“To their credit two Australian Green MPs, John Kaye and David Shoebridge, have publicly refused to sign the declaration, saying that the document, “wrongly conflates valid criticism of the state of Israel with anti-Semitism” and is “an unacceptable slander on those of us who speak up for the rights of the Palestinians. Criticism of the state of Israel… that is motivated by concern for a people dispossessed of their land, the consequences of a state that is founded on a religion or ethnicity or the actions of a government that ignores UN resolutions, is a valid contribution to public discourse.”
In his article “London Declaration on Anti-Semitism: Seeking to Criminalize Criticism of Israel” appearing in the Palestine Chronicle today, Stuart Littlewood reviews the astonishing extent to which the “London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism” (full text linked to below) has been accepted and signed by North American, European, and Australasian political leaders and MP’s.
This largely enthusiastic acceptance is more a matter of Jewish public relations and influence rather than any measure of common sense, as the Declaration fails to acknowledge the legitimate concerns of many, including a substantial number of Jews, who are deeply opposed to Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestinian lands, massive breaches of human rights including the occasional indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, and Israel’s acts of war and aggression against its neighbours.
It also contains some pretty clear idiocies, as in the very first “resolve”, which reads in full as follows: “Parliamentarians shall expose, challenge, and isolate political actors who engage in hate against Jews and target the State of Israel as a Jewish collectivity”.
As Littlewood points out, “Oh dear, how confusing. Here I was foolishly thinking the state of Israel was indeed some sort of Jewish collective since its founding document says: “We, members of the People’s Council, representatives of the Jewish community of Eretz Israel and of the Zionist movement hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel, to be known as the State of Israel. The State of Israel will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles… We appeal to the Jewish people throughout the diaspora to rally round the Jews of Eretz-Israel in the tasks of immigration and upbuilding…”
There is far more to it than that, of course, but I wish to draw attention to Mr. Littlewood’s excellent analysis, and encourage visitors to this site to read it in full.
The primary way in which Zionism seeks to conceal its malicious activities is by attempting to criminalise discussion of its activities, and also by enforcing “acceptable” boundaries of discourse where that cannot be achieved.
Israel is a racist, apartheid state that treats its Muslim and Christian minorities with contempt, brutally occupies and builds “settlements” in territories it has occupied by force, commits acts of aggression against its neighbours, and refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation pact while possessing the fourth or fifth largest nuclear arsenal in the world.
Its contempt for international norms and laws is profound, and it is the only country in the world which refuses to define its borders.
The “London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism” is a brazen, ongoing attempt to conceal Israel’s aggressiveness and brutality, and should be treated with the contempt it deserves.
Read Stuart Littlewood’s article here.
See the full text of the “London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism” here.
See also “Outrage! Criticism of Israel called Anti-Semitic” (July 16th, 2011) here – “That Canada’s Prime Minister and government can unquestioningly support such an appalling country, to the extent of restricting the free speech rights of its own citizens, is cause for massive concern about our political integrity and our image throughout the world.”