We’ve witnessed first hand the power of “The Lobby,” the well-organized campaign of Ziocons to silence any criticism of the Israeli government and its treatment of Palestinians.
So we had to laugh at a deft bit of satire posted by The Onion Friday under the headline “Government Official Who Makes Perfectly Valid, Well-Reasoned Point Against Israel Forced To Resign”:
WASHINGTON—State Department diplomat Nelson Milstrand, who appeared on CNN last week and offered an informed, thoughtful analysis implying that Israel could perhaps exercise more restraint toward Palestinian moderates in disputed territories, was asked to resign Tuesday. “The United States deeply regrets any harm Mr. Milstrand’s careful, even-tempered, and factually accurate remarks may have caused our democratic partner in the Middle East,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an unequivocal condemnation of the veteran foreign-service officer’s perfectly reasonable statements. “U.S. policy toward Israel continues to be one of unconditional support and fawning sycophancy.” Milstrand, 63, will reportedly appear at an AIPAC conference to offer a full apology as soon as his trial concludes and his divorce is finalized.
Perhaps the most effective strategy of the Ziocons has been their relentless campaign to equate criticism of Israel’s actions with antisemitism.
Never mind that the Palestinians are a Semitic people, or that while some critics of Israel are racists, many more are simply folks who are rightly concerned that Israeli politics are themselves increasingly infused by a virulent form of racism.
The notion of transforming critics of Israel into latter-day Nazi’s was refined by Nathan Sharansky in his 3-D doctrine [previously], and has been relentlessly deployed to silence critics, as in the case of the advertising boycott [previously] of the Berkeley Daily Planet, where it was specifically invoked by Jim Sinkinson in letters to the paper’s advertisers. [For our Daily Planet stories on the campaign, see here.]
Now, finally, we are seeing some action in Great Britain, where the 30 May congress of the 120,000-member University and College Union will be taking up a resolution to reject the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia’s “working definition of antisemitism.”
Here’s the text:
Congress notes with concern that the so-called ‘EUMC working definition of antisemitism’, while not adopted by the EU or the UK government and having no official status, is being used by bodies such as the NUS and local student unions in relation to activities on campus.
Congress believes that the EUMC definition confuses criticism of Israeli government policy and actions with genuine antisemitism, and is being used to silence debate about Israel and Palestine on campus.
- that UCU will make no use of the EUMC definition (e.g. in educating members or dealing with internal complaints)
- that UCU will dissociate itself from the EUMC definition in any public discussion on the matter in which UCU is involved
- that UCU will campaign for open debate on campus concerning Israel’s past history and current policy, while continuing to combat all forms of racial or religious discrimination.
H/T to Jews sans frontieres.
The sad reality is that the Ziocons are emulating the strategies of that master propagandist Joseph Goebbels, and court a potential global backlash as their list of enemies they seek to demonize and delegitimize through a campaign based on a double standard grows ever-longer and encompasses more and more reasonable people whose motives are not racism but simple humanitarian concern.
Yesterday, we posted a headline from a Simon Wiesenthal Center opposing President Barack Obama’s insistence that Israel withdraw to the 1967 borders, boundaries the center described as “Auschwitz borders.”
We would argue that the center is engaging in its own 3-D politics, given that the Palestinians could rightly claim that they’re the ones stricken with concentration camp boundaries, as exemplified in this West Bank map from the BBC, via Informed Comment:
Compare with this map, depicting the Nazi dismemberment of Poland [pre-invasion borders in yellow], via Scrapbookpages:
Those are the real “Auschwitz borders.”