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When Antisemitism isn’t Antisemitism


So in the topsy turvy world of the Guardian, there are some commenters that think that when the only synagogue in Crete is the subject of an arson attack not once but twice, its not motivated by antisemitism. Here’s an example, the first comment in the thread.

Ah yes I forgot, after watching Yoav Shamir’s documentary and reading the endless threads on the  subject, there is no such thing as antisemitism.

Kinda reminds me of this.

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  1. Humza doesn’t like Jewish people who cry ‘antisemitism’.

    Aw what a sensitive soul. We really shouldn’t notice the manifestations in case we injure these delicate perceptions. That a synagogue is torched twice in ten days is coincidence, mere coincidence. Let us wave away the accusations of antisemitism – there never was such a phenomenon surely. (ssh with your murmurs of holocaust)

    As Abtalyon said on the same thread:

    Out of all the buildings in this small town in Crete that could have been the target for arsonists, how interesting that the one chosen happened to be the synagogue.

    Seems to me that on the subject of antisemitism, Antony Lerman has a bad case of Three Brass Monkey Syndrome.

  2. I have always felt that there were Jews, to clever for their own good, as they were being pushed into the cattle cars or gas chambers, would be explaining to those around them that this was actually a good thing and expressive of the higher cultural standards of those persecuting them.

    Lerman would have been one of these.

    If attempting to destroy a synagogue is not an anti-Semitic act, I am at a loss to know what is. When some settlers burned a copy of the Koran on the WB it almost led to a discussion in the UN. But burning the only synagogue in Crete, books (some, according to Lerman, priceless), vandalizing or stealing the computers – merely an example of local hogh spirits.

    That really is priceless.

  3. Akus, you are right. Left-wing anti-Zionists are so completely in denial to the extent of their own bigotry and its contribution to the new anti-Semitism, that if we were to take their word for it, absolutely nothing would qualify as anti-Semitic, and if it were, it would be the fault of the Zionists anyway. They have air-brushed it out of reality. If burning a synagogue in Crete in 2010 isn’t anti-Semitic, then neither was Kristallnacht in 1938, and if Cllr Kelly isn’t anti-Semitic, then nobody is or ever was either.

  4. Margie

    “Humza doesn’t like Jewish people who cry ‘antisemitism’. Aw what a sensitive soul.”

    It is a cheap and disgusting slur. There is no polite riposte …. however I thought of a joke on my postal walk today.

    On CIFwatch what’s the difference between a strutting, jackbooted Nazi ..who admits he hates Jews and a slipper wearing pacifist who criticises Isarel but denies he hates Jews.

    One is an anti Semite the other is a liar! 🙂 Peace to all

  5. Iwouldn’tifIwereyou (12:29pm) “But as you build ponder the reasons that men will commit such vile acts.

    Only in understanding why you were attacked will you find peace.”

    So even for an act of antisemitic thuggery we still have to go looking for “root causes”.

    Unbelievable. I’m lost for words.

  6. clearly the attack on the synagogue was a legitimate response to the treatment of palestinians by the Israelis….. ho hum.

  7. In the topsy turvy world of the far left, Silverstein justifies the attack against the Jews in Mumbai. In that case, all attacks on Jews are justified in the name of Israel, including the 100 or so killed in Argentina at the Jewish Community Center by Hezbollah under the direction of the Iranian government. No antisemitism there either I guess. Daniel Pearl? Nope. All of them victimized the Palestinians.

    What a nut.

  8. I think that Nikos Stavroulakis is trying to put a very brave face on it when he speaks to Lerman, and that he doesn’t deny the seriousness of the antisemitism that led to the two attacks. Lerman seems to have his own agenda, which seems to be in part to protect himself from the pain of realizing the reality (and brutality) of Jew-hatred.

    If you’d like to get a more complete picture, I suggest taking a look at the Etz Hayyim website, where Stavroulakis writes with obvious pain about the two arson attacks as well as hostility and indifference from many people in Hania, Crete. Just because there are people who now step in and help him and the Etz Hayyim community does not obviate antisemitism in Hania or other parts of Greece.