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Freedman on the Aftonbladet libel


Seth Freedman’s piece today on the Aftonbladet libel is typical.

1.      He attempts to say the article is not antisemitic because it attacks the IDF and not Judaism. Conveniently he forgets the inextricable links between Israel and Judaism, the same links which give him the right to Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return. Just because he no longer believes in the Jewish state does not mean that it is not widely accepted outside his own bubble of hate.

2.      He fails of course to mention that Sweden is able to act when it is Muslims who become offended: what happened to free speech here?

3.      He plays the Livingstone Formulation card.  This suggests that the Israeli government – by protesting about the Aftonbladet libel – is trying to “stifle criticism” when it is doing nothing of the sort.

4.      His attempt at righteousness is pathetic: “Israel has to start dealing with criticism in a measured and mature fashion”. Is this the same Freedman who on ‘Comment is Free’ apparently threatened to bottle another blogger with an empty glass and stated “ i’ve always said i don’t care what people say to me on the threads, as long as they can take what they dish out”?

Freedman’s sanctimoniousness towards a country which took him on – only to then be kicked in the teeth by him – is unbelievable.

If he dislikes Israel so much he can always go back to London and resume his glowing City career.

56 replies »

  1. It goes beyond being an attention seeker.
    Things have become accepted as truths, anti-zionism is accepted as legitimate.
    On a weekly if not daily basis the legitimacy of Israel is questioned, not hte policies of the country, but the very fact of her existence!!
    This used to be fodder for Stormfront, not for a popular British paper.

    The very fact that we are unable to point it out and question it without being called _______ (fill in the blank with the word of your choice) points to the dangers out there.

    Oylem Goylem is what it is and in a decade there will be crying as it will just get worse.
    The overt anti-semitism that is excused in Sweden, the tennis match played indoors in an empty stadium just cows to the anti-semites.

  2. @Louise at 12.29pm. Now that’s an interesting development.

    1peter, I sympathise with your frustration.

    Let’s hope that CiFWatch gets stronger and stronger and that its influence extends (now there’s a recipe for cranking up the paranoia of any CiF Israel/Jew haters who may happen by!) so that, as Medusa says in his/her article, here at least people can stand up and shout that the Emperor is naked.

    Did you keep any of your posts which subsequently got deleted from CiF?

    Perhaps you should post one or two here, with a short account of the context or a weblink to the article.

    Indeed, I hope that the site will welcome any such posts.

  3. Roland, we have kept deleted posts and we will post them

    And yes, we definitely welcome posts which point out antisemitism or Israel bashing which then get deleted.

    CIFWatch is a library for anyone who needs it – not least, policymakers

  4. Roland, well I’m certainly shouting that the CiF King is naked!

    Seaton says that it is not anti-semitic????

    What was he smoking???