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In light of President Obama’s public acknowledgement that anti-Zionism is antisemitism here is a convenient chart outlining this reality by blogger Edgar Davidson:
|Official Definition||Hatred of Jews||Hatred of the Jewish state|
|What vociferous proponents really want||Physical destruction of the entire Jewish race||Physical destruction of the entire Jewish state|
|What is the core belief||The Jews are the root cause of most suffering in the world||The Jewish state is the root cause of most suffering in the world|
|What it based on||The singling out and demonization of Jews based on a set of complete lies about the political, economic, social and religious behaviour of Jews||The singling out and demonization of the Jewish state based on a set of complete lies about the political, economic, social and religious behaviour of the Jewish state|
|How is it currently sustained||Continued and incessant lies about Jews – much of it emanating from Muslim countries and academia – promulgated in the media and on the web – that is rarely if ever challenged||Continued and incessant lies about the Jewish State – much of it emanating from Muslim countries and academia – promulgated in the media and on the web– that is rarely if ever challenged|
|Typical media presentation||Cartoons of big fat Jews who control the world and eat non-Jewish babies; cartoons of Jews killing non-Jewish children.||Cartoons of big fat Jews who control the world and eat non-Jewish babies; cartoons of Jewish soldiers killing Arab children|
|Who currently are the most virulent proponents||Muslims, left-wing political activists, Black panthers, right-wing extremists, racists, self-hating Jews
In Muslim countries Pew surveys report 96% of the population ‘hate Jews’
|Muslims, left-wing political activists, Black panthers, right-wing extremists, racists, self-hating Jews
In Muslim countries Pew surveys report 98% of the population ‘hate Israel’
|Most common beliefs||· Jews are baby-killers;
· Jews did 9/11
· Jews control America, Britain, France (add any country you like, including even Arab ones)
· Jews control the world banking system, the United Nations (add any international organization you like)
· Jews bake the blood of Christian children in their Passover matzos;
|· Zionists are baby-killers;
· Zionists did 9/11
· Zionists control America, Britain, France (add any country you like, including even Arab ones)
· Zionists control the world banking system, the United Nations (add any international organization you like)
· Zionists bake the blood of Arab children in their Passover matzos;
|Tactic 1: Deligitimization||The message that the Jews are a depraved, illegitimate, ‘invented’ race. Denial of Jewish history including its origin in the Middle East.||The message that the Jewish State is depraved, ‘invented’ and illegitimate. Denial of Jewish history including its origin in the Middle East.|
|Tactic 2:Boycott||In the 1930s the Nazi singled out Jews – and Jews only – for economic, cultural, political, and academic boycott (antisemites still do this informally)||Singling out the Jewish State – and only the Jewish State – for economic, cultural, political, and academic boycott|
|Economic boycott in practice||Boycott Jewish businesses; vandalise Jewish-owned shops and their products, including daubing Swastikas and Stars of David.||Boycott Jewish owned Israeli businesses; vandalise Jewish-owned Israeli shops and their products, including daubing Swastikas and Stars of David.|
|Cultural boycott in practice||In Nazi Germany Jewish artists, performers, writers and sportsmen were not allowed to perform, while books, art, and plays sympathetic to Jews were banned||Jewish Israeli artists, performers, writers and sportsmen are not allowed to perform, while books, art, and plays sympathetic to Israel are shut out or shut down|
|Use of the Law||In the 1930s special Nazi laws introduced to both outlaw Jewish-owned businesses and criminalise attempts by anybody else to work with them||Special EU and Arab laws introduced to outlaw Jewish-owned Israeli businesses and criminalise attempts by anybody else to work with them|
|Secondary boycott tactics||In Nazi Germany Non-Jews visiting Jewish houses and businesses were publicly vilified and threatened to be boycotted themselves if they did not cease their interaction with Jews||In today’s West Non-Jews visiting the Jewish state and doing business with it are publicly vilified and threatened to be boycotted themselves if they do not cease their interaction with the Jewish state|
|Labelling and taxes||The Nazis forced Jews to wear the yellow star while Muslim countries have always forced Jews to pay a ‘dhimmi’ tax||The EU now forces Israel to put a special label on goods produced by Jewish-owned businesses (and only Jewish owned businesses) and also imposes additional taxes|
|Typical everyday behaviour||· Criticizing Jews for certain character traits (such as meanness, aggressiveness, deviousness) that are actually far more prominent in all other ethnic and religious groups
· Criticizing Jews for their genuinely good character traits (such as intelligence and business acumen) as in ‘The Jews use these traits to trick and steal from non-Jews’
|· Criticizing the Jewish State for certain character traits (such as meanness, aggressiveness, deviousness) that are actually far more prominent in all other countries
· Criticizing the Jewish State for their genuinely good character traits (such as intelligence and business acumen) as in ‘The Zionists use these traits to trick and steal from the Arabs’
|Beliefs about the Holocaust||The holocaust is exaggerated to gain sympathy for Israel. The only real holocaust was committed by Zionists against the Palestinians||The holocaust is exaggerated to gain sympathy for Israel. The only real holocaust was committed by Zionists against the Palestinians|
|What especially angers proponents||· Jews defending themselves from attack;
· Any Jewish success in science and culture
|· The Jewish state defending itself from attack;
· Any Israeli success in science and culture
|What they have never heard of or must never be mentioned||The total destruction of Jewish communities in Muslim lands after the establishment of Israel||The total destruction of Jewish communities in Muslim lands after the establishment of Israel|
|About the killing of Jews by Arab terrorists||If it really happens then the Jews must have had it coming to them||If it happens at all it is a natural reaction against Zionist crimes|
|About violence generally||Jews are legitimate targets for violence||Zionist Jews are legitimate targets for violence|
|Who are their heroes||Hitler, George Galloway, Saddam Hussein, Ahmedinejad and any other Muslim bigot you can think of – because they “stood up to the Jews”||George Galloway, Saddam Hussein, Ahmedinejad and any other Muslim bigot you can think of – because they “stood up to the Jews Zionists”|
|Mandatory reading||Protocols of the Elder of Zion, anything by Gilad Atzmon||Protocols of the Elder of Zion, anything by Gilad Atzmon|
|Popular phrase||“Jews back to Palestine”||“Jews out of Palestine”|
|What happens if they ‘win’||Millions of Jews were killed in the Holocause, but it did not help the Nazis in any way at all||Millions of Jews will be killed, but it will not help the Palestinians in any way at all|
|What is their current most hated thing in the whole world||The State of Israel||The State of Israel|
This weekend we honor those who gave their lives for this nation. It is fitting that we remember that Freedom is not free.
We sleep well at night because rough men (and women) stand ready to do violence in our name…George Orwell
Perhaps nothing speaks more eloquently to the sacrifice of the soldier than President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.