Het is herkenbaar: je kijkt even op facebook of twitter en komt direct diverse voorbeelden van antizionisme en antisemitisme tegen, het ene nog extremer dan het andere. Incidenten? Heel veel incidenten samen vormen een trend en verraden een mindset. Steeds weer blijkt dat anti-Israel retoriek en antisemitisme vaak samengaan, in de Arabische wereld maar ook hier in het westen, en dat het ook niet om een klein groepje extremisten gaat of om een enkele religieuze leider die zich eens ongelukkig uitdrukt.
Mini-survey exposes obsession
I spent a few minutes on Twitter this morning. Here are some of the things I found:
Adam Levick describes the (UK) Guardian’s fixation on Israel:
What particularly stands out is that Israel, a stable democracy, was covered more than war-torn Afghanistan, Syria (in a year which saw brutal violence in what may be the beginning of regime change), Greece (hit by nothing short of an economic Tsunami), Iraq (a year where terrorism and related inter-sectarian violence still claimed over 4,000 lives), Pakistan (where civil war in the northwest region of the country resulted in over 6000 dead for the year), and Tunisia (where longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted in a revolution)
Even further down on the list are countries you’d expect would receive more coverage: Turkey (326 tags), Sudan (173 tags), Bahrain (348 tags, despite an uprising against the government which resulted in many dead and several thousand arrests). [Israel had 1005 tags - RP]
Martin Kramer relates Hamas leader Hanyeh’s cheerleading in Tunis:
So Ismail Haniya, Hamas “prime minister” from Gaza, visits Tunisia (http://goo.gl/LQTJz) to cuddle with the fairly-elected “moderate” Islamist Nahda party, and a crowd at the airport greets him (in Arabic) thus:
Cheerleader: “Kick the Jews!”
Crowd: “It’s [our] duty!”
Cheerleader: “Drive out the Jews!”
Cheerleader: “Kill the Jews!”
Oh, don’t get so worked up. They really meant the Zionists, right?
Somebody named Pat Carmeli writes (on anti-Israel scumbag Philip Weiss’ website) that police officers guarding synagogues are anti-peace:
I asked the officer if he provides security for churches or mosques and he replied that he might direct traffic after a “big football game at a Catholic school.” This officer, it turned out, frequently works events at area synagogues. I just wonder if the police presence at these events, serves as a constant reminder to the attendees of “Jews as victims,” and if in some small and indirect way it hinders the pursuit of a real peace based on fairness and justice for all.
This one, which defies description:
A Dubai fitness center has pulled an ad that featured train tracks to the Auschwitz death camp and the slogan,” Kiss your calories goodbye.”
Phil Parkinson, manager of the Circuit Factory in Dubai, admitted he was “not surprised people have reacted so strongly regarding the poster,” according to GulfNews.com. “The creative team got it badly wrong. I am not surprised people are upset,” he said, adding that he was “mortified” when he saw the ad. He tweeted: “Apologies for the insane poster campaign that was put up this morning. The creative guy has been told where to go.”
Egypt reportedly plans to bill Israel for destroying its air force “for no reason” in 1967, among other things.
Conspiracy nut Wayne Madsen has ‘proof’ that the Mossad was responsible for 9/11:
A Mossad unit consisting of six Egyptian- and Yemeni-born Jews infiltrated “Al Qaeda” cells in Hamburg (the Atta-Mamoun Darkanzali cell), south Florida, and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates in the months before 9/11. The Mossad not only infiltrated cells but began to run them and give them specific orders that would eventually culminate in their being on board four regularly-scheduled flights originating in Boston, Washington Dulles, and Newark, New Jersey on 9/11.
In the end of December, [an Italian] high school teacher posted on Facebook a picture of Mussolini shaking the hand of Hitler, and wrote a message saying: “Take a look, you dirty bastard Jews who control us from the land of shit and homosexuals called California. If you remove this picture, I will go to the synagogue next to my house, with my pistol, and gun down some parasite Jews.”
These are just items posted over a period of several hours! None of it would make sense in a rational world. There is a worldwide obsession with Jews and Israel, stupid and vicious.