General Antisemitism

CiF reader comments on an Israel-related essay: Malevolence and Breathtaking Ignorance

The Sept 3 CiF pieceThe skewed Middle East Peace Talks, by Robert Malley and Hussein Agha, produced a slew of anti-Israel vitriol in the comment section, some of which seem clearly motivated by sheer malice towards Israel, and Jews.  Others advanced claims that are simply astonishing in their ignorance.

This first one (still not deleted) suggest that Israel “wrote the blueprint for terrorism”.

The link he provides to “prove” such an utterly preposterous allegation, was a site called The People’s Voice.

Just to give you a flavor of the content on the “social justice” site, here are a couple of stories they’ve published:

And, then there was this comment (still posted at CiF)

And, there was this ugly post (not deleted) which brings up the ugly specter of “rich Jews” (who he suggests are phony Zionists) too tied into making money to care much about anything:

Finally, there was this, which subtly characterizes Israel as a racist state which is obsessed with “ethnic purity.”

Of course, the claim  that Israel is unique in its desire maintain ethnic homogeneity is patently false. Jus sanguinis (Latin: right of blood) is a social policy by which nationality or citizenship is not determined by place of birth, but by having an ancestor who is a national or citizen of the state. It contrasts with jus soli (Latin for “right of soil”).  Apart from France, jus sanguinis still is the preferred means of passing on citizenship in many continental European countries, with benefits of maintaining culture and national identity.

Here are a few examples:

Greece’s ethnic/religious homogeneity: The constitution of democratic Greece recognizes the Greek Orthodox faith as the “prevailing” religion of the country, and an estimated 97% of Greek citizens identify themselves as Greek Orthodox. How’s that for purity?

Bulgaria’s “Law of Return”: Article 25 of the 1991 constitution specifies that “person[s] of Bulgarian origin shall acquire Bulgarian citizenship through a facilitated procedure.” Article 15 of the Law on Bulgarian Citizenship provides that an individual “of Bulgarian origin” may be naturalized without any waiting period and without having to show a source of income, knowledge of the Bulgarian language or renunciation of his former citizenship.

Croatia’s Law of Return: Article 11 of the Law on Croatian Citizenship allows emigrants and their descendants to acquire Croatian nationality upon return, without passing a language examination or renouncing former citizenship. In addition, Article 16 permits “a member of the Croatian people who does not have a place of residence in the Republic of Croatia [to] acquire Croatian citizenship” by making a written declaration and submitting proof of attachment to Croatian culture.

Spain’s “Law of Return”: Regardless of place of birth, or how far removed one is from an ancestor born in Spain, those born to an original Spaniard (whether or not your parent still retains Spanish citizenship, or is still living) are entitled to original Spanish nationality. (Original Spaniards are those who were born Spanish, no matter where they were born.) The grandchildren of those who emigrated due to political or economic reasons are also entitled to original Spanish nationality

Poland’s “Law of Return”: From the Constitution of Poland, Article 52(5): “Anyone whose Polish origin has been confirmed in accordance with statute may settle permanently in Poland.”

Turkey’s “Law of Return”: Turkish law allows persons of Turkish origin, and their spouses and children, to apply for naturalization without the five-year waiting period applicable to other immigrants.

Official Islamic States: There are 57 nations who are currently members of the Organization of Islamic States – that is, 57 self-described ISLAMIC states (many of which have Muslim populations exceeding 90%, and many of which explicitly prohibit the practice of religions other than Islam).

I could go on and on.

And, of course, the term “ethnic purity” is not an accidental choicer of words.  Its meant, of course, to convey the belief that Zionism is inherently racist – an updated version of the notorious (and since repealed) “Zionism = Racism” defamation of the Arab and Soviet sponsored UN Resolution 3379.

65 years after the Holocaust there’s 13 million Jews left in the world, and ONE state with a Jewish majority. The fact folks are bothered by this – and, apparently, find other nations’ desire to maintain ethnic/national/religious homogeneity perfectly normal – is, at best, grossly hypocritical.  At worst, it demonstrates the extreme malevolence towards Jews and Israel by many of the Guardian’s fellow travelers.

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  1. Thank you for this, but this is nothing new, is it? It’s more evidence of the deliberate drip drip drip of falsehoods into the minds of the intellectually challenged who never think critically about what they are reading.

    The Guardian and CiF are evil, that is an accepted fact, because of the hatred they nurture by means of this.

    They are also agenda-driven – they couldn’t give a toss about the (not so) “poor Palestinians” (as it turns out), rather they obsess more about denigrating the one democracy in the Middle East – because it is Jewish. It matters little to them that Palestinian leaders’ human rights records are disgraceful, that women are second class citizens in Muslim countries – all that matters to them is to spew out their mindless hatred to be lapped up by the terminally challenged below the line.

    Ignorant, hateful and hate-filled and shameful.

    And your final paragraph is spot on.

    But what are we going to do about this? CiFWatch is successful in challenging the lies as they go out, but what else can we do?

  2. Commenter MiniApolis noted the following about one member of this charming pair, Robert Malley (and its worth following the link he gives to read the full article about Malley, who is clearly a real piece of work):

    When reading this, it would be wise to understand Robert Malley’s background. He is one of the foremost revisionists of what actually happened at Camp David, and his fictional account, derided and debunked by most who were there from Clinton, Dennis Ross, Aaron Miller, Barak, to many of the Palestinians themselves, has actually made negotiations far more difficult.

    Simon Malley (Robert Malley’s father) loathed Israel and anti-Israel activism became a crusade for him-as an internet search would easily show. He spent countless hours with Yasser Arafat and became a close friend of Arafat. He was, according to Daniel Pipes, a sympathizer of the Palestinian Liberation Organization — and this was when it was at the height of its terrorism wave against the West . His efforts were so damaging to France that President Valerie d’Estaing expelled him from the country.

    [Robert] Malley has repeated this line of attack in numerous op-eds over the years, often co-writing with Hussein Agha, a former adviser to Yasser Arafat (see, for example, Camp David: The Tragedy of Errors ). He was also believed to be the chief source for an article by Deborah Sontag that whitewashed Arafat’s role in the collapse of the peace process, an article that has been widely criticized as riddled with errors and bias.

    Malley is a revisionist and his views are sharply at odds with the views of others who participated at Camp David, including Ambassador Dennis Ross and President Bill Clinton. Malley’s myth-making has been peddled in the notably anti-Israel magazine, Counterpunch and by Norman Finkelstein, the failed academic recently denied tenure at DePaul University . Malley’s Camp David propaganda has also become fodder for Palestinians, Arab rejectionists, and anti-Israel activists across the world.

  3. The Guardian is realizing its dream of financial solvency by appealing to a broad swathe of international anti-western, anti-Israel and anti-“Zionist” opinion, mostly Muslim outside Europe and Anglophonia, but plenty culturally Christian within.

  4. Pennyworth, I am not at all surprised about that – it’s probably being kept as an Islamist proxy too. Perhaps Rustbucket believes that he will get the Islamist equivalent of a knighthood when the black flag flies over Downing Street if he bends over for Islamists.