General Antisemitism

When Antisemitism Is Inevitable


Cross posted from the blog of the CST

One of Britain’s leading Islamist sites, MEMO (Middle East Monitor), has published an article entitled Antisemitism Is Not Inevitable. The article is clearly heartfelt, and it is welcome and unusual that an Islamist site would carry such unequivocal rejections of antisemitism, e.g. “we [Europeans] should be ashamed that even a modicum of anti-Jewish hatred remains. Something must be done”. 

Despite this, the article is deeply flawed, due to its author’s anxiety to disprove Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for French Jews to emigrate to Israel. In trying to prove why Antisemitism Is Not Inevitable, the author, Alistair Sloan, makes serious factual omissions that he, but more especially his Islamist audience, need to hear.

In what may well be a first for MEMO or similar sites, Sloan begins by decently acknowledging the inclusive nature of Jewish-led Holocaust commemoration. He notes how this remembrance coincides with “fears of a resurgence of European anti-Semitism. It comes as Zionism becomes an increasingly unpopular and perhaps discredited ideology. The confluence of both phenomena is complex, not totally understood and highly politicised”.

This grossly undersells the demonisation of Zionism that dominates within MEMO and the wider Islamist hinterland, including Hamas, with the Protocols of the Elders of Zion in its charter: but it is Benjamin Netanyahu, not extreme anti-Zionists, whom Sloan is arguing with here.

Contemporary extreme “anti-Zionism” in its diverse Islamist, far Left, far Right and New Age settings coalesce in mirroring pre-Holocaust antisemitic motifs about Jews. This reflects old antisemitism and fuels new antisemitism, fulfilling the same psychological and scapegoat function for its adherents.

Where Jews ran the media, now it is Zionists – ditto for controlling national Governments, especially foreign policies, conflicts and wars. The power is concealed, driven by Jews (now Zionists) conspiring together regardless of their superficial nationalities. Money underpins the power; and Jews (now Zionists and Israel) personify what must first be defeated, so as humanity may reach its higher purpose.

Even if we optimistically assume these continuities are mere coincidence, the simple fact is that most Jews are indeed Zionists in the real, basic sense of the word. It is inevitable that Jews will be the primary or sole victims of anti-Zionist rhetoric and rage: both in terms of who is actually attacked, and in terms of who feels under attack.

So, whilst Sloan may sincerely believe that Antisemitism Is Not Inevitable, the sad fact is that it simply is inevitable, for so long as hysterical anti-Zionism persists. (All of this without an equally serious analysis of attitudes to Jews within Islamist and Muslim thought, including the impact of Jews’ original and ongoing rejection of Mohammed; and their ordained position as lesser citizens who are to be protected so long as they stick to their subservient status.)

Next, there is Sloan’s almost inevitable quibble about whether or not antisemitism is “actually increasing”. This argument, citing JPR, is a straw man with a red herring in his pocket.

The red herring is its evading the JPR data of how Jews actually feel, and how this arises from the post 2000 trajectories of high profile antisemitic violence; serious sudden escalations of antisemitic incidents; the singling out of Israel for unique hatreds (such as boycotts, Nazi equivalence claims, and public display of swastikas within demonstrations); and the studied indifference to all of this, from those who prefer hating Israel to defending the many European Jews who simply cannot lead a normative Jewish life.

The straw man is Sloan’s mention of JPR saying now is not the 1930s. He could have cited CST to make the same point (see here), but it is ridiculous to even risk implying that antisemitism ought to be judged by whether or not a Holocaust is lurking around the corner. None would argue that instances of anti-Black racism in America are not serious, simply because slavery is not about to be reintroduced.  

Next, Sloan impressively details the murderous history of 16th Century Portuguese antisemitism: but he does so as supposed proof that “if you take the long view”, the deepest Jew-hatred can diminish, so that by the 19th Century “hatred of Jews had faded away” in Portugal. It is highly questionable if this analysis is even accurate, but it crucially omits that Portugal had practically no more Jews to hate: they were murdered, forcibly converted or fled (such as to Britain, where they introduced fried battered fish).

Furthermore, Sloan quotes an unnamed (but remarkably modern sounding) mid-19th century observer, talking of “marginalised racist anti-Semitism” in Portugal, saying that “intellectuals, liberals and Freemasons” are “the new enemies”. Sloan appears blissfully unaware that Jews were associated with precisely such categories (and others) in 19thCentury antisemitism. The linkage can be seen throughout the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, with the Masonic strand remaining especially strong to this day.

For example, a Times poll of British Muslims in 2006 found that 46% (sic) of respondents “thought that the Jewish community were in league with the freemasons to control the media and politics”.

The same poll found that 37% of British Muslims believed British Jews to be “legitimate targets as part of the ongoing struggle for justice in the Middle East”.

So long as such thinking persists, it makes antisemitism inevitable. Sadly, its current prevalence renders the ending of Sloan’s article particularly fanciful:

“ [Antisemitism] can be fought, and it will be beaten, especially in Europe, a continent in which, aside from a handful of despicable extremists, really should know better”.

Finally, for numerous examples of MEMO’s own role in the promotion of extreme anti-Zionism containing antisemitic themes see here. Alternatively, note their use of this graphic, in an article entitled, “Exposed: the influence of the pro-Israeli lobby in British politics and media”:

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19 replies »

    • Islamists can not know what Zionism is because to understand Zionism, you’d first have to acknowledge Jews in their complexity and has human beings. An Islamist by definition is not capable of such a thought. It would question his very political existence.

      • @Dani ben Lev (@danibenlev) –

        You say: “Islamists can not know what Zionism is because to understand Zionism, you’d first have to acknowledge Jews in their complexity and [as] human beings. An Islamist by definition is not capable of such a thought. It would question his very political existence.”

        How about you, Dani? Does your acknowledgement of “Jews in their complexity” include the thousands of Jews, both Israeli and in the diaspora, who strongly object to Israel’s policies/treatment of Palestinians?

        Or do all these – as illustrated by most BTL commenters here – get instantly “outcast” as self-haters, antisemites, un-Jews, traitors, appeasers, collaborators, Nazis…?

        And how about your own “capability of thought” when it comes to the complex humanity of Arabs and Muslims in general? The first time I posted on UK Media Watch – and, natch, was accused of being an antisemite for doing so – was in angry response to a post by someone called “Dani” (could that have been you…?) which read:

        “That’s why we have over 11 million Syrian refugee’s at the moment, because the Arabs don’t believe in cleansing nothing. These motherfuckers simply enjoy a bit of camping across the region. Part of the local culture.”

        Seems to me that die-hard Islamists and Zionist ideologues have a huge amount in common mentally when bigoted push comes to belligerent shove.

        • Seems to me that die-hard Islamists and Zionist ideologues have a huge amount in common mentally when bigoted push comes to belligerent shove.
          But of course Basner. Only yesterday we Zionists beheaded in front of a video camera some other Jews whose religious principles slightly differ from ours and threw at their cities barrels full of chlorine gas. Our West-European department executed a slaughter in the Guardian offices while an other group started to spray bullets in a halal supermarket.
          You must be very lucky that stupidity and moral cretinism don’t cause physical pain.

        • I like how you’re so balanced while describing the people on this website as Zionist Ideologues. All that does is confirm that you’re a Batshit Lunatic, Miranda. In addition, my dear, let me add Sad, Pathetic, and Totally Incapable of Bringing Peace to the Middle East.

          That’s a good job, I guess, if you can get paid for it.

          You do get paid for this, yes?

          • @koufaxmitzvah –

            “I like how you’re so balanced while describing the people on this website as Zionist Ideologues…”

            The last thing this circus needs is more balance-tipping TOWARDS Zionist extremism. It already has more than enough clowns at that end of the seesaw.

            “You do get paid for this, yes?”

            Nope – not a bean. Do you?

        • “Or do all these – as illustrated by most BTL commenters here – get instantly “outcast” as self-haters, antisemites, un-Jews, traitors, appeasers, collaborators, Nazis…?”
          You forgot to mention “ill-informed,” and “heavily indoctrinated.”
          Not sure what you mean by “Zionist ideologues,” do you? If so , what exactly? The term is vague. I presume it’s some sort of code for something.

        • Miranda,

          in my humble opinion you have no clue about the subject at hand. You repeat ad nauseam things you pick up on antiisrael

          websites and bring them here. Everything you say I have read ten times before, elsewhere.

          Your cheesy appeals and faux humanity makes me cringe and they also signal your deep ignorance in regards to the complexity

          of the conflict. You often ask for links here when people make points. Why don’t you step out of your box and simply read where

          ever your links and clicks will lead you ?

          The Arab world is proving every day that human rights, respect of the law and simple humanity is beyond its reach in our time.

          This is nothing unique or new. Every culture walks through some dark valleys in its time. To expect the Israeli’s to bend over

          backwards and expose their throat to the Arab knife for a peace which the Arabs are simply not capable of during this time is

          treason. There is no reason to trust the Arabs, as they in too many places slaughter and openly discriminate against all who are

          not of Arab blood or Muslim. The rampant violence from Tunisia through Libya, Sinai, Syria blah blah…is the best proof to me that

          the violence is systemic. People who fail to see this are ignorant and do not know what they are talking about.

          I say this as someone who has friends in Egypt and goes and visits there.

          Europeans should shut the fuck up unless they have actually lived in Israel, or acknowledge Arab/Muslim pitfalls after having

          visited an Arab/Persian country. That is if you can find one which is not at war. Or where Westerners are not kidnapped by

          someone wanting to use them as a pawn.

          Read tabletmag.com, Ynet news, Times of Israel, Hurry up Harry, Israel Cool, Tom Negev, the “recent” ( post 1995 ) Benn

          Morris, Amos Oz, Sad Red Earth blog and many more, should you wish to improve your understanding of the situation.

          There is enough literature out there to

          last one a lifetime if you are sincerely interested in some understanding. On top of the books, there are good blogs with many

          book ideas and further reading info. It is not rocket science finding well researched moderate pro Israel writings.

          And stop acting like a matron on these comment threads. Nothing worse than a lecturing matron-like fool who has no idea about

          nothing.

          Another great read is the UN Arab Human Development Report available from Amazon.

          • 1. Not every culture has walked through this valley in the last 500 years.
            2. Amos Oz is an idiot.

  1. Please indulge me in a couple of perhaps preposterous speculations. (a) It was not Hitler’s obsession with German Jewry, after all the Jews were only half of one per cent of German Jewry. Hitler found it expedient to tap into the irrational, pervasive German fear of change and Luther’s frustration. Hitler shrewdly tapped into this theme, (b) to the fearful and insecure German, the “cosmopolitan” Jew with his eternal, disruptive questioning everything, was at root unsettling,