- On December 16-17, 500 lawmakers, diplomats and academics
from over 50 nations met in Jerusalem to consider the threat of "mushrooming"
criticism of Israel. The premise of "The Global Forum For Combating
Global Anti-Semitism," hosted by the government of Israel, is that
mild criticism of Israel, her government, and military in their policies
towards the Palestinians is permissible -- but if it becomes "strong"
or emphasizes Nazi or apartheid imagery, it seeks the destruction of the
Jewish state; it is anti-Semitic. This criterion is shared by the Anti-Defamation
League and its Office of Global Anti-Semitism in the US State Department.
Representatives of ADL (Abraham Foxman) and the State Department (Hannah
Rosenthal, Special Envoy to Combat Anti-Semitism) were featured guests.
- Israel's Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, quoting
ADL head Foxman, said much of the world has now "crossed the line"
from legitimate criticism of Israel into an epidemic of anti-Semitism.
Also speaking for the government of Israel was Diaspora Foreign Minister
Yuli Edelstein who warned that global anti-Semitism "has been able
to gain endorsement from academics, media outlets, and even political parties."
Edelstein says, "to be 'anti-Israel' is to be anti-Semitic. To boycott
Israel, Israeli professors and Israeli businesses, these are not political
acts, these are acts of hate, acts of anti-Semitism!" "Look at
the reality Israelis face when traveling to international athletic, business
and academic events. More and more, when they arrive in Sweden, Turkey,
England, and even the United States, they must lecture and perform before
hostile or even violent crowds, requiring police protection. We must not
hesitate to expose this hatred for what it is. It is a strong and vile
form of xenophobia [fear of foreigners]. It expresses itself through violence,
mockery and exclusion. It is directed toward the outside, toward that
which is different, in appearance, speech or prayer." "It is
discrimination against Jews, because they are Jews. In short, it is anti-Semitism."
(Jerusalem Post, December 16, 2009, "Verbatim: Anti-Semites Have Warped
Tiny Israel Into Goliath")
- ADL, the US State Department and the government of Israel
are now claiming that staggering numbers of the world's inhabitants (particularly
in Europe) hold anti-Semitic opinions. According to the Jerusalem Post,
"Anti-Jewish and anti-Israel sentiments are mushrooming in Europe."
The Post cites a German study which found "41.2% of Europeans agreed
with the anti-Semitic statement that Jews are exploiting the Holocaust
to advance their own interest." When asked "if Israel is conducting
a war of extermination against the Palestinians, 45.7%..." agreed.
- Israel's increasingly reckless name-calling and stereotyping
of critics during its recent Jerusalem conference does not honor the possibility
that many, including Jews, are speaking out of concern and love for the
state of Israel and the Jewish people. These may employ "tough love"
language in order to bring Israel to what they believe is reality. They
want Israeli leaders and war makers to realize the extreme danger their
policies and actions may have, not only on the future of Israel but on
the safety of all Jews. Many Jews are concerned that a backlash of real,
old-fashioned, violent and vulgar anti-Semitism may result from Israel's
cruel and repressive policies toward the Palestinians.
- Israel gives such Jews and the world only two options:
Do not effectively criticize Israel and be considered Israel's friend.
Or vocally oppose Israel's self-defeating policies and become an enemy
of the Jewish state a hater and anti-Semite.
- Israel's provision of only two alternatives is both simplistic
and threatening toward millions under ADL's hate crimes laws in countries
such as Germany and Canada. There, the accusation of anti-Semitism can
easily embroil the accused in financially devastating litigation, huge
fines and even imprisonment. A year ago, Australian Holocaust questioner
Dr. Fredrick Toben narrowly missed a probable five-year prison sentence
under a German/EU charge of anti-Semitism, largely incurred because of
his skepticism that the six-million figure of Jewish dead was accurate.
- How will ADL respond if alleged anti-Semitism increases?
I'll make a New Year's prediction: Unless ADL is restrained through worldwide
exposure and criticism, it will introduce a new bill into Congress, probably
called "The Global Anti-Semitism Prevention Act." As an adjunct
of ADL's recently passed federal hate crimes law, this law will make it
a federal felony for any American to "strongly" criticize matters
Jewish, including the Jewish role in the Crucifixion and policies of the
state of Israel.
- Tragically, just as evangelical watchdog groups very
largely allowed the hate bill to pass Congress (out of 20 years of fear
that they might offend ADL through timely, in-depth hate law education),
they will probably allow this bill to become law, still afraid of being
labeled "anti-Semitic." In one fell swoop, ADL, the U.S. government
and the state of Israel will be in possession of a federal statute in America
(also to be passed in Canada, Europe, and Australia) making the greatest
lovers of Jews in human history, tens of millions of evangelical Christians,
into "anti-Semitic" enemies ripe for prosecution.
- Let the Anti-Defamation League teach you how they have
saddled 45 states with hate laws capable of persecuting Christians, and
spearhead attempts to pass the federal hate crimes bill: <http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp>http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.
- TALK SHOW HOSTS: Interview Rev. Ted Pike on this subject.
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- National Prayer Network, P.O. Box 828, Clackamas, OR