel

21-08-19 02:22:00,

The media has willfully misinterpreted Donald Trump’s words to portray the most pro-Israel US president in history as an anti-Semite. It makes more sense to chide him for sacrificing US interests to please Benjamin Netanyahu.

Here is the full Trump quote from Tuesday, in which he rejected Democrat Bernie Sanders’ idea that Israel should stop accepting American aid, after its reluctance to let in congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who have publicly endorsed the BDS campaign.

“The concept of even talking about this – even three years ago – of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people – I can’t believe we’re even having this conversation,” Trump said.

“Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they’re defending these two people over the State of Israel? I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat – it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” 

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There is no ambiguity to this quote. Trump says that it is bizarre that Democrats prioritize Omar and Tlaib over maintaining Washington’s historic good relations with Israel. And that those Jews who support the Democratic Party are being “disloyal” to either fellow Jews or the state of Israel. 

Trump is not using the dual allegiance trope deployed since ancient times, in which Jews living in foreign countries are accused of putting their ethnicity and religion above their citizenship. On the contrary, he is urging American Jews to show MORE of a dual allegiance, to remember their roots and back their historic kin, living in Israel.

The media has either pretended that the two above sentiments are the same, or that the “great disloyalty” mentioned by Trump related to the United States itself or to him personally, which makes no sense within the context.

To perpetuate the confusion it has leveraged Jewish voices to deliver the judgment. Though notably, the ostensibly neutral ones actually stopped short of calling the US president an anti-Semite. The American Jewish Committee called the comments “divisive” and the Anti-Defamation League merely urged him to “stop using Jews as a political football.”

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The 2017 Anti-Semitism Scare: Made in Israel?

03-08-19 08:10:00,

“Hate Crime Survey Reports” (, posted on 7/21/2019) seeks to explain the significant up-tick in anti-Semitic hate crimes in the first quarter of 2017, following President’s Trump’s election. The key feature of this increase was hundreds of bomb threat phone calls made to U.S. Jewish Community Centers. On April 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a criminal complaint against Michael Ron David Kadar accusing him of making hate calls using on-line “Spoofing” services .

On June 8, 2017, this author’s Seattle-based attorney emailed a letter (copy here) to half-a-dozen DOJ attorneys that questioned whether the proper person had been charged for these crimes. The letter made a testable hypothesis — if “Michael R. Kadar” of Illinois flew from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to Tel Aviv a day or two prior to Kadar’s arrest in Ashkelon, then DOJ had indicted the wrong person. Further, if the wrong person had been indicted, the letter suggested a more likely culprit — Kadar’s Israeli mother, Dr. Tamar Kadar, who is a chemical weapons researcher at the Mossad-operated Israeli Institute for Biological Research.

Within minutes, the Seattle attorney received a phone call from DOJ’s Ryan Dickey, who works in the Computer Crime division, and was one of the email’s recipients:

“I got a call from Ryan Dickey. He was involved in the investigation leading to the Criminal Complaints. He wanted to know what this was about before he opened the pdf. I explained. He seemed genuinely interested in the suggestive information and he told me that he would open and read the letter and would insure that the information is shared with the appropriate folks.”

DOJ lawyers do not investigate crimes; that’s the FBI’s job. The FBI has ready access to overseas TSA flight information for travelers. If Michael Kadar did not fly from Chicago to Tel Aviv in the narrow timeframe predicted, the hypothesis could be rejected and I would expect to hear no more from the government.

On July 25, 2017, my Seattle lawyer reported the following:

“I got a call from Greg Leiman, an FBI agent who wanted to interview me regarding Michael Kadar. I told him I had no knowledge beyond the contents of the letter but that my clients may have more information.

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BDS = anti-Semitism? Germany passes motion against Palestinian protest movement

17-05-19 04:22:00,

Germany’s parliament has passed a motion defining the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as anti-Semitic. It calls on Berlin to cut funding to groups supporting BDS.

The Bundestag voted to adopt the non-binding motion backed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party on Friday, making it the first European parliament to do so.

The FDP motion supported by the CDU, CSU, SPD and Greens says the “arguments and methods of the BDS movement are anti-Semitic,” as it calls for the boycott of Israeli artists and because the BDS ‘don’t buy’ labels put on Israeli goods “recall the most terrible phase of German history,” referring to the Nazi slogan ‘Don’t buy from Jews’.

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The motion urges the German government not to fund or support groups “that question Israel’s right to exist,” although that isn’t what the BDS movement sets out to do.

BDS is an international effort to use non-violence to pressure the state of Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian territories and give full equality to its Arab-Palestinian citizens. It also calls for the right of return for Palestinian refugees by encouraging a cultural, economic and political boycott. The movement is inspired by the international boycott of apartheid South Africa and was started by Palestinian groups in 2005.

מברך את הבונדסטאג הגרמני על ההחלטה החשובה שמכירה בתנועת החרם על ישראל (BDS) כתנועה אנטישמית ומכריזה שאסור לממנה. בייחוד מעריך את הקריאה של הבונדסטאג שעל גרמניה להפסיק לממן ארגונים שפועלים נגד קיומה של ישראל. מקווה שההחלטה תביא לצעדים ממשיים וקורא למדינות נוספות לאמץ חקיקה דומה

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) May 17, 2019

Israel’s President Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the “important decision” and called on other countries to adopt similar legislation.

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Critics of the Bundestag motion called it draconian, saying it silences Palestinians’ freedom of expression. A group of 50 Israeli academics opposed the “deceitful allegation” that BDS is anti-Semitic in a letter to German politicians,

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