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Huffington Post op-ed implicitly justifies attacks on Jews in Europe!


No, our headline is not overstating the case.

A commentator named Barry Lando published an op-ed at the World Post (a Huffington Post brand) on Feb. 16th titled ‘BiBi Netanyahu: The King of Chutzpah‘. Lando, a former 60 Minutes producer, not only blames Israel for fueling antisemitism in Europe, but actually seems to justify Muslim attacks on Jews!

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Here’s the passage, in the putatively “progressive” publication, which blames Israel for antisemitism:

The only word for it is chutzpah: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for European Jews to flee to Israel from the claws of a newly rampant anti-Semitism that is supposedly sweeping Europe.

Why Chutzpah? Because one of the major causes for the upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks in Europe over the past several years have been the actions of Israel--under Netanyahu.

Though Lando’s claim that the Jewish state is responsible for antisemitic attacks in Europe is insidious enough, it actually gets worse, and crosses the line into an implicit justification of racist violence.

We’ll include the paragraphs which precede the relevant quote so you’ll see it in context:

Those who monitor such attacks for many years have found a direct relationship between outbreaks of deadly violence between Israel and the Palestinians to an upswing of attacks on Jewish targets from cemeteries, to synagogues, to shops, to individuals.

This has got nothing to do with whether or not you think that Israel’s actions have been justified or not; the fact is that the relationship is clear: Every time Israel undertakes a violent action against the Palestinians–from the first and second Intifadas, to last year’s invasion of Gaza, the result is trouble for the Jews of Europe.

The reason is obvious: They may not go out of their way to support the Palestinian cause, but millions of Muslims now living in Europe–particularly the young–naturally identify with the Palestinians rather than Israel. On the social media and TV they saw the terrible carnage wrought in Gaza last summer and were horrified and outraged.

What made matters worse was that leaders of most major Jewish organizations publicly defended Israel’s incursion into Gaza –despite the fact that many European Jews were also upset by them.

In France, for instance Roger Cukierman, the head of the leading Jewish organization, the CRIF, called for a massive demonstration in support of Israel’s actions in Gaza and attempted to get the French government to outlaw a march that others had called to support the Palestinians. He also condemned French President Francois Hollande for appealing to the international community to end the “massacre” going on in Gaza.

Hollande, he charged, parroting the statements issued by Netanyahu’s government, was excoriating Israel without taking account of the many provocations of Hamas in Gaza–rocketing Israel, using Palestinian schools and hospitals to stock weapons, etc.

And so it goes, the CRIF, as if it were an arm of the Israeli government itself, continues to clarion all-out support for Israel’s actions.

Since the CRIF supposedly represents the views of France’s Jewish community, is there any wonder that not just French Muslims conclude that France’s Jews support Israel’s actions against the Muslim population in Gaza, and whatever else the Israeli government is up to?

(Unless more Jews in France and elsewhere are willing to speak out publicly about their disagreements with organisations like the CRIF and AIPAC and Israel’s policies, that’s the way it’s going to be.)

Is there any wonder then that, given the ghastly images coming out of Gaza, that some of the French and other European Muslims react by attacking the nearest Jewish target at hand, be it a gravestone, synagogue wall, kosher restaurant, or individual wearing a kippah?

At a time when antisemitism in Europe is reaching record levels, Lando is holding European Jews – by virtue of their support for Israel – responsible for racist attacks against them, and actually expressing empathy for the Muslim perpetrators!

This is truly one of the most disturbing op-eds we’ve ever come across, and we suggest contacting the publication and the author to complain.

Barry Lando twitter account: @barrylando

Huffington Post editor in chief, Arianna Huffington, twitter account: @ariannahuff

Huffington Post managing editor, Kate Palmer, twitter account: @katepalms

Huffington Post email for editorial complaints: HuffPostUK@HuffingtonPost.com

Huffington Post legal team: AOLUKlegal@aol.com.

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  1. Lando is now comparing the Holocaust with the situation in Gaza:

    “excuse 4 world standing by as holocaust perpetrated by nazis, was ‘we didn’t know’. with #aljazeera engl/ coverage of #gaza we’ve no xcuses.”

      • On the positive side: at least sane people will immediately see what a prat he is.
        On the negative side: you do wonder what kind of people would twitter with this imbecile.

    • Lando: “we’ve no xcuses”

      And there can be absolutely no excuses for such analogies. What an effin’ moron.

    • With 70 years of Arabs screaming they want to throw the Jews into the sea Barry Lando has no excuses except for himself and the ‘world’ once again claiming ignorance.
      I believe the expression is “I no nothing!” and was made popular on Hogan’s Heroes. Life imitating art?

      • Since when has “seems to justify” meant “justifying”?. The truth is he didn’t justify what he was purported to have justified. This is yet another case of looking for anti-Semitism where none exists. The anti-semeticosis is clearly spreading fast. By the way, Arabs allegedly “screaming they want to throw Jews into the sea” is a rhetorical red herring given the wider context of a situation in which Palestinian’s are objectively being ethnically cleansed. But hey, they are only Untermensch, so who cares?

    • I don’t recall German Jews firing thousands of rockets on German civilians.

      I don’t recall German Jews having a charter calling for the annihilation of all Christian Germans.

      I don’t recall German Jews bombing Germans in Pub and Cafes with suicide bombing then handing out sweets afterwards.

  2. I guess in “Landoland” the Jews of Israel should submit meekly to rocket attacks, terror tunnels, bus bombings, and murder of its citizens by Hamas terrorists. Perhaps then the Jews will enjoy peace and quiet. It’s the Jew’s fault for responding to deadly provocations by fighting back.

  3. “Is there any wonder then that, given the ghastly images coming out of Gaza, that some of the French and other European Muslims react by attacking the nearest Jewish target at hand, be it a gravestone, synagogue wall, kosher restaurant, or individual wearing a kippah?”

    So would Lando feel it would be any wonder if Europeans, in light of the ghastly images coming out of Paris and Copenhagen, reacted by attacking the nearest Muslim target at hand, be it a gravestone, mosque, halal restaurant, or individual wearing a niqab?

    Of course not.

    His way of thinking is the essence of anti-Semitsm. It is no wonder, he feels, that Jews are attacked, but it is horrifying to think that Muslims would be attacked using the very same thinking he espouses regarding Jews.

  4. Huff Post is as antisemtic as the BBC and C4. Possibly more so.

    “Every time Israel undertakes a violent action against the Palestinians–from the first and second Intifadas” –

    for this little turd, the murder of Jews by Arabs is ‘violent action by Israel’.

  5. You could indeed say the root “cause” of such attacks is “the actions of Israel”. But that doesn’t mean the latter is to blame, FFS. And besides: if there were a peace deal and a Palestinian state tomorrow, there’d probably still be murderous maniacs attacking Jews due to the sole existence of Israel.

    • No, you couldn’t. Obviously you don’t know what ‘root cause’ means.
      At most – and even then it’s reeaally pushing it – one might argue that it’s the proximate cause (if one were an antisemite, that is).

  6. The Assad- Regime, since decades notorious for its endemic and vile antisemitism, now portrayed as rational choice by complete idiots

  7. This is truly one of the most disturbing op-eds we’ve ever come across, and we suggest contacting the publication and the author to complain.
    1. Calling this disturbing is the understatement of the century. It is not disturbing but the justification of murder of every Jew anywhere.
    2. Why should anyone “contact” them? Would you complain at the Stuermer too?
    After incidentally stepping on a piece of dogturd on the sidewalk would you complain to the dog?
    3. The article is the best proof that the Western left is dead and can’t be resuscitated (Huffington Post is a mainstream progressive liberal left-wing internet journal – like its brother in Jew-hate – the Guardian).

  8. The blame lies with the Arab League. It is they who insist on the Arab world be Jew free and hence against UN division, for Arab armies’ invasion, Palestinian Arab flight and victimhood ,and expulsion of 865,000 Jews from Muslim world. Compare the fate of the Arab and the Jewish refugees: one is steeped in poisonous, impotent rage which expresses itself in desperate but creative ways of murder and the N. African Jews who refuse to call themselves refugees and are dedicated to self improvement

  9. No wonder Huffington published this man’s article. It turns out he’s a real author! He wrote a mystery! So let’s not doubt his supreme qualifications to weigh in with his special brand of idiocy.
    Mr. Lando obviously knows what we don’t: that being Muslim in these matters trumps all else, that Muslims have no moral agency, and that it’s perfectly ‘natural’ not to expect anything but savage behavior from them. The racist left is on the march.

    There were ‘real’ authors on the Mavi Mamara too! I think one of wrote “Plankton and you: A vegan’s guide to a macrobiotic liberation of Palestine.”

  10. Lando may well be a general twat and possible anti-Semite. I don’t want to defend him (and especially his Nazi reference in the tweet). But this article is not evidence of anti-Semitism:

    The article does not “Justify” the attacks on European Jews, it is suggesting a reason for the increase on such attacks. Big difference!
    The article is not “holding European Jews – by virtue of their support for Israel – responsible for racist attacks against them”. It is *not* saying that the support of European Jews for Israel’s actions is the cause; Israel’s attacks on Gaza (for example) are.

    And for some commentators who are assuming that such reactions are only against Jews, try looking up the crime statistics for Islamophobic attacks on Muslims as a result of the actions of ISIS, Hebdo or post 9/11, 7/7, etc.

    For the record I believe Israel’s actions against Gaza may be one of the reasons for the increase in anti-Semitic attacks, but it is never, ever justifiable or excusable.

    • Exactly, u tellz ’em Dinkles.

      An EXPLANATION (valid, in this case) is not synonymous with a ‘justification’.

      You,dear Sirs, are proper thick a shite.

      and i meanz proper. Buuu Ya!

      • Dinkle:

        “The article does not “Justify” the attacks on European Jews, it is suggesting a reason for the increase on such attacks. Big difference!
        The article is not “holding European Jews – by virtue of their support for Israel – responsible for racist attacks against them”. It is *not* saying that the support of European Jews for Israel’s actions is the cause;”

        Nice try but No!

        Shall we start from the article?

        “Since the CRIF supposedly represents the views of France’s Jewish community, is there any wonder that not just French Muslims conclude that France’s Jews support Israel’s actions against the Muslim population in Gaza, and whatever else the Israeli government is up to?”

        Did you spot it? Yes, that last bit in the sentence.
        “…and whatever else the Israeli government is up to?”
        Oh dear, those terrible Jews must be upto something nasty!

        Did you also spot the supposedly at the front of the paragraph?
        “is there any wonder that not just French Muslims conclude that France’s Jews support Israel’s actions against the Muslim population in Gaza”

        Is there any wonder…

        Would it sound fine if I had said that if in pre dominently black areas of South London (for example) Gang culture is rife, is it any wonder that black young teens are being harrased by the police and by White people because (I quote the author while swapping the words Muslim and Palestinians with Whites and Israel with Blacks):
        “…millions of Whites now living in Europe–particularly the young–naturally identify with the Whites rather than Blacks.”.

        This is not right and takes white people as idiots who think like “sheeple” in a herd mentality while could not make up their own mind.
        Yes you are happy to identify this exact patern when it comes to Muslim migrants.
        Are you and the author say that the Muslim people in Europe cannot make intelectual choices by actually analyzing individual situations?
        So when the US killed Bin Laden thousands of US Muslims happened to side with Bin Laden because he happened to share their religion?

        Speaking of sharing their religion I thought that Islamic Fundementalism such as Al Qaeda, ISIS, or Hamas are not representatives of Islam so why would Millions of Muslim migrants will “naturally” side with the Palestinians than with Israel?

        “Is there any wonder then that, given the ghastly images coming out of Gaza, that some of the French and other European Muslims react by attacking the nearest Jewish target at hand, be it a gravestone, synagogue wall, kosher restaurant, or individual wearing a kippah?”

        Short answer: Yes. Reason being is that images of war are always ghastly,no exception!
        The fact, and the author hardly even touches or questions that point, that wars in Ukraine, Georgia, Nigeria, Afghanistan etc do not begin to portray image quantity and secription with each and every of Israel’s recent conflicts (whether domestic or broader) tells of a serious bias in journalistic terms (may it be the employment of local staff or through intimidation or other means).

        The fact that it has taken from Sep 2000 until July 2014 to even begin and publically question the Palestinian narrative and the word of UN ran institutions on Palestinian governed soil tells its own story.

        And lastly the fact that you choose to ignore these elements to keep whatever buble you believe in from bursting is somewhat disapointing.

        I’m not suggesting that Israel’s constant battling with the Arabs is winable unless accompanied by a political deal. Far from it.
        But to dismiss the role which world’s media has played through constant decay and laziness in the past 15 years of coverage on this site of the Med is sheer nonesense.
        Many many media outlets, some ran by Jews who should know better, have chosen to sell out for a quick buck and by doing so lost their moral high ground in an even worse way they have us believe Israel has lost its morality!
        That’s the bottom line.

        • “Would it sound fine if I had said that if in pre dominently black areas of South London (for example) Gang culture is rife, is it any wonder that black young teens are being harassed by the police and by White people because.”

          No of course it is not fine. But it is an accurate reflection on what its like to be black in Britain for many. And while Al Qaeda, ISIS, or Hamas are not representative of Islam, ordinary Muslims are not happy with seeing a “big bully beat up a small defenceless country” (in quotation marks because that’s a common narrative) and so support the little guy. No one likes Goliath.

          And I suppose that’s why the word ‘supposedly’ was used. Because its obvious that CRIF are not doing a good job. Jews are being tarnished by one sided arguments from the media and CRIF’s strategy is to blindly support Israel in all instances. This, and their poor PR efforts definitely earn the ‘supposedly’ adverb (or perhaps adjective)

          And I would contend that with all the wars you mention there is a narrative of the good guy and the bad guy. Ukraine its the nasty Russian supported rebels vs the struggling democratically elected government etc. Media will play the narrative that works best for telling a story and until it is pointed out that the narrative is wrong and given a new one. Not condoning it, its the way it is.

          • Dinkle:
            “Jews are being tarnished by one sided arguments from the media and CRIF’s strategy is to blindly support Israel in all instances.”

            Really?
            Did they support the Israeli government on the cottage issue?
            What about supporting the Israeli govt on health issues?
            Which part of the Israeli govt did CRIF support regarding the loyalty bill or the proposal to the Conversion bill?
            Do you believe they shouldn’t support the Israeli legal system regarding the reform Jews Kotel portion battle?
            Or perhaps they should reject the Israeli president and the PM words towards Abu Khdeir’s family?
            http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Netanyahu-speaks-to-father-of-Abu-Khdeir-expresses-condolences-361733

            You and the author chose one incident. A war in which the entire state of Israel was being under attack!
            A war which was being waged on each and every Israeli by a prescribed terrorist organisation.
            Not all Jewish organisations are supporting the state of Israel though the vast majority are, and rightly so.
            Many probably have family members in that tiny country so it’s hardly a surprise.

            And this is what is missing from the article and your defence of it.
            The perspective.
            Jews in comparison to Muslims or Christians are a tiny minority.
            When you through a small rock in a lake the ripples will soon die out but through one in a tiny puddle and you’ll splash most of the water out.
            Jews have learnt very early on to look after one another.
            Non Jews don’t seem to understand this solidarity. One of the reason to our quick recovery time after time was working as one and picking each and every one up.
            Do you really think people will remember CRIF’s comments about whether or not they agree with the PM budget? Is it even their business?
            But when they see their official representatives portray a one sided picture of events so close to them do you not believe they have a right to talk? Do you diagree they have a duty to do just that? Would you keep quiet?

            • Sigh – I thought it was obvious that I was referring to Israel’s foreign policy in the ME when I said “in all instances”. I should have realised that nit-picking is what happens in here, and in the meantime the bigger picture just sails on by.

              I am not saying that CRIF or any organisation representing the Jewish community should keep quiet, but they should speak out better. Israel and those that support her are losing the argument in mainstream Europe. Israel is perceived, not as a tiny nation but a huge military power with the backing of the world’s biggest and one which could (and has) defeated most in the ME. It is perceived as a bully.

              So what are these organisations doing about this? Why aren’t they changing the narrative in the media and winning the PR battle. Why aren’t they doing a better job for the communities they represent?

              • losing argument
                Well, when you consider the Jew hate of antisemites like piece of .. as argument, Israel should better be a bully, not only being perceived as one, for the sake of the Jews.
                Depending on the narrative in media only complete fools would suggest, and antisemites, self evidently.

                • ” I should have realised that nit-picking is what happens in here” – aww, poor baby, other posters expect you to write carefully and say what you mean? Not fair!

              • Dinkle:

                “I am not saying that CRIF or any organisation representing the Jewish community should keep quiet, but they should speak out better.”
                You mean say what you want them to say, “Her Dink”?

                “Israel and those that support her are losing the argument in mainstream Europe…. So what are these organisations doing about this? Why aren’t they changing the narrative in the media and winning the PR battle.”

                I’d say the Arab side are winning their PR campaign / battle because that’s exactly what it is.
                Israel has negelected for decades to participate in such spin “battles” and focus solely on attempting two things:
                A) Hitting the Arabs harder and harder everytime the Arabs come up with alternative mode de operation.
                Sadly this tactic is not a winning formula for Israel in the long run in my opinion because Israel armed forces are based on defensive formulas. We react to threats as opposing to the Iranians, for example, who operate by creating threats and reasses the field after such threat was put into place.

                B) Israel shifted its energies in two levels; attempting to solve the situation through diplomatic means in ways that the home crowds be willing to absorb it and, if unable to do so, manage the current conflict.
                Again, managing this conflict is not a solution that can take us anywhere.

                The Arabs on the other hand have used their massive amount of support and funds, once losing the USSR’s support, into very cheap weaponary, cheap gurilla warfare and of course the PR Campaigns which we can all see has quite frankly managed to rewrtie history in some EU and US campuses.

                “Israel is perceived, not as a tiny nation but a huge military power with the backing of the world’s biggest and one which could (and has) defeated most in the ME. It is perceived as a bully.”

                With the exception of 1948 and 1967 Israel lost every single war it fought.
                1973 – Saddat aim was to shutter the status quo and bring about the return of Egyptian soil plus oil fields. Israel didn’t have a goal as it’s goal was the mgmt of the war of attrition.
                Israel may have retained its terrirotry but Saadat goals were achieved in full.

                1982 – PLO goal was to draw back attention from the Iran Iraq war and get back to the top of the priority. They needed to start winning the world simpathy. They needed a closer launch pad from which to attack the Israelis and to install fear and terror in the Israeli public while gain world support for their cause.

                Israel goals were the removal of PLO terrorists from Lebanon and the achievmenet of a security zone under its control to achieve security for the northern border.

                PLO won as the conslusion of this war lead to Sabra and Shatila and a massive outcry not only abroad but also inside Israel.
                The PLO managed to achieve closer launch pads through the first Intifada and later from the WB and Gaza which have been partially returned. The intire security buffer was return to Lebanon and is now under Hizbulla control under the useless watchful eye of UNIFIL.
                We can go on…

                You are simply parrotting what the media oped tells you. The truth is that the Arab leaders and especially the Palestinian radical factions and Hamas do not care how many of their people die as long as it serves the cause.
                This makes them the bully.

                • Would not disagree with most of that.

                  But the fact still remains that anti-Semitic behaviour in Europe (and else where) increases when there is military activity in Palestine involving Israel. You can track the correlation quite accurately. So there is an increase in hostility towards Israel which crosses-over to hostility towards Jews.

                  Its not right, its not justifiable, but it happens. So given that Jews in Europe have little or no connection or influence with Israeli government’s foreign policy decisions, why are they getting the backlash?

              • On the other side funny, if the Jewish community dominate the narrative, as normallly suggested, it would prove the paranoia of antisemitic pieces of ..
                But it`s not about narratives, it is about truth which piece of denies.

      • PB:
        “You,dear Sirs, are proper thick a shite.

        and i meanz proper. Buuu Ya!”

        Do you know that Ali G is actually Jewish and has an Israeli family?
        Sorry to shutter your dreams.
        Now go wash your mouth or your mother will disown you…

        • Dinkle:

          “So given that Jews in Europe have little or no connection or influence with Israeli government’s foreign policy decisions, why are they getting the backlash?”

          Finally a question worth responding to.
          Two reasons:

          1) AntiSemitism is (like all hate crimes) is an irational fear / hate. You cannot apply rationality and logic in a sphere where logic does not take part in.
          Knowing that AntiSemites will seek any means to acomplish their goal to push forward their cause (be it for personal coscience clearing act or personal vandeta) we can draw a direct link between their actions and the actions of the PA since the late 80’s which started focusing on alternative means in battling the Israelis.
          It is a fact that in the 80’s the Arab league failed to focus on the Arab Israeli conflict at all focusing instead on Iran Iraq war. The PLO needed the intifada and found it so effective in droing simpathy it started using these tactics to it advantage.
          Together with newer footege making tools and advances in the digital sphere in the early 90’s it started to become an industry that became very valuable. UNRWA must have started spotting the value of it.
          But UNRWA were not the only ones. Facists and intelectual Anti Semites from across the globe used it as a launch pad to relaunch an attack against their old “foe”, changing the name in the process to keep a low profile.
          Some did it already in the 80’s during the Lebanon war or even slightly before but the biggest push came in the last 90’s and early naughties.
          Yes, the Internet launch was what they needed.
          Cheap sex, low budget advertisement and, you guessed yet, Anti Semitism, was what dominated the Net, and some say, still does.

          So, to answer: you can easily see why when there’s fuel in the Anti Zionism engine the propeller blades smashes at anything it needs to launch at in order to keep it stearing forward towards that “greater nonexistant” goal.
          And those who are mainly behind it and were pushing it from day one are all too happy to include those Jews regardless of how opposed they may be to the state of Israel. They’ll use what they need one day and discard of it to the hounds the next day.

          2) The other reason comes from a disapointing aspect which we have been witnessing for some time now.
          The anti Zionism or Anti Israelism propaganda tends to stir amotions in populations which have been brought up on the notion that Israelis are bad and Palestinians are good. Black and White notion of the conflict.
          These crowds are mainly from Islamic countries and have migrated to the EU in the past 60 years or so.
          While the older generation of the 60’s and 70’s kept it quiet from lack of numbers, language and attempting to integrate the younger generation of the 80’s and 90’s see the world in a different perspective and is frustrated why things are not as they expect it to be.
          Trying to make sense of it all can be difficult by since the internet made us all so much closer and mor migrants have arrived in pockets in the EU since the 70’s, creating secluded areas of cultural divide, it becomes easier for them to jump to a conclusion.
          Same can be said on many Jewish families who keep in touch with either Israeli relatives or have some sort of connection to Israeli programmes to keep in touch with the land’s history etc.

          The massive difference is that while the Palestinian, and perhaps some of the neighbouring countries such as Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, none of the other migrants know a thing or two about Israel in depth.

          So we have an uneven picture.
          On one side we have a small population who most relate to the land through personal family ties or close friends and know its history almost intimiately.
          On the other we have a massive population (in comparison) that do not really have much in common with the land except having the same religion as what they see as the abused in a black and white pushed narrative.

          This is the reason why things flaire up because the 2nd group of youngsters have been, to a degree, taught only one aspect of a conflict which hardly constitutes a massive conflict in this world.
          This group has been led to believe that this conflict is so important and it is a conflict about their own Muslim identity.

          Why were these issues not tackled by the media? Because the media is a part of the problem and chose to take the side that sell.

          • Good post.

            And emphasises just how much organisations representing Jews in Europe are being out thought, out manoeuvred and out PR’d by organisations representing the Palestinian cause.

  11. By the same logic European Jews should be attacking European Muslims because of Hamas/Hezbollah and European Christians should attack European Muslims because of ISIS.

  12. So, how do we make it crystal clear to good ol’ Barry that his house is made of glass?

    We ask him when he thinks it would be “understandable” if his house were burnt down by someone that views White people as having committed, or are in the middle of committing heinousness acts on the other side of the globe.

    Or maybe we just give his article & his address to a bunch of Native Americans and let them follow his advice.

    BTW guys at cifwatch, great job. Keep it up.

  13. There is chutzpah, there is damn chutzpah and then there is Barry Lando’s op-ed. Why? Let’s analyze the excerpt from his piece:

    “The only word for it is chutzpah: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for European Jews to flee to Israel from the claws of a newly rampant anti-Semitism that is SUPPOSEDLY sweeping Europe.
    Why Chutzpah? Because one of the major causes for THE UPSURGE in anti-Semitic attacks in Europe over the past several years have been the actions of Israel–under Netanyahu.”

    To reveal Lando’s double-speak, I highlited the relevant words in capitals. In the first sentence Lando denies the phenomenon by using SUPPOSEDLY. Only to forget it in the second sentence and affirm the phenomenon by claiming THE UPSURGE. The culprit, however, in both sentences being Netanyahu. Lando is having it both ways. Regardless if the phenomenon is absent or present, Netanyahu is behind it. So what do you call this kind of rhetoric? To me it’s beyond chutzpah. But that’s how Barry Lando operates, smokescreening his opinions, leaving the less observant readers wondering what he’d actually meant.

  14. It’s well known that Jews in one community are often held hostage in order to effect demands on another.

    The late Martin Gilbert wrote:

    “As a result of Israel achieving statehood, the Jews of Muslim lands faced increased hostility. Age-old prejudices now combined with political propaganda. In Aden the United Nations’ vote in favour of Jewish Statehood was followed by three days of anti-Jewish rioting, in which 82 Jews were killed and four synagogues burnt to the ground. In Morocco in June 1948 mobs in two eastern towns killed 43 Jews. In Basra, in Iraq, a Jewish millionaire was hanged and his fortune seized. In Baghdad Zionism was declared a crime. In Cairo, Jewish property was confiscated and more than fifty Jews killed in ‘anti-Zionist’ riots. In Damascus the Jewish community council was dissolved [by the State.] In Libya nearly three hundred Jews’ houses were destroyed and twelve Jews murdered.”

    pp255, “Letters to Aunt Fori”

    Lando, who seems to have written a sympathetic novel on the Middle East (has anyone read it), has succumbed to reversing cause and effect. The reason that Lars Vickers and the writing staff of Charlie Hebdo were viciously murdered was because they offended the sensibilities of some extremists in the Muslim community. I would suggest that Lando, as a journalist, was responsible for inciting their murders. Every time writers such as Lando inflame passions by writing apologetics for murders, the murderers feel vindicated. Unfortunately, due to his present actions, we can expect many more deaths to occur. The more he protests his innocence, the more guilty he becomes.